Today I find it an obligatory desire to climb on a soapbox and express some notions that have been brewing for quite a while. Before I proceed it has come to my attention that in my attempts to offer my thoughts and yearnings to the world by expressing my potential wisdom I have a tendency to get, “wordy.” This particular character asset (at least in my mind) is present and will continue to exhibit itself ad infinitum.
It has come to my attention, as I am sure a great other many people believe, that we are in the early onset stages of a dementia based malady that might just annihilate our society/world. This would be the kind way of beginning this diatribe. The reference to a sickness implies that there might be a treatment or cure for this issue.
I do not think or believe this is the case.
After much research it has come to my attention that most people are incapable of seeing the danger in this country while continuing to yearn for the realization of the “Make America Great” paradigm. The folly being perpetrated has been intentionally created by well lettered individuals with an agenda to play with the emotions of the obtuse. They represent, on a grand level, the acumen of a shell game aficionado. They continually place the pea under a shell and dazzle those hoping to discover the pea, and the win the prize. The game is an addiction in that the players are betting on a superior mental/physical talent against the true talent in the enterprise. A grifter who will gladly take everything they have up to the point when it is determined that the pea is in the performer’s pocket. This unearthing usually causes the owner of the shells and pea to somehow vanish seemingly into thin air.
How do these sorts of criminals always seem to be present everywhere we go? Their success or longevity can be attributed to their belief that the people betting on the pea and its placement are all idiots. The grifter, once having come to this realization about his opponents, shuffles the shells with abandon for they know how to deal with idiots. Treat them as if they were geniuses while fleecing them like a modern day Artful Dodger, dirty top hat, waistcoat, and cravat included.
How do we combat such skullduggery? We take away the shells and forget the pea. In a modern day translation the symptoms are simple to spot. They are the conviction that what we see on television, what our children are learning (or not learning) in school, and the level of expertise of the grifter. The tools are evident, if we just look hard enough. Charles P. Pierce detailed them in “Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of The Free.” He wrote;
“Three Great Premises of Idiot America
1. Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units.
2. Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough.
3. Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is determined by how fervently they believe it.”
We currently live in a society where these absurd statements have most vexingly become true. The grifter-in-charge, whoever that may be can persuade citizens through the liberal use of the media, the internet, or by reinterpreting the ideals which we believe to be our foundational principles to their advantage. And yet somehow we accept or believe the tripe they are hawking.
We live in a country where the commission of a crime or act of treason is acceptable on the part of our leaders. They ignore legally binding portions of their oaths of office and act as they want. Why?
They have created this Idiocracy (a form of government in which a country or territory is run by fools) in this country, with a twist. The fools are not those who rule but those who are being ruled. We currently live in a country that has had a foreign country, our most formidable opponent on the world scene, fleece us of one of our most foundational tenets; the right to elect a President.
We have a government that is actively pursuing a stratagem parallel to the Third Right and a population that is allowing it. We reap what we sow, and we are currently planting crops which will create famine and not feast. This is due to the overwhelming obtuseness of our great unwashed. SHAME ON US!
This piece was originally meant to be a look at the gun control issue before being hijacked into something else. It is an inherent part of my psyche to look for the origin of a problem and see where it came from and where the solution might be found. The origin in this lecture, sermon, or dissertation came out of watching a most diabolical device; television connected to a satellite dish displaying many channels in all forms of categories, but little by way of accurate information. We have this device as our chief means of being up to date and yet the only place we find the “Superman” credo, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” is in the fictional scripted dramas and comedies that show us how we should be living. It is amusing that our society has less veracity then WWE wrestling, of whatever reality show is currently popular. Imagine a world where we cannot elect a woman as president while celebrating the 36th season of a reality show where dirt encrusted, scantily clad people debase themselves in the hope of realizing the American Dream.
We have a moral dilemma. We can no longer decide what is right or wrong. We are bereft of morals. We raise voice and ire at injustice while allowing it everywhere we look. When did justice become just a word and not an ideal? This is what I think we must do this day in every way;
Fiat justitia ruat cælum