I saw a Tweet that was a reminder that the Soviet Union collapsed two years after they left Afghanistan.
I am also reminded that everything happens faster today because of the speed of communication driven by the internet and social media.
Given everything that’s happened:
What ally will trust us and have our back?
What enemy will fear us and not want to fuck with us?
What institution has not destroyed its credibility?
What citizen respects the laws and institutions left in this country?
I think only reason we haven’t plunged into anarchy yet is the American middle-class is doing everything it can to hold onto some sense of normalcy in the chaos.
But it gets harder to do that by the day.
How do you hang onto normalcy when you’re being told that to leave your house and get a bite to eat you have to wear a mask and carry proof that you’ve been vaccinated and are up to date on your boosters, that you have to acknowledge 2+2 does not equal 4, and that men can get pregnant and that father chest feeding his child is perfectly natural, or some goon in all black can beat you unconscious with a skateboard and the police won’t stop them because they’ve been defended for your safety.
I don’t see us pulling back from this brink.
I really don’t.
I hate to be a downer, but I can’t think of a period in history that got this bad and turned it around without it becoming a total violent shit show.