I don’t like politics. It has become, or maybe it always was, synonymous with lies, manipulation, deceit, corruption, greed, pride, idolatry, ah, did I mention lies, and crushing control of any people deemed to be irrelevant or inconsequential. Unfortunately, since the majority of us remain apathetic voters, the irrelevant include people like us, people like Americans, you know, those who claim the benefits of being the brave and the free, but who are too disinterested, too timid, and too intimidated to take 30 minutes every couple years to cast a vote. Admittedly there are many things more important than politics, but the crime is that we are controlled by politics, also spelled m-o-n-e-y. In a book by Patrick Dobson, he defined his mission as a journalist as “comforting the afflicted, and afflicting the comfortable.” That is a mission worthy of a journalist, but it has eroded into ‘afflict the weak and patronize the wealthy and powerful,’ and so those things that are indeed more important than politics are the very topics we never hear about.
Here’s are three perfect examples. We have already heard, very briefly, how Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s administration in Florida has been ordered to not use words like ‘climate change, global warming, or sustainability’ in any communications, emails, or reports. We already know that the worst thing you can do to a Republican is to tamper with the 2nd Amendment. That’s the mantra they scream, that their guns are at risk, and overpowering big government is trampling personal liberties and the Constitution. Of course when they can use big government to their own benefit, to squash personal liberties that they find inconvenient, that is okay, which means an attack on the 1st Amendment is totally justified if it helps conceal the abuses committed by commercial interests, big business, and the wealthy. Then it is okay to tell people that their freedom of speech goes only as far as being told what they may or may not say, and which words or phrases have state approval, and which ones clearly don’t. http://fcir.org/2015/03/08/in-florida-officials-ban-term-climate-change/
If you think this is an isolated incident, it is more like the continued loss of personal freedoms that are inconvenient for Republicans. Just a month after the attack on free speech in Florida, a Republican controlled Board of Commissioners of Public Lands in Wisconsin issued a gag order restricting their employees. They are directed to not do any work related to climate change, can’t even answer emails directed to them on related issues, and can’t even talk about climate change issues while at work. It was felt that such things distracted employees from their primary mission---making money. Their official position was, “That’s what we want our employees working on. That’s it.”