Is it possible that what passes for our common knowledge about our chances
for having a future just does not compute when it comes to the average voter.
Most of us have been absorbing facts like the list of 35 counts of impeachment Dennis read off the other night for years.
We know the facts about the wars in Iraq, and Afganistan, the covert actions elsewhere, the war crimes, neglect of global warming, peak oil, alternative energy, healthcare, social security, education, we have researched the corruption, the facts on the interfearence with elections and voting, the facts about the appointment of right wing, judges, attorneys and staff, the disemination of pro war propaganda, the warrentless wiretaping, kidnapping, torture, murder and holding without rendition.
What would happen if the media had made available those facts to be used in the decision making process of the average voter.
Many people sense there is a difference between parties on the issues and have a general loathing for anything to do with Bush Cheney, but would like us to unite as Americans and reach some sort of bi-partisan consensus, even if it means there has to be some compromise.
I'm having a hard time understanding how people can sit on a couch getting excited by the Celtics having their way with the Lakers and not be writhing inside, obsessed with the facts people like Kucinich, Wexler, Finegold, Conyers and others have uncovered about the extent to which our government has betrayed and deceived us.
It really makes it hard for me to function socially, even to have a conversation with another person who isn't as concerned as I am.
The Phone companies now admit they have been data basing everything that we have entered into our electronic media, phone calls, faxes, emails, medical and financial records, internet usage.
The Media now admits it has been baraging us with pro war, pro administration propaganda.
The government now admits it has engaged in warrentless wiretaping, kidnapping, murder, torture and holding without rendition, incompetence piled on corruption; military contractors who are exempt from our laws, no bid contracts, executive orders and signing statements all carefully kept secret so we can't comprehend, regulate or control the extent of the damage.
All regulation of the environment is endangered. We have oil companies, loggers and developers building roads into the wilderness of our national parks with a sense of urgency to take all they can get before someone stands up for our future.
All protection of our civil rights hangs on a thread. Women who were for Hillary speak of voting for McCain out of spite when Roe vs Wade depends on the next appointment to the Supreme Court and McCain has promised to make the most right to life conservative appointments possible.
Our economy is as endangered as the polar bear and Republicans are still talking about more tax cuts for Halliburton and Exxon Mobil.
Real issues are simply not being discussed in the media. Healthcare for one example, education for another. Does the average voter really understand those issues in depth?
I find myself talking to an attractive apparently reasonably intelligent woman approaching her seventies asking to put a question on our small town ballot requsting the voters to allow people to go out of state for healthcare or another individual at a County Democratic meeting looking for support for single payer healthcare.
How do we get what we, and we hope our candidates, know needs to be done to seriously compete with Energy company commercials telling us we have plenty of oil and gas, all we need to do is allow them to drill for it without all our bleeding heart for the endangered species regulations, and by the way their changing over to supplying us alternative energy will be expensive so they need more tax cuts propaganda if we can't have serious well informed discussions about anything except sports and American Idol in this country?