So much of what guides our daily living, or how we interpret what we see and hear from our chosen information source, is frequently difficult to understand or to put into reliable action. It may not be easy to understand and comprehend headlined stories. Most media outlets lead with sensationalism, then fill in the remainder to support their intended conclusion. Those fill-in details are frequently biased or flat-out wrong, so it is difficult to understand how the story fits into the more significant and even controlling narratives of deep-state politics and internationalism.
Isn’t it amazing how we talk past each other in private conversations? At times, it’s almost like we are speaking different languages. For example, a progressive friend asked me for my definition of “Woke” the other day since it seems to mean different things to different people in our perceptions and usage. There’s an unfortunate and perhaps intentional lack of clarity in how we communicate with each other these days. Our inability to draw common conclusions about people, institutions, government, and geopolitically is not an accident; it’s a strategy.
Eliminate any situation’s politics momentarily; focus instead on accurate, convincing communication. Assume that two people of good character and sufficient intellect can’t agree. The questions, the problems, and the solutions are elusive and frustratingly too often out of reach. Many characterize these differences in political terms. What we hear and think and often how we believe is frequently due to deliberate miscommunication by and from authoritative sources we rely on. These sources make grandiose statements, such as charging that the horrendous withdrawal from Afghanistan should now be a source of pride.
But without context and presenting the history and facts that enable you to analyze a story, what you believe comes down to what you are inclined to think first. Here are four examples that have set people of goodwill against each other, inviting unnecessary confrontation through deliberately misleading facts and encouraging us to reach faulty conclusions too often:
- The way government covers up its mistakes, lies, and rampant inefficiencies is invisible ink! As I write this, Jack Teixeira, a 21-year-old member of the Massachusettes Air National Guard, has just been arrested for disclosing Top Secrets to the world. We can understand his arrest as a clear and present danger to not only us but to our allies as well. How does this happen so frequently? Nobody is ever held accountable within the government.
Hundreds of thousands of people can access high-level intelligence products at any time through over-classification and over-sharing. That’s a problem for our country. Remember Edward Snowden or the Pentagon Papers? Our government routinely misdirects us on issues like missing nukes, military misadventures, and even mundane subjects like incredibly expensive and common acquisition programs like the FAA’s technology refresh, research and development projects that are never finished, and Covid spending that didn’t do much more than enrich a lot of thieves and empower the government to destroy our economy.
- Have you heard about California’s environmental tar baby? California has 14 million vehicles and is the fastest-growing purchaser of over one million electric vehicles to date, more than the following ten states combined. California is on track to ban internal combustion engines by 2035, which is only 12 years away! Enter the tarbaby! California is shutting down coal power plants, hydroelectric plants, nuclear power plants, and some natural gas plants and even having conniptions over wind farms killing migratory birds or disturbing peoples’ sleep. All this amidst rolling blackouts today! Where’s the essential electricity going to come from? What about tomorrow? Where’s the deep dive into exactly how all this will pan out? Inquiring minds don’t want you to dwell on this too much.
- Did you know the US essentially invented, owned, and controlled the Internet until 2016? And that a Democratic Congress essentially gave away the most potent technical advantage on earth? Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China, in particular, now have an equal footing with us on Internet control. “As of Saturday, 1 October 2016, Icann is no longer under US government oversight. Instead, it’s now a fully “multi-stakeholder” non-profit that will take on board the views of companies, experts, academics, and nation-states in how the web is run.” Everything runs on the Internet, and we gave away the keys to the kingdom to enemies who will now use that ‘equality’ to disadvantage us. Was that decision altruistic or just stupid? Next time your Internet is down after a cyber attack, you might think about this. Apparently, our leaders didn’t!
- One last example of how supposedly intelligent people steer us down paths and towards problems that even a nonprofessional could foresee. Civil asset forfeiture laws allow the police and other government agencies to seize your personal property and never return it. They just have to have reason to believe it was involved in the commission of a crime, even if the person was acquitted or never charged at all. If you have heard of this process, you probably think it is used to seize assets from drug lords. Sadly, instead, it’s been used too many times on innocent people who can’t afford to fight back! And here’s the kicker…the Federal Government gets up to 80% of whatever the states seize. A friend I knew lost an airplane he used to transport Freon (think a/c gas) across the Southern border. He loaned it to a friend, and although there was no criminal action, the plane was confiscated because R-22 Freon is regulatorily banned here in the States. Our voluminous laws allow all kinds of takings. Every day, trust in the government is in a precipitous decline due to actions like this.
Reading these four examples of stupid things we do is emblematic of how we constantly lose sight of practical realities. And in the process, we severally damage individuals, groups, and even our entire country. Sometimes we enforce stupid and nonsensical rules, laws, policies, and decisions that do little more than hurt people, disadvantaging us in a world more prone to focus on practicality.
We’ve created hundreds of thousands of lobbyists, lawyers, advisory companies, and accountants whose sole purpose is to navigate the frequently unmarked channels visible only to some Washington or State House insider reading the invisible ink you can’t. I believe this is how corruption is born and fostered. It’s just too easy to give up and offer a bribe (legal, as in a campaign contribution, or illegal, as in a payoff) of one kind or another to clear the way through a bureaucracy purposely mined to make sure people’s lives more complicated than necessary.
We created a cottage industry of legal and illegal shakedowns by writing stupid rules of the road that have engorged nonproducers while hamstringing an entire country, thus conflicting its people. I liken this to the drag on a fishing reel intended to tire out a fish. However, fish, in this case, is our national economy. We’ve hamstrung ourselves to such a degree that simple and logical is almost universally rejected by the political class in favor of what they can do to disadvantage some while advantaging others and themselves.
Your standard of living, safety, and future are negatively affected by those insider scoundrels that work our system in their favor, not yours.
God Bless America!
Allan J. Feifer