So here’s what I understand at this point Last week, Trump said to an interviewer that he can solve the national debt by just telling the countries that we owe money to that we can’t keep up with our payments, that we can only pay x cents on the dollar. Apparently he does that as a business man all the time.
On the surface that might sound like a good idea until you start hearing from real economists and business reporters who understand how this works between nations. It’s not like it may be between businesses and would cause, at the very least, to cost billions of extra dollars on the higher interest rates these lending nations would demand in return for lost of faith that the United States will pay it’s obligations. At the worst, playing with the integrity of the US could cause a world wide depression of epic proportions.
At least that’s what the experts are saying. Not the liberal experts or progressive experts, the experts. The experts, the people who spent years being educated so they can know what they are talking about.
There was a time in this country when that would have been good enough. Not any more for millions of Americans.
Many of Americans today, too many, have rejected the premise that knowledge matters, skills and experience matter. To many of today’s Americans, if you don’t like the facts you can make up your own.
So while the experts listen with dread to Trump’s dangerous plans, Trump’s followers cheer him on to a possible Armageddon.
Why is that? What has happened to us as a people?
There has always been a certain percentage of people who found reality too challenging to deal with. People who, summarily decide that the moon landing happened on a soundstage in Hollywood, there are alien bodies in Area 51, the Bermuda Triangle sucks planes and ships into oblivion and on and on
Before the internet they’d put out their little newsletters and hold meetings and occasionally, find themselves on the national news for 5 minutes.
Today these sad little people can reach out to other sad, confused and frightened people all other the world for the cost of an internet connection.
We are saturated with ignorance and it scares me to death. And worse, I have no idea how to turn it around.
Why have we become so deliberately ignorant? Is it all Fox News or do our national network news programs share some of the responsibility?
I guess the blame can be spread around to the media, the politicians who have taken advantage of the situation but, mostly, the blame is on the American citizens who have let themselves be duped into changing this country into something I just don’t recognize anymore.
Perhaps I’m being too pessimistic. Perhaps next November we can all breath a huge sigh of relieve.
But regardless who wins in November the problem will still be with us. Americans will still be proclaiming their pride in being stupid.