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George Carlin said it was the public that sucked, not the government. But you can’t exactly get rid of the public. I do think though that there was a popular narrative which said that the Obama presidency was going to be successful and I don’t think that has been accurate.
You might as well blame the woman for getting raped…
I don’t think it’s the public that sucks. Quite the contrary. Most people actually try. Take the invasion of Iraq, for instance.
Polls showed that large numbers of people believed that Saddam was somehow involved in 9/11. You can say that proves how bad the people are, but did you ever stop to think how they got that idea? It wasn’t an accident.
Fact is, people do read their papers, they do “catch the news,” they are trying to keep informed, which is exactly how they get so badly misinformed in the first place. It’s not because they’re stupid, it’s their sources are spoon feeding them garbage. It was the media’s blanket coverage of the lead-up, the hyping of every last word coming out of Washington (all that FAKE intel) and the “Code Orange!” terror alerts that had people convinced there was a threat and it was coming from Saddam.
The problem is the people in power, which is the critical flaw in every last “Let’s reform the government” scheme. Let’s say we abolished the U.S. government tomorrow and replaced it with a brand spanking new constitution. What changes?
The same corrupt politicians working in the same rotten party systems, moving in the exact same circles of power brokers, will all be there and they’ll be just as corrupt.
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