The magician does a slight of hand move, tricking us so we do not notice what is going on with the other hand. That is the secret of magic tricks. We get caught up in the moves, marvel at those moves, and enjoy being tricked when it is entertainment. Should we now sit back and enjoy the slight of hand tricks that distract us from what is going on in Washington now? It is not entertainment.
The internet and social media, news networks and bloggers are pumping out stories that attract our attention, titillate, outrage and maybe amuse, for a purpose. That is to distract us from the business going on in Congress. Those stories are manufactured for a purpose. It makes headlines, and like sex, it sells. We gobble it up, consuming everything that pings in our inbox, on our cell phone or Ipad.
While we use up hours and gigabytes of computer broad ban on fluff, the party in control of congress is passing all kinds of measures to roll back safety rules, enforcement of laws and regulations, and throwing away years of carefully crafted legislation that protects the consumers from predatory practices.
While that is disturbing, in the back rooms of Congress, politicians are scheming on ways to gut the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, Social Security, Medicade, and the EPA in ways that will elicit the least amount of blowback from the citizens. Or no more than they can ignore. Laws that have been enacted to limit conflicts of interest in our politicians, enforce ethical behavior, and keep the powerful under control, are being hacked away, as we speak.
And all the while, we are bombarded with trivia, like her knees on the couch, how much ketchup is on the over-cooked steak, and who did and who did not stand up and clapped. We are being led down the garden path with blinders by the very folks who should be investigating and exposing all the bad legislation being passed as we twiddle thumbs. And they are being marginalized and demonized for what they are publishing.
The report of the FBI’s multiple recordings of phone conversations between the candidate’s staff and Russian agents, and confirmation by those agents, should be front page news every day. Those phone calls should be investigated, exhibited, examined in detail, with sworn testimony of those who were involved, in open inquiry, so that we can learn to what extent, if any, the Russians were involved with tampering in out elective process. This is not a political party issue. This is an American sovereignty issue. We should be demanding an impartial inquiry.
But it looks very likely that an investigation will not be held. It looks like the entire affair of a political invasion of our country by an enemy of the state will be swept under the rug, and quietly hushed up. And the very people who should be vigorously following the leads, investigating the deepest held secrets of the campaign, are being blocked, distracted, pushed to cover up the story.
Our First Amendment is under attack. We are in a downward spiral that will turn into a death throe. Is it the final gasp of democracy?
There are a few journalist who are pursuing the story we need to expose. Maybe they will manage to do the job. We can hope.