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To the editor:
There are two things in this world that are more divisive than anything else: politics and religion. We live in a world where faith overrides facts, where party loyalty and rhetoric override common sense and where dogma and propaganda are seen as unquestionable truths.
In religion, we generally buy the hype that we are raised or indoctrinated to believe. If the church says it or publishes it, it must be true; and actually doing our homework to find out that it isn’t. Religion is the apex of faith over fact. There are actually people who believe the story of the great flood, even though China can prove that there was a thriving dynasty there at the time. There are people who believe the earth is flat, even though science and technology easily prove that it isn’t. These types of beliefs flourish because of mass indoctrination and reinforcement by repetitive disinformation. It is a cult mentality that has grown to have a life of its own, whether there is truth to it or not.
While religion is the ultimate in “buying the hype,” it has spread its wings to incorporate politics. Rhetoric becomes our truth. It doesn’t matter what the facts say if our party leaders believe (and lead us to believe) otherwise. Any logical mind would understand that a two-party system is bound to be ineffective. It is antagonistic by nature, which is why it is so difficult to get legislation passed that would benefit all of the people instead of only the elite. It is also exclusive, as it effectively discourages involvement in government by any other party than the two that are perpetually in power. People become so bound by party loyalty that they cease to see the big picture and are blinded to the truth.
There is a reason that we elect new candidates and parties to lead our government every few years. The system doesn’t work. We elect representatives from one party who don’t deliver on their promises. We become disenchanted and put the opposing party in control. It becomes a revolving door of politics where nothing ever really changes. No matter who wins the election, the same two parties are still in control. They are merely two easily corruptible sides of the same coin.
Even the media has taken sides. There is right wing media and left wing media, and there is rarely any honest and unbiased reporting of the news. There are only editorials designed to sway voters and consumers to one side or another. It’s great for ratings but even better for mass brainwashing and indoctrination of a people.
A lie told often enough becomes the truth. These words of Vladimir Lenin have been seized and expertly executed by not only fascism, sharia (Islam), and communism, but also by capitalism and “the church.” Truth is no longer important, and it will almost always lose out to perception. Our leaders like it that way because dogma and rhetoric are not only the opiates of the masses. They are the great dividers, and a people divided are easily controlled.
D. D. Irby