We Must Demand the Truth!

We Must Demand the Truth!

Back in the days of elementary school, I remember being taught about the propaganda being printed in the newspapers in Communist countries.  I was horrified to think that those poor little Russian children were being fed untruthful information.  I remember thinking how fortunate I was to live in a nation where people were free to speak and print the truth.

I lived the first forty years of my life under the assumption that if something was printed in the newspaper, it was true.  I thought that journalists had to provide numerous valid sources to prove their information before they could have their article printed.  I thought fiction was something I could find in the library if I was looking for a good book to read.

That was back when I was viewing the world through my personal filter.  I will admit that I am naive.  I’m not nearly as naive as I was a few years ago, but I still tend to view the world through the lens of honesty and integrity.  I treat others the way I want to be treated and I assume that everyone out there cares about others and wants to be honest in any given situation. I like to think I have an accurate moral compass.

Reality set in a few years ago when I was battling the USMC with regard to health care for my son’s war injuries.  When I called for accountability and quality health care, I was shocked to see a massive coverup take place.  Even more shocking was the fact that it went very high up in the ranks, and that several congressional leaders looked the other way!  I could NOT believe that these people, in which I had put my trust, had the audacity to do whatever it took to protect themselves or whatever it took to follow the orders of someone higher up the chain who needed some butt-covering.

Sadly, I’m now wise enough to know that it isn’t just a few people in the USMC or the congressional leaders I tried to work with who lack a moral compass.  The problem is widespread.  It can be found in both political parties, in fact, it’s everywhere. I’m just about convinced that those who have a moral compass are few and far between and most of them never make it to Washington, DC.  If they do, they don’t last long. They either lose their compass or they get sent back home.  As a result, the truth as we know it is most likely fiction.  We are being inundated with propaganda.

Propaganda is a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position.  Propaganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience.  Propaganda is sweeping across our country and we are buying into it.  There will be a high price to pay if we don’t demand the truth.

“History is a set of lies agreed upon.” ― Napoleon Bonaparte

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