Is America in the Twilight Zone?


 

By Mustang

In his book How America Lost Its Mind, Kurt Andersen assures us that we Americans “… have passed through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole.  America has mutated into Fantasyland.”

He continues …

“Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories.  What’s problematic is going overboard —letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts.

Hmmm.  So, with slight modification from its original airing, the lead-in to the popular television show Twilight Zone might look like this today …

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between reality and fantasy, between science and superstition, and it lies between man’s manic depression and the summit of his inadequate knowledge.  This is the dimension of moral relativism; it is an area which we call America’s Twilight Zone.

Andersen offers an interesting proposition, but then he falls into the rabbit hole himself.  The problem, as he sees it, is that “we’re Americans.”  We can’t help ourselves.  You see, our colonial-period adoption of enlightened ideas has led us to an absurd society where people are allowed to believe whatever they want —no matter how outlandish those beliefs are.  And, because most of us believe in God, we’ve come to think of ourselves as God’s chosen people; we’ve been called upon to help create a customized utopia —a place where we can believe epic dreams and fantasies; where we can indulge ourselves in magical thinking.  Andersen argues that Americans are prone to believe silly ideas because we’ve evolved into a mindless society.

Yet, if we were to agree that our society is unable to make a distinction between fact and opinion, or if our Americans do tend to believe the most outlandish claims found on the internet, or texted to them on an iPhone, then we ought to develop some curiosity about how we arrived in bizarre world, but we do not make much headway in our investigation if we confine our investigation to the enlightenment period.  There was certainly nothing inexplicable about our founding fathers.

It is true that there exists on the internet dozens —maybe even hundreds or thousands— of websites that offer nothing but spoofed events, unbalanced opinions presented as factual news, poorly crafted conspiracy theories, character assassinations, and blatant lies about things that might have happened 35 or 40 years ago, but which lack any corroboration.  And, in spite of what we all know about these hoax sites, people believe them anyway.  Why?

Perhaps we should begin our examination with our public education system —which I believe is (with first-hand knowledge) a misnomer for what is actually going on in our schools.  It isn’t learning that being poured into our children’s brains: it’s brain-washing —with toxic bleach.

America’s public schools, grades K through 12 are tax-payer-funded incubators where dedicated Marxist teachers (hereafter referred to as educationalists) use instruction in the social sciences, English literature, and geography to indoctrinate students in cultural collectivism.  It is a place where young people are taught to “group think,” and where at a very early age they are admonished never to challenge anything their teachers tell them.  Like all good communist systems, the penalty for challenging an educationalist is shouting, public ridicule, and labeling challengers as intolerant racist trouble-makers.

Public funded brain-washing centers are where our children are introduced to moral relativism.  Considering philosophical points of view is fine —if we are talking about a classroom filled with thirty-somethings, but we are talking about adolescents and teenagers whose brains, according to developmental psychologists, will not be fully formed until they reach their mid-twenties.  The brain-washing of under-developed persons, who because of their inexperience are incapable of thinking in the abstract is not just objectionable —it’s downright disgusting.  Teachers, whom we trust (and pay nice salaries to) to provide our children with essential learning in public schools, are abusing under-developed children for their own political purposes.

Where is the public outcry?

Kurt Andersen claims that Americans suffer from national paranoia.  For example, we are afraid of the so-called deep state.  But if Americans are worried about such things, is it really paranoia?  The clinical definition of paranoia is that someone imagines that someone or something is out to harm them.

On the other hand, when we are able to detect the existence of affiliated policies and programs that are actually designed to destroy our society, or harm us professionally, personally, or physically, then we aren’t paranoid —and we should recall that the National Security Agency is actually monitoring our telephone conversations, people are being arrested on warrants issued by secret courts on the sole affirmations of government investigators, dossiers are actually being conspiratorially manufactured against political rivals, nuclear material really is being sold under the table to foreign entities, and people who are guilty of breaching national security are actually being let off the hook simply because they are part of the political elite.

We do not imagine that there are two sets of laws in this country —there really are: those that apply to you and me … and those that pertain to members of the privileged class.  To my way of thinking, these are not examples of paranoia; there are plenty of reasons for America’s uncertainty about its future.

Awful things are going on in our country today, and much of this is political.  While I have disdain for America’s political system, one party in particular goes out of its way to shower Americans with false and misleading information.  I think it was Vladimir Lenin who once said that a lie told often enough eventually becomes a verifiable truth.

A reasonably thoughtful person should conclude that there is a purpose to inculcating our children with moral and cultural relativism, for flooding our society with false and misleading information: to fool and manipulate the not-so-bright among us (the beneficiaries of brain-washing centers).  This purpose is to strengthen a Marxist agenda, which includes duping voters into supporting closet Marxists for political office.

Again, I wonder … where is the public outcry?

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18 Responses to “Is America in the Twilight Zone?”

  1. Kid Says:

    Too much to say, words get in the way. Keeping it brief, there is not much going on America that is positive other than those of us who refuse to move to the dark side.

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  2. Hootin' anni Says:

    You posted: “we should begin our examination with our public education system —which I believe is (with first-hand knowledge) a misnomer for what is actually going on in our schools.  It isn’t learning that being poured into our children’s brains: it’s brain-washing —with toxic bleach.”

    My son is a college professor, and he has many teacher friends…I don’t know how the academic world is in the whole of our country, but in parts of Texas teachers can no longer flunk students!! Parents & board of education to blame. Not to mention star athletes fir the school year.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I get the star athletes… but I would be very surprised if the majority is going this way..maybe I just know a different crowd of wonderful kids.

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      • Hootin' anni Says:

        If they can’t spell, read, etc. & flunking…the teacher should not be forced to pass them to the next grade. (No matter what grade ….from K-12 & higher) IMHO

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    • Mustang Says:

      Texas is where I taught. Texas is where teaching contracts are decided on the basis of “failure rates.” Teachers aren’t stupid. If teachers know that their livelihood depends on passing students, all students will pass, and be passed along to the next higher grade. This, more than anything, explains why entering high school freshmen (in Texas) are reading and comprehending at the fourth and fifth-grade level, are unable to do rudimentary mathematics, and cannot write a cogent sentence. What chance, therefore, do any of these kids have to achieve success in high school? On that note, the number of high school graduates entering their first year of college, who are required to take “remedial classes,” is jaw-dropping. It also explains why business leaders are under-whelmed by the annual crop of high school graduates who even lack the skills needed to complete an employment application. But their skill sets are somewhat limited to fact-less opinions about what a horrible (non-exceptional) country America is. One day, we may come to the realization that a one-size-fits-all educational system is doing irreparable harm to our nation’s future. By then, considering America’s competitiveness globally, it may be too late. Statistically, the USA is ranked in the middle of the pack —even below a few third-world nations. In my mind, this is an inexcusable situation —brought to us at a tremendous cost— by unchecked educationalists running amok in our public-school systems.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Unfair indeed….I don’t disagree… Thanks for your insight and appreciate your opinion.

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      • Kid Says:

        Unions bring many people to their lowest level.

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  3. Laura Bernard Mielcarek Says:

    My son came over the other day and said that nationalism was created by the eastern countries as a defense against western imperialism and colonialism during the 1930s. This is what he learned in one of his classes at the university.

    Jaw…floor.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      What I wanted to add to my comments were that just a little over half go on to college from High school…67 percent last I read…of that a good portion go to a Community college, half of them don’t go on to a four year. Good be a trade they learn, or there are vocational schools as well.
      So now we have half of the country not so indoctrinated as it appears. Half the country.. I can assure you that the public schools in most red states do not do the indoctrination bit.
      Now we have the coming battle….don’t sell out middle america. The salt of the earth.

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      • Laura Bernard Mielcarek Says:

        I wanted him to learn a trade, but he wants his BA and he wants to either teach or do some kind of psychology work. He has his Associates from a community college. He is incredibly intelligent — his ideas are totally outside the box. I would love to see him do something that showcases his imagination and creativity.

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  4. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    There is no public outcry because
    1. common sense does not mean it’s common. It was coined because only the common people – those who had to work the land for a living – had it.
    2. There hasn’t been anything resembling critical thinking taught in schools for about 60 years now. Yes, they offer “critical thinking” as a class in college – I had the misfortune to take one and I nearly didn’t pass because their version of critical thinking was illogical and deliberately designed to produce group think. When you actually possess that skill it’s very difficult to turn it off.

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    • Mustang Says:

      I certainly agree with you. And, of course, the parents and grandparents of today’s children were educated in exactly the same kind of educational system … and so I guess this should lead us to conclude that, given enough time, Americans will be thoroughly and irretrievably indoctrinated into the Marxist mindset. Sad.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        Not so fast on this. Vast swaths of Middle America… the land of the low sloping foreheads that dwell within…have not received such indoctrination. They stand at the ready armed to the teeth and will fight to the death at some point for their values and that of their forefathers..
        That is the great divide….

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      • bunkerville Says:

        The Norman and the Saxon 1100 AD
        http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/poems_normansaxon.htm

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      • Mustang Says:

        You may be right, Bunks … but that isn’t what I’ve seen first-hand with twenty-years in the secondary classroom or as a project manager for high-stakes high-school testing. In the former, a clear majority of parents do not care what is being presented inside the classroom so long as their little darlings get a passing grade. In the latter, a cheeky monkey could pass these tests. The level of “dumbing down” in these multiple-guess frameworks would cause you to have a stroke. Parents aren’t upset because their children are getting in measured doses the same things they were exposed to when they were in public school. In other words, they themselves don’t know any better. By now I’m convinced that the only true learning that occurs in public-funded educational institutions originate within a few courses offered to college-level juniors and seniors. As an aside, it is no surprise to me that teaching has one of the highest turnover rates of any profession in America today. The good teachers leave within five years, the bad ones stay on until the reach retirement.

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      • bunkerville Says:

        My travel circles and friends include Iowa and surrounding areas as well as rural areas in the Northeast. I don’t doubt that we are reaching critical mass.\
        While we no doubt we are on the losing end of the battle, it will not end with a whimper IMO.
        Parades, apple pie, American flag, the gun range, hunting are still prized activities. Schools would not dare take the positions as you described. My school still has its gun range.
        Just saying, it is easy to get warped into thinking that we will just slide out to the Progressive world of Utopia. We will be in for one hell of a battle for the soul of America.

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  5. petermac3 Says:

    Excellent. Thanks Mustang.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Mustang Says:

      Thank you, Peter.

      Liked by 1 person


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