I observe in utter disbelief the way large segments of the population agree to have their emotions, fears, and supersitions appealed to, and are led willingly to make choices against their own best interests. Power-seekers have perfected this ominous art, and we see the results...our public discourse, or at least that which gets covered in the popular media, is filled with mistruths and wrong-headedness.
A couple of my friends in the blogosphere have posted intelligently and eloquently on the more visible manifestations of this blight on our political and social discourse. Torqopia discussed the irrationality of politics, citing an example, with video evidence, of the way our political parties, especially the RNC, will defend their own against all common sense. And the amazing Sophisticated Lunacy wrote a brilliant original essay on the lies being told to stop health care reform simply to derail ANY initiative sought by our current President, even though it could further destroy our economy and put citizens in real jeopardy.
(Interesting that in both, Sarah Palin is the poster child for these outrages.)
My own incredulity was aroused last week during Attorney General Eric Holder's appearance before a Senate Judiciary Commitee to defend his decsion to try accused 9/11 terrorist Khalid Sheik Mohammad in Civil Court in New York. Opinions differ strongly about whether bringing the trial to Manhattan is prudent. Apart from that debate, however, I was troubled by this incredible exchange (from an article in the New York Times):