Remember the words of FDR when he said, “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself?” I wonder how many Americans have forgotten or perhaps never heard Roosevelt’s wise admonition?
We are currently being given a daily dose of fear on our big screens. Hitler’s propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, would have loved our current techno-political culture. Goebbels advised to, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which government can play.”
Watch more than an hour or so of “news” on television each day and you are sure to be siezed by fear as politicians and advertisers play away for all they’re worth.
Consciously or subconsciously, you will feel the fear.
Fear of Zika, Donald, Hillary, Putin, Iran, China, ISIS and Neo-Nazis. Fear of losing Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the U.S. Postal Service, along with public libraries and public schools. Fear that we’ll run out of money before we die. Fear of at least a dozen new diseases you had never heard of that ad-execs have boiled down to acronyms to make it easier for you to “ask your doctor.” Fear that higher education will no longer be affordable to any but the wealthy few. Fear that the Constitution will be further stripped of its power. Fear of climate change, foul water and unbreathable air. Fear of weed killer that goes in the ground and never goes away and eventually ends up in our bodies. Fear of frankenfood, a general fear of giant agricultural concerns killing family farms, and not knowing what’s in much of the food we eat.
Fear that we can’t go outside or we’ll be victimized by crime, so we load our guns that we never properly learned to use, and wait for a home-invasion robbery. Fear of people who look, talk or worship differently than we do and that they might have bigger guns than we have. Fear that somebody is coming to take away our guns.
Fear of a mostly profit-driven media that’s losing all sense of public responsibility leaving us with nowhere to go to find out what we really should be worried about as opposed to what is mere illusion, foisted upon us so that we are more easily controlled and duped into giving away that which is ours to predatory capitalists who deal only in greed.
Fear that nobody is really in charge anymore. Real leaders, like FDR, who told us the truth about fear rather than filling us with fear to cover the truth.
We had Bernie Sanders trying to help us find a way out of this new world order, this corporatist maze, but they took him out of the picture early on, refusing to admit that he might have even a narrow chance of defeating the mighty Clinton/Wall Street machine.
Again, the evil genius Joseph Goebbels, comes to mind with his words, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
The truth, is that we’ve gone beyond the state, beyond anything Goebbels imagined. The state, has been purchased by a new and different kind of fascism. Globalized corporate fascists who have purchased government leaders and our media, which cares more for profits than public responsibility while we the people are duped into thinking it’s okay for our new hidden corporate masters to send the military out to defend their global business interests disguised as threats to our well being. Or are the threats really there?
When corporate leaders own the political process, who do you believe? Truth becomes fiction and fiction the truth. Bill Paley and Walter Cronkite, are both dead and gone. The old media filter that once served the nation so well is shot full of holes. Most Americans get their news from tv, while tv becomes increasingly biased, offering more of what people want and not what they need. It is simply the more profitable way of doing things.
In the eyes of corporations we are nothing but customers. They have other customers worldwide, but they need Amercan taxpayers to support the military, police and fire departments, the judicial system and the stabiity that America provides so that they can continue to build shareholder value for the wealthy few they represent.
You wonder why people are angry? It’s because our leaders and media spend nearly all their time scaring the hell out of us to promote their profits and maintain power. Having the wits scared out of you on a daily basis and feeling there is no one to turn to for the truth, no one we can trust to turn this mess around, is anything but a path to happiness.
Nevertheless, here we sit, dazed and confused, watching the evening news coverage of two remaining candidates for president, both of whom are unacceptable to a majority of Americans. A situation that has to be beyond anything Joe Goebbels ever imagined.