Thursday, 30 April 2015
Imagine that in 2015, you, as an American citizen, don’t feel at home in your own town. You go out for pizza or to get braces for your child, and the TV blames you for all the ills of America. You turn on talk radio, and it’s more of the same. Televisions and radios across town send the same message: you are unwelcome, you are bad, you are to blame.
Most of the messages are false. They put words in your mouth that you never said. They attack your patriotism, second guess your every move and motive. The talking heads attack your leaders viciously, lying about their military service, undermining their legitimate authority. If that isn’t enough, there are some pastors in town who have made it clear that you are not welcome in their church.
Are you supposed to just accept this treatment? You ignored it, but it got stronger and more pervasive. What's worse is that too many people believe the noise and vote accordingly. The results are trickling down on us from Raleigh and Washington DC.