I smoked my medicine this morning after watching the Thom Hartmann show on Free Speech TV, and a strange connection occurred to me. Thom had mentioned heroin addiction early in the show and the “dumbing” down of America by the WMDs (Weasels of Mass Deception) of right wing propaganda dung merchants later in the program. I began to wonder if the two are related by some coincidence or if there is an underlying and even worse addiction than heroin.

Are we addicted to insanity?

Einstein mentioned that a person, who repeats a task over and over and expects a different outcome, seems to suffer from insanity. For decades we have repeated the same or similar tasks a multitude of times. Take tax cuts for the uppity crust. It didn’t just start with the late Actor in Chief Ronnie Ray-Gun in the eighties; we have seen this in the twenties leading to the first great depression. Stand by for act two.

Take the war on some drugs. We tried that with alcohol prohibition in about the same era, the late teens and the twenties. Of course the eighteenth amendment gave rise to organized crime among other evils. Thank you, temperance league. The eighteenth was amended December of 1933. The same folks would supported and campaign for yet another prohibition. This time it was over a plant that grows naturally, not a manufactured drug like alcohol. Enter the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. Add to that wars and other society destroying tactics such as increasing the chasm between the rich and the rest of us and the above mentioned act two can’t be too far in the future.

So let me ask again? Was the old guy with the crazy white hair right? Are we addicted to insanity? We sure act like it. Presidential elections draw maybe 2/3 of eligible voters, if that many. Mid-term and primaries rarely get even close to that. And when we do go to the polls, more often than not it is a choice for the lesser of two evils. And I’m sure there are folks on both sides of the aisle who share these sentiments. And yet, every two years for whatever reason we opt for the more factually confused and the obvious “more of the same” candidate. I’m talking about Congress, not 1600 Sesame Street.

The above mentioned WMDs share much if not most of the blame. Once, ABC and the rest of the alphabet soup of networks provided real news. Today even the weather forecast seems to be slanted. Last summer in San Diego, during times of marine layers the weekend forecasts seemed a lot more optimistic than the delivered results. But then, San Diego is depending on tourism….

The reason for the slant is painfully obvious. The reporting and dissemination of information is geared towards making the enablers happy, namely the advertisers. The same spending top dollars for advertising time exert a tremendous amount of pressure on our representatives. Political pressure on the hill goes hand in hand with financial interests at 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

And finally, if we are addicted to insanity, will it take what it takes for many heroin addicts? That is of course the need to hit absolute rock bottom before seeking treatment. I just hope that we as a nation don’t have to go that far.

Comments

I Am Stardirt June 9, 2011 @ 7:44 p.m.

Brilliant! Although I would highly recommend a vaporizer.

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Twister June 9, 2011 @ 9:33 p.m.

Don't forget what Timothy said, ergot, "To come to our senses we may have to go out of our minds."

To hear the music of life, as Issac might have said, one must hum the piece first, then play it from deep within. The mind is not superficial unless we force it to be so, as in the "cultivated" or hierarchical mind that above all must ape authority.

This does not REQUIRE Mary-Jane or rye-smut (though they may be short-cuts for the anointed), but it does require the application of the lawless play that inverts conformity. This is NOT written under any influence (save relaxation), but if it seems so, then resort to those substances might help.

There are other, less risky ways to rescue one's enslaved mind from the cultural conundrum, however, such as having an egocentricotomy.

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I Am Stardirt June 9, 2011 @ 11:30 p.m.

"egocentricotomy" Is that covered by Medicare?

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BusGreg June 10, 2011 @ 8:41 a.m.

Diana, thanks for the kind words. I did a yahoo search for egocentricotomy and the only result is Twisters post. I also checked my Medicare hand book, and no, it is not only not covered, it also is not mentioned. Twister obviously missed the point of my post, which has nothing to do with my using medical cannabis. The point I was trying to make is about how we as a nation approach our common problems, such as jobs, deficits and other problems. Unfortunately it seems like Twister is more concerned with passing judgement on legal medical use of a herb, rather than adding substance to a discussion on America's dismal voting habits and the failure of those elected to do the peoples' job. My reason for opening my essay as I did was meant to get attention. Some people, however seem to be more occupied with passing judgement.

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I Am Stardirt June 10, 2011 @ 5:01 p.m.

You can't let judgement stop you from expressing yourself. You did a nice job and I got it. And I appreciate it.

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