Sleight of Hand

2 Oct

Politicians, news entertainers, and pundits practice sleight-of-hand.  They’re conjurers.  They’re prestidigitators.  They’re tricksters.  They use psychology.  They practice tricks.  They employ misdirection.  They embrace natural choreography to accomplish a magical effect.

  • We’ll protect your money while reaching deeply in our pockets.
  • We’ll protect your rights while silently taking them away.
  • We’ll protect your interests while allowing statutes, administrative rules and regulations, and court decisions to further the interests of lobbyists and special interests.
  • We’ll tell you what’s REALLY important while acting vigorously against our rights and interests while we watch helplessly at what they want us to concentrate on.

Is there “fake news”?  Certainly!  Every news entertainer employs it.  Whom do news entertainers want to look bad?  Whom do news entertainers want to appear to be the people’s savior?  There was a time when it would have simply been called a lie, and probably would never have seen the light of day.  It’s sleight of hand.

Today, politicians only want to tell us what, they believe, we want to hear; it’s spin.  An entire industry exists just to create spin with biased surveys and polls.  It’s fake news.  It’s pseudo- psychology, sociology, and statistics.

Today, news entertainers only want to further their own agenda.  Consequently, the reports and articles contain little, if any, truth.  If the devil were running for public office, the news media would provide an endorsement IF the devil’s plan fit with the media’s agenda.  It’s misdirection.

At one time, a conservative pundit lamented that there was simply too much information in the world today.  To help, the pundit offered to digest this vast amount of data and present only the important parts to listeners (with commentary, of course).  Some accepted the offer hook, line, and sinker.  Others found different pundits to do the same thing for their particular political persuasion.  However, some remembered a political indoctrination class (high school government).  The class compared various political systems.  The teacher stressed one advantage of our system – Freedom of Speech.  Other political systems had information controlled by the government, i.e., the people only heard what the government wanted them to hear.  Those who bought into the pundits from either side of the aisle have adopted another political system, i.e., they only hear what their pundit wants them to hear.  It makes it ideal for the illusionists.

What is really going on with the government?  What’s happening if the spin is removed?  Without the spin, voters might exercise appropriate oversight over our government.

What is really being reported in the newspapers and news programs?  Snippets of conversations and interviews color the reporting.  Any interview can be cut to make the interviewee look either like a demi-god or a goat.  If the corporate bias were removed, what would be reported?  What must be kept hidden?  (Those who only get information from one source must be forgiven.  Sadly, three or four different bases must be searched in hopes of finding a kernel of reality.)

Pundits would better serve society by cleaning out cattle barns; however, many lack the strength of character to perform the job successfully.

Like an audience watching a magician, we’re concentrating on what the magician wants us to.    It looks like an ordinary, natural, innocent gesture, but what’s really happening?

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