It’s Day 202 of the Ohio Shutdown and Day 138 of living in a society where scholarships are established in the name of a violent career criminal who died while high on methamphetamine and fentanyl.
It’s true — look it up. Taxpayer-funded institutions are creating anti-American Floyd Bots and turning them loose on our culture.
In any civilized society, that’s plainly insane. But here we are.
Deb and I are doing well, thanks. The “heirs auction” at her father’s house is set for a week from today, and the house itself will be listed for sale two weeks later. Much to do.
Over coffee this morning our conversation turned to lies — on one level, how public figures have no compunction whatsoever about fabricating information and representing it as fact; and on another, how many people accept lies as truth. Goebbels was onto something:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
And then, of course, there’s the reverse — the practice of loudly and repeatedly denying established fact. This “gaslighting,” so-called, has become an art form.
Critical thinking and reason are, for all intents and purposes, foreign to the masses. Look no further than popular media, stoked by social media.
Hands up, don’t shoot. Antifa isn’t organized. Trump refuses to disavow white-power groups. Guns cause crime. Systemic racism. White privilege. ISIS is the jayvee team. The Benghazi attack was caused by a video. Hillary was robbed. Voter ID is racist. Reparations. 1619. Affirmative action. Masks save lives. Social distancing. Fourteen days to flatten the curve. We’re all in this together.
It ranges from intellectual dishonesty to outright slander. And, I hate to say, it’s unstoppable.
The solution isn’t up to us — it’s up to you. It’s up to me. Not all of us, but each of us must think, reason and not get sucked into The Big Lie.
I truly enjoy writing my daily Facebook posts. I intend to keep creating and posting them there, and I’m grateful to those of you who read them regularly. But I’ve been getting antsy lately. It began to feel like I needed to do something more — not different, necessarily, but more.
So now there’s a blog.
I actually had a blog for several years, under a pseudonym over on Blogger, but I dropped it shortly after joining Facebook. This time I’m using WordPress.
I expect it’ll be pretty much parallel (duplicate) content, at least for now. What you read here will be what you read there, and vice versa. Over time, though, that may change.
I may end up adding other platforms as well. We’ll see.
When things get rolling, if they get rolling, my objective is to support myself with words and images. That’s the plan.
Things are changing. Time is short. I have something to say, and this is part of finding my voice.
I’ve christened the blog Ubi Libertas. The url is ubilibertas.blog.
Thanks for your kind attention. Take care of yourselves. Stay free.