It has been said, “There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship.”
Discussing politics over a glass of wine, sitting at an outside café, is a daily affair in Europe. In the USA we are far too often distracted by BSO’s [bright shiny objects] like football teams, NASCAR, the newest diet, latest phone app, and alternate world games. We have become “PC” about politics forgetting that the term “PC” is of communist origin, straight from Chairman Mao’s ideology that was intended to silence dissenters. Being politically correct has been terribly bad for our country; it is far better to desire to be perfectly candid, rather than have a paucity of courage/conviction and no discernible opinion.
It is true that when we look to our major news channels for balanced news, we rarely find anything other than skewed and/or missing data. AllSides.com states: “Unbiased news does not exist.” The drive for ratings was the death knell for balanced news; game shows and reality TV took their place sometime after Walter Cronkite died, with movies about the walking dead, witches/warlocks and action heroes taking its place. A Faustian pact was made by the stations to become a source for unhealthy entertainment. The Washington Examiner just stated today that there were four journalistic errors in the span of ten hours. What has happened to fact checking PRIOR to going to print? https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/a-banner-day-for-news-media-four-major-reporting-errors-in-just-10-hours
I, like many, have come to the realization that much of what I hear and read is Wag the Dog babble; to learn the truth, I have to abate the noise from all major stations, investigate, then extrapolate on my own.
Bill Moyers warned us this would happen:
“When you mix fiction and news, you diminish the distinction between truth and fiction, and you wear down the audience’s own discriminating power to judge.”
In two earlier articles, I mentioned C-Span.org having a great record library for looking up videos and full transcripts of our House and Senate in action; ProPublica.org is an investigative journalism site that exposes abuses of power. Today, I am going to add USAspending.gov [where government contracts are listed] and RollCall.com [how representatives voted on those contracts], plus Politifact.com, Politico.com OpenSecrets.org and ReadSludge.com which exist to uncover corruption. If you simply bookmark those sites and refer to them, you will be able to stay abreast of the actual news from which you can draw a fair and balanced conclusion and form a cogent response.
At this time, members of Congress are allowed to directly oversee industries in which they are personally invested and oversee investigation of officials from companies in which they have a financial stake. The Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act did not pass in August 2018 https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/3357 and has only been referred to the Committee on Finance, where it has been tabled ever since. Certain companies and industries have become allowed to become “sure bets.” Banks, for instance, were “too big to fail” in 2008 and they brought the economy down with risky wagers called mortgage-backed securities; those in charge were given no more than a slap on the hand and they did an abysmal job explaining their behavior, as C-span.org videos show. Consequently, in 2020 the elderly have been asked to do reverse mortgages to cannibalize their home’s assets so they can live comfortably during their golden years and pay for food and their own eventual funeral…and home owners are being offered “quick cash offers” with “no repairs required” so US homes can be sold off to foreigners without any allegiance to the US.
I ask you: Is this what our Patriots fought for?
As the links below show, Chinese investors have been the biggest investors in US real estate for the past SIX YEARS. Young couples looking for a new home are being out bid by foreign investors who are trying to park their money in the USA: It is a shocking fact that we have become an “offshore account” for foreign investors! The ONLY question that yet remains is just how much of the USA was given away to people who have no allegiance to our country and how many other countries are involved?
I would like to encourage you to read this NPR article about American Soil: https://www.npr.org/2019/05/27/723501793/american-soil-is-increasingly-foreign-owned
“There are there are no federal restrictions on the amount of land that can be foreign owned, it’s been left up to individual states to decide on any limitations.”
Redfin states: “Anyone may buy and own property in the United States, regardless of citizenship.” https://www.redfin.com/guides/buy-a-house-not-us-citizen and https://myrawealth.com/insights/can-a-foreigner-buy-a-house-in-the-us states the same.
As the Washington post states, regarding our US debt:
“By 2029, without legislated changes, the fiscal democracy index will be nearly zero, meaning almost all revenue will be committed to previously mandated programs. Almost every dollar that Congress designates for non-mandated programs such as education, defense and most of the basic functions of government will be financed by borrowing.”
It is clear that we, the American citizens, need to pay far more attention to what is being appropriated, since by law those commitments determine our future: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/congress-is-supposed-to-decide-how-the-us-spends-money-soon-it-wont-be-able-to/2019/09/12/3a7f77f8-d411-11e9-9343-40db57cf6abd_story.html
The straight truth is: “There cannot be daily democracy without daily citizenship” and being truly interested in the money trail is how we, the people, will keep it.