originally posted in November 2015
We’re getting conned. It’s that simple.
I see the effects of the con on my Facebook page when family members post outrageous political tidbits and comment that such tidbits are realities. And then, our con artists bank on the fact that eventually we will vote based upon the 15-second sound bites they put out. Like the idiots we’ve become, many of us do.
Those sound bites are cons.
I won’t go back to the silly comments some of our esteemed politicians have made, but we can look at the effects. Harry Reid was proud of himself for the net effect of his lying about Mitt Romney’s taxes being that Romney wasn’t elected. We can glean from this that lying is quite okay. Harry Reid, one of our most powerful Senate leaders, thinks so and admits it with a smug grin. That lie he told was a con. He conned a certain amount of people into not voting for Romney.
No matter how you slice it, we still don’t know where Obama was on the night of Benghazi. He was in the White House, but that is all we know. (My guess is that he was prepping for the Debate.) That video story was a con. We were conned for the purpose of his reelection. He conned us about ISIS, or being kind, he was just naïve and underestimated, and he is conning us about the reality of terrorism, the Iran deal, the economy, education, and God knows what else.
Over and over again, we are being conned.
No, I’m not going back to Bush or Clinton, or Nixon. We can look forward though. Hillary? Trump? Pick your next CCA, Chief Con Artist. Personally, the only candidate I think is not a con artist is Ben Carson, and I don’t think he has a chance of getting elected. I could be wrong and wouldn’t be unhappy if I am wrong.
Suffice it to say we are being conned and have been being conned for a long time.
Education: about the only thing that is not a con is the horrendous state it is in. Bloomberg conned New York City with his school reforms, and what the city reports now as its graduation rate is a con and doesn’t reflect the state of the education being given.
Racism: yes, it exists and goes all different ways, in all different directions. Nevertheless, with all the black leaders and the black president, and the Democratic run cities like Baltimore, why isn’t it fixed? What’s the reality of it? We’re being conned.
Poverty: the war on poverty has been going on for 50 years and 22 trillion dollars has been spent on it (in real adjusted dollars). The net effect of this expenditure has been minimal. Net drop in the poverty rate is negligent.
We’re being conned.
One thing that is real is we do not know the truths about most things. So today’s NY Times report about jobs and unemployment, stating that [the] U.S. Economy Added 271,000 Jobs in October; Unemployment Rate at 5.0%, is true, but not true. It does not factor in what kind of jobs or how many people have become disgruntled this month and dropped out of the job market. It’s a con.
As a researcher, I learned to continually check all sources. Simplified, what this means is if I’m looking at liberal sources, I need to check the conservative ones. If I’m looking at sources that are all leading in any one direction, I need to see if there are other sources pointing in other directions. It’s called being balanced. Truths, whatever they are, get approached when all the diverse sources point in the same direction. A good example of this is came in 2009 when Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton went on the road together, appearing in different cities for the purposes of addressing problems in education and education reform. The truth is that our education system needs reform and they together exemplify that sense of what is real.
Used to be that “cons” stood for sneakers, Converse All Stars, one of the brand-name sneakers back when I was a kid. They were really good sneakers, not a con at all. We need to go back to truths, to finding out what’s real and what isn’t, who’s telling the truth and who isn’t, and who is behind telling us about “truths,” whether they are being truthful or not.