Our ideas about free speech might need to change unless we become a much more educated electorate. There isn’t enough critical thinking on the part of the audience to compensate for and process the massive amount of deception and lies that are constantly broadcast by our private media.
As pressure on Saudi Arabia grows, Jamal Khashoggi is achieving his life’s mission
I agree. 🙂 The actual thought process that resulted in this decision is something I’d like to know but that’s probably just a fantasy. If I were Mnuchin however I know why I wouldn’t be there: I wouldn’t want to hang out with people who might see it fit to bone-saw me to death later in the month; and who would be able to bring themselves to do that to another human being; and who would be able to order others to do that to another human being.
It’s a disgraceful lack of ethics, Mr. Mnuchin et al.
I sincerely and greatly commend Max Boot and others like him for being so philosophically courageous as to face this situation honestly and follow the truth wherever it led them, regardless of how painful, isolating, disorienting, and lonely it might have been. They set a crucial example for others regardless of their political or social beliefs.
Check out @ChrisEvans’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/ChrisEvans/status/1046483677184700420?s=09
This article really nails it.
Ex-UN chief Ban Ki-moon says US healthcare system is ‘morally wrong’
Kudos to Ban Ki-moon for having the courage to step forward and say something like this.
One thing I will question is why the rest of the Western world was seemingly so absent from public condemnations of events and policies in the USA that preceded or directly resulted in this situation. I do champion diplomacy and have the deepest respect for those who engage in it. However it is also necessary and healthy to be brave and principled enough to bite the hand that feeds you when the other hand is beating you or someone else. At some point you become complicit via inaction.
For way longer than I suspect most likely people have been engaging in spin and manipulation of language for the purpose of deception. Here we have the president’s spokesperson obviously lying, answering questions that weren’t asked, dodging questions, making statements instead of giving answers, etc. And all thoughtful people are dutifully confounded by how this is allowed to happen much less continue to happen as long as it has in this shared, nightmarish, national farce of ours.
However those same pretentiously thoughtful people should examine the kind of bullshit they’ve tolerated, endorsed, sanctioned, reprinted, published, syndicated, aired, or even produced themselves.
When one opens the door to deceit the game is over. Or I should say rather that the game is just beginning. Because what you have in that case sadly is merely a game, a poor substitute for the sincere pursuit of truth; a game that we see like those on television where the only kind of cheating that isn’t vigorously encouraged is the kind that gets you caught. In other words cheating is absolutely okay; it’s the getting caught that is wrong. The former is called “playing hard”. The latter is called “cheating”.
So for every conservative idiot who holds her nose while Sarah Huckabee Sanders says two plus two equals five I would say that the door that is now widely ajar was first opened by the likes of Frank Luntz, Richard Nixon, Newt Gingrich, and way earlier than that. But I’m just talking about this country right now and this era. When you start to trade the truth for mere victory, however insignificant it might seem at the time, you then breach the dam and it becomes only a matter of time until the value of truth is lost entirely and all gravity is gone.