Propaganda Wars and Dumb Ideas about “the Government”
Propaganda make the world go around, not truth. We actually have people on Medicare and Medicaid opposing the proposed health care plan in the US, people who are suggesting that the government should also keep its hands off Medicare and Medicaid (this link is priceless). According to one talking head on CNN,
If you like the post office and the Department of Motor Vehicles and you think they’re run well, just wait till you see Medicare, Medicaid and health care done by the government.
Next thing you know they’ll be suggesting that we should not let the government control the government. In fact, they might go so far as to suggest that the demos should run the government, rather than whoever is running it now. Maybe we should elect representatives, so that it’s us who’s running the state, rather than them.
Yes, that’s sarcasm folks. My new goal for the next six months is to make fun of people who think the government is some alien force, entirely independent of the demos.
There are, of course, gaps between the demos and their elected representives and appointed bureaucrats, but those gaps do not constitute two completely alien and opposed forces.
It’s funny, I don’t really remember people talking about “the government” as an alien entity until a black man was elected. Maybe a white man in charge makes the government seem like part of “us,” but a black man in charge makes the government seem like a “them”?