Heh, nice rant Cindi,
1000 words give or take + links, and it sounded like ya didn’t take a breath and were ready to keep on goin’. It’s OK to be angry these days……..it is indicative of sanity.
The LA Times propaganda worked well, though it’s no big surprise. As Eric Hoffer said, ““Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.”
I made the mistake of reading deep into the comment thread; I shouldn’t have done that. Should.Not.Have.
Best thing here is your idea that teachers should be bringing their students down ‘to see what real civics in action looks like’. But then I’m finding myself lamenting the fact that most schools want to churn out complacent, incurious, cooperative drones who will know their places in the system that will profit from their labor, but never truly value them or their contributions to society.
And worse, if the kids somehow manage to escape their psychic cages and attempt to wrest back our democracy from tyrannical despots, they will find that all they learned in civics class is now…a lie.
Sorry. I’ve been reading at Emptywheel’s for the past couple hours, and seeing the vast evidence of the Obama administration’s power grabs and vaporization of our Constitution has made me a mite bitter. And depressed.
So depressed that on this Christmas Eve Day, I forgot to be thankful for the Millenials who decided to call the MOTU’s bluffs, and sparked a movement that won’t be slain, just because now is the time to win.
Soon circumstances will become so dire that even some of the assholes on that thread may be forced to choose who, and what…to serve; some may surprise themselves when suffering focuses their thinking more clearly. ;o)
It’s to remember that hate is taught, unless it’s a response to fear, either of which can be changed by the owner of the hatred.
Perceiving whole swathes of people as ‘The Other’ is sorta the same as people who perceive the planet as ‘Other’. No felt connection means either disregard or contempt so often that it’s painful to witness.
I’m sorry that you needed to witness all that; but it’s one good thing we *can* do; stand as witnesses, which is why it’s good to read at Emptywheel’s place and check into war, Empire and assassination by drones if a person can. And I can. So I do, and try to back away when I feel the abyss looking back at me.
Then it’s time to look for perspective, especially outside, though in LA, it must be harder. Too much light pollution to see the Milky Way; maybe the moon? Or go down to the end of the Colorado River canals?
Rest and enjoy the holidays a little, Cindi Burkey. And when ya dream tonight, smack that asshole around a li’l bit if ya get a chance. ;o)
p.s. Arizona has boatloads of that stuff happening.
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