Repeating something or saying it louder, does not make it true. “A lie told often enough becomes truth” – Vladimir Lenin, “There’s nothing so absurd that if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it.” – William James; these are quotes that apply to today’s political environment. Fox News repeating that they are “Fair & Balanced” does not make it true but: Fox News – A Voice for Conservative Americans – now that is truth! Everyday I see and hear smart people repeating tripe that make me ask, how gullible can you be, or to ask them to cite their sources. Rhetoric is not a source.
Recently a friend posted something on Facebook that reported President Obama would cancel The National Day of Prayer, observed in May each year. He was offended and then the post made some asinine comment about Muslims. He also asked in the post, “If you agree, copy and paste no matter what religion you are, this country was built on Freedom.” Even though this report is untrue, it has made its rounds on Facebook since Obama became President. Now here is my taking it one step further – If, ” this country is built on Freedom” – why couldn’t President Obama be free to end The National Day of Prayer? Why can’t he be free to be a Muslim? Or is the American Freedom they speak of only freedom to believe the same as them? Why are so many outraged when someone (especially in leadership) has a thought or belief different from theirs?
One reason I love “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “Real Time with Bill Maher” is because these shows point out the exaggeration and hypocrisy used in politics and the media today. Fox News, conservatives and now birthers (people who do not believe President Obama was born in the U.S.) make themselves easy targets to be mocked by these programs because of the huge doses of hyperbole that they use. I feel the reason is they only hear themselves! They are spewing this misinformation nonstop and never stop to listen.
Birthers began demanding, “Show us the birth certificate!” Once the birth certificate was made public, they questioned its validity. When the State of Hawaii verified the birth certificate was legitimate, they started making up things about how Hawaii did birth certificates in 1961 that make it a fake. The excuses why they cannot accept that President Obama was born in the U.S. has to based on some crazy conspiracy theory similar to U.F.O.s in Roswell, Area 51 or the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories. Obama was born in the U.S., we have freedom of religion so why would it be a problem for him to be Muslim instead of Christian, and what frightens them most ….. could it be the one point they do not argue… he is black. They need to just stop and listen to how ridiculous they sound, but with a majority of Republicans believing President Obama was not born in the U.S. – crazy is something we may have to get used to.
Now that there are birthers elected into Congress, I see them the same as all politicians – only concerned about themselves. Many campaigned on cutting wasteful government spending, but they will not try stopping the farm subsidies they receive. Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-TN (over $3,000,000); Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN ($251,973); Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT ($230,000); Sen. Gordon Smith, R-OR; Sen. Ken Salazar, R-CO; Senator Charles Grassley, R-IA ($654,000); Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, D-SD (her father received over 750,000); get farm subsidy checks from the government, but Congress is NOT trying to cut farm subsidies. Instead they are trying to cut: education, Head Start, school nutrition programs, elementary education, Pell Grants, the EPA, transportation, Planned Parenthood, Americorp, financial regulators, health research, the CDC, job training, heating for poor families. I see them as bullying the poor. Why are they not wanting to find and cut waste in the Defense Budget? Finding ways to cut and find savings in Medicare/Medicaid and/or Social Security? They prefer misdirection to hide their hate and lack of compassion for the poor and needy! They need you to be afraid and HATE also!
Not checking the accuracy of reports and further, asking others to repeat inaccurate (lies) reports, is irresponsible. This is happening more and more! “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporality embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck. As Americans we need to care more about kids, the poor and the jobless than the defense! Maybe that is where we can or should agree to begin! I look forward to the day when Congress is looking for “who” needs help more-so than their own personal interest. To quote Jesus, “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.” Matthew 25:45. This is what should be repeated and loudest because it is TRUTH!!