FROM MY CORNER
Nine years ago our top American business leaders forced the entire world into a recession. They did this by selling American subprime mortgages to Americans they knew could not afford them.
They were aided and abetted in this by collaborating politicians, who had for years, tangentially, supported laws for full health care programs for themselves, but nothing for all of the rest of us.
To this day, most of the same corporate people who created the recession remain in business, running similar deals to new subprime mortgage buyers. The same politicians still have comprehensive medical programs, while they fight about providing us any rational health care program at all.
What is wrong with the American public? Why do we continue to battle one another from the Left and the Right as our fake financial and political leaders financially protect themselves while ignoring our needs?
It is very plain. It is our fault. We have abandoned the ability to think. The politicians and business leaders have successfully divided us into two irrational camps, and we collectively are incapable of seeing through their totally self-serving ruse.
We are the problem. All 330 million of us. We have let ourselves be dumbed down by the corporate leaders and their hired politicians. It would take an awful lot of increased stupidity to be acting dumber than we already are.
I wrote about this lately, and asked a cousin of mine who reads my commentaries what he thought of my assessment of the situation. His answer was: “I am a fiscal conservative and a social moderate.”
What a simplistic answer! What does it mean? Did he mean by “fiscal conservative,” he was for a balanced budget? Did he mean, we should spend less than we earn? Did he mean, we should all be responsible for our own financial affairs? Did he mean, government should not interfere in private affairs? What did he mean?
Who knows? I don’t. And obviously, he doesn’t either. He, like most Americans, has become utterly inarticulate. He does not know English, his native language. He appears incapable of putting into words what he really means.
I asked him, what about my writing do you agree with? What about it do you disagree with? No answer ever came from him. Total silence. No ability to analyze what he thinks and answer in literate English.
It is, I contend, this illiteracy that has given us the utter lack of rational leadership we experience today. Americans are stuck in a self-created crisis of ignorance. From both Left and Right, we have decayed into simplistic sound bites of what we believe.
An acquaintance of mine, a self-described professor of media, recently justified to me the media sound-bite practice of pop culture writing that dominates current news reporting. He apparently prefers entertainment-style mainstream news writing over accurately-articulated English more precisely expressing substantial meaning.
From top to bottom, intellectually speaking, we are in the age of bullshit over meaning. Lies are acceptable in place of real communication. Instead of articulate speech, it is adequate instead to bluff, to boast, to brag, to bluster, to blunder, to backtrack, to mislead with unrestrained overconfidence.
What has happened to thinking? It has just been tossed into the garbage bin. Thinking is no longer valued. We no longer have the ability to think. We have become a nation of simple bull-shitters.
Are there any out there still interested in thinking? Does anyone understand that thinking precedes writing? That it requires thinking to produce rational writing?
That rational writing is proof of one’s ability to first sift through facts and produce cognitively sound conclusions?
I ask the question. I seek the answer. I do not pretend to have the solution. But, I am actively seeking it. Does it exist anymore? Or have we all just given up on thinking? Are we content living in ambiguity? In indecisiveness? In a land of blah? In intellectual limbo?