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Corruption We’re Too Blind Or Busy To See

by John on 05/08/2012

We look corrupt.

Look at religion.  Take the story about the TBN Ministry.  Like many ministers and priests, they have used the words of Jesus, love the sinner, help the poor, and turned them into a lavish business that Christ would have abhorred.  Watch Showtime’s The Borgia’s.  There is no difference from the Catholic Church in Rome during the 15th Century with many of the mega-churches that litter our landscape today.  They’re real estate trusts that happen to be churches.

Take Politics.   A recent study by Norman Orenstein and Thomas Mann point out how both sides are so extreme, we can’t get anything done democratically as a nation. 

This study correctly points out that the biggest change, I would say corruption, is in the Republican Party.  This is not the party of Lincoln, TR, or Reagan.  It’s the party of win at all costs, even if it hurts the nation.  It’s the party that turns away from compromise even when the compromise offers them what they want.  And yet, our lawmakers take huge amounts of money from interests and then vote according to those donations (really bribes).

Along with religious leaders, our political leaders have bastardized the spirit of our country, allowing greed to overcome everything.

Democrats don’t get off, though.  They seem to corrupt their own values.  Read this.  The Trayvon Martin case shows their hypocrisy.  Sure, there is evidence against George Zimmerman, but is it overwhelming right now?  Not yet.  The old cliché used by Dems — “better to let ten criminals go free then to lock up one free man” – probably won’t be mentioned in relation to this case.

As Jonah Goldberg points out: “Letting 10 rapists and murderers go free will almost surely result in far more harm to society than putting one poor innocent sap in jail.”

Democrats seem to be living in the 1960s via the Clinton years in the 1990s.

This corruption bleeds into sports.  Take the apparent suicide of Junior Seau.  Look at the steroids crisis in baseball in the 1990s.  The initial purpose of sports is to build and strengthen the human body.  Instead, we have corrupted these sports – with greed and corruption.  As a result, we don’t recognize what these sports have become.  One team is now facing major suspensions for putting out bounties to hurt opponents.  Building up the human body?  Don’t think so.

Coming soon: I will reveal more on the NFL and media conspiracy to hide the effects of concussions on NFL players.

Why is this happening?

Are we corrupt?  No, but we have allowed corrupting influences.

Are we lazy?  Many of us are.

But here’s the Informed Not Inflamed take:

The majority of Americans don’t see the corruption because we are too busy.

Here’s one example. Read your credit card statement.  Do you understand it?  Do you have the time to read all of it? 

And here is where corporate America, Wall Street, and the special interests can be blamed.  These entities have made life so complex for us that we miss how they are nickel and diming us. 

To compensate, we join groups and allow other people to confirm how we should think and react.  Churches, political parties, business organizations, corporations, and fraternal organizations do the critical thinking for us.  In essence, we give up our freedom to these organizations.  (Hey, they’re legal persons right?)  Why do we surrender those freedoms but we scream about how we cherish all of our freedoms?  Because it’s easier.  Jonathan Haidt explains it precisely.  Movements and organizations, over time, become immoral – and lose their initial focus and admirable goals. 

These organizations and movements need to be re-vamped or destroyed but because they have controlled the money and the lawmakers, the destruction of these corrupting influences is slow or non-existent.  I think both political parties in this country will suffer one of these fates soon.

In the 1990s, we became fat and stupid.  Our wealth, mostly made in the 1990s, separated a minority of us from other parts of our society, so we don’t see or experience the other side.  We don’t have compassion for the people who aren’t like us: the poor, non-Caucasians, gays, and those who don’t pursue wealth as their primary motive.  Add to that, our communications technology.  We can sit for hours engaging a smart phone but not the people around us.

This could also be my bias at work.  I have never joined a political party.  My work for corporations usually doesn’t last long.  So, keep this in mind, as you read on.

Take my response to the Tea Party.  When they first came out with their slogans about out of control debt and stop the further financial disasters, I cheered.  But then they morphed into a brutish, partially-prejudiced gang, funded by corporate and Wall Street interests touted by a so-called financial journalists like Rick Santelli.  They were really not in favor of fiscal responsibility and common sense; that was a smoke screen.  They had lost me.

The Occupy Movement gave me a similar, but not as drastic, jolt. Their intentions to raise the issue of Wall Street and corporate America’s malfeasance turned into an excuse to be hippies again that caused taxpayers extra clean-up costs.

I am less caustic about the Occupy Movement because I believe they are tapping into the power of the masses.  The new technology – especially the communication technology – is designed to empower and raise the masses to a higher standard of living. See what this new technology did for the Arab Spring.  Even remote villages in Africa, thanks to cell phones, are beginning to thrive.

Here’s more of the Informed Not Inflamed take:

Is it all good and will technology save us?  No.  There is still much chaos to endure.  Look at the Internet bubble from the 1990s.  The landscape is strewn with companies we don’t even mention today.  Only names like Microsoft or Intel remain.  Yet, I wrote my book on the media in 2005 and the words “Google”, “Facebook”, or “Twitter” didn’t exist – and they rule our communications.  So, it will take time for our laws, ways of life, and our minds to get around it all.

But all these technological advances will either fail or get corrupted, if we don’t speak up to the special interests that are trying to control them.

My advice: hang in there and don’t be afraid to see the unconscious corruption that infects us – and speak to it loudly.

 

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