IS AMERICA GOING CRAZY?
My answer is yes. And I am sorry to see it happen. Mitt the Twit is another empty headed GOP goon like G.W. Bush and Reagan, I wonder who will actually run the presidency if he wins.
John Cassidy raises some critical questions about our political life and what kind of life we can expect if the worst happens and Mitt the Twit is elected.
William Olkowski, PhD
Posted by John Cassidy
A writer for the New Yorker since 1995.
Cassidy raises the following ten commonly held beliefs about America that indicates a widespread mental inability to think deeply about the most important issues facing the country.
So, in comparing reality and these beliefs it is clear there is a disconnect. My own stick the head in the sand issues are only three:
1. The coming heating of the planet.
2. Widespread pesticide pollution and now this includes genetic pollutants from GMO crops as well.
3. Nuclear accidents/war. Re:Fukushima.
And behind all these are the ever increasing population due largely to immigrant populations and lack of sex educational programs in high schools due to religious prudery. And all the while politicos are involved in corporate and embryo personhood rights, homosexual marriage, anti-abortion murders instead of free abortion for all, and now widespread unemployment, uninvestigated fiscal crimes and fiscal irresponsibility about taxing the rich. Soon the rich will be the only ones who can afford taxes.
Now check out the following beliefs which Cassidy has assembled:
1. Gun laws and gun deaths are unconnected. How many times do we have to read about some religious nut grabing his god given gun and shooting a whole bunch of people before we do something about it? Having people with military style automatic rifles as neighbors is a bad trend. Are we safer with the huge military expenses? Then why do these people fear so much? Fear everywhere.
2. Private enterprise is good; public enterprise is bad. The largest public enterprise is the military, but nobody who believes in private enterprise talks about reducing this public enterprise.
3. God created Americaand gave it a special purpose. Of all the horseshit being dropped on the political stage the idea that we should all become Christians is insane. Those who believe in insanities can make us commit atrocities.
4. Our health-care system is the best there is. Not according to evidence, but who cares to examine evidence when belief is dominant.
5. The Founding Fathers were saintly figures who established liberty and democracy for everyone. Sure, believe that and believe that George Washington disliked Cherry trees enough to cut one down. Myths are easier to believe than what actually happened.
6. Americais the greatest country in the world. It certainly has the greatest budget for military and spying in the world.
7. Tax rates are too high. In countries with higher rates than us there are safety nets, vastly cheaper medicines and health care, better schools, and less crime. If we want a good life we must pay for it. A society is known for how it treats its old, young, infirm and disabled. Ours is near the bottom on all fronts.
8. Americais a peace-loving nation: the reason it gets involved in so many wars is that foreigners keep attacking us. That is the most laughable belief, if it weren’t so critical for maintaining our excessive military posture. We are the biggest bully on the block.
9. Cheap energy, gasoline especially, is our birthright. Right, and now we must pay foreign governments for supplies when we could just switch over to solar sources. And that is not to mention wars for oil.
10. Everybody else wishes they were American. That’s another laughable statement.
The contrast between these beliefs and the actual threats is amazing. A great many Americans are voting against their own interests for imaginary reasons. Maybe it’s the diet that is poisoning their minds and they can’t think enough to understand what’s going on.
The rich get rich, the poor get poorer, the well trodden path of history, and where will that lead? In the past it lead to armed civil wars. Civil war is the worst type of war, where brother kills brother. And there are no winners in war.