It's been an interesting couple of weeks, speaking and debating with some of my liberal friends. I have come to an epiphany however, or more precisely, the very same epiphany that I've come to several times over the last five years. America's view of the current Presidential Administration is totally disconnected from reality, and 50.61% of those who vote, prefer it that way.
It's maddening as all heck to arrive in the arena of ideas, and discover that not only will the other side of our national discussion refuse to accept basic facts as being part of reality, they are not in any way interested in seeing reality. So, when our President states during the State of the Union Address that he has increased our deficit at the slowest rate of any President in our history, while our jaws dropped in speechless disbelief at the brazen absurdity of the statement, 50.61% of American voters have accepted this lunacy as fact.
Here's a video from way back in 2009, that ancient date that served as Barack Obama's first year as our President. It should serve as an ample device to illustrate the sheer idiocy of this statement:
While having a similar discussion on one of my favorite topics, Catastrophic Global Warming, I brought up the Henrik Svensmark experiment at the Hardin Super Collider and explained how that piece of actual science discredited the notion that our current climate patterns were caused by human activity, my liberal friend looked at me and said, "I choose not to accept that,"
That statement right there, should be on the gate of every entrance into the hall of fame of childish positions. Just like the little brat who's fingers find the ears and pretend that a valid point of view which opposes the childish desire can never be uttered if never heard, "I choose not to accept that," cuts immediately to the heart of the matter. When presented with actual provable facts that challenge their belief system, be it Catastrophic Global Warming, or Barack Obama's frugality, Liberals would simply like to pretend that reality does not exist and their world view is true after all.
The problem with that of course is two fold. First, even if you accept every word uttered by an obviously treasonous biased media machine, that operates more as a propaganda arm of the Democrat Party than as an objective group of truth tellers who might find use in holding our political leaders accountable, it is difficult to escape the fact that we still have these three pound organs sitting atop our shoulders which given normal usage, are capable of performing the task of critical thought. Just like any part of the human body, discard its usage at your own peril. Organs that are not used have a tendency towards atrophy. As human beings, animals capable of abstract thought, discerning for ourselves fact from fiction, right from wrong, objective news reporting from propaganda, the excuse of a biased media should not substituted for actually paying attention.
Secondly, ignoring reality has its very own danger, for instance the little reported fact that we now owe about $16.5 Trillion and are no longer considered the safest debt to hold. This means that our great great grandchildren will likely be dealing with our irresponsible lifestyle of expecting a bag full of free goodies to tend to our every need and whim. We can demagogue the Chinese all we wish and label them as predatory lenders, (sounds familiar I know,) but the fact of the matter is that China merely did what we asked of them in the first place. Ignoring reality hides the fact that elections have consequences, and we've paid a packet for refusing to accept that little fact.
Some will say that we get the government that we deserve, and I agree with that sentiment. Unfortunately the story does not stop there. Our great great grandchildren do not deserve the future we've seen fit to inflict upon them. Consequences do not necessarily stop with us, that packet we've paid for disconnecting our current President from reality, accountability, or even the slightest hint of responsible behavior pales in comparison to the price which will be exacted from future generations.
In order to illustrate the point further, here are some of the more egregious gems uttered by President Obama during his speech this past Tuesday.
During the last five years, our businesses have created over 6 Million new jobs.
The Affordable Care Act is helping to slow the growth of health care costs.
We've cut the deficit by $2.5 Trillion, mostly through cuts in spending.
As each of these statements caused a spray of coffee to be shot through my nose and necessitated a thorough cleaning of a 48 inch television, which mostly is used for watching Hockey games, I could not help but notice that not a single one of those statements was challenged in the slightest sense of the word by a single member of the supposedly objective media.
Marco Rubio took a sip of water, and his political career was labeled as being over by a main stream press that seems intent upon reaching a state I've read as being known as, "peak moron," (Allahpundit at Hotair.)
Give this a think, whether you agree with me or not that the substance of Rubio's speech was top notch, MSNBC replayed the sip of water well over 200 times, and CNN finished in second place with just under 200 times. Not one moment's worth of analysis was spent discussing the content of either speech.
The title of the article quotes Shakespeare's Othello, but another literary work also comes to mind. While Shakespeare may have nailed the danger of willful blindness, it was Jonathan Swift who predicted another angle in his classic, Gulliver's Travels. The Lilliputians chose their political leaders by judging circus acts, which explains how we got landed with a President Obama as well as any other phenomenon. He you see, is able to tell his whoppers without needing a drink of water, at least not while reporters were paying attention, which admittedly, is not all that common anyhow.