- We, you and I, all of us, bear the responsibility of knowing and understanding what is going on--in our communities, our states, our nation and the world.
- Do all this from a position of strength, a positive, unafraid, place, as citizens. Be engaged, be smart, indulge yourself in critical thinking. Take nothing at face value and care enough to get the answers.
- Maybe not the answer you 'want' but THE answer none the less.
- Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?
Mike Hegedus, Huffington Post
Patrick Sheandell O'Carroll via Getty Images
02/25/2016 | Here's the scene setter. My living room, a glass of wine (or two), early evening, and---- I'm watching the recent film 'Trumbo' with Academy Award Nominee Brian Cranston in the lead role and about halfway through I jump up and yell, 'I can't believe it, it's just like today! They're talking about today!!!' I keep going on about it for nearly ten minutes, my wife alternately pausing and playing the film in between outbursts so she doesn't miss any dialog. 'What do you mean it's like today?' she wants to know. 'It's like today because those guys played on the public's fear of 'communism', wanted to deport 'unAmericans', black listed a bunch, wow, just like today!' 'Uh Huh', she says. She has seen me do this before. Back to the movie.
But even after the credits rolled and sleep intervened the thought just wouldn't go away. When did we, America and it's citizens, become so afraid? The current political climate is oft explained by my colleagues in the media and those running for office as a reflection of America's 'anger'. We're pissed off at Congress, the President, the government in general, Wall Street, big 'pharma', you name it 'we' don't like it very much. However, anger is often simply a mask to cover up something else. We're afraid.
Mike Hegedus: Media consultant, Journalism Instructor and former CNBC correspondent
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Are Americans Too Insouciant To Survive?, Paul Craig Roberts, OpEdNews
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