The following comment was posted on a Free Republic thread, in reference to a previous comment about the increasing willingness to believe in ”conspiracy theories.”
“I think we reached a point, years ago, where people have lost faith in the government completely. Once you don’t trust your own government, you believe it capable of everything and anything. The initial distrust was brought in by the Left, who hijacked every little conflict that existed in the US to demoralize people against the government and each other. Black civil rights, gay rights, feminism, etc. etc. Then, once the Left got enough power from those that they suckered into supporting them, the people on the Right started to distrust their government, because it has become oppressive and hostile to its own patriots. Recall that the US government listed veterans as potential domestic terrorists, as well as those who value the Constitution, and that the IRS was used against right-leaning groups like the Tea Party.
We are in a state of affairs where we cannot honestly expect any limits to the overreach of our government at any level, and thus we’re forced to believe it is capable of anything.”
12 posted on Friday, August 25, 2017 9:25:24 PM by fr_freak
I agree with the comment, and I think he accurately describes how this state of affairs came about: the left, and their ‘culture of critique’ have long spread this distrust because they wanted to undermine the very foundations of our society.
The illustration is from the New Pioneer magazine, published in 1935. That magazine was a Communist Party magazine aimed at children and young people, and it published an English-language edition in America during the 1930s. So the left was busy even then trying to discredit the Founding Fathers, and we are seeing the same process at work today. The difference is that now many on the right are just as likely to believe that the Founders were scoundrels in some way or in many ways.
The fact that few people today seem to trust their rulers with a blind faith is not a bad thing; the calibre of our elected officials today is not what it once was, and blind trust in leaders is not wise at any time; they have to be accountable — or at least that was the original idea. Reality and the ideal vision seldom coincide.
I’ve argued on this blog that to dismiss ‘conspiracy theories’ out of hand is just foolish, because we know that there have always been people who combine and collaborate to attain some end, and that they often do so in secret, sometimes by necessity. Yet there are still quite a few people who, even having seen conspiracies exposed, and seeing their effects playing out before our eyes, refuse to believe conspiracies exist. And now there is the opposite tendency which is more widespread than at any time during my life: the tendency to disbelieve just about everything. The Free Republic discussion I link to above was about a news story involving actor Scott Baio. He apparently re-tweeted a meme alleging that the death of Heather Heyer was a hoax put on by “crisis actors.”
Is it possible that there are hoaxes of that kind, involving ‘crisis actors’? These days it would seem almost anything is possible, given the insane conditions in the world today, and knowing that the powers-that-be and their media are deeply dishonest and manipulative. But I don’t understand the tendency to immediately cry ‘hoax’ before the full facts can be known; it seems some people are determined not to believe in any of these kinds of events, instinctively jumping to the conclusion that it’s a lie until proven otherwise.
There should be some middle ground between complete credulity and trust in the government/media, and complete skepticism which refuses to accept the simplest and most obvious explanation when the facts appear to be clear.
And I don’t see the sense in becoming 100 percent cynical about our history and our forefathers; the left has always regarded the past as suspect if not outright evil, believing that today’s generations are somehow wiser or better than those of the ‘dark ages’ before we and our peers were born. Maybe the belief in evolution fosters the idea that everything grows better and more advanced with time; we are ‘evolving’ towards some new postmodern Utopia, according to those who see the world through that lens. The people who think that way are usually ideologues who think that their ‘-isms’ will save us, even though we’ve seen many of these ‘-isms’ fail spectacularly: socialism, feminism, objectivism, and now we are seeing the disastrous effects of globalism/universalism/open borders.
Conversely, the right used to be the side championing stability, tradition, continuity, order, hierarchy, and respect for the past, or at least the best of the past, was part of the right’s worldview. Now it seems many on the right have bought the cynicism of the left, which thinks of the past as something to be left behind and disdained.
If we no longer value or respect our forefathers and their efforts, we find ourselves in the company of the leftists who see nothing worthy of respect in our past.
Distrusting those in power today is simply being realistic, sad to say, but I hope we as a country don’t follow the left in attempting to relegate our past to the trash heap.