Endless terror propaganda has taken its toll on the American electorate.
The folks who championed war in the Middle East and countless dead and billions squandered—the American Enterprise Institute—cite a Gallup poll that declares “the top issue facing the U.S.” is terrorism.
Gallup reported in October the top concern was the economy—unemployment, lack of money, taxes—but that was overtaken by terrorism, never mind the government keeps telling us “there are no credible threats of a Paris-style attack on U.S. soil, despite rumors that the Islamic State or other extremists could attack the country,” rumors that naturally get top billing in CNN, MSNBC and Fox News.
“Let’s hope CNN dedicates a meaningful amount of time in the Republican debate in Las Vegas tomorrow night to the issue of terrorism. Voters deserve to hear how candidates plan to defeat Daesh and increase America’s national security,” AEI writes.
Vague and often cartoonish terror threats via Twitter are apparently more of an issue than the destruction of the middle class.
An AEI fellow traveler, the National Review, disputes this. The perpetually in the red magazine has shuffled the stats and concludes the middle class has grown.
“A policy agenda designed with a crumbling middle class in mind is not only inappropriate, but it could actually hurt the living standards of the middle class in the process,” it concludes.
This reupholstering of facts is the standard M.O. for neocons. The neocon guru is the late Leo Strauss. He promoted “noble lies” because he thought the unwashed masses are child-like and stupid.
“According to Strauss, ancient philosophers (such as Plato) were wise and wily, but modern philosophers (such as Locke and other liberals) were foolish and vulgar. The wise ancients thought that the unwashed masses were not fit for either truth or liberty,” writes Shadia Drury. “Accordingly, they believed that society needs an elite of philosophers or intellectuals to manufacture ‘noble lies’ for the consumption of the masses.”
George Orwell said all propaganda spreads lies, even if it speaks the truth. The truth in the neocon lie is that there is indeed an entity called the Islamic State.
Omitted is the fact the Islamic State was covertly created by the United States and its partners and its mission is to destroy the Middle East and also inculcate Americans to the grossly exaggerated fear of terrorism. Minus this irrational and artificially created fear–the result of a not so noble lie–the military industrial complex and the national security surveillance state would wither and die.
The Islamic State is at best a minimal threat to America. The Department of Homeland Security, built on a foundation of fear and geopolitical imperatives after September 11, 2001, admits the threat is not “credible” or “imminent.”
Keep in mind you are more likely to be killed by lightning than a terrorist.