Friedman’s Op-Ed Today Hits the Republican Propaganda Lies and Foresees U.S. Imminent Disaster

The Friedman fragment below more or less captures our American disaster in the making. Our TV media are out for ratings rather than reporting the most critical facts and too many Americans are being conned into self and national destruction.

We have the expertise in this country to be the best, but our TV and radio media are misleading too many Americans with snob appeal and misdirected blame for our national disaster in the making. The rest of the global economies are moving along while we waste time and energies on hopeless wars.

As a retired legal philosopher with many good sources of the real facts and awareness of the betrayals of our best figures from early history — the compassion of Jesus and truth seeking of Socrates — both executed for telling things as they were. We still see the greedy super rich on the move to stifle care and truth in their own interest. This seems to be an all too common human pattern. Perhaps Satan exists in us after all?

I am not a religious believer, but I fully see how our religions have tried to fill a terrible gap in human motivation. Few will not kill if trained to do so and few are the real saints among us.

The truth is that the U.S. is falling behind its peers. Hope has been replaced by hate.



[Friedman’s Op-Ed concluding paragraph]

“A dysfunctional political system is one that knows the right answers but can’t even discuss them rationally, let alone act on them, and one that devotes vastly more attention to cable TV preachers than to recommendations by its best scientists and engineers.”

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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