A good friend of mine forwarded this article from the BBC about Americans voting against their best interests. AGAIN!!!
The phenomenon continues. A quote from the article states that:
“Thomas Frank, the author of the best-selling book What’s The Matter with Kansas, is an even more exasperated Democrat and he goes further than Mr Westen.
He believes that the voters’ preference for emotional engagement over reasonable argument has allowed the Republican Party to blind them to their own real interests.”
I would go even farther to say that even the emotional engagement itself is a premeditated tactic. We are ALL upset. But, those who can afford such projects, are using the pain and frustration that they created by cutting taxes for the rich and leaving everyone else to make up the loss in revenue to keep people angry and not listening or asking questions.
In truth Progressives have more of a right to be upset than anyone because all of our warnings for the past 20 – 30 years about our planet, our health, and our economic system were ignored and here we are. No, there is a little bit more to this than meets the eye. I, as well as many other Americans have participated in massive demonstrations and many a town meeting and we NEVER got the kind of media coverage and ECHOING of our message like the Conservatives did in just a few months of organizing? No, that’s money talking. No doubt.
I believe that we are on a moving train. Each day more and more wealth is concentrated into fewer and fewer hands. Each day there is less and less truth to be found anywhere. Self imposed lack of knowledge is encouraged, of course! This coupled with a national version of the agent provocateur. You know: get people mad, encourage their anger, blame it on your enemy and let them do your dirty work for you. America is not the first government that Big Business has manipulated for its own gain.
Ironically, but not surprisingly, the Conservatives are acting just like Communist or Fascist. The first group that is always eliminated, (sent to work camps or shot) is the intelligentsia. You know, the people who have actually been paying attention to what’s going on, for a long time. The Yahoo mass media called them the “over educated”. What the @#$% does that mean? FOX may be blatant but other media outlets are just more subtle. What remains true is the actual Opposition Voice to the Big Business Agenda is kept out of the media. Completely.
Self imposed lack of knowledge is not happening among angry working folks. When you have to work so many hours just to keep food on the table you are strongly discouraged from finding out anything on your own. No time for turkeys to even find out what Christmas is! This circumstance is exploited.
People’s egos are plucked to resist facts or reading and people like Palin deliberately give the impression of not being intelligent because, well, that’s the message- smart is bad. What you are seeing here is the above mentioned government destabilizing, marketing tactics of wealthy special interests. It happens all the time and now it is happening here. This is not ALL the wealthy mind you. I will talk about that in another post.
The press, has other reasons for falling in line. I think the press needs to keep working on figuring that out for themselves. I am saying this in honest support of members of the press who are questioning their corporate interest and their responsiblity to informing a Democracy. I do not envy them and I send much love and encouragement. Save your money! I think we need to start a real free press. Consolidate our resources and let’s have some high-profile defections. Now that’s a story that would be apparently way more important than facts.