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Where is the Outrage?

We’ve not even finished the Memorial Day weekend and there is yet another Mitt Romney moving target for American voters. This week it is his magical move of targeted unemployment from the 4% range he promised Americans several weeks back to the now 6% he is guaranteeing voters.

The problem is most labor experts have already stated that if we make no policy changes, that unemployment will be 5% by 2016, so apparently Mitt’s campaign staff aren’t checking their facts. Unfortunately, facts are irrelevant as the presidential hopeful appeals to our emotions versus logic or reason.

There is an elite group of plutocrats flooding Big Media with massive amounts of disinformation to sway public opinion into voting against their own best interest. That’s right, unless you find yourself in the top .01%, which is where the current plutocracy sit, you are siding with policies and regulations that benefit the few at the expense of the many.

How is this happening, and where is the outrage?

According to recent research shared on NPR, 80% of Americans want to be told what to believe, and the ruling plutocracy know it. As opposed to using this information to make positive improvements to America that will help us compete globally for generations to come, they are using the information for their own advantage and to make money in the short-term.

We see it all the time. As opposed to our government writing policies that improve public health, they cave into Big Food. Adding salt to the wound (literally and figuratively) is Big Food spends billions in marketing persuading us to eat food that is killing us slowly. Big Pharm is happy about this since they can get Big Medicine to write more prescriptions for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetic medicines.

Big Tobacco still uses marketing on young kids to persuade them to smoke cigarettes. Big Alcohol says buy our beverage, and you’ll be part of the “in-group”.

Who doesn’t want to be popular? Who wants to make choices that makes them unpopular? I guess the 20% who see through this artful manipulation by Big Whoever.

Face it, the billionaire club uses research to manipulate Americans. When social responsibility takes a back seat to money, our democracy goes up for sale to the highest bidder.

The only power we have against these billionaires is our vote, however voter apathy or voter fatigue continues to plague our country. We are lazy and prefer not to think for ourselves, and don’t take the time to cast a ballot that could send a very clear message to those serving our nation.

While we sit idly by doing nothing, the tea party republicans in Congress have used the filibuster more times than any other congress in history to block policies of our President. This Congress has passed less legislation than any other congress since the Truman presidency. They’ve intentionally recommended increases to defense contractors at the expense of social programs.

Why isn’t Big Media reporting about this? If you got your newspaper on Sunday and waded through the pounds of paid advertisements, you’ll know why.

The entire voting base should be spitting nails over these actions.  Women are under attack from our republican candidates, yet registered voters couldn’t find the polls earlier this month in the primary. Christian fundamentalists are infusing their religion back into government policy making from federal to local levels which clearly violates federal laws.

Two well-known economists, Paul Krugman, and Arthur Laffer, both have said we are in a depression. Who implements government austerity measures during a depression? Who cuts federal and state programs to help people of need during a national depression?

The most troubling question is, or what is worse, who sits back and watches it happen?

From Thomas Jefferson,

God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion.
The people cannot be all, and always, well-informed. The part which is
wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts
they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions,
it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. …
And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not
warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of
resistance?…

 

Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.

One Comment

  1. Excellent article, Todd. Having been involved in local politics I learned that people don’t get involved or even pay attention until it affects them personally. Our freedoms will erode if we don’t fight for them.

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