The Curse of the Ideal & the Rise of Bubba

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The United States of America is cursed, I think.  It’s not some conjured enchantment placed on us by a global adversarial boogeyman; I say this less some in the US begin to believe and then think along the lines of retaliatory action and we know how easily people can gather such war-mongering notions.

No, the curse afflicting us is one of our own making.  It comes complete with a storied talisman exhibited on our eastern shore, a stark reminder of the tenets of sacrifice that we should be upholding; should’ve always been upholding.  See, it’s because of our backsliding that we’re cursed. 

You can blame the forefathers for it, if you want; it’s their baby.  Someone should’ve mentioned to them that doing things, particularly doing them in the name of God, or under God, bears its own level of responsibility.  And woe be to those who, while evoking God’s name in all their accomplishments, act in a profoundly unchristian manner, as if it makes no difference in the world that they’re doing so.  America’s founding fathers wrote eloquently a plan for a nation where all men were created equal and in the same breath, under God, established systems that treated them exactly as if they were not.  

They slaughtered millions of indigenous people as America grew, all in the name of God, and at the same time, made themselves wealthy.  They used slaves, indentured servants and sharecroppers to create empires, all to keep a certain class of man down while propping another one up.  And when immigrants or freedmen did manage to gather wealth and could not be cheated out of it, they were simply killed or driven away.  Africans, Jews, Italians, Asians and the Irish have all felt the sting of bigotry through the ages.  This is United States History 101.  

Today, as immigrant and refugee levels swell our country’s already tasked economy, the ideal that was the Utopian dream of revolutionists is continually being thrown in the waste bin.  Maybe it was the election of the first African-American president, I’m thinking.  But whatever the reason, America is beginning to give up.  She is succumbing to the antithesis of the ideal that she still nevertheless thinks she is.  And this opposite that threatens us is Bubba.     

Bubba is not the fictitious good ole boy of Dukes of Hazzard fame.  He’s something entirely different and far more troubling.  When I look at Roy Moore, I see Bubba; a short-eyed grown man that has no problem in dating a family’s teenage daughter. He reminds me that Bubba has no finesse around women which leads him to have no respect for them.  He is the ignoble yang against the moral and honorable yin.  He is intolerant and mean, void of the commonality of decency that most of us try to aspire to. 

Yes, that’s right; it’s the ideal I’m talking about!  Unfortunately, it's a summit we've failed to conquer and now, Bubba has relinquished it for his own gain or pleasure and beckons the nation to do the same.  In truth, Bubba never really believed in or truly bought into the notion of this idyllic America.  Rather, Bubba has always been about his own agenda; his basic wants and desires.  And the really scary part is something we’ve discovered recently.  Bubba is trending.  Bubba can be elected president.

Another scary thing to consider: what does all of this say to our children?  Are we creating an entire generation of Bubba’s and those he preys upon?  Will our next generation of men be the types who know how to treat a lady or simply be a ragtag bunch of pussy-grabbers?  My mother always admonished me to never forget about the women in our family and that doing so should help me to always respect the gender.  It’s a lesson I passed on to my son.  But nobody is teaching Bubba and, did I say that was scary?





Autumn Cote Added Nov 14, 2017 - 1:30am
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PaganTeaPartier Added Nov 14, 2017 - 4:38am
I, for one, find nothing credible in being lectured to about America's founding principles, from those who hate America as it was founded.
Who wax nostalgically about the dream of men, whom they hold in contempt.
Who demonstrate no contextual understanding of the significance of what The Divine Right of Kings really means, as they denounce "all men are created equal" as a lie.
Who claim that those who forged a system of government, deliberately limited, and cynically assuming the worst of those who would run it, as they divided up the powers hoping to contain their ambitions behind gridlock, were attempting to lay down idealist principles upon which a social utopia would be built, watched over by a benevolent state, enforcing its gentle wisdom without constraint.
Who believe that the common decency which we all aspire to, is the idyllic America which will be realized, once the culture that created it has been exterminated.
Why, it almost seems like such people never actually learned anything about America's founding, and instead heard only the echoes of Soviet Cold War propaganda.
And now it seems those who have been turning a blind eye for decades to the sexual exploitation of women within their centers of cultural influence, all in the name of political expediency, wish to lecture us for failing to uncritically accept oh so conveniently timed, unsubstantiated allegations, being tried in the bullpens of the Washington Press Corp, instead of in a court room.
This pretense of moral superiority would be laughable, if its self serving hypocrisy wasn't so patently offensive.
Even A Broken Clock Added Nov 14, 2017 - 5:05pm
What is the female equivalent of a Bubba? There are certainly many of those populating this country. I do love the image of Roy Moore as a Bubba.
Ben, welcome to Writerbeat. Looking forward to other posts.
Pagan - I understand your concern about the timing of the allegations against Roy Moore. What I think is that a dam has burst, and everything that has been held back as not being something to discuss, has now come out into the open. This is a tsunami of sexual harassment exposures coming out, but the dirty secret is that this culture has always accepted it as we swept it under the rug. I don't think it is a conspiracy to discredit Roy Moore - it is more like the character from Network yelling "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Edward Miessner Added Nov 14, 2017 - 5:33pm
Ben, welcome to Writerbeat. Excellent post. I think the real curse has been the blatant hypocrisy that has attended to us and our ancestors since the beginning: the extermination of the natives and enslavement of imported Africans especially. The sexual harrassment scandles coming from all sides now is a recent manifestation and exposure of this. Yet one side wants to do apologetics for their people who are caught up in scandal and it sure ain't the Left these days. Otherwise, Weinstein and Spacey would not have seen their careers destroyed by this.
PaganTeaPartier Added Nov 14, 2017 - 6:11pm
This is hardly a new smear tactic.
Plenty of confessions and corroborating accounts in Hollywood and Media, there's a world of difference between excusing behavior, and viewing completely unsubstantiated allegations with scepticism.
Both and All
Basic precept of Justice, just because someone is accused, does not make that person guilty.
Leroy Added Nov 14, 2017 - 6:25pm
"Bubba can be elected president."
He was elected president.  Remember Bill Clinton a.k.a. Bubba
Ben McCargo Added Nov 15, 2017 - 8:05am
Morning, everyone and thanks for the welcome.  To PTP:  I'm sorry if you think i was lecturing and I have nothing but love for the fathers in the beginning.  They knew about this quagmire, this lie they were creating and always tried to avoid it, make their southern compatriots see the error of their ways.  Like I said, now it seems like we no longer want to try anymore.  To hell with it, embrace your bigotry, it keeps you warm at night.  That was what I was attempting to say.  And i don't understand; the Divine Right of Kings?!  Didn't they come to America to get away from that stuff?  Thanks for commenting and be good.
George N Romey Added Nov 15, 2017 - 1:30pm
Bubbas are rich people that can buy influence, power, sex you name it. They want to think it’s not the money doing it but their personality, brains, looks, etc.
As far as our Founding Fathers, they were constrained by the ignorance of the times. Just like FDR never took the Japanese threat seriously thinking the Japanese intectually inferior and too shortsighted to shot straight. Pearl Harbor occurred because of his prejudice,
Edward Miessner Added Nov 15, 2017 - 2:48pm
Pagan, "Plenty of confessions and corroborating accounts in Hollywood and Media, there's a world of difference between excusing behavior, and viewing completely unsubstantiated allegations with scepticism."
Except there are corroborating accounts in the case of Roy Moore and the GOP Establishment want nothing to do with him. Face it, Pagan, your Bubba is a creep! (Just like our Bubba, Bill Clinton.)
Edward Miessner Added Nov 15, 2017 - 2:49pm
Ben, well they really should have gone their separrate ways, then. It would have avoided a War Between the States that still divides us even unto this very day.
Ben McCargo Added Nov 15, 2017 - 8:16pm
To Ed: that's it in a nutshell, hypocrisy.  My thing though is when you evoke God's name, it takes on a more spiritual and serious connotation.  It's more of a commitment, a bond between you and the Big Guy.  Hey, I'm sure some are saying maybe and Hell No, some others.  But even if you only believe in Karma, then the US has behaved over the centuries in a very unkarmic way.  (is that a word.  my spell check is saying it isn't).  It's a notion of mine, especially as we're in the soup it seems here recently, is that maybe we're straying from what has kept us strong, our spirituality.  Hell, even when we were bad, we always righted ourselves in the past, acknowledged we were bad, did some sort off penance-sure itwas probably all bullshit, we knew that, but penance is penance- and we moved on.  Now, seems like we don't even want to do that.   
Jeffry Gilbert Added Nov 15, 2017 - 8:22pm
Ooooooo, scary! Ooooooo!
One suggests you lift up your skirt grab yourself by the balls and be a man. Start by not using "scary". 
That those who seek power do so in every aspect of their lives should be neither a surprise nor scary to an adult male. 
Ben McCargo Added Nov 15, 2017 - 8:26pm
To George:  Yeah, I get that to a degree.  But having come from a land where some faced persecution in some form or another, it makes you wonder how could they discard that tenet which drove them to sail across the ocean to a land they knew nothing about, when it came to their African brothers?  Let me ask you; doesn't the Constitution make declarative statements about men and their rights and freedoms?  See, so they were enlightened enough to put such protection in writing.  A bunch of these cats were lawyers, right?  they knew the deal; how to  lock a person in place.  So the question remains, why not your black brothers?  The answer is, because we were not men, we were chattel, property.  And that's the hypocrisy that America was born under.   And that's not ignorance George; that's greed.     
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 16, 2017 - 8:26am
Maybe you need to read by Diamond, Guns Steel and Germs (those word are the title the order may be different).   The complaints you put on the head of the colonies have been on the heads of humans since the stone age.  And continue in North Korea, Islam, etc.  the millions killed by communism in the last two centuries.  You seem to be very picky.   
The definition of Bubba for you is any region of the nation that did not vote for Hillary rotten Clinton.  Since we do not grasp the ideals of Marx  a person that used communism and socialism interchangeable quite often then we are bubbas.  That means you buy into the millions killed to purge the USSR and China of bubbas. 
George N Romey Added Nov 16, 2017 - 8:34am
Ben our founding fathers saw we the people as white male land owners. Since none of us were there it’s hard to determine whether those men were just greedy or ignorant with the times. In the end they did lay a foundation for a decent government compared to what was out there. Then we began the great illusion that we are the shining beacon of true good. Tell that to the Indians.
Dino Manalis Added Nov 16, 2017 - 8:44am
It's not a curse, it's a lack of wise policies and, since 9/11, it's gotten worse with more disarray at home and abroad with much more divisiveness and anger as time progresses.  There's a basic need for good morals and values throughout society, in homes and with policymakers.
Edward Miessner Added Nov 16, 2017 - 1:37pm
Ben, "Hell, even when we were bad, we always righted ourselves in the past, acknowledged we were bad, did some sort off penance-sure it was probably all bullshit, we knew that, but penance is penance- and we moved on.  Now, seems like we don't even want to do that." 
Not really, especially when it came to the first nations, i.e., American Indians, and you and your brothers' ancestors. Sure, there was plenty of so-called penance but was it really a righting of ourselves? No, but we did believe our own bullshit.
And yeah, you're right. We don't even want to do that these days.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 16, 2017 - 4:47pm
EABC sez: I don't think it is a conspiracy to discredit Roy Moore - it is more like the character from Network yelling "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore.-That won't buy "You're so right, EABC," from WB rightists, they'll get mad...not to worry.  Like Geo, they'll never do anything, anyway, so *shrug*...According to WB rightists, ANYTHING bad to do with Roy Moore is because the left doesn't love gawd enough, and haven't tried Hillary for "all her crimes." Maybe you forgot, but Moore waved a pistol around on stage in a public setting, so that, too makes him eternally okay, being a pedophile or not doesn't matter when you love the 2nd amendment as much as ol Roy does, right?
Ben McCargo Added Nov 17, 2017 - 7:56am
To Thomas Sutrina: Exactly!!  America didn't break any new ground.  She did the same thing that nations always do, some of them and have always done, like you said, through the ages.  The problem with America is that she thinks she rises above all of that, doesn't really want to recognize fully her culpability.  I don't think any nation is eager to remember their embattled past.  But you're absolutely right.  And even knowing there was this challenge to fulfill the ideal, America was always trying, it seemed, until now.  Maybe we're paying for that?  
Ben McCargo Added Nov 17, 2017 - 7:58am
To Jeff Gilbert: Hell, even a man can be scared.  But recognizing fear isn't succumbing to it, right?  Ease up on the man cracks, baby!!
Ben McCargo Added Nov 17, 2017 - 8:02am
To George: The "Great Illusion"...yeah, tell it to the Indians.  That's for real and that could be where it all began to intensify.  Slavery was one thing but the subjugation of native American indigenous people was really tragic.  Necessary for expansion, some may challenge.  Still, it hurts us, I think.
Ben McCargo Added Nov 17, 2017 - 8:04am
To Edward: yes, we do believe our own bullshit.  It's like the more we lose our spirituality, we lose our needed skepticism along with it.  
Ben McCargo Added Nov 17, 2017 - 8:07am
To Leroy:  had to think about your comment but you're right.  Clinton was Bubba too, even though he endeared himself to many with his slick ways.  But, as Al Franken is finding out, bad behavior is bad behavior and it should out for anyone.  Hey, lots of different types are Bubba.  Thank God Clinton didn't have short eyes...
Jeff Michka Added Nov 17, 2017 - 5:39pm
Ben mcC sez;I'm sorry if you think i was lecturing and I have nothing but love for the fathers in the beginning.-Well, that statement reminds me of someone else here who claimed to love the "Founding Fathers" almost more than life itself, Ryan Messano.  He even suggested once the founding fathers whispered to him...about really wanting a state religion...
Thomas Napers Added Nov 18, 2017 - 3:35am
I wonder, when the Left lose its sense of humor? 
To be sure, the conversation between Trump and Billy Bush was entirely not funny.  However, it is the way two men might talk to each other when they don’t think anyone is listening and they’re looking to have fun.  The fact Bush laughed probably made Trump think he was funny, which only egged him on more.  Between his wife and daughter, who he clearly respects and admires, not for one second do I think Trump thinks it’s OK for men to just grab women’s pussies.  So let’s call a spade a spade, you don’t like Trump and you will twist any story in your desperate attempt to smear him. 
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 18, 2017 - 7:44am
Ben, one of the big differences is that the founders of America knew that they also are not angles and they themselves needed the same constraints.  The put the laws of nature and nature's God above the law of man which is arbitrary example communism and monarchs.  And they realized that we will not follow nature's laws without a struggle.  So today we are way off the path of nature's laws.  That to was anticipated.   We were given two method of creating Amendments and the Federal government is not involved in the second.  The third option, we were given permission to replace the government.  
Ben McCargo Added Nov 20, 2017 - 8:30am
To Jeff: thanks for the concern but no one is whispering to me other than my wife giving me something to do.
To Thomas: I get that to a degree Thomas, I'm a man.  But I never engaged in a conversation like that even when I was a really, really young and stupid man.  This whole thing of locker room talk was bull.  Tell me this: I learned as a young (and then not-too-bright) man that gentlemen kept counsel and didn't kiss and tell and that it was the ones not getting any at all that were always bragging about it.  Hmm....what does that say about the whole conversation, huh?
Ben McCargo Added Nov 20, 2017 - 8:32am
To Thomas:  I wish i could see that but I can't.  I agree that today we've lost "touch" but with what, I guess is the question.  That's my whole problem with them; they were following God's laws but it seemed God's laws did not apply to other than colonial white men.  See, we're back to that "ideal".
Thomas Sutrina Added Nov 20, 2017 - 11:58am
Bubba elected Trump, which includes states that have voted Democratic since Reagan.  Trump pitched the same message as Reagan and "Make America Great Again is from Reagan." 
Ben McCargo The Democrat pitch and actions for eight years was:
*  Coal miners of West Virginia go on welfare because the environment is harmed by burning coal. 
*  Individual the want to purchase health care, the younger people that make up a big part of this group that didn't find good jobs our of school, are told by ACA your paying for welfare recipients and sick people with your premiums.   You will get zero services for that money unless you in a major accident or diagnosed with a major illness.   And you do not have a choice, we will fine you.
*  Detroit, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,  we are going to keep pushing jobs off shore, your jobs.  Union workers in industry sorry you supported us for decades but for the good of socialism your jobs will move off shore too.
*  Chicago, Detroit, etc. we will let the looters destroy the stores you visit.  We will take away your guns and leave you defenceless against the gangs that have come for passed decades of welfare promoting single parent house holds over two parent households.   We place the rights of criminals over your rights.
Bubba has not lost touch.  He may not know how to fix the problems but he absolutely sees them in his back yard.   The problems is that a savior often comes forward and destroys liberty to end the chaos.   The Democratic party wants to create the chaos, place the blame on someone else, and mope up the government like Hitler, Lenin, and Castro did and Chavez is trying.  That is what bubba may not see.  However Bubba may not have been taught the Constitution or Declaration of Independence by has some understanding of them as seen by the rejections above. 
Edward Miessner Added Nov 20, 2017 - 12:35pm
Thomas, your Bubba and Ben's Bubba are not the same thing. Ben is talking about populist-conservative politicians like The Donald and Roy Moore.
Your Bubba is the white working class stiff that's been taking it in the shorts from BOTH parties for at least forty years now since the Democrats abandoned working people for "youth" and the mainstream media demonised trade unions in the 1970s.
Now Trump came along in 2015-2016 with his Make America Great Again schtick and he set himself up as the saviour of the white working class, or at least that was how he came off. And those who didn't stay home on November 8th, voted for him at the polls. Well now is the Donald rewarding his working-class base? From the reports that came out of Washington and the reaction it is setting off across the country, he does not appear to be doing so, but paying off political debts to (or at least trying to) and doing favors for big businesses, the billionaires and multi-millionaires and the social conservatives most of whom are middle class and upper middle class.
Jeff Michka Added Nov 20, 2017 - 7:09pm
Ben McC sez: To Jeff: thanks for the concern but no one is whispering to me other than my wife giving me something to do.-Hopefully she didn't whisper for you to start a state religion.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Nov 21, 2017 - 6:08am
See, we're back to that "ideal".
Nothing at all wrong with that ideal. 
Its great to be white. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Nov 21, 2017 - 7:54pm
See, we're back to that "ideal".
Works a lot better than what Mugabe and his ilk did to Rhodesia.
Ben McCargo Added Nov 25, 2017 - 11:42am
To Jeff Gilbert:  It's funny you should say that, "It's great to be white".  Get down with that man.  In fact, I wrote a piece on another blog, "The Necessity of White Power".  You should check it out.  I ain't as off on you as you think I am.  We are all prejudice to some degree but we're all not bigots.  Prejudice allows us to get along together once water (people) finds its level.  Bigotry only destroys.  And thanks Ed for explaining the differences in our two Bubba examples.  After i wrote the piece, I thought of what I was saying and how it would impact on the ordinary country boy/man out there, not to mention anyone with the God-given name of Bubba.  I don't want to disparage them; I'm not talking about any of them.  rather I'm talking about this deterioration of our spirituality-this constant striving to be good people that seems to be falling by the wayside-as it's solidifies into overall bad behavior exhibited by those in office, the same  which ultimately will trickle down to the public.  
Ben McCargo Added Nov 25, 2017 - 11:50am
And also to Jeff: one of my biggest heartaches is the state of black Africa and why, when we rule ourselves after the white rule had gone, we tend to tear down and subjugate our own, just as bad or worst than he did.  I'm still working on that.  And I know, I can't cavalierly chalk it up to the effects of decades of persecution by white Anglo settlers; it's deeper than that.  It's a black thing that we will have to settle. Still, what you say is better-this penchant to go for the LCD-will only destroy us here in America, I think.  
Benjamin Goldstein Added Jan 27, 2018 - 3:07pm
They slaughtered millions of indigenous people as America grew, all in the name of God, and at the same time, made themselves wealthy.
Can you name the sites and the related casualties, the numbers, of these atrocities? Millions sounds a lot. Can you also quote the speeches that commanded the slaughtering to be done in the name of G-d? I know that I sound very uneducated, but I'm European and not well-versed in American history.