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1. A sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity.‘ a paroxysm of weeping’
A sudden recurrence or attack of a disease; a sudden worsening of symptoms. ‘paroxysms of ataxia and shaking’
Late Middle English from French paroxysme, via medieval Latin from Greek paroxusmos, from paroxunein ‘exasperate’, from para- ‘beyond’ + oxunein ‘sharpen’ (from oxus ‘sharp’).
It’s hard to read the reports of what is happening in some of our urban centers, what is happening in our government, without wondering where things go next. Will things return to a “sanity” as understood by at least half of our fellow countrymen? Or will events accelerate and careen out of control? Will it happen only locally/regionally, or will no place in our country be left untouched?
Powerline blog is cataloging events in greater Minneapolis and they are not good: FROM THE BIZARRE TWIN CITIES HELLWORLD, FROM THE BIZARRE TWIN CITIES HELLWORLD (2), FROM THE BIZARRE TWIN CITIES HELLWORLD (3), MINNEAPOLIS CANCELS SCHOOL FOR CHAUVIN RIOTS, and UNIONS EVICT NATIONAL GUARD.
Add to this “woke” corporations and sports leagues. Throw in court-packing and metastasizing racism clothed as anti-racism. Watch as our global foes secure their positions at the expense of our old and more recent allies. Notice the silencing of voices wherever they are within the reach of Big Tech.
All of a sudden a parliamentary system is looking better. Which system — parliamentary or US constitutionally fixed terms — best enables a citizenry to retake the levers of power before it is too late?
We are paying a price for…what exactly? What should have been our response to Marxist ideology in the several decades where it has been promoted in writing and various actions? What should have been our response to rising national chains supplanting local entrepreneurs, the concentration of more and more capital in fewer and fewer hands? What should have been our response to not just growing secularism, but active marginalization of faith and belief? What should have been our response to a “credentialing” system focused more and more on compliance to ideology rather than fundamental competence and critical thinking?
We focused on our own lives and private concerns. We left public concerns and trends to others. We voted but did not organize to put forward candidates that had been vetted against our values. We underestimated the capability for corruption — as humans we were corruptible in small ways but had little insight into how big corruption operates.
We sent a warning shot against these forces in the person of President Trump. But, was it too late? Had we let things drift to the point where we had few real champions, and those whom we had were left with too little support?
We are suffering a paroxysm. Where will we be when it is over?Published in