One time Saturday Night Live cast-member, and well-known half-wit, Victoria Jackson took her desperation out on her twitter followers as she watched the Romney presidential bid slowly go up in smoke. It seems that the comedian, who has garnered public attention for her anti-gay rants, was beside herself with grief at the thought of another four years of Obama. (Though unlike that other well-known wacko, Donald Trump, she didn't suddenly become an advocate for a rightwing insurrection.)
"I can't stop crying," Jackson wrote in one tweet.
"America died," she wrote in another.
And yet despite her shocking stupidity and always ill-considered political remarks, there is a very real sense in which the comedian is right in her assessment. America has died (or at least is quickly headed to the grave.) But the America that is dying is a specific America. It is the Main Street, predominantly white, male dominated America that is dying. It is the neo-colonialist, blindly corporatist, evangelical, bigoted America that is dying. It is the old time religion, racist, Norman Rockwell dream-land America that is dying. It is also the neo-conservative America that was hatched by Ronald Reagan and his supporters that is slowly coming to an end.
The jig is up. People are slowly waking up to the radical inequalities of corporatism and the racist white men who propagate this bankrupt ideology. The pendulum swings. Fortuna's wheel spins again. And the last gasp of traditional capitalism, and the bigoted men in suits that attempted to take us back to 19th century are finally in their death throes. The process won't happen over night, but it is on its way. The asking of questions is the first important step. "Why are the rich getting so much richer, while I am getting poorer?" "Why is there more wealth than any other time in history, and yet the rightwing is telling me we can't afford pensions or healthcare?" "Why does the rightwing continue to pursue an oil/arms economy when we are on the bink of environmental disaster?" "Why do rich, white, self-absorbed men like Stephen Harper and Mitt Romney live so distantly from the real experience of the vast majority of people." "Why do conservatives talk about freedom, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility while centralizing and expanding government power, running huge deficits, and making everyday life more difficult and expensive for average people?"
Your America is indeed dead Ms. Jackson. And I say good-by to bad rubbish! Time to move on toward a less corporatist future, an economy in which people matter, and remember - corporations are NOT people.