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  •  Cognitive Dissonance Nation (12+ / 0-)

    My favorite theory is that most Americans have never been able to cope with the level of corruption, deceit and betrayal in our government so they invent various coping mechanisms: attack and marginalize the messenger, excuse and defend the indefensible,  circle the wagons, ignore it and become indifferent, etc.

    Another Carlin quote:

    "If honesty were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse."

    "Tell the truth and run." -- Yugoslav proverb

    by quill on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 10:00:31 AM PST

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    •  Most Americans I know (4+ / 0-)

      even otherwise smart and educated people, have the political intelligence of an 8 year old. I suspect that this is mostly intentional, or a pose, because the less you know and understand (or claim to know and understand), the easier it is to live in this country. I never cease to be amazed at how gullible and credulous most Americans are (or pretend to be to excuse their non-outrage and inaction) and how little they know (or pretend to know) about how things really work. They act like if things were really as messed up as people like you or me claim they are, then surely it would be on the news or "someone would do something". Whether sincere or a pose, there's this huge element of myth-making and believing among most Americans that operates on so many levels and in so many ways, that I never cease to be amazed by.

      Whether genuinely or intentionally, so many Americans live in denial. Some because they literally believe in these myths, but most, I suspect, because it excuses their apathy and inaction. Perhaps that's what this country is really all about, once you strip away all the bullshit about freedom and rights and the founders, the belief in one's innate right as an American to not only not be subjected to the laws of reality that we are all ultimately subjected to, but to also not have to accept the lunacy of such a belief and sense of entitlement. It's this sense of entitlement, not so much to money or power or privilege, but to the right to live in denial and believe in myths, that perplexes me.

      Not sure if I'm making sense here. I'm not an American by birth so I have a perspective that most Americans don't. I've seen things through the eyes of people from other countries whose outlooks are, while not without their own delusions and problems, a lot clearer-headed and reality-based than that of most Americans I know. We just don't want to grow up and accept that we CAN'T actually be anyone we want to be and do anything we want to do, that there are limits and constraints that we have to respect for our own good.

      There's a flip side to such denialism, cynicism, that in its uniquely American form is just as simplistic and infantile. Just as I've never seen a form of naivete as extreme as I've seen it in Americans, I've never seen a form of cynicism as extreme as I've seen it in Americans. Both are manifestations of the American tendency towards binary oversimplification. Either everything's all good or everything's all bad. Nothing in-between. God is great or god is dead.

      Grow up already, America.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Fri Feb 14, 2014 at 03:35:57 PM PST

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