Just in Case You are Uncertain About the Problems

By Grant Davies

It's obvious from the media coverage of the Presidential election this year that the most important things to be considered by the voters are: whether President Obama thinks business owners created their own success, and whether Mitt Romney worked for a company that owned some companies who outsourced some work. (Presumably the media thinks that's a bad thing.)

As much as I hate to sound like some kind of conspiracy nut, I think that it's a continuing strategy to distract voters from the actual issues. Worse yet, I think it's working, again.

I know it will shock some of you, but most of the media is left-leaning. (Okay, since they have readily admitted it in the past I know it's not a shock, but I can't resist being a smart ass.) And since they lean left, I'm quite uncertain why they care which one of these guys gets the nod.  After all, they get what they want no matter which of these big government advocates is in office. But distracting the voters from Obama's unbelievably poor performance seems to be job one. Here we go again.  

So I feel obliged to bring up a few points that some of you may want to mention at the next backyard cookout you attend this summer when "beered" up neighbors or relatives start talking about which guy is the bigger liar, or "outsourcer," or non-citizen, or Mormon, or friend of a distasteful clergyman. Or maybe they want to chat about who likes/dislikes gay people more, or whether "rich" people should pay more taxes because they don't pay their fair share. Or whether Tea Partiers are racists. Or whether it's getting too hot or cold because people are alive.

In that case here are some of the points I think you might mention: 
  • The country is still in a recession/depression.
  • The country (FED) is still printing money like crazy.
  • Prices are rising precipitously as the value of the money falls. And you ain't seen nothin' yet.
  • The government is spending money it doesn't have like there is no tomorrow. (They might be right on that point.)
  • Social Security is on the verge of collapse.
  • Medicare is on the verge of collapse.
  • Cities are declaring bankruptcy.
  • States are on the verge of the same.
  • Greece may be bailed out by somebody, but there is no one who can bail out America.
  • The President has seized the power to assassinate anyone, even US citizens, who he thinks might be a terrorist. No arrest, no arraignment, no witnesses, no trial. Congress has gone along with it and he has already done it.
  • Here at home, the right of Habeus Corpus has been abolished by executive order. Also with the approval of congress.
  • The Supreme Court just decided that the Constitution presents no barrier to government intrusion on our lives as long as the law in question is determined to be a tax.
  • One half of the adults in the country pay no federal tax.
  • Almost one half of the citizens are receiving some form of government funds. They will never vote for anyone who says those payments are to be cut back, much less eliminated.
  • New regulations are being made by the thousands, mostly by unelected people. There is no end in sight.
  • Wars are still being fought, also with no end in sight. And no one can figure out what would constitute victory or defeat.
So, if you think everything is just dandy and the above list has either been concocted by me out of thin air, or the list is correct, but the items on it are not a problem, then by all means chat about why Republicans or Democrats are the bad/dumb guys and have another beer. Argue about what the media wants you to focus on.

But just in case I'm right about any of the list being an actual issue, you might want to get a helmet. You know.. just in case.

This article was also published at WhatWeThinkandWhy.


  1. But you see, no one actually cares about these issues. It requires too much thought and too much effort, as you have to research yourself the facts the media won't present. The nation will be dormant until the great crash comes.

  2. Great reality check. It's true most people can't deal with that list. I post a lot in that vein and don't get a lot of interest. I know that if I did an "Obama is the worst ever" blog, I'd get a lot more traffic and such. That's just how child-like most people are, not realizing the the WWF wrestling team of politics is a big distraction from your list. The shadow government is sucking the last bits of wealth out of this country and around the world.

  3. It never ceases to amaze me how little interest people have in the important things and how much interest they have in the inane stuff.

    Throughout history (remember, I write a history blog too!) people were focused like a laser on the important stuff. (Like where the next meal was coming from) The inane was used as a diversion to escape the brutal reality of life.

    Today, in much of the world (certainly here), it is the opposite.

    The list I put forth is only a partial list. But if I would have summed it up by saying, "You are losing your freedom and it's almost too late to stop it", people would just yawn and say, "well, there he goes again!"

    1. For some (perhaps many) avoidance is just the easiest and therefore less mentally stressful.

      Tis more blissful to think of unicorns and rainbows.


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