The Sham of a Liberal-Conservative Opposition and Where the Real Conflict Lies

Campaign funding renders all our so-called leaders employees of their contributors.  The latest case in point is the recent letter from the 47 Republican Senators addressed to the Supreme Leader of Iran, warning of a reversal of any agreement the Obama Administration may make with Iran regarding their use of nuclear weapons or lack thereof.  The senator who initiated the letter has an agenda our mainstream, corporate-owned media neglected to mention. Senator Tom Cotton is far from the only politician who owes his Senate position to private, destructive industries that benefit no one but the owners. Is it any wonder that people give up on the idea that government is capable of accomplishing anything for the actual public good?

The question that the politicians and the media avoid is simple: does the U.S. public want war with Iran? You remember the public, otherwise known as citizens and tax payers who have to foot the bill for another misguided campaign into a foreign land. Their people and policies have posed no existential risk to our nation, but when has that fact stopped a good war? The cost of our last blunders will be bring us a trillion dollar plus bill. Other organizations estimate larger numbers. This number doesn’t include the cost of lives needlessly sacrificed, Iraqi, Afghan, Pakistani and American – and the fallout from grieving and displaced communities.

Polls state most citizens do not want another Middle East war, but our millionaire Senators have very little interest in what most citizens want.  They obfuscate the influence that the people, groups and industries who back their elections place on them, and by extension their public positions and proposed laws. And our corporate-owned media never think to ask them about their motives and secret backers. Instead, reporters and infotainment hosts accept their official arguments and statements as facts that need no further challenge or discovery.

Thanks to the independent, non-corporate organizations and media like CounterPunchThe Intercept and Democracy Now! we have a light shining on the private groups, individuals and industries to whom our mascot politicians hold their true allegiance.

What, Another Damn Blog?

Well, yes it is:  I suppose everyone has something to write about, even if it’s their own story in their own words.  In this one I’m not trying to sell anything or elucidate some grand ideology, though that will be for you, the reader, to decide.  I do want to record pieces of my life journey here and if it inspires or helps anyone, so much the better.

My purpose is to write about why and how viewing the world and our society within the limited, predefined frame foisted upon  us since infancy prevents us from discovering reality.  It doesn’t give us insight so much as it places blinders on us and narrows our vision to a simplistic, colorless palette of opposites – good vs. evil, left vs. right, thinking vs. feeling, man vs. woman. I can refer to us, not just me, dear reader, because we all experience the same culture, the same memes, the same type of media, the same educational model and the same Judeo-Christian “Western” slant in learning good from bad, right from wrong, beautiful from ugly.

Why do I care so much about this topic?  If it isn’t painfully obvious by now, this may not be a site you will enjoy visiting. But you may be tired, missing your morning coffee, or you may be distracted in some other way. I’m in no position to judge you, dear reader. Hopefully you’ll offer me that same courtesy. Suffice it to say I went through the terrifying process of having to dismantle and rebuild my own world view. It was the best thing I’d ever done, though I fought the changes tooth and nail. Looking back on how I saw the world and my place in it, I now see how stupid and miserable it made me.  I can never return to that state, nor would I want to.  And I’m still making renovations.

I am hoping you, the reader, know what I mean.  If not, I hope you are at least a bit intrigued.

The truth about our reality is far more interesting and more terrifying than what our parents, teachers and preachers told us.  It is also much more satisfying and fulfilling. The Universe is a huge, beautiful mystery, one with unlimited possibilities. It is the Universe, maybe one among many, that we are invited to explore, if only we dare.  But to even consider beginning that journey, we have to lose the chains that bind our mind to the conventional, traditional habits of our culture and promote ignorance and fear.  We need to be free thinkers.