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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Double talk

English: George Orwell in Hampstead On the cor...

English: George Orwell in Hampstead On the corner of Pond Street and South End Road, opposite the Royal Free Hospital. The bookshop has long gone. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The GOP have adopted Orwell’s 1984 as the authority for their thought and speech: doublethink and double talk from the Ministry of Truth where words have the opposite meaning of that commonly accepted and found in dictionaries.

The FAIR tax is not fair. It is a flat consumption tax with a gimmick, rebates to low-income consumers that I predict will disappear over time once the GOP have attained their objective. Their objective? Abolish the progressive income tax and the IRS.

Safety nets made of tissue paper that won’t hold water or rescue the needy either from accident or weather related distress.

The death tax which is not a tax the dead pay, but one assessed on the living. We claim to believe in a level playing field, so why should some be given an enormous head start in life? It is harmful to democracy and frequently harmful to the development of character in heirs and heiresses.

Compromise to the GOP means give me all I demand and 50% of what you demand.

Free markets are free from regulation so that competition can be stifled and monopoly profits earned.

 

Pro democracy

English: Mike Panetta, shadow representative f...

English: Mike Panetta, shadow representative for the District of Columbia, at a rally on Capitol Hill in support of D.C. voting rights. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

GOP pro democracy if and only if they win. Otherwise they will restrict voting rights rather than try to convince voters of the rightness of their ideas.

Fire John Boehner

John Boehner - Caricature

John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

There must be at least one moderate Republican in the House of Representatives who is willing to put country before party. Let us elect him or her Speaker to replace John Boehner, and let us do that with a few Republican votes and all or mostly all of votes of the Democratic members of the House.

Role reversal

I created the graph myself with data from a Pe...

I created the graph myself with data from a Pew Research Center study, taken from here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would like to see a different format for some of the debates among the candidates before the November, 2016, election. Assemble a group of either Democratic or Republican candidates for a panel and then assemble a group of reporters to question them. Allow the candidates to question each other and the reporters also. Don’t restrict the questions coming only from the reporters. Let’s see how much the reporters really know about the subject matter they are supposedly experts.