THE PRICE OF APATHY
By Lynn Stuter
May 15, 2007
It seems everywhere we look today, corruption abounds. The cesspool of American government never gets better, only worse. Here are just some of the highlights of which the American public is generally unaware:
In no particular order.
I received many responses to “An Open Letter to President Bush;" overwhelmingly what I heard was “right on.” Some also cautioned that people who openly opposed this president could end up dead which certainly makes a statement in itself. One gentlemen, tongue in cheek, admonished me for insulting hard-working prostitutes which also is a statement in itself. Another read:
This individual speaks the thoughts of a growing number of people from other nations.
What is so sad about all of this is that the American people go about their daily lives with little or no knowledge that any of this is going on. Have you heard about any of the above in the mainstream (or is that lamestream) media or newspapers? Why not? Isn’t it important that the American people know about these happenings?
Well, if you want an informed public, of course it is important the people know about these happenings. But what if you don’t want an informed public? What if you are hoping against hope that you can lie to the American people repeatedly if only by omission and they will continue to believe that America is healthy, the economy is healthy, and all is well “from sea to shining sea”?
There is a large element of the American populace who really do want to believe the aforesaid. I heard from a couple of them, too. One accused me of being a liberal. These days a “liberal” is defined as anyone who doesn’t agree with the policies of the fascist in the White House. And if you don’t, you are anti-American, don’t support the troops, and love Islamic terrorists. It’s just that simple. No matter that the fascist in the White House is violating the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and existing U.S. law and deserves to be impeached and put on trial for treason. The rationale is that he was and is the “lesser of two evils.” End of rationale. I have to wonder if the men and women who have died in Iraq would agree that Bush was “the lesser of two evils”.
Another told me that I should simply trust our government!
Of the two, the second is the more dangerous. The price of freedom is truly vigilance and the price of freedom is not free. People who trust our government are quite willing to ignore the obvious. Just what politicians like, for ignorance truly is bliss. People can go about their day to day — watch mindless television on their big screen for hours on end, drink beer to their heart’s content, cheer on their favorite sports team, enjoy their fast cars, fast boats, and big houses, go on vacation, go shopping, go to the theater, be entertained — and not have to worry about what’s really going on in our country. After all, the stress of the job and keeping up with the Jones is enough without having to deal with all the rest! And to this end, mainstream media is quite willing to accommodate them.
There is no such thing as a true investigative reporter working in any major media outlet today. Investigative reporters who truly are investigative reporters are not associated with any major network, are not embedded in Iraq or Afghanistan, are not invited to press conferences at the White House, don’t draw six digit salaries, don’t have official offices in foreign lands, and generally find themselves harassed and hassled for seeking truth. Many have died because of what they know that the powers that be don’t want the American people to know.
And what of people who dare ask questions, such as,
I heard from one of those as well, who told me he didn’t believe in all the “conspiracies.” So why is a question, resulting from documented evidence, a conspiracy? Because people who don’t believe what they are told to believe, who aren’t just going along to get along, might cause people to actually stop and think — critically and analytically. And that just would not do. Therefore they must be discredited, made to look like some whacko just trying to get attention; they must be marginalized and alienated. After all, if these questions weren’t ask by the mainstream media, they must not be relevant, right? Haven’t we been taught that the government knows best; is the “expert”? that the government will take care of us? that the government will tell us and teach us all that we need to know?
And besides, if we know something is wrong aren’t we obligated to do something about it? Isn’t it just easier to ignore the truth, vote for the “lesser of two evils”, and hope for the best while griping and complaining about the fact that those “elected” to represent us are out of touch with the people?
Standing on the steps of Constitution Hall in Philadelphia, Ben Franklin was asked what form of government we had; he replied, “A Republic if you can keep it!”
Many today suffer the illusion that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights will protect the American people from any skullduggery committed in high places. This belief is misguided. The Constitution and Bill of Rights will ONLY protect the American people IF the American people are vigilant in protecting the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Thomas Jefferson was not wrong when he stated,
Hosea 4:6: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
No nation, in which the people have abrogated their responsibility in overseeing their instruments of government, has stood the test of time and tyrants. The same is true with America.
© 2007 Lynn M. Stuter - All Rights Reserved
Mother and wife, Stuter has spent the past ten years researching systems theory with a particular emphasis on education. She home schooled two daughters, now grown and on their own. She has worked with legislators, both state and federal, on issues pertaining to systems governance and education reform. She networks nationwide with other researchers and citizens concerned with the transformation of our nation. She has traveled the United States and lived overseas.
Web site: www.learn-usa.com
Many today suffer the illusion that the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights will protect the American people from any skullduggery committed in high places. This belief is misguided.