It’s as much of a shame that we were denied the sanity and sobriety of a Hillary Clinton administration as it was that we were forced to endure the four years of mind numbing incompetence that Donald Trump brought to office. These are twin tragedies for America. The socio-political direction of the country took a sharp downward turn when Trump was elected to office and then an even sharper one still occurred in his last days as he sought fruitlessly to hold on.
.@HillaryClinton to @TheView: “We’re at a very dangerous, continuing high-level attack on the legitimacy of our government and the election of our president. And obviously, [former Pres. Trump] is not only behind it, he incited it, he encouraged it, and he continues to do so.” pic.twitter.com/8pERcKCG7H
— The View (@TheView) October 11, 2021
The GOP has decided to act as a cult and follow its charismatic leader, toxic though he may be. Power is the name of the game there. They don’t care about anything else.
And then there’s Facebook and their motivation is the almighty dollar. Facebook may be headed for a real accounting, at least that is devoutly to be hoped. They’ve stirred up way too many problems over the past five or six years.
A lot of people use Facebook as their main source of news and information, incredible as that may seem. I recall back in 2016 talking to a friend who happened to be attending a Seventh Day Adventist church. I said, “Did you know Obama was raised as a Seventh Day Adventist? His father was brought over to the United States by their missionaries.” Her response to me was, “How interesting. That means there’s actually some possibility that Obama was born in this country.”
Now I nearly fell off the chair. Because I liked and respected this lady, I asked her where she got the birther conspiracy theory. Her answer? Facebook. It was “all over Facebook that Obama was born in Kenya.” That led to a discussion of his having been born in Hawaii and how this very basic fact would have been uncovered many years ago if in fact it were true. She was fascinated to hear all this, because the fact of the matter is, she was another one of these Americans who doesn’t know how government works.
That’s why conspiracy theory has taken the firm roots that it has in this country, because people don’t know the basics. I have spoken to people who don’t even know how many senators we have. One woman told me, “I thought there might be about 150.” I patiently explained to her how the three branches of government are set up, how many representatives there are, how many senators, how that came to be. It was new information.
This is why Fox News thrives, because they can sell lies to the uninformed and the unknowing. So can Facebook. Facebook and right-wing social media did an incredible smear job on Hillary Clinton. The woman was hated beyond all proportion in red states because of all the b.s. people had been told and are still told to this day. This is what is terrifying. We are a stupid nation and if we don’t wake up soon and get informed, we may lose our way of life.
The quote which is attributed to Thomas Jefferson, “People get the government they deserve” is true.