It doesn’t take too many smarts to create a blog. There are thousands, tens of thousands of blogs. Well, actually 152 million (as tracked by BlogPulse). Lots of people posting their favorite stuff. My favorite stuff, as frequent readers of this blog already know, is politics, religion and education. Actually, I trend towards political education. “Searching the muck for buried information.” Buried by those who do not wish it to see the light of day.
Recent guest of Bill Moyers, Bruce Bartlett said of the American electorate,
” We just seem to live in a zone in which people no longer really seem to care about facts or analysis. And we talk in sound bites. And the media of course contribute to this. The decline of the major media. People don’t want to read magazines. They don’t even want to read a newspaper article if it’s more than a couple of inches. Clearly people don’t seem to know as much. And they don’t seem to care that they don’t know as much…”
Enter the shyster, the propagandist, the politician with a hidden agenda. The masses are asleep and/or distracted and they become perfect targets.
Or, in the case of the carnivorous right-winger, eager to hear something that harmonizes with his thought pattern. Cerebrum optional.
Am I being too harsh? Maybe. Bishop John Shelby Spong said of true-believing Christians, “When people get to the point where they do not really believe what they are saying, they still seem to believe in believing what they are saying! They do not even realize the difference.”
That’s a tricky statement, but terribly true. Take for example this comment made today on a familiar right-wing blog. It was in reference to a derogatory comment made by another right-winger who called Rahm Emmanuel ‘the golden Jew.’ The blogger asked:
Is he an American? Or is he like his buddy Barak, a foreign born immigrant?
Perfect, isn’t it? They still seem to believe in believing what they are saying.
We will not be able to rehabilitate people like that; they are for all purposes hopelessly lost in the sludge of propaganda. Rather, we need to expose the false statements, the highly propagandized rhetoric, so that people can enter a political conversation loaded with the facts in order to refute the lies and the spin that might arise.
Take this highly repeated statement: ‘Now is not the time to raise taxes on the job-creators.’
What would you say after hearing this?