October 16, 2013
Matheny's Note: I couldn't have said it any better,.....
Thank God the government shutdown crisis is over. Not because it averted economic catastrophe, that's still coming, but because the phony narrative was destructive.
It dragged even the most open-minded people into a designated political camp. People who lean right blamed the poor and needy on food stamps, while "progressives" blamed the Tea Party conservatives who must be racist for opposing Obamacare.
It was predictable and disgusting theater. And most of you bought into it. You may have noticed that we did not post very many articles related to the shutdown, because why feed such nonsense?
As seems to be the new theme among the ruling elite, "Do not let a fake crisis go to waste." Below are the lessons that we should have learned from this charade. Don't let it go to waste.
Divide and Conquer Theater: Americans put aside petty political differences to stop another war of aggression in Syria. That cohesion was threatening to topple the flimsy facade of left-right politics for good. Nothing like a phony crisis to get people to break out their political war paint and chant partisan slogans like zombies. Perhaps next time more will see it for what it is, theater to divide and control them.
Government is Way Too Big: 800,000 non-essential employees! Seriously? And the best you can do to make people feel their loss is to close public parks and taking a few websites offline? Didn't it cost money to hire private goons to block park access and to remove those webpages which remain hosted (the domains are still live)? And these aren't the million-plus people employed to spy on us. Apparently, they are considered "essential" in a bi-partisan tyranny.
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