Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what every man
wishes, that he also believes to be true.
They say that if a lie is repeated enough times it becomes everyone’s truth. That may very well be true, but no matter how many times a lie is repeated it does not alter the fundamental fact that it is, in fact, a lie. The truth is the truth; whether people choose to accept or to reject it.
What I’m more interested in is what transpires when an individual who has lived their entire life believing a lie suddenly comes face to face with the truth. If a person’s entire belief system was based upon that lie, there is a good chance that encountering the truth would cause a great deal of stress. This stress has a name; cognitive dissonance.
When people experience cognitive dissonance after having been exposed to the truth, they can do but one of two things. Either they can accept the truth, and alter their belief system, or they can choose to reject or ignore the truth. It has been my experience that most people, when confronted with facts which contradict existing beliefs, will choose to reject the new facts, even when they are proven to be unequivocally true.
If you want my honest opinion on the matter it is morally reprehensible; denying the truth because it conflicts with previous lies you have been told. It shows a severe lack of integrity on the part of an individual to reject the truth simply because it conflicts with currently held beliefs. In fact, one could almost call it cowardice.
After having said all that, there is one thing I have yet to speak of; the fact that a great deal of people don’t care one way or the other about the truth; they are apathetic when it comes to certain things which they consider to be of little importance to their lives.
Apathy is defined as a lack of concern, or indifference towards something: or a general lack of enthusiasm. Everyone, including me, is apathetic; the important question is ‘What are people apathetic about?’
I could care less who wins the Super Bowl; what dress some actress wears to the Oscars; or the newest app to be released for your iPhone; these things simply don’t matter to me. The problem as I see it is that too many people’s priorities are all mixed up. Instead of caring about things that really matter, trivial pursuits have taken the top spot on their list of things that matter to them.
The history of this country and understanding how our system of government was supposed to function are way down on most people’s list of priorities; if they are even on the list in the first place. You can tell a lot about a person’s priorities when they can name the last 10 winners of the Super Bowl; every quarterback in the NFL; or the entire offensive and defensive roster of their favorite football team, but not who is the current Secretary of State, or where in the Constitution it describes the powers granted our government.
Yet these same people would blow a gasket were one to suggest that they be denied the right of suffrage, [voting]. Many believe that the only requirement which determines whether a person should be allowed to vote is whether or not they have a pulse; having a basic understanding of our system of government is simply too much to ask of them.
I have mentioned many times that we are not a democracy, we are a Republic; or at least we were supposed to be a Republic. Yet the only real difference between the two systems is how much people know about the law which controls the actions of government, and how well they adhere to it. When a majority of the people don’t care what the law says government can and cannot do, we have essentially become a democracy where the majority gets whatever it wants.
Author Robert Heinlein said the following regarding his thoughts on democracies, “The America of my time line is a laboratory example of what can happen to democracies, what has eventually happened to all perfect democracies throughout all histories. A perfect democracy, a ‘warm body’ democracy in which every adult may vote and all votes count equally, has no internal feedback for self-correction. It depends solely on the wisdom and self-restraint of citizens… which is opposed by the folly and lack of self-restraint of other citizens. What is supposed to happen in a democracy is that each sovereign citizen will always vote in the public interest for the safety and welfare of all. But what does happen is that he votes his own self-interest as he sees it… which for the majority translates as ‘Bread and Circuses.
Bread and Circuses’ is the cancer of democracy, the fatal disease for which there is no cure. Democracy often works beautifully at first. But once a state extends the franchise to every warm body, be he producer or parasite, that day marks the beginning of the end of the state. For when the plebs discover that they can vote themselves bread and circuses without limit and that the productive members of the body politic cannot stop them, they will do so, until the state bleeds to death, or in its weakened condition the state succumbs to an invader—the barbarians enter Rome”
But you see, that’s my entire point; the truth doesn’t matter. People do not want to admit that it is not government that lies at the root of all the problems in America today; it is mankind. If we do, in fact, have a representative republic, then government is a snapshot of the public which elects these people to office.
That’s why I really like the following quote from former president James Garfield, “Now more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national legislature…. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation … it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture, and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”
I have spent the last 15 some odd years of my life studying the founding of this country and the establishment of its system of government; how much time have you devoted to it? I’d be willing to bet that most people haven’t spent 15 minutes.
Isaac Asimov once said, “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.” How can we have an honest discussion of the issues that concern us as a nation when facts do not matter? If facts do not matter in forming opinions, or settling disputes, we may as well just don boxing gloves and settle all disputes in the ring; as we are nothing better than brutes without reason and logic.
I simply don’t understand it, God gave us this miraculous brain and nobody seems to want to use it for anything other than storing mindless trivia. Yet people have the sheer audacity to expect me to give their opinions any weight when they do not have any facts or evidence to support them.
It has gotten so bad in this country that one who takes pride in being accurate and truthful finds themselves the object of scorn and derision. Or worse, they find themselves persecuted for simply telling the truth.
That’s how I see political correctness; a shield worn by those whose minds are too weak to confront facts and face the truth. They pull it out whenever someone comes too close to exposing the lies they believe in; effectively silencing the truth.
I can’t count the times I’ve been told to tone down my rhetoric because someone found it offensive. What about me; don’t my feelings count? I find stupidity, ignorance and apathy offensive; but I guess that doesn’t count because that’s exactly what those in control want; a mindless citizenry who are content to follow orders without questioning them.
As George Carlin so eloquently put it, “They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting FUCKED by a system that threw them overboard 30 FUCKING years ago. … … They don’t want that! You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork.” Well they certainly got what they wanted, as most people don’t know the first damned thing about the history of this country or how its system of government is supposed to function.
It is these people who are going to go to the polls in November and vote for the next president; and they say I have no right to complain because I do not participate in choosing who will lead this country.
Let me ask you a question; would you willingly get on a bus when you knew the path that bus was on would take it over a cliff? Or would the only thing you cared about was whether Republican or a Democrat was driving the bus?
Voting for the lesser of two evils, or even a halfway decent candidate is not going to alter the course our nation is currently upon. There is simply too much momentum behind the path we find ourselves on for the election of one or two good candidates at the federal level to make any difference.
Don’t get me wrong, I am no fool; I understand that were someone like Hillary to be elected our country would suffer far worse than it might under a Trump presidency. That doesn’t take away from the fact that should Trump be elected he will become part of the machine that is government, and I have yet to see government voluntarily reduce itself in size, or cut back on its violations of our fundamental rights.
I have simply refused to continue participating in a process that will not produce any real change for the better. Trump might not be as bad as Hillary; he might build his wall, bring back jobs to America; but is he going to dismantle the Dept of Homeland Security, shutdown the NSA, and revoke every unconstitutional gun law that has ever been passed? If not, then why should I bother voting for him when all he will be doing is violating the Constitution for things these so-called conservatives support?
If these people cannot find it within themselves to support the Constitution, then I cannot find it within myself to support the candidate they have chosen to run against Hillary. I am tired of accepting the lesser of two evils; my moral bullshit meter has reached its limit and I cannot tolerate any more of it.
So I’m opting out. Do not ask me to support any candidate for president when you refuse to demand that the candidate you have thrown your support behind will not support the Constitution; it’s that simple!
It’s all moot anyways; you’re going to vote for whomever you are going to vote for. Then you’re going to go back to your lives, ignoring the actions of your government until it gets close to the next election cycle; when you will display the proper amount of outrage, and then you will elect someone else to man the rudder.
It doesn’t matter how many times you change who pilots the good ship America, if you don’t change the course America is on eventually it will run aground or dash itself against the rocks of tyranny and oppression.
Oh, but silly me; that’s the truth and people don’t want to hear the truth any more.