If you google the words insanity and absurdity, the first news stories that surface pertain to the recent antics and controversy surrounding President Obama's school address tomorrow morning. Yes, that is President Obama with a Capital 'P'.
I cannot remember a commander in chief who was ever chastised, ridiculed, demonized or mean-mugged for having the audacity to offer encouragement to school children on their first day of class. But then again, we have never had the audacity to elect a black president who then had the audacity to pledge allegiance to the flag and swear under oath to tackle healthcare reform--the bed rock and back bone of Corporate America.
When you look back at the last several months, there is a growing consensus (among conservative and liberals alike) that insanity has become the norm and is being rewarded daily. Talk show hosts can virtually invent transgressions, incite mob rule and cull out a resignation--based on lies and exaggerations--all without repercussions.
And this we acknowledge as insanity, right? But is it really insane?
If you systematically foster mistrust, hatred and dissent through lies and deceit and incite people to violence, purposefully, is that insanity or good old fashion corporate strategy? If the bottom line is to prevent--by any means necessary--substantive reform which will clearly have a negative impact on the health care industry bottom line, what is insane about that?
Systemic and Institutional Racism was (is) a capitalistic venture. Hatred and violence were (are) only 'tools' used to dominate the minds of the oppressed and to reinforce a system that required the cooperation of all citizens in order to thrive profitably. Hate and vitriol were (are) essential components of racism.
Although we like to say that many of the antics of late feel insane, we must not be too eager to dismiss them or regard them as as such. There is method in madness .
We have stirred the remnants of deeply engrained racial hatred and disguised it as opposition to healthcare reform. Recently we have witnessed and condoned (through acceptance) the white house lynching of Green Jobs Czar, Van Jones and acted as though he hung himself. And all of this was perpetrated and televised on network news. And for many of us, we look askance at the antics and shake our heads as if it is just Tom Foolery. But only if you don't understand it.
It is not enough to dismiss calculated measures of dismemberment and destruction by calling them insane. To deny their brilliance and effectiveness is dangerous--if not lunacy.