The book of Genesis recounts the tale of the Babylonians attempt to build a tower that would reach into the heavens. But God prevented the tower’s construction by having the workers speak so many different languages that they couldn’t communicate. These frustrated workers migrated to different parts of the earth with others who spoke their language. This is the Biblical explanation of different languages in different countries.
Not only are there different languages but language is often used deceptively, frequently by members of Congress. They use clever language to cover up their abuse of their elected office. A classic case being Nancy Pelosi. During her decades in office, Pelosi’s investor husband Paul always knew, long before the public knew, when and how pending legislations would affect certain industries - so his investments were always successful, and the Pelosis amassed enormous wealth as a result of their insider trading scam.
In prior years corrupt Congress persons, like Pelosi, could be voted out of office but that is difficult with today’s rigged elections. And those who question election results are disparaged with the negative label “election deniers.”
Many believe Kari Lake was denied the Arizona governorship as a result of a fraudulent election. Lake and her lawyers are challenging the legality of the Arizona election. If the Arizona’s governor race is overturned it should encourage investigations of other questionable elections. And there are entirely too many questionable elections.
Experts predicted an abundance of Republican victories if the midterm elections were conducted fairly and the votes counted fairly. Unfortunately, the 2022 midterm elections not only had numerous voting machine failures, but paper ballots were often misplaced and found later. It often took several days to determine the winner of a local election and results are still being questioned.
Many are questioning if America will ever have a fair election in the future. And unfortunately some actually think fraudulent elections are justified because of the importance of the issues involved.
Admittedly our current society is far removed from what was envisioned by the Founders. In May 2022 , opinion polls indicated 78 % thought the country was headed in the wrong direction. Just six months later in November 2022, 85 % held that opinion. Americans are disillusioned with both the ineptitude and the corruption of their leaders. And they are not sure how to remedy the situation and worrying what will happen if it’s not remedied.
Dumbing Down in a Pollyanna Society
The disparaging characterization “dumbing down” has been resurrected to describe our current society. Today’s credulous folk rarely question leftist activists especially their claim that ‘all people are equal.’ All people might be born equal but only some have satisfactory lives while others do not. Social activists blame success or failure on society rather than individuals. They claim that lack of achievement is the result of societal flaws; racism, xenophobia, bigotry, sexism, ageism and other forms of intolerance.
If activists can convince our leaders that society is holding people back then our leaders must reorder society. Activists have already implemented various ‘feel-good’ changes in order to create an accommodating society. Their imagined society would have been a powerful social panacea wherein differently qualified groups became equals. But the envisioned paradisaical society has never materialized.
Social scientists try to make groups equal with their impressive sounding theories: diversity, multiculturalism and egalitarianism. Diversity implies inclusiveness of dissident groups. However a nation cannot function as a collection of dissident groups. Minorities must assimilate into the majority but assimilation of groups goes against diversity.
We are living in a strange new time with a strange new vocabulary. This vocabulary involves what I would call manipulative terminology, an old political phenomenon once called ‘spin.’ I maintain that diversity, egalitarianism and multiculturalism are a sophisticated form of spin. They are not only questionable theories but political ploys.
Societal groups have been greatly affected by manipulative terminology like diversity. Black minorities have always assimilated into the White majority without abandoning essential aspects of their own culture. This Black/White assimilation has worked well. But segments of the Black minority, ostensibly influenced by concepts like diversity, have recently become reluctant to assimilate. Maintaining their independence is not economically advantageous, so it appears to be a political decision.
Pollyanna is an excellent characterization of today’s social activists. What keeps them going is focusing only on the positive and ignoring the negative. However, society has become so derelict that they can no longer look the other way. And it may be too late for activists to replace idealism with realism.
Our contemporary society has been variously described as broken, shallow, narcissistic, and without purpose. We've had flawed societies in the past but there was usually a feeling that normal conditions could be restored. But there are no hopeful recovery signs for our current defective society.
Gail Jarvis is a Georgia-based free-lance writer. He attended the University of Alabama and has a degree from Birmingham Southern College. His writing is influenced by 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.