Being retired I have time to do things I want to do. Writing this blog is one of them. Exploring the world is another. But mostly what I do is read; several papers of different political leaning, Facebook, Twitter and I have Google send me research on various topics several times a day and after all that I explore what I read on the Internet.
What’s the point? Simply that there is no single source of information you can trust. You must get different perspectives and you certainly cannot rely on the junk put out on social media by the far right or far left; they are treating you like a fool and if you take that stuff and simply pass it along, you are a fool.
So, why does any of this matter? It matters because we are going to face a presidential election like no other in living memory. I read one commentator who sees it as potentially the beginning of the end of the great American political experiment if a certain person become president.
Beyond that we are facing a different world economically, socially and politically and we are seeing the start of major global power shifts and cracks in the EU. Major missteps by the U.S. will be devastating in the years to come.
Granted that no matter our choices this November, they will not be good, but whomever you support, at least do so based on facts and potential consequences plus the feasibility of what is being promised actually happening.
As things stand now you are being propagandized, mislead and outright lied to from all sides. You are being distracted by irrelevant topics, you are being promised the undeliverable.
The candidates rely on your inability or unwillingness to sort out the truth and to ask tough questions.
In years past getting at the truth was not that easy. However, now a few clicks on your tablet, phone or laptop and you have a world of information available. There simply is no excuse for blindly accepting the garbage you are being fed.
There is one thing you can count on for sure though. Nothing is free. There is always a monetary and/or other cost. And keep this in mind, all the income and wealth of the top 1% of Americans is not sufficient to pay for all the promises being made by the candidates.
As I see it we can become students again or confirm our status as fools.