When I was in the Navy I had a Chief Petty Officer who constantly warned us against becoming “fat, dumb and happy.” It was an admonition to avoid becoming lazy and complacent. It was sound advice and I do my best to adhere to it to this day. Sadly, I cannot say the same about roughly fifty percent of my fellow Americans. A lot of the people I meet, work with or overhear lately could only be described as “fat, dumb and happy.”
Don’t misunderstand this as some kind of personal attack. What I mean is that these folks are well fed, highly uninformed or misinformed, blissfully ignorant of just how far from the truth they have drifted (or been led) and easily entertained. The social justice, climate change child abuse victim Greta Thunberg is a prime example of the extreme to which some will go to impose their beliefs on someone (think about what her parents had to do to her to get her to this point in her short life) and just where those people can wind up at (look at how unhappy she is). Most however are like my driver at my security job.
He is basically a good person who has bought into some of the liberal notions on freedom, rights and responsibilities. Like many misinformed people today he gets most of his news from Facebook, his Twitter feed and the echo chamber of everyone who agrees with him. There are no more detached from reality news sources on the planet. Ok, maybe CNN. Or PMSNBC. Or Roswell Rachel Maddow, but I repeat myself. When I told him that, he informed me in no uncertain terms that he watches the network news as well. All I could think of was the Mortica Addams quote, “You poor man.” His conversion to liberalism is, like the road to hell, paved with good intentions. He is in so many ways a reflection of what vast portions of the American population have become. Consider the following.
Myth Creation And Acceptance
Some 25 or so yeas ago the republican party gained control of the U. S House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. In one one of it’s first actions the republicans moved to limit the growth of government spending. After generations at the helm democrats had built in automatic budget increases every year, regardless of whether they were needed or not. One of the programs the congress addressed was the school lunch program. Congress reduced the automatic budget increase in the school lunch program from, if memory serves, 7% to 4%. My ordinary, non common core math skills tells me that’s still an increase in spending. Despite historic levels of lying by the democrats about republicans and their agenda, the republicans refused to budge on the numbers. Suddenly children began writing carefully orchestrated letters to politicians and the media asking why republicans were starving them.
Even then the media couldn’t help themselves, running story after story about the draconian cuts in the school lunch program and how starving children would be the only outcome if the evil republicans had their way. If you payed any attention to those stories you would have heard the plaintive question repeated millions of times, “how will starving children be able to learn?”
Left unsaid in all these articles was a bedrock liberal principle. It was the concept that the government, not you, was responsible to care for your children. This concept was subtly played up and intensely promoted for years afterwards as democrats and their media accomplices repeatedly accused republicans of starving children. Nowhere was this question asked, if you know your children are starving why aren’t you, mom and dad, doing something about it? To this day the media and their democratic handlers still perpetuate the myth of republicans starving children. To this day many Americans accept this myth, as well as dozens of others, as fact.
It may be difficult for many American’s to believe but there is a system in place to achieve and perpetuate these kinds of results. Baltimore is our next stop.
Preparing The Soil
Some time ago an organization called Project Baltimore started investigating Baltimore’s school system. Their findings were both shocking and outrageous. They found that in 19 Baltimore high schools only 14 out of 3,804 students were proficient in math. That’s less than one percent. Even more tragic was the finding that in 13 of Baltimore’s high schools there were no students scoring proficient in math. None. It gets worse. Five Baltimore high schools had no students at all that tested proficient in math or reading skills. Not one single student. Yet somehow, roughly 70% of students in the system graduate. These public education victims are just what liberal social justice types seek. Easily led cannon fodder without the ability to apply, let alone obtain factual information, to be used in the reasoning out of a logical solution to a problem. Similar, if not always exactly the same results, exist in school systems nation wide. So, how did this come about?
When the great unwashed eventually begin to see the faint glimmerings of just how victimized they have become instead of holding accountable those in actual power, these victims of public education lash out in the direction they have been carefully steered towards their entire lives, republicans, conservatives and of course, evil corporations. Given the following, expecting them to behave otherwise would be foolish.
StudyFinds recently completed a survey of adults from across the nation. The results were eye opening. Apparently only 42% of American’s say they know the name of at least one local member of Congress. The study also found that 71% of American’s can name the governor of their state. While that’s good, only 45% say they would actually recognize him or her if they saw them in person. While this is terrible I suspect it is even worse for elected leaders at the state and local level. It is reasonable to extrapolate from this study that virtually no one knows who their state legislators, county or city leaders are, let alone what they stand for.
Those responsible for today’s historic levels of societal discord, liberals in all their disguises, ie progressives, socialists, democratic socialists, etc, successfully hide behind the labels they created and foisted upon us with the help of a complicit media. Instead of being divided by such outdated concepts as right and wrong or good and evil American’s today are separated by labels such as republican vs democrat, conservative vs liberal, gay vs straight, white vs black, rich vs poor and male vs female just to name a few. Reinforced by a wildly biased media and education complex, today “everyone knows” that:
Conservatives are evil and liberals are the compassionate good guys.
Masked antifa thugs while assaulting people and destroying property are just peaceful protesters.
Racism is alive and well in America.
Teachers are underpaid. (How you make that argument in Baltimore with a straight face escapes me)
That western civilization (ie the U.S.) is solely responsible for man made global warming.
Black conservatives are mentally ill.
The list is nearly endless but I think you know where I am going.
Observing people today I can’t help but remember the words of Alexander Hamilton who, in expressing his frustration during the revolutionary war said, “Our countrymen have all the folly of an ass and all the passiveness of the sheep in their dispositions. They are determined not to be free and they can neither be frightened, discouraged or persuaded to change their resolution.”
I couldn’t have said it better.