Orwell wrote “Ignorance is strength” as a Party slogan in “1984”. It seems as if that is also an operating principle in our corporate media and education funding as well.
Newsweek featured a Citizenship test that amplifies this ignorance.
Here are a few disturbing examples:
Who’s in charge of the executive branch? The president. Correct: 73% Incorrect: 27%
Who did the United States fight in World War II? Japan, Germany, and Italy. Correct: 60% Incorrect: 40%
We elect a U.S. senator for how many years? Six. Correct: 39% Incorrect: 61%
Under our Constitution, some powers belong to the federal government. What is one power of the federal government? To print money, to declare war, to create an army, or to make treaties. Correct: 19% Incorrect: 81%
How many justices are on the Supreme Court? Nine. Correct: 37% Incorrect: 63%
What do we call the first 10 amendments to the Constitution? The Bill of Rights. Correct: 57% Incorrect: 43%
Yesterday was the 67th anniversary of D-Day, the allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe. I wonder how many Americans are even aware of this.
Never mind who wrote the Federalist Papers, forget civics. Americans are fed more vital information.
While the corporate media was falling all over each other to cover non-issues like a congressman’s Twittering skivvies and another certain Twittering Twit of the Tundra’s blathering about Paul Revere’s “shots and bells” warning the British, five more Americans died in Iraq for George W. Bush’s war of choice.
Yes, indeed. Mission accomplished...as long as the mission was the enrichment of corporate cronies, and political capital for the re-election of a “war president” in 2004. Those Americans killed this week did not die to protect us or our freedoms. They are still paying the true cost in blood for Bush’s “crusade” for political gain that he openly admitted he desired, before the cronies on the Supreme Court strangled democracy and gave him the White House.
“One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade…, if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency.” – George W. Bush 1999
That “capital” was spent through Orwellian “war is peace” doublespeak on behalf of permanent war and the shredding of the Bill of Rights.
“I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.” - George W. Bush
“Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way..." – G. W. B. 4-20-04
But never mind all that. It’s “old news”. Let’s hear more about wieners, shots and bells. And isn’t it more important to hear politicians’ bickering about “values” and government debt while they continue to give tax breaks to the rich and austerity for the rest of us?
Above all, shouldn’t we focus on everything that is NOT about restoring peace, our educational system, our economy, our infrastructure, and our jobs?