As a nation, we are an awfully uninformed lot. Of course, many of those who post comments here already know that, so I’d be preaching to the choir if I were to address this post just to them. There are lurkers, so maybe they don’t yet realize the pathetic and wide-spread ignorance associated with the issues facing this nation and the world. If ‘they’ didn’t vote, then this post wouldn’t be necessary; but, sadly, they do and they screw us every time they enter the polling place.
Take global climate change, for example. There was an important announcement in most newspapers today with the title: Scientists warn of climate-change onslaught. The article begins — Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that nations should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists said in a new report issued Wednesday.
How will many Americans react to this news article today and call it a hoax? Of course, many been fed the propaganda and absorbed into their brain like cocaine. ‘Some say that global warming is just a liberal lie…’ Yes, some say. Some say they were abducted by aliens.
Then there is the ‘pain at the pump.’ Naturally, the enemies of the President and the GOP candidates blame him for the $4/gallon price at the filling station. ‘Drill, baby drill!’ Recall that 2008 idiocy? Millions of Americans, perhaps tens of millions of Americans still believe that the ‘solution’ to our pain at the pump is more drilling. Sadly, simple minds crave simple solutions. Most, I’d bet, never heard of the oil speculation market and the GOP-sponsored bill that allowed oil to be placed into that commodities market. Too complicated. Drill, baby, drill!
How about the housing market? Somehow the President is responsible for that disaster, too. He should have done something. Well, one of them did, the other didn’t. I’ll bet that the relatively newly created financial term, credit default swaps, boggles the brains of many. It should because it covers a rather repulsive process not unlike sausage-making. It is much easier to blame the President.
A current hot topic is health care. Oddly, the United States is the ONLY industrialized nation that does not cover the health care of its citizens. Did you know that the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan offers universal health care to its citizens? So does Macau, Seychelles, Ghana, Azerbaijan and Tobago. Huh? So does Russia- you know, America’s number one geopolitical enemy, according to Mitt Romney! Maybe he hates them because they adopted RomneyCare. Ain’t it a hoot? Yet tens of millions of Americans are against the Affordable Care Act. Only 36% of Americans favor it. One online newspaper from Utah ran this title: Trading Freedom for Health Care. Yes, that’s what they wrote.
Why are so many Americans against the ACA? Because they don’t know what’s in it and because the propaganda from the insurance lobby through right-wing media is so strong. One humorous line often heard derides the number of pages in the law. Yet many of these same people find nothing wrong with the length of the Bible; ours has 1,589 pages.
Oh well, so goes the level of information and curiosity of The People of this nation. Maybe I should unplug myself, too. Life would be so much easier.