What kind of democracy is it that cannot pass a voting rights bill? A paper democracy! A democracy that doesn't have the heart to be a democracy! A pretend/fake/ersatz democracy that wants the world to think it is a democracy without having to go to the trouble of actually being a democracy. An empty-in the worst sense of the word-democracy. A democracy that took itself for granted. A democracy that did not understand the basic, fundamental, principles of being a democracy. A democracy that failed to be true to itself. A democracy that did not have what it takes to be who it says it is. A democracy that believed its own bluster, and took it to be the truth. A democracy that betrayed its own soul. A democracy that was not a democracy at all. Eisenhower saw it coming. He was a Republican, and knew it was over. He knew we did not have what it takes even then to be who we say we are, to sustain the illusion over time. Eisenhower saw the future and realized it was a "military/industrial complex." Not a democracy. Capitalism bought democracy out. With today's equivalent of thirty pieces of silver. Politicians today want nothing more than being wealthy, owning yachts and private jets, and islands and throwing parties. Everything is for sale. Nothing is sacrosanct. You know what I mean. The fall point of democracy was taking itself seriously. Was thinking that it was what it said it was. Thinking that it was right when it said, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men (people) are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Was missing the deeper truth that these truths are NOT self-evident. Not to those with a fascist bent, outlook, point of view, way of seeing. The Founders of this Republic were so enamored with their view of The Good, that they could not entertain the idea that there was a competing view of the Good, which was/is evil to the core, and did not take seriously all or the signs that pointed to the contrary truth at work within the democracy they created from the beginning, which was tucked away within themselves. The Founders (or enough of them) owned slaves! How democratic can a slave owner be? How democratic can a fascist be? We have come as a nation as far as we can come without taking ourselves seriously, looking into our own heart, knowing who we are and what we are capable of, and sacrificing our inner, very much undemocratic tendencies, like Jesus in Gethsemane, over and over again, throughout our individual life, for the sake of the life of the nation-- which is more than we have any chance of being on our own, but can be together by maintaining an environment that is everything the Founders envisioned, a place of Liberty and Justice for ALL! We have to believe in that vision, that dream, that foundation, more than we believe in our own, personal, right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Just as we have to be the Christ Jesus was, and not let ourselves get by with believing he was the only Christ ever, carrying the cross and dying on Golgotha for us all. We die to ourselves again and again in living to serve the vision of One Nation Under God Indivisible With Liberty And Justice For All! And if we will not do that, we make a mockery of democracy, and betray all that is good and decent and loving, and live a lie, playing a game of pretending we are not pretending.
People sometimes ask me if I am a Christian, and, sometimes they ask me if I have accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. Sometimes, I answer by saying, "I am a Christian in the same way Jesus was a Christian." And, sometimes I answer by holding up an index finger and saying, "Jesus and I are just like that!" Anybody can believe in Jesus. What it takes is being Jesus. How many people do you know, or, have ever known, who make it a regular practice to be Jesus in each situation as it arises, day-by-day? That is how many Christians you have known. The word "christian" means "little Christ." The idea is to grow from being a "little Christ," into being the Full Monty. If you think you are a Christian and live in ways that would keep people from ever seeing the Christ in you, you are on the wrong track. Chuck all of your theology and take up the work of being the Christ by exhibiting the spirit of Christ in all you do. You don't have to be perfect, just be making a sincere effort in living to exemplify the parables of the Prodigal and the Good Samaritan, the Sermon on the Mount, and Matthew 25-- knowing what you will do and won't do in being true to yourself as much as being true to Jesus (Jesus was true to himself, and not to Moses or Abraham). It would be a good idea to chuck all your theology, whether you take up the practice of being Jesus or not.
I trust everyone, up to a point. I don't trust anyone beyond that point. This comes, I think, from having had an abusive father, and a childhood devoid of a reliable source of stability and dependability. I had to find what I needed within. It did not exist without. I grew to depend on myself, to trust my own take on things, and my own ability to respond appropriately to things, even though I did not know what I was doing, because I knew I could rebound quickly, pick up the game in mid-course, alter my response-ability accordingly, make the necessary adjustments, and come out okay in the end. It is a human trait, making things up as we go, and finding what we need by not giving up, but continuing to search for what it takes, even if it means writing our father off as someone who isn't going to be pleased no matter what we do, and go right on, finding substitute fathers when we need one. The point beyond which I do not trust anybody is the point where comes to pass the wisdom of the old spiritual, "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen." And nobody's going to know, because nobody can be trusted to know what I know, if you know what I mean. I guard the inner core and keep it safe, trusting it to see me through what will be as it has with what has been.