There is and has been a gargantuan gap between what our government does, what we know about our government, and what we believe it to be. That is partly our fault, partly the fault of the media.
But be assured, it is not an accident, but rather, a scheme. A scheme to make sure that the control of this country stays in the hands of the ultra-rich. So that the forces of our country will continue to fight the wars they profit from. So that legislature and executive branches can continue to pass laws and create policies that ensure they stay rich.
We believe in the concepts of good and evil, but we fail to recognize it exists on both sides. We identify with the two sides as “liberal” and “conservative”. When the truth is that neither side is liberal or conservative.
Real liberals do not vote for laws that infringe on the people’s rights, but left authoritarians do. Real Conservatives do not do not advocate reckless policies and endless wars that create record deficits, but the authoritarian right lives off the profits of the chaos and debt.
Maybe it is a lack of sound education (another part of the scheme). Although less educated people, can and have been aware of the duplicity and lies. Maybe it is because we are too far away from the wars. Too distracted, too caught up in our lives, our jobs, our kids to pay attention to the laws they pass. Or maybe it is just we are too lazy or complacently deaf to the sound of Nero’s fiddle.
Or maybe, it is our desire to actually believe that our leaders can be as noble as they are portrayed on TV and in the movies. That there are good guys and that we are on the same team. That the bad guys always get caught. That life is exactly how we think it should be.
Unfortunately, then we, or the press, look the other way on a players misdeed, because we are supporting their “side”, the playing field can, and has rippled into a corrosive pond of corruption. Just like the bad apple, even the good fruit is tainted by the corruption.
Our greatest follies are not just that we take the labels, the articles and ideas that agree with our own opinion, at face value. Or that we don’t bother to delve deeper. That we do not bother to fact check. Or that half the time we do not read past the headline, let alone question the veracity of the article.
No, our greatest folly is that we then place the blame for the dysfunction on each other, on drug users, on immigrants, on minorities instead of the corrupt law makers, and the propaganda we are fed. And we continue to vote as if the lie was truth..
A human flaw perhaps, to accept the narrative of our “side.” To find a scapegoat. One we continue to indulge in at our own peril. Especially when media is owned by the same class that now controls our government.