The controlling establishment has not only changed our government structure but has created a new language to accommodate the change. This new language is confusing, even intimidating, to the public as new meanings have been assigned to old words. Social Justice is now used to describe an egalitarian society. Other refurbished words are equality, equity, inclusion and diversity.
If words were still used in their original sense, unity would be more important than diversity. But elites have semantically altered the term “diversity” making it the quintessential core of our societal values. Of course, the meaning of the word has changed; diversity now means “cultural diversity.” The goal of cultural diversity (formerly multiculturalism) is the equality of all groups. But regardless of how much is done to make groups equal, members insist on more changes.
Since the dawn of civilization some folks have accomplished more than others. Until the current age it was believed that some people had stronger work ethics and other energetic traits that made them successful. But elites insist that accomplishments are not the result of individual effort. They maintain that society favors some groups and restrains others. White folks are currently designated as society's most favored group and white privilege is claimed to be detrimental to other groups especially blacks.
White privilege and white racism are regarded as the cause of most of society's problems. In fact, current establishment thinking holds that were it not for white privilege and white racism, equality of all groups might be achieved. Equal outcomes for all is the goal of the Left who believe it is important enough to be mandated by government. Actually, quite a bit of legislation has already been passed to insure equal outcomes. Rarely discussed is the fact that lifting up one group often involves lowering another group.
Decades of hyping the need for across the board equality has seriously altered our leadership and our society. In fact, claiming to promote equality has boosted the careers of many politicos. It has so empowered the establishment, that they are on the level with monarchs. (I prefer the term monarchy to the term totalitarianism.) The establishment represents our King and Queen but its power is appropriated not inherited. We even have a royal family, albeit an unconventional grouping, created by media hype rather than a bloodline; Jeff Bezos, Nancy Pelosi, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and so on.
To make us to think we still have a Democratic republic, the public is allowed to vote. But votes are processed by establishment apparatuses which essentially predetermine election results. Mainstream media dutifully covers up suspected voting malfeasance. And to placate the citizenry, the establishment stays out of local elections.
The Founding Fathers didn't consider that the republic they created would someday end. But that ending is consistent with the concept that democratic republics generally have a lifespan of around 200 years. America has essentially gone full circle and assumed the characteristics of the monarchy it rejected in 1776.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. As a CPA/financial consultant, he helped his clients cope with the detrimental effects of misguided governmental intrusiveness. This influenced his writing as did years of witnessing how versions of news and history were distorted for political reasons. Mr. Jarvis is a member of the Society of Independent Southern Historians and his articles have appeared on various websites, magazines, and publications for several organizations. He lives in Coastal Georgia with his wife.