I’ll be very brief. For a long time I have made my thinking clear - that in order to have and preserve a functioning representative form of government it is necessary to have an informed electorate. I have also made it clear that I do not think we have an informed electorate - and I have pointed out examples of why I think that to be true.
That said, I think it is important that we understand WHY we have a majority of voters so easily manipulated by members of our political class.
As I see it, there are at least two reasons why voters elected to ignore the facts on the ground and to continue on our present fiscal course last year.
First - our schools have now been run by the Left for 3 to 4 decades, at least. More so in our colleges and universities - but high school education has naturally been impacted, too. People learn what they have been exposed to. To a very large extent - If you control the education system; what people learn - you have taken a giant step toward controlling them with respect to how they define their experiences and give meaning to their surroundings. For example, if you have been taught that people are routinely victimized by business/the “rich”, it makes it to easy to justify taxing the hell out of the more successful among us while ignoring the fact that a very small % of the workforce pays the vast majority of this nation’s tax burden and nearly 1/2 pay no tax on income.
Second, our form of government requires a vigilant, inquisitive press/media (call it what you will). It has been clear for a long time that the Left holds sway over most of the major sources of news in America. Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Obamacare - under-reporting/lack of reporting/soft questions/lack of follow up - examples abound. Why does this matter? Read sentence #3 in the preceding paragraph. If Benghazi or Fast & Furious is largely played off as a “non-story” and the hard questions not asked by most media sources, it makes it much easier for our government officials to lie and “stonewall” when information is sought.
On our present course, we will have a debt that our GDP will NOT allow us to service within 10 years - not and pay for the consitutionally required actions of our federal government - such as, national defense. Continuing to borrow and also print what now amounts to little more than “Monopoly Money” will only hasten the demise. And then there is Obamacare - which isn’t care at all, only an ill advised, unaffordable insurance ponzi scheme that will not work because it cannot work.
I’m not sure I see a way out of this. However, we had best come up with a way - and FAST!!