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Red Herrings in Politics

Posted by Matt Soukup at 01:27 PM MST on 2012-10-21

What makes a "political" issue a good red herring?

1) By definition of a red herring, the issue should be irrelevant relative to what matters
2) It should be simple to understand to maximize the number of people involved
3) It should be emotionally charged to evoke passionate arguments from either side

The second presidential debate featured a couple of red herrings:

• Whether contraception should be covered under Obamacare. Newsflash: insurance by definition shouldn't be mandatory. What we have is no longer insurance.
• Tighter gun control. The only thing you need to know about tighter gun control is that it's done using two hands.

In Minnesota, an ammendment to the constitution will be put to a vote- Whether to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. I've never seen as many billboards, bumper stickers, and television ads on another issue in my life. People can relate to it, and people are very emotionally invested in it. While important to a lot of people, in the larger scheme of things going on this country, not at the forefront of importance.

So what are some of those important issues?

The federal reserve announces QE3 ("Destruction of the Dollar: the Epilogue"). I haven't seen any bumper stickers expressing any opinions on that shit bomb. Why?

• The media is bought and paid for and doesn't provide relevant information or ask real questions.
• Hence, the general public is ignorant about the country's banking system. This is compounded by how complex the "experts" make it appear.
• When you're ignorant about something, you cannot form strong opinions.
• Without strong opinions, there's a lack of will to act.

These foreign occupations, NATO/UN inspired acts of "kinetic military action", and wars against undefined opponents need to stop. They are contrived. Think about it- the US funded the Mujahideen to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. They became Al Quaeda. We are now fighting them in Afghanistan. In Libya and Syria, Al Quaeda fought/is fighting against the regimes the US wants to take down, only in those countries, Al Quaeda is called "the resistance," and the US supports them. (Straight out of 1984- You can't make this shit up.) The masses then plead for the government to take away their rights for security. And now if I want to fly, I have to be molested or have nude pictures taken of myself.

Notice how neither of these issues are discussed by either candidate. Speaking of candidates, the biggest red herring of all is the presidential election. I've decided that I'm not voting for president. The Democratic and Republican candidates are two masks on the same face, and no other candidate has a chance at winning. If the game is rigged, just don't play.


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