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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Jeb Bush – ‘I would kill for my Dad’

Here is Saturday’s special “Thought for the Day.” Just think, he could have been President what with his big war chest.

EPA gives grant to Church for White Priviledge

Apparently White Privilege now falls under the purview of the EPA. Better yet, why not give grants to churches? Even better, let’s support the next generation to buy into the Kool-aid. What happened to the separation of church and state? There is a clip of the Church leader over at the link. An earlier post of mine gives more detail in this perverse program:

EPA to study Churches, develop programs to combat climate change

But I digressed:

The Environmental Protection Agency has given $30,000 to a Unitarian church that preaches about “white privilege” and says that America is “structurally racist.”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, Florida, received an “environmental justice grant” for education and training about sea level rise and climate change, the agency announced Wednesday.

“In the first 2nd Hour Class On Being White led by Rev. Harris we did a privilege walk … and learned visually where we stand in terms of privilege,” she said. “Most of us fit squarely in the middle group: Neither Highly Privileged (the million-billionaires of society) nor among the impoverished locked out of society folk.”

The church provided an image of the badge, which features a “W” representing white placed behind an “A,” standing for ally, that is black, yellow, and red, representing the “people [Harris] would work with” to fight racism.

“I want to be a White Ally in the struggle for Racial Justice,” Harris said. “I don’t know what that looks like. I don’t know how I will need to become different than I already am. I just know this is the path I am on. This is part of my covenant, with Life, with myself.”

EPA’s EJ Small Grants have been a foundational piece to the portfolios of many community organizations that have gone on to make a visible difference in their communities. The 2015 grants will help organizations in 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands carry out projects that will educate residents about environmental issues that may impact their health, collect data about local environmental conditions, and work collaboratively to address environmental justice issues in their communities. The grants support activities that not only address a range of community concerns, but also support activities that are educating and empowering youth and the next generation of environmental stewards

More at Free Beacon

Reject USDA School lunch program? Punishment follows

You know the drill by now. Schools are abandoning the Michelle Obama’s school lunch programs due to the uneatability and loss of revenue. If you thought just giving back the subsidies would be the end of the story, think again. No, the jackboots come. The USDA promises a “Cascade of Regulations.”  It is the Chicago way.

In the words of board vice chairman John Laferriere:

“Essentially, we want to get off the federal teat. At the end of the day, that’s what it is. And we’re getting penalized for it.”

What did they think Michelle Obama et al. were going to do, give them a gold star for resisting?

Today’s lesson at Londonderry High: The purpose of Big Government is to become Bigger Government. Those who succumb are absorbed. Those who resist are squashed. H/T:Moonbattery

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School officials last year decided to remove Londonderry High School from the National School Lunch Program after nutrition regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama resulted in a significant drop in cafeteria sales, and a significant increase in food waste, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

The move meant the high school forfeited federal subsidies that come with the program, but officials increased lunch prices and introduced new offerings students love to make up the difference, and then some.

The high school’s successful transition, however, apparently doesn’t sit well with federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Education, who apparently issued a threat to district officials recently in hopes of changing their minds.

The USDA’s national office told school officials they must provide an “accountability and reconciliation plan” to document production and waste in the high school’s kitchen and comply with “more than monthly” inspections to continue its arrangement“ Dining services director Amanda Venezia said Monday she was told in a conference call last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may not treat the school as a processing facility,” the Union Leader reports. “The categorization would impose substantial regulatory and financial burdens, she said, require at least one new hire and lots of paperwork.”

More at EAG News

FBI checking out security of Hillary’s e-mail server

I give you a few snippets from the Washington Post story. Will Val Jar send Hillary to the dust bin of history? All she has to do is give the thumbs up and from what it sounds like, the thumb is up. Leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post from “high government sources” come with the purpose. There is blood in the water. Here we go:

The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials.

Also last week, the FBI contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work e-mails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state.

For instance, the server installed in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home as she was preparing to take office as secretary of state was originally used by her first campaign for the presidency, in 2008, according to two people briefed on the setup. A staffer who was on the payroll of her political action committee set it up in her home, replacing a server that Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, had been using in the house.

The e-mail system was not always reliable, these people said, with Pagliano summoned at various times to fix problems. Notably, the system crashed for days after New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

That led to new conversations about the need for better security, durability and a more professional setup, according to these people. In 2013, the Clintons hired Platte River to maintain the data.

Full story Washington Post

Obama and his treatment of Jordan and Israel

Let’s see if we can figure how this goes. Jordan’s King met with members of Congress, but no plan was in the works for him to meet with the President until a photo-op presented itself after the report of the killing of the Jordan pilot. But Israel? Nope, Bebe cannot talk with Congress and now our boy king says he will never, ever meet with Israel again. I think I have this.Israeli Newspaper: Obama May Not Meet with Netanyahu Again
White House Dossier.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “toast” at the White House following his acceptance of an invitation to address Congress, and President Obama may never meet with him again, according to one of Israel’s leading newspapers.

Writing in the liberal Haaretz, known as “Israel’s New York Times,” diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid paints a dire portrait of the relationship between Netanyahu and both Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, saying the animus is now deeply personal.

And how is our best and only partner willing to do some bombing?

After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers | WashingtonExaminer.com

Washington Examiner – 
King Abdullah of Jordan,  met with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan’s King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group. In a private session with lawmakers, the king showed an extraordinary measure of anger — anger which he expressed by citing American movie icon Clint Eastwood.

“He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, who was in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.

Nothing on the Schedule —   why not? Our major partner?
Obama Schedule || Tuesday, February 3, 2015

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:35 am || Meets with Americans who wrote letters about how they benefitted from the Affordable Care Act; Roosevelt Room
2:10 pm || Holds a Cabinet meeting; Cabinet Room

All times Eastern

Oops- found time for a photo-op with the President.

Clinton unable to name one achievement during her tenure

Wouldn’t you think by now Clinton could come up with some sort of achievement for an answer? There are a number of clips out there as she moves about peddling her book. Let’s focus on this one. If I thought I was sick of looking at Obama, Hillary and her faux smile is getting close to first place these days. I would say she avoided the answer. Maybe the interviews are not quite as friendly this time around?

Clinton Unable To Name A Signature Achievement From Her State Dept Tenure (June 6, 2014)

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