Brainwashed

The Brainwashed logo.

The Brainwashed logo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why do Americans sit idly by when our freedoms and our economic livelihoods are threatened? Citizens of other countries would take to the streets to protest while we, in contrast, do nothing. I believe that we Americans have been brainwashed into accepting what our political leaders tell us as they carry out the mandates of the 1%. We live in limbo since corporate-owned media entertain us, rather than inform us.

What must we do to change this? First of all, we must demand to be informed by the media, not entertained. To that end, I recommend two non-profit websites free from corporate influence: www.readersupportednews.org and www.truthout.org Both are worth supporting if you can. If you cannot give to maintain them, then I suggest you send articles you find important or extra informative to your friends and relatives, your kith and kin. If we don’t know what is going on, we can’t demand changes.

Secondly, I would suggest that you consider becoming active in the political process at any level and work to get out the vote during elections. The fewer people who vote, the easier it becomes to steal elections or maintain incumbents in office. Change is required and the only way to get change is to change the players.

During the medieval period, kings and the nobility, the 1% of that day,  maintained their hold on power with the support of the clergy, the media of that day. The 99% accepted their lot in life with the promise of a better life in the next life. Today’s 1% use the media to spin a fantasy world in which anyone might become fabulously wealthy through hard work or good luck. The truth is that the US has become more class stratified than Europe and the chances of hitting it big in a lottery are much less than being struck by lightning.

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TruthRevolt.org

The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

The red “GOP” logo used by the party for its website (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TruthRevolt.org is a new right-wing website dedicated to destroying anyone in the mainstream media who dares to tell the truth about the GOP. Watch for it and be wary.

Their mission statement in part:

“The media must be destroyed where they stand. That is our mission at Truth Revolt. The goal of TruthRevolt is simple: unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.”

The Big Lie

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Have you ever noticed that all Republicans say the same thing and it is usually untrue? It is my understanding that a weekly message is selected every Wednesday in a meeting under the auspices of Grover Norquist. That becomes the party message for the week. It is often a Big Lie that gains some currency from its sheer repetition by so many and so many unquestioning media sources.

For example, to present a “balanced” message as so many in the media do, Paul Ryan was on Meet the (Corporate Owned) Press on Sunday. Part of his message was the bromide that the Democrats are waging class warfare by asking the wealthy to pay their fair share in Federal taxes. When the media devotes equal time to the truth and equal time to Big Lies, that is not a balanced presentation of the facts.

I believe that the Sunday political talk shows should devote a portion of every show to fact checking what has been said earlier in that same show. With a few researchers there in person using the internet and reference books as sources, I believe that a real need could be served by quickly debunking what passes for political discourse in this country. If it were possible, I would connect every guest to a lie detector for instant monitoring.

Please see I am weary