In An Age of Masks, the Mask is Off

In this day and age, with escalating mask requirements by either state, local, or private entities like Wal-Mart, the mask has become a symbol of our broken time.

Yet, in a day and age where masks are becoming more and more a requirement for everyday living due to the Covid-19 crisis, the mask of humanity, justice, rationality and peace is being torn off the collective face of the American government and politics.

Take for example billionaire capitalist Elon Musk boldly stating that the political and economic system of the U.S. capitalists can overthrow any government they want. Take for example Trump touting an absolute quack who mentions “demon sperm”. Take for example the use of mercenaries to suppress the protests in Portland, Oregon. The list goes on and on, but there can be no doubt the simple image of a peaceful, loving republic that would base its decisions on shrewdness and compassion has gone out the proverbial window. Never before has so much been showcased in American history that could not be considered anything but absolute political decline, though of course the crimes of the United States should not be news to anyone with a barely working understanding of history, a history that goes deeper and uglier than most Americans may realize or wish to realize. The United States is hitting a moment of terminal decline much like a cancer patient, stage four, on their last round of chemo that the patient takes not because of a feeling that things will turn around, but because the show must grimly go on.

The United States looks to be dying on a historical scale, and during a round of deaths that rival a World War at this point, the state of national decline is on a level that rivals the pre-revolutionary state of Germany and Russia. In the aviation industry, a common phrase shared amongst pilots is the first step to surviving a plane crash is to understand your plane is crashing. The danger is real, the clock is ticking. The margin of error is tiny.

What is to be done, to quote a famous Russian revolutionary? What can we do during such a time when the proverbial national plane is crashing?

The only thing we can do is to recognize that the system and our country can no longer be disguised. Yes, this country does not care for the poor, otherwise it would not be haggling over hundreds of dollars per person as opposed to the billions paid out in bailout money that can’t be properly traced. Yes, we do have billionaires like Musk who are openly congratulating themselves on coups supported by our so-called democratic government in order to steal the resources of another country and to murder those who stand its way. Yes, we do have secret police in the streets of Portland snatching people off the street. Yes, the commander in chief is supporting insanity.

The idea of the United States as we were told as children is no more. The mask has come off. We see the face of the beast. What is to be done?

To pretend we are not crashing would make us as insane as those in charge. It is time to rise up. The plane is crashing. Something needs to be done.

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Forbes West

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Forbes West is a published writer/producer and is the co-host of Free The Bear! Podcast.