The Brainwashing Of A Doomed Society
April 16. 2006
Some folks shy away from using the term, “brainwashing” because of the negative connotations that it denotes. Visions of Sci-Fi flicks and hidden commercial messages flash before their mind’s eye and pose too great an assault on their senses I guess. Brainwashing, however, is a very real and very tangible activity.
I predict that if the disease of political correctness continues to eat away at the American society, unchecked for another five years, the term (brainwashing) will be on the long list of words not allowed in “free speech.”
Okay, I’m obviously setting you up to receive the point of this commentary, so here it is:
The mainstream media and the educational system have become masters at brainwashing techniques, skillfully employing all the tools of propaganda at their disposal, while daring those of us with “un-sterilized” brains to make a stink about it. They are so good at what they do that ordinary citizens and intellectual giants alike fall prey regularly to the attempts to de-Americanize Americans. Political correctness serves as a very effective tool in the process.
Case in point – the most vitriolic attackers of American principles, American history, and American patriotic ideals are Americans. Americans of the brainwashed variety, that is. Facts have no bearing in these attacks and even recent history is ignored or forgotten.
Unmistakably, the compulsion that drives the attacks and the attackers is promoted from carefully orchestrated campaigns by academia and the media. Teachers and journalists are supposed to keep accuracy at the top of the list of priorities in conducting their very valuable services to the American people, but more and more we are victims of their practiced and polished abilities of subverting fact for brainwashing techniques. Important facts are ignored every day while carefully scripted productions of propaganda supplant, what should be our information capsules, with politically correct and American hating rhetoric.
Why is it easier for so many Americans to hate America instead of basking in the goodness of American heritage? In the real world, self-loathing is seen as a sickness. It is treated as a psychological illness, with part of the treatment being to diagnose the cause. What cause, then, exists for this disease of American self-loathing?
Confusion. That must be cause. For some reason, far too many Americans in this, the freest society that ever existed, think that they are answerable to government more than government is answerable to them. They not only think that way, but they do everything in their power to make it that way! They willingly give up more and more personal freedom by demanding that their neighbors’ personal freedoms are infringed upon. Yet these same people will vote one day to reinstate an executive administration and be out on the streets the very next day demanding that the administration be dismantled. They will conduct their personal lives according to the lowest standards of morality and all the while attack the morality of others. They will buy into any far-fetched conspiracy theory that they read about on the Internet while refusing to accept factual information that disputes it. They will glom onto six generals who demand the resignation of the Secretary of Defense while ignoring any facts that back up his actions and the many other military and civilian sources who support him – simply to politically attack that aforementioned elected administration.
I find it absolutely absurd that Americans are second guessing our entry into a war so long after the fact, and while we have so many brave young people still in harm’s way. These “retired generals” have books to sell, folks! Believe me, it is very hard to turn down an easy buck to hold onto principles. Sensationalism sells – it’s that simple. What can be more sensational that a handful of generals coming out against the system that put them where they are?
It is becoming more and more obvious that so many teachers and professors are using their classrooms to spout their personal hatreds and their political ignorance. We get it. Everything wrong in the whole world is now the fault of George W. Bush and his administration. The liberals are so frustrated by having lost so much power and influence in government that they are willing to do anything to get it back. The brainwashing is working quite well in some circles.
Every time I find myself in conversation with folks who are not of the conservative philosophy, (and even some that think they are), as I listen to them express their “views” on this administration, one thing sticks out like a sore thumb. They ALWAYS parrot what they have heard on the news media. Independent thoughts never occur to them. It is so easy to listen to those well-paid media personalities and the oh-so-intelligent movie stars to pick up all the talking points you need for a “conversation” with those of opposing views.
Americans cannot afford to take that easy route any more – and there is no excuse for it. We are not a collective society of spoon-fed morons – we are individuals with abilities to learn on our own, seek real truth, and evaluate all sources of information. Lord knows I certainly pour over everything I can find to support the liberal leaning, American hating crowd, and then weigh that against facts that ARE obtainable if one bothers to look.
Okay, let me stop right here for a moment. At no time in human history has so much information been at the fingertips of so many people about so many subjects as that which exists right now. And I dare say that fewer and fewer people are bothering to take advantage of it in a positive way. Too many people no longer wish to learn for the sake of learning. They go to school not to learn, but because they have to for other reasons. Compulsory “education” has laid the groundwork for susceptibility to brainwashing. Academic prerequisites mandate educational degrees for lucrative employment. The chance to succeed in today’s world is almost exclusively dependent on securing a degree from attendance at one of the most aggressive examples of brainwashing that exists - those revered halls of higher learning.
With America more interested in voting for the American Idol than voting in their local and national elections for their government, it is obvious that the media’s brainwashing is almost complete. After all, it is much easier to be entertained than it is to do the hard job of learning. But they will surely not miss a chance to complain during the moments in the day when they have flashes of reality about the problems in the country and in the world. It has to be somebody’s fault – and they can’t see their own reflections in that mirror!
For anyone who cares to do a little extra learning today, check here for an article about Rumsfeld by Donna Miles – American Forces Press Service.
Another recent article may be found here from the L.A. Times, (not a usual source for unbiased reporting.)
Then, if you’d like to take a look at a pretty concise biography of the man, go here for that.
Now, I could end by giving you a whole bunch of links to sites, blogs, and news service articles that give nothing but a negative view of Rumsfeld, the Bush administration, Bush himself, and even a few interesting facts about brainwashing and how people like me are “brainwashed” because I’d rather believe in the goodness of America than take the view that we are a totally corrupt people and there is no hope for us except through accepting socialism and communism and giving up all our arms and all our money to tyrannical rule. But, since I am not ashamed to be an American, nor have I been brainwashed by the aforementioned entities, I’d rather leave those for you to discover on your own.
Time will tell if we are a truly “doomed” society.
I will leave you with this final bit of history, though, because it is oh so fitting and was uttered by none other than the darling of the liberals some forty-plus years ago.
“In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.
Now the trumpet summons us again--not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need--not as a call to battle, though embattled we are-- but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"--a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease and war itself.
Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility--I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it--and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country.
My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own.” JFK – Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961