“Freedom isn’t free. It shouldn’t be a bragging point that ‘Oh, I don’t get involved in politics,’ as if that makes someone cleaner. No, that makes you derelict of duty in a republic. Liars and panderers in government would have a much harder time of it if so many people didn’t insist on their right to remain ignorant and blindly agreeable.” – Bill Maher
As much as I dislike Bill Maher, he sometimes makes some salient points. As people living in a republic, we are all representatives of that republic. With that, we have not only an opportunity, but an obligation to inform ourselves regarding politics. It is then with that information that we cast our votes, deciding the direction in which our country will head. If we choose to allow ourselves to remain ignorant, we are undeserving of this country and the benefits it offers.
A central component of understanding politics is the ability to discern patterns. When something seems suspicious, and most of us don’t know enough to see the break in the pattern, we have lost ground. For example, last fall, when just prior to the election, the unemployment number dropped from 8.1% to 7.8% in a single month, interest should have been peaked.
In a contentious election, where a single day can mean a massive shift in the polls, a thing like a lower unemployment rate can change the dynamics of the race. None of this is proven at this point–which is why the House looks to be launching an investigation into the matter—but it raises my eyebrow. Several prominent conservatives discussed the peculiar and sudden drop in unemployment—something that hadn’t been seen in over 20 years—shortly after it happened. I remember especially Sean Hannity asking questions about it. But the argument of tampering got lost in the media shuffle.
Who would believe that a president, or his acolytes, would deliberately manipulate data to secure his re-election? Most Americans would balk, telling me I’m paranoid. But at this point, we have a president who has lied about numerous things, up to and including directly lying to the American people about Obamacare. We have a president mired in scandals such as Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS targeting scheme, the NSA spying scheme, and Obamacare insurance plans. Apparently, according to Obama, he knew nothing of any of these scandals until he watched the news. I see a clear pattern of deception or idiocy. The latter is unlikely.
If this new information is substantiated, it’s valid to wonder just how far will Obama and his crew go to get what they want. More importantly, the American people should have seen this sooner. When unemployment drops as suddenly as it did after months and months of stagnation, it is obvious that something is wrong.
We have an ignorance problem, and it could be the end of us.