Hong Kong voted today/yesterday and it was of some major significance (to me, for one). Ironically, after weeks of violent protests (sooooo unlike Confucius culture), the vote held was for essentially inconsequential elections.
This vote would be like our municipal elections; important locally but not so much for the province or the country. This was for the administrative level of politicians that deal with noise bylaws, garbage pick-up and the like. NOT hot issues. Turnout was over 80%. The previous record turnout was around 47% and that was last year or the year before when things began to heat up. Now those things are pretty damn HOT and over 3 million votes were cast in a total population of 7.5 million. This WAS an opportunity to make a huge statement and Beijing knew that very well. So did Hong Kongers. The citizens voted to support the protests. They voted for more democracy, more independence. They voted AGAINST police action. They voted against government.
But the election went without a hitch. No protests. No demonstrations. Everyone lined up (sooooooo unlike Confucius culture) to vote peacefully. It was a demonstration in democracy like no other – a massive turnout for ‘dogcatchers’ to send a HUGE message to the ‘powers that be’….but peacefully.
There is a lesson in democracy and courage there for all of us. And an even bigger lesson there for the United States of Imbeciles.
And so, now to the US impeachment process……what can we say…? Trump SHOULD be impeached for a dozen different reasons, piggy obnoxiousness being, perhaps, the most obvious one but there are plenty of bad behaviours to work with. He is highly impeachable as well as repugnant.
But it won’t happen……
….and there are a dozen reasons WHY it won’t but the obvious one: Republicans won’t let it happen is not the critical one. That, of course, is how his protection will show up but the real underlying reason is that Americans are confused to the point of ambivalence. And so they don’t care! Admittedly, the American public is incredibly ignorant of facts and disinterested in finding any but that deliberate, conscious, UNconsciousness is the real stumbling block. They just don’t wanna know. They do not want to work at it, read, think, fact-check or consider what it all means….they prefer TV and, well, more TV. They like listening to propagandists TELL them what opinion to have. They like FOX News.
Well, better put: they are entertained by FOX Lies and Friends.
I think the Democrats HAD to start impeachment. If they had not, they would be aiding and abetting, they would be ‘enabling’, they would be deemed complicit – somehow ‘in bed’ with the worst president in US history. They HAD to impeach.
They KNOW they will fail. They KNOW the GOP won’t ‘turn’ on their dear leader. They know the impeachment will also make them look impotent to the casual viewer and the majority of Americans are barely even casual viewers of politics. ‘Mericans* prefer NFL football to politics. They vote by ‘brand’ or ‘name’ or ‘habit’. They do NOT think.
(Not all Americans are idiots. I know that. Some of my best friends are Americans…but they are also appalled and ashamed by the number of idiots they share citizenship with so I am NOT including the good guys. The problem? I am NOT 100% sure they are still in the majority).
So…how does that all play out? Dunno……but I can’t help but compare the Hong Kong concept of democracy and the risks they are willing to take to have it. AND those people want to get that from a totalitarian government that does not tolerate dissent easily. Yikes! They may be naive but they are heroic citizens speaking up.
‘Mericans, on the other hand, HAVE democracy and choose not to take it responsibly. THEIR democracy ignores the people, cheats the people, steals from the people and lies to the people…and the people? Well, they prefer NFL football anyway so, who cares?
Bottom line: I admire the Hong Kongers fighting an idealistic but ultimately futile battle. They are true hero/martyrs showing incredible courage. Especially since they have so little hope. And they are going to lose. Many will ‘disappear’.
I am beyond disgusted by so-called American flag-waving patriots who have abandoned and disregarded THEIR own civic and social responsibilities and have so little interest in what should be most dear to them. Truth. Honesty. Fairness. Instead they live on lies, propaganda, entertainment and junk food. They are hopeless.
Truly the youth of Hong Kong are manifesting the values as laid out in the US Constitution and the Declaration of Independence much more so than are Americans.