By Cathy Keim
While reading some news items on Sunday night, I came across this article in the Baltimore Sun. A 64 year old man was sitting in Wyman Park reading a book when he was maced, knifed, and robbed by assailants that posted the attack on Facebook, thus aiding the police in apprehending at least two of the suspected robbers. The statistics of increased crimes in Baltimore are reported:
Across the city, robberies continue to rise. There have been 13 percent more robberies committed so far this year, a rise from 3,126 at this time last year to 3,523 this year. Carjackings are up 43 percent, while street robberies have increased 17 percent, though commercial robberies have declined about 10 percent.
However, what I found incredible was the following quote:
Sandy Sparks, president of the Charles Village Civic Association and a founder of Friends of Wyman Park Dell, said she hoped the crime wouldn’t deter people from visiting the park, which she said is safe. “We’ve worked very hard to make the dell a beautiful, restful place,” Sparks said. “The last thing we want is to have the impression that it’s not safe to go there.”
A man has just been violently attacked while sitting on a park bench and yet we are told that the park is safe. This is demonstrably not true and the statistics show that Baltimore has a serious problem with crime that is increasing.
It is this kind of incoherent thinking that makes me fear for our country. How could Ms. Sparks even utter those words? I am afraid that she is afflicted with the same disorder that much of our population seems to be succumbing to: stating obvious lies to forward an agenda.
When the media, political leaders, bureaucrats, scientists, and others in authority state nonsense that is obviously not true – while they continue to ignore the facts in front of them – then it is only a matter of time before the public disbelieves anything that they read or see in the press.
President Obama continues to tell us that our economy is great, but over 94 million Americans are not working and more are underemployed or juggling multiple part-time jobs to make ends meet. College grads are living at home because they cannot find jobs that pay well enough to be able to pay their student loans and live independently.
The Republican-controlled House and Senate tell us that they are doing everything in their power to block President Obama’s agenda, but they keep on passing continuing resolutions and omnibus spending bills that fund his every whim.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign says that she has pneumonia two days after she is diagnosed and hours after she leaves the 9/11 ceremony abruptly and almost collapses getting into her van.
Hillary Clinton states under oath that she has turned over all her emails, but additional emails keep popping up.
We are told that we should be happy to accept Syrian refugees because they are being carefully vetted even though we know that cannot possibly be true. How can you vet somebody that has no documents and their hometown has been bombed to the ground?
I could go on and on, but you are aware of all the lies that are constantly being told in a drumbeat of falsehoods.
Trust is a fragile commodity and once it is broken, it is very difficult to restore. As the boy who cried wolf in Aesop’s Fable found out, if you are a known liar, then even when you tell the truth you will not be believed. Aesop wrote his fables about 600 years before Christ, so the concept is not new, but plenty of people seem to think that they can pull the wool over the rest of us and get away with it.
Lenin said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” The Soviet Union was known for the disinformation that it spewed out to its citizens and to the world.
We may like to think that we are not like the Soviets, but then ask yourself who said: If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor? This statement has been proven to be a total lie, just like the other fraud: Your health insurance costs will go down.
Our Founding Fathers were acutely aware of man’s weaknesses and flaws, so they wrote our Constitution to separate powers and block any one group of people from gaining complete control of our government. They also listed in the Bill of Rights a series of guarantees to protect citizens from their government. Their system only works, though, if the press reports honestly on what is happening and if the three branches of government actually perform their duties. The last resort is for the citizens to replace their government if necessary.
The executive branch has been overstepping its bounds for the last eight years; a period where Congress has not blocked the executive branch by withholding funds. The judicial branch has exceeded its boundaries at the Supreme Court level by legislating from the bench. Congress has ceded power to the courts because it is easier to let the courts decide tough issues than for the politicians to have to take unpopular stands.
Not only can we not believe what we read or see in the various media outlets, but we are further bombarded with politically correct messages which seek to make any deviation from the party line unacceptable. It is not just considered rude to disagree; it is liable to cost you your job if you refuse to toe the line. (Editor’s note: Just ask current Seattle Mariner and former Oriole catcher Steve Clevenger about that.) The claustrophobic feeling of everyone shunning you if you dare speak out is enough to shut most people down.
Standing up for pro-life positions, traditional marriage, different roles for men and women, and obeying immigration laws will result in your dismissal from polite society in many venues. If you find yourself thinking twice about making a comment that would have been completely non-controversial five years ago, then you are self-censoring. Something as simple as having more than three children is cause for censure in many circles.
Daring to say that Islam means submission, not peace as is widely stated, and that sharia law is not compatible with our Constitution is considered outside the bounds of civility.
Stella Morabito has an excellent article in the Federalist where she states, “These characters from the dystopian novel The Journal of David Q. Little can help us reflect on the choice between individuality or conformity; between living life exceptionally or as a drone.”
Stella has written frequently on the evils of political correctness, but here she really explains what we are up against:
The term “political correctness” had not yet made its way into the lexicon when the book was published. But this passage clearly shows Little feeling the utter loneliness political correctness creates through its force-fed propaganda that sows social distrust and separates people through blind conformity. When there are no outlets for real conversation, you end up in virtual solitary confinement, talking to yourself to preserve your sense of sanity.
As you contemplate what went wrong that we are having so many previously unacceptable activities forced upon us such as boys using girls’ bathrooms, elementary age children having sex change operations, women in combat roles, or why our politicians can’t use the words “terrorist attack” when bombs go off in New York City, then realize that you are being actively manipulated and the only way to resist is to refuse to conform to the expectations being foisted upon us.
Richard Falknor at Blue Ridge Forum suggests that too many Americans are still getting their news from the mainstream media.
Many rely on their local establishment newspapers (most of which, sadly, reflect the perspective of the National Left for choice of stories to cover, as well as what events and public figures to ignore).
Some rely on Fox News (which has a strong GOP Establishment slant, and thus advances a Globalist Message.)
What this means: even many dedicated activists are handicapped by getting limited information on fast-breaking developments they need to understand.
Information has always been controlled and manipulated by the forces in power. Unless you personally were present when an event occurred, then you were dependent on the report from somebody else, whether it be family, friend, or reporter. What is different now is that everything feels like it could be a conspiracy theory because we have lost our trust in the system: our news media, our politicians, our academics, our scientists, and even many of our clergy.
As Morabito explained, this loss of trust leaves us feeling isolated, lonely, and fearful because if no one is worthy of trust who can we rely on? In the end, it all comes down to standing on our principles which for Americans means the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, both of which point to our Creator who gives us unalienable rights. The Founders were pointing directly to the God of the Bible. Thus, In God We Trust!