Trust has taken a beating over the years but never did I think there would be so little of it I could place in our government and the industries that we have come to rely on to promote the AmericanDream. Reagan would be rolling over in his grave to know that his “Trust but verify” meme is now essential toward domestic policies.
Questions we should all seriously consider before we buy into the talking points of government leaders and for-profit corporations:
If the TPP trade agreement is supposed to be so beneficial to our economy why are there efforts to fast-track it through the legislative process before our representative in Congress and the public in general have a chance to thoroughly review it?
If numerous studies backed by authoritative organizations have assessed the War on Drugs to be an utter failure, why is no one stepping up in government to kill this policy that is “a waste of time, money and lives”?
Why has the nuclear program in Iran been scrutinized so heavily by Western nations and their major media sources to ensure that they don’t create nuclear arms when far less scrutiny and alarm failed to materialize when Israel, Pakistan and India were creating their nuclear weapons?
Why is Edward Snowden being targeted by the U.S. government for exposing the fact that the NSA was engaging in practices that violated the law of the land?
If the preponderance of scientific evidence shows that man-made global warming is real and poses an eminent threat to our ecosystem and 97% of climate scientist agree, why would anyone claim it is a hoax?
If genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are considered “safe” by the bio-chemical industry why does Monsanto and other partners in crime, like the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), spend millions to prevent labeling such products to inform purchasers of foods that contain GMOs?
If the fracking process and the toxic cocktail of fluids used to extract oil and gas pose no health risks to the public why did Dick Cheney push to have it exempted from the clean air and water acts in 2005?
I fully realize as do most people that some things are best kept secret to prevent sabotage and to protect corporate property from being stolen by competitors but this reality has limits. When it becomes the norm to hide information that might hurt special interests then the public’s right to know is not the central issue any longer. The issue becomes one that questions how we let our democracy fall prey to the wishes of a powerfully select group of wealthy individuals who put profits before people.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke