Of course, I am being ironic and I am speaking from experience. When growing up I was taught to blame “the world” or “Satan” or those “dang liberals” and it worked really well for decades. But, finally Reality bit me in the butt in my mid-thirties and I had to begin the arduous task of withdrawing my projections and accepting responsibility for my life.. I had to slowly learn that choices I had made, and was making, shaped my life and that I had at any particular moment the power to make better choices, better choices which could improve my lot in life. No, suddenly repenting like that (and “repenting” actually means “changing”) did not undo the bad choices I had made but it lessened the impact of some of them and empowered me to make better one’s in the present which could positively shape the unfolding of my life.
I found it really fascinating last week as the Tea Party and Republican party finally began to hear the giant sucking sound that has been toying with them for decades, their standard bearer, Senator Ted Cruz, came out and announced, “President Obama is trying to destroy the Republican Party.” Wow! Republicans themselves were openly discussing the disarray among their ranks and finally acknowledging the identity crisis that has been percolating in their soul for at least the past eight years. Anyone looking on with any meta-cognitive grasp of the world could see that the risk of destruction for the Republican party was from within its own ranks not from without But, demagogues like Cruz can never own up to their own faults and probably sincerely do not see them. They always have to project the cause of their misfortune outside of themselves, a procedure which resonates with the dispossessed who constitute the hyper-conservative wing of their base.
Obama would never wish for the destruction of the conservative voice in our political process as he knows it would bring calamity. He knows there must be dialogue and dialogue can take place only where there are different “presences” present. And if there is no “difference” present in any discussion, there is only an echo chamber. And an “echo chamber” ultimately leads to an expression of the Taliban that is present in all of our hearts.