By: Marilyn Assenheim
Rush Limbaugh made an astounding statement during his program on the day following the State of the Union sermon. Mr. Limbaugh confessed that he hadn’t understood that America doesn’t connect the Lyin’ King or his policies with the ills besetting the nation.
What caused his epiphany? Mr. Limbaugh arrived at his conclusion after watching a focus group, post presidential speech. This focus group was composed entirely of former Romney voters. The focus group, like a majority of the nation, professed to hate the direction the country is taking yet loved the president’s speech. Mr. Limbaugh was gob-smacked by this demonstration of “double-think.” What Mr. Limbaugh acknowledged was illuminating but, it only highlighted the tip of the iceberg.
Mr. Limbaugh, quite correctly, identified that the president always makes certain that he is never perceived as “governing.” He is solely focused on playacting at resisting the phantoms he claims are to blame for the problems that beset us. The problems are never the president’s doing. Mr. Limbaugh added that such behavior is a staple of dictatorship. Yet The Anointed One continues to be believed by a large portion of the constituency. His every deceit is accepted as truth, despite his history of lying to us about everything, day in and day out.
The existence of such Orwellian conduct, by the president as well as the public, isn’t the major problem. The reasons for it are. In order for such a dichotomy to be possible there must exist near total ignorance of logic and common sense. And this is the issue that is not being addressed.
Common sense is anything but common. Every voluntary action a human being performs must be learned. A human being is not born with common sense. And logic must accompany common sense. Logic is a discipline that is based upon fact and evidence of whatsoever is true. Logic teaches one to think. Without it, “common sense” would still dictate that the earth is flat.
Logic used to be a required subject in school. It isn’t anymore. That isn’t an oversight. Bertrand Russell knew this over 60 years ago: “Education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished.” (Page 50 – The Intended Result of Education, c. 1952). He wasn’t advocating this idea; he was simply stating the obvious.
The left is never required to prove anything. Leftists make statements and whatever they say, regardless of how false, automatically becomes true because they say it is so. Every media outlet, especially entertainment and the mainstream media, eagerly regurgitates “right think.”Elected representatives tell us only what they want us to believe regardless of how frequently what they tell us changes. We are not permitted to disagree with anything a minority leader says or does. Only an ignorant public could comply without dispute. Unfortunately, many do.
Political Correctness completes the destructive hat trick. When thinking is restricted thinking ceases to exist. Everything from eroding personal freedoms to gun control to the blind acceptance of any and every perversion are byproducts of what is deemed permissible thought and what is not.
We have hate crime. Hate crime outranks crime. Why? How can any murder be of less significance than another murder? Worse, certain interest groups, we are told, are exempt from hate crime. Their status as minorities makes hate crime “impossible.” Christopher Dorner is a prime example. He slaughtered nearly every racial type and gender of human being yet excuses were made and the mainstream media urged us to consider the “discrimination” he was fighting against. Affirmative action, elected officials are given a free pass (Keith Ellison and Maxine Waters spring immediately to mind) to pursue just about any foolish behavior, word or deed, that occurs to them. Why is this accepted?
The University of Wisconsin teaches a course whose focus is that it is an unfair advantage to be white. No one questions what the criteria are or who got to decree what is unfair and what is not. Dr. Benjamin Carson, a world-famous, pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins, had the audacity to raise the alarm PC poses to thought at the recent National Prayer Breakfast. He did it right to the president’s face. How unutterably sad that PC begs the question, had Dr. Carson not been a black man, would his reputation have survived making that speech? There is still doubt; an infuriated media attempted to marginalize him, publicly asking whether his comments were “appropriate,” all because Dr. Carson committed blasphemy by speaking his mind.
When logic, common sense and the ability to say what one thinks becomes irrelevant it becomes effortless for any ruling class to supply whatever “facts” they want Americans to believe. Our current reality is that facts no longer matter; instead we pay court to emotion. The danger in not understanding that this is the real predicament is immense; if one doesn’t recognize the problem how can one fix the problem?
Progressives have controlled education, social services and PC for nearly 100 years. “Low information voters” are created when only low information is made available; when indoctrination replaces education. An eighth grade education used to be tantamount to what is currently attained in college.
The left’s agenda may well be the destruction of our ability to think. Without such aptitude there is no rule of law. Everything becomes mutable. The Constitution becomes disposable. Without thought we are unable to protect ourselves. We become pawns of whoever governs.
The Lyin’ King claims he is “not a dictator. “Perhaps. But he is within a stone’s throw. He is the pinnacle of preparations launched long ago. The absence of logical thought makes it easy to see how the man spearheading our ruin got reelected. We should be taking steps, right now, to launch the long journey back to rationality.
About the author:
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management; although she probably should have been a casting director, or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.