Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Government By Fox News, For Fox News

"I shall give a propagandist cause for starting the war. Never mind whether it is plausible or not. The victor will not be asked later on, whether he told the truth or not." George Bush didn't say this. Adolf Hitler did.
There is a war on truth and no politician is interested in anything but telling people what they want to hear to get elected.
Rick Santorum accused President Obama of once saying he wants everyone to go to college. Which was never Obama's intentions in any of his speeches. Romney said the President gave the auto industry to the UAW, without any support for his claim. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is up for re-election. He has repeatedly said that government spending won't create jobs. Yet he filibusters any cuts to Utah military bases. The President said in his State Of The Union address that "the Taliban had been broken" yet the war continues, with no hope of being won. That's just scratching the surface, there are so many lies being told, I didn't have time to read them all. It was exhausting. But it seems like the politicians never get tired of lying.
This week Olympia Snowe announced plans to retire. Everyone was saddened that this supposed "moderate" was leaving. She voted against the $447 billion jobs bill in Oct. 2011. Also MBNA Bank Of America was one of her biggest contributors. She's no paragon of virtue, but the last thing we need in the war on women is to lose one of the few we have.
The thing about lies is they are not that hard to detect. (now that we have the internet) But the American people's passivity is amazing to me. Politicians will tell their constituents what they want to hear, and in turn people vote for their own self interest, even though they know they are voting for someone who lies to them.
This seems like a very dangerous time to me. With a propaganda machine, owned by corporations and a population who want to believe in an "us versus them" mentality. As long as they get theirs. They are lulled into some kind of belief that all is right with their world. The unemployed deserve to lose their jobs, people on assistance are lazy, a committee of politicians can decide on women's health issue without any women on the panel. The one that is barred from testifying is called a slut, by a man with a drug habit and four divorces.
Hitler was elected to office during a time of economic depression, he wanted to take away the power of trade unions. He also talked about the redistribution of wealth. Less than 10% of the people in Germany  voted for him. But it's pretty safe to say they all watched the things he was doing and did nothing.
 It makes me wonder, who will be the next "undesirables"? Immigrants? Muslims? Women? The poor? The unemployed? The elderly?
We need people who run for office to be honest. There needs to be accountability for those who don't. No wonder there are so many apathetic people disengaged from the political process who don't vote, which makes me fear that history will repeat itself.

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