Former Vice-President Dick Cheney once famously said…
“…Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter.”
Emphasis in bold mine.
There is more than one way this could be taken, but regardless which way you interpret it, I don’t think he was wrong.
What does this have to do with today’s topic? Other then a nice segue into the topic, absolutely nothing. Deficits didn’t matter… still don’t actually… and neither anymore do facts.
When something is reported, even when on video and/or audio, it’s proclaimed to be some variation of “fake news”. People with a vested interest in a particular side take up their side’s mantra blindly, unthinkingly.
It seems truth… real truth, not political “truth”… doesn’t matter anymore. People only hear what they want to hear. Sides have been chosen, not to be deviated from, everyone has dug in. They’ll latch onto whatever the leaders on their side say, regardless how absurd.
Case in point: A few weeks ago a couple friends and I were discussing this topic on Facebook, and I made the point that people only hear what they want to hear. Of course they agreed and were all over it. Thing is, these two people are extreme left, one of them whack job level left, and I couldn’t help but think… “You! You two are exactly what I’m talking about. I’m looking you two right in the eye. You two clearly have no clue. You’re the problem.”
Oh, but it gets worse. What happens when lies that actually are “fake news” is rebuked and proven to be lies? What do the liars do? Hell, what do the liar’s supporters do? Do they concede the point and engage in constructive discussion? Phfft! No. They simply don’t respond at all. They ignore it as if it never happened.
What the hell, people, do you not see what is staring you right in the face?!? It’s become a bizarro world. What is said and done doesn’t mean anything anymore. Each side prattles on as if the other side doesn’t even exist. That’s not a way for a society to run.
If you are one of the many like my two friends mentioned above, you are part of the problem. As long as you keep it up, we’re just screwed, so stop it!