The conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C. seems to be you can gin up any issue and sooner or later the mainstream media will pick it up (and they do!)…issues don’t matter, most political pundits are looking for winners and losers – not an in depth discussion of an issue.
What we get is spin, spin, spin. Language used against us to dumb down a complicated issue into a three word bumper sticker slogan that solves not a single problem and more often than not is used to confuse, rather enlighten.
Divisive politics are good for keeping us divided so those in power or those seeking to return to power can be re-elected. Over the last 30-40 years, however, they haven’t done much for the 98% of the population that is getting poorer by the day.
It’s time to get off this merry-go-round. If we want to hold our elected officials accountable, the first step is to disavow the spin by recognizing it for what it is, dismissing it as spin and pivoting to the real issues that need to be solved.
To achieve this we need to be able to first identify the spin and respond to it. I’m not an expert here, so I’m hoping those of you who find your way to this site will join me in this endeavor.
Knowledge is power, so to fight the spin and discuss the real issues affecting us, we need to know what is going on. The resources page of this site will hopefully contain information we can all find useful. Suggestions for this page are also welcome.
And while these can sometimes be heavy topics, humor should play a role in our political discourse. The ridiculous should be recognized for what it is.