You are being jerked around. Your energy and attention are being purposely diverted to meaningless issues to keep you from realizing what's really going on. If you watch TV news on a daily basis, including the so-called liberal channel MSNBC, or if you listen to mainstream news radio stations, you are being subjected to misinformation and false narratives designed to keep you ignorant and impotent to take any meaningful action to safeguard democracy, and to act to protect your own interests as a citizen.
There is only one news story worth your undivided attention: The stranglehold corporatist/financial cartels have on our government. That's it; as simple as that.
All the news about local crime, and celebrities, and the sequester, and about individual examples of dastardly acts committed by public officials around the country, are basically distractions. It's not that one must not stay abreast of these issues, but that people are focusing almost all of their attention to them. And that's where the problem lies.
You are focusing on the symptom, not on the root of the problem, and that saps your energy. If doesn't matter what the issue, or how outrageous, nobody who can do anything about is listening. The Sequester, the Tar Sands Pipeline, Detroit being put under the command of a "manager," usurping democracy, Rush Limbaugh, Antonin Scalia, Bob Woodward, Bohnner, Cantor, NRA, it's all diversionary stuff; total bullshit, in the final analysis.
You see and learn about outrage after outrage, and eventually it all takes the shape of partisan politics, and you get all caught up on an us vs. them mindset, which results in liberals condemning teabaggers, and teabaggers and conservatives condemning progressives, and all the discussions and debates and focus is all over the place, but there is no meaningful action.
In the meantime, the pace of power and wealth transfer from you, from the population, not only continues apace, but accelerates. Pensions are being raided. Cash-strapped towns, cities and counties keep finding creative ways to extract more and more money from average citizens with the implementation of increasingly oppressive and exploitative policies. The Wall Street criminal cartel keeps looting the country. Citizens are being turned into indentured servants under the weight of personal debt. Our constitutional rights keep disappearing. The rich and powerful continue committing crimes with total impunity, and under the protection by a government on the take.
Everybody, stop. Rest your mind for a sec, and think carefully about you're doing. What you're paying attention to?
If you spend your precious energy and talent and attention on trying to inform others about dastardly acts in the hope that when people learn about them they will become so outraged that it would motivate them to "do something about it," and that that somehow is going to bring about the type of change we need, then think again. That ain't going to happen.
How are the corporatist criminal cartels who are running the country able to do so? How do they bribe the politicians of both corporatist political parties? Specifically, how do they set the agenda for the entire mass media so it can then be used as a propaganda tool to numb your mind, and to control you? Where do the criminal corporatist cartel that are running the country get their power from? Is if from money? How are they being funded? Can millions of people band together to find ways to bypass the funding mechanism for the fascistic criminal corporatist cartels who are running the country?
What would have to happen? Can people form food, and housing collectives? What would it take to form a non-profit national bank to fund the formation of employee-owned businesses, food and housing collectives, small businesses, non-profit media outlets? What is the best way to put pressure on the system? Can we think of innovate ways of organizing mass protests and rallies? About "pulsating flash mobs" in multiple cities, happening around the clock for the foreseeable future? About creating a national virtual union, and coming up with creative ways to conduct labor actions?
How can the brutally-efficient propagandist grip on our minds' can be broken? How do we come up with a powerful counter-propaganda movement?
Those are the things "they" don't want you to think about! Instead, they want you focused on the latest news cycle, jarring your emotions, jerking you around, until you are exhausted from the rage and anger. They are trying to wear you down, so they can continue their pillage, and until they achieve your total subjugation.
I'm not interested in that. When you're ready to really do something about it, to take real meaningful action, join me. I'm waiting for you. Let's get going.
For more insight, please take some time to read my last 15 (or so) diaries. It's not that I feel I have all the answers; it's that I will not stop trying to ask the right questions and trying to find the answer to those questions. Would you join me in that endeavor?
The current state of affairs. Let's change it!