The NY Times today published an editorial under the title “A Denial of Reality“. In this biting commentary, the author asks: “How can so many Republican lawmakers justify pushing their country toward catastrophic default just to score ideological points? The answer can be found in their statements and writings: They are constructing an alternative reality far different from that of most Americans.”
The theologian Reinhold Niebuhr once published a book about “The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness.” Since many of the Republican lawmakers are also confessed Christians (while supporting those who won’t make it through the eye of the needle), it might be of interest to them to ask if they have become part of the “Children of Darkness,” joining those who are more interested in demagoguery than in helping the least among us. But, then, a mixture of Ayn Rand and Jesus was always a bit difficult to maintain. (Besides, in “Atlas Shrugged,” the question is never asked where the proud steel manufacturer would get his money if the masses can no longer afford railroad tickets.)
The most disturbing part of the current exhibitionism of our politicians (one should not streak when one is that ugly) is the level of unreason that is once again running amuck in Washington. Does this perhaps have to do with the amount of religious hypocrisy, in both parties, that is also running wild. Of course, even the Nazi soldiers had “God is with Us” written on their belt buckles.
A drop of unreason can spoil even the finest intentions and spoil the clearest waters. It seems that unreason has long made its home in Washington, and the Twitter and soundbite addicted public is watching the whole thing as Reality TV -while the world is wondering what happened to the country of Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, founded on the ideas of the Enlightenment.