Opinions are great, everyone has them and even if they are poorly informed, we can’t create exceptions. The well informed may be easier for party conversation, but the misinformed are sometimes great provender for our social sharing. Truthfully, perhaps it is the misinformation and those who are so plugged into remaining misinformed that should be our highest priority of this silly season that is this election season. Everything, every single
last thing flows from being well informed, knowledgeable and having fact-based information. Without a clear understanding of both present day, as well as the historical basis for decisions it is impossible to form well-informed opinions.
Do not get me wrong, I am not so presumptuous to believe that five (5) people given the same facts will arrive at the same opinion. In all likelihood, they will not. Each person, given the same facts will have still brought their own personal history, education and bias to the table prior to being presented with the facts. Based on these personal details, each person will form an opinion. If asked to solve a problem (non-mathematical), each person will apply their own skills and history to the solution, despite having been given the precise same facts.
However, you are not allowed your own facts!
It is that simple, there is nothing ambiguous about the above statement; or is there?
I will be damned if I don’t think there might be something wrong in the water we drink or the air we breathe these days, because it seems we are indeed allowed our own facts. It appears one can say anything, pull anything out of thin air and repeated often enough it becomes accepted truth.
Satire becomes Truth, repeated often enough.
Lies become Truth, repeated often enough.
Let us take a couple of my favorites as examples.
Barack Obama is a Socialist, or a Communist, or a Fascist, or practices Islam.
Well no, he is not a Socialist. In fact, he is a Centrist Democrat, a moderate. The following are Socialists.
|Name||Famous for||Name||Famous For|
|Hugo Chavez||President Venezuela||Friedrich Engels||Godfather of Socialism|
|Norman Thomas||Presbyterian Minister, Author, Activist||Helen Keller||Activist, Lecturer, Author|
|George Orwell||Journalist, Literary Critic, Author||Eugene V. Debs||Founder IWW, Social Democratic Party|
|Francis Bellamy||Author of the Pledge of Allegiance, Baptist Minister||Cornell West||Educator, Philosopher|
|Albert Einstein||Scientist||Bertrand Russell||Philosopher, Nobel Peace Prize Winner|
|Howard Zinn||Historian, Educator||Naomi Klein||Author, Activist|
|Karl Marx||Father of Socialism||John Dewey||Philosopher, Educator|
|Bernie Sanders||Mayor of Burlington, US Representative||Tommy Douglas||Baptist Minister, Premier of Saskatchewan|
The names in the table above are all admitted Social Democrats or Socialists, some are early versions some are still alive and working in their fields of expertise. There is clearly a wide base of knowledge in that group, everything from Philosophy, Science, Authors and Educators and oh my Politicians. Odd, I simply can’t find our current POTUS on the list, not because I decided I wouldn’t put him there either; no it isn’t that at all. It is for this simple reason:
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED YOUR OWN FACTS!
Here is another fun filled falsehood.
America is a Christian Nation.
No, it is not. Never has been. Never was intended to be. There isn’t a single shred of historical evidence to support the statement. On the other hand, there is significant evidence to support the historical view the United States of America was founded as a Nation that would be respectful and welcoming to all faiths and would be governed under Secular Law.
Another fun filled Fact:
Socialism ≠ Communism ≠ Nazism ≠ Fascism
These are all distinctly different political systems and in some cases economic theories. They are not the same. In fact, they have little to do with each other except in the minds of the ignorant.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED YOUR OWN FACTS!
We are in the silly season that is the Presidential campaign season. Thanks to the brilliance of SCOTUS we have the Citizen United ruling, making money talk and corporations people. Truth and Facts have taken a back seat to propaganda and outright lies. The problem is Citizen United was simply the Chocolate Sauce on the Sundae, since the 1980’s our public education system has been dumbing down our citizens so propaganda becomes the bar to climb over and it is a low bar indeed. Truth shouted on street corners is ignored in favor of the most egregious lie.
Both sides have their Pac’s, both sides have their defenders and both sides are able to distance themselves from these no holds barred swift-boaters. What should we do as responsible Americans? How do we distance ourselves from the garbage and educate ourselves on what is factual and best for our nation?
I will leave you with this, this is one of the lies, this is what the Conservative listens to and believe.
All I can say is you are not allowed your own facts!