By the way, "gubmint" is a popular American pronunciation for the word gov · ern · ment
Reader Lorri has alerted to the existence of another episode of The Joy Ride Show.
The tone of comments goes off in an important direction - the issue of an overbearing, bloated thus oppressive government - but those issues are not disinformation.
Anybody who wishes to investigate the size and scope of governments federal, state, county (and even local) can do it, in the USA. Many citizens do not care enough to look. For readers outside the USA, we are the most highly taxed nation in the world. The grand total of all taxes imposed on American citizens added up as a % of annual GDP, is the highest in the world. We had a protest movement which gained steam after President Obama took office, called the TEA Party. Taxed Enough Already and it made reference through its name to an important violent protest carried out in Boston in response to higher taxes imposed on tea by the British Crown. The protesters back then boarded a berthed ship and dumped the tea into the bay (but no cream, sugar or lemon were thrown overboard). The event provoked a vigorous response from King George, including firearms confiscation by British troops, in blatant violation of British law in effect at the time. History explains how things worked out.
The response in 2009 to this protest group, the TEA Party - the activities of which involved many things, such as a march of more than a million people in the USA's capital city - was a campaign of dis- and misinformation to make any oppressor proud.
Some other comments here point to corruption, not misinformation. Corruption is very bad, but operates as a subset of the greater trend, which is: control of the citizenry, not service to and for them, as temporarily elected employees of The People. The real attempts to control the populace come across as bonafide, legitimate and reasonable sounding. They are anything but that, and the citizenry would only find out after it's too late, as has happened many times throughout history. Attempts to curtail press freedom are constant in the USA, but these are simplistic corruption. True efforts to stop debate are subtle and depend on the obvious, sure-to-backfire things that, for example college students do. The true and insidious efforts, the ones which have the most effect, involve a steady flow or dis- and misinformation, much of it swallowed like water.
I repeat below reader Linda' comments and question, with responses from The Committee and [my own in brackets].
Q1. So what can be done or better yet what can I do? As I said in another post my husband is sticking his neck out defending our land in a lawsuit against the state. My state was determined to be the most corrupt state according to the experts. Daunting. We are fighting the good fight but there is a big system in all things public.
On the one hand it’s too risky to call anyone out by name but saying and doing nothing just keeps it going. Seems like a loss of power is in order all around literally and figuratively.
C: Do the majority of your fellow citizens agree? Disagree? How many are indifferent to the issues you raise? There is no insufficiency of information, to the contrary there is an overload of information. The indifferent are often former observers who cannot be bothered by the confusing message. Not adding to the confusion by not joining the event, will bring out the side most willing to dominate. The disinformers will be rather quickly unmasked.
Q2. How else to bring down the beast?
C: Examine who created the beast in the first place, and ask yourselves why the beast has its contract renewed constantly. Consider not renewing the contract by not participating in elections.
Q3. Any advice?
C: Acknowledge that some citizens do not care, and others care very differently from you. What can be done to raise awareness? Do not feed a conclusion or point-of-view that you prefer, to others who disagree. They will simply see your position as a starting point from which to back up and at least maintain or ideally, increase the gap. This ever widening space between the two ideas or positions is perceived as ideal by some debaters, because it appears to them as victory. They do not wish to appeal to an observing jury, who will listen to both sides of an issue and reach a conclusion after weighing and comparing the arguments. The current debates as they relate to central authorities, appeal to many as contests and spectacles, and being the most flamboyant and partisan is the objective. If you sense this coming, your participation in the event reinforces the divide otherwise preferred closed.
You're at an advantage Patrick having such clarity about events all your life. I understand you can’t be the go to guy for truth, but helpful hints would go along way:)
[ I have no more personal advantage than anybody else, and I hope to spread The Committee's and other beings' messages for the betterment of everybody who will read them. I have no more clarity about the events in my life than the typical Texas Jane or Joe.
I'm happy to be the "go-to" guy, if the information isn't criminal in nature (it'll draw a blank) or if I have the time to tackle it.]