by Richard Saunders – September 28, 2014 (opinions expressed don’t necessary represent eventsfy views)
My fellow American Patriots, we must understand our present situation more clearly so that we can make better choices as Americans going forward. There’s a pervading false narrative that America is getting “weaker” or is “weak.” As usual, false narratives that penetrate the many consciences of our society are conceived by FEAR. It has been well documented that fear is one of the most powerful human emotions; therefore, fear convinces us of a false reality. And “fear-selling” is rampant in our free-market society because fear can easily attract our attention to people’s products, ratings, and ideology/message.
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear,” said Influential American author, H.P. Lovecraft. Marketing wizard Martin Lindstrom—author of Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy—said, “fear absolutely sells! Our primal instinct as human beings is to survive; therefore, fear is key to influence people’s behavior. Fear relates to our survival: Do I have enough to eat? Will I have enough money when I retire? Is that product safe?” In this respect, Lindstrom claims that political fear-based advertising is effective because it taps into our primal concerns of survival.
The bottom line is that fear is an easy sell or a quick way to make a buck for any corporations or individual trying to sell their product, ratings, and ideology/message. We must understand that this constant peddling of fear causes enormous anxiety within our society and produces so many false realities that many Americans don’t know what’s real anymore.
We must understand true reality so that we can calm down and make logical and rational decisions—not fear-based decisions, which blind the truth. This is fact: our decisions as a society are greatly impaired anytime emotions are involved. So let’s look at the overwhelming evidence, which categorically reveals that America is absolutely stronger since the 2008 Great Financial Recession—contrary to what so many media outlets espouse.
What really makes America strong?
So many media outlets incorrectly and overly attribute America’s strength to our current President. They have all these arguments and analyses that overly scrutinizing the “weakness” of our current President (“leading from behind”) as the sole and fundamental reason of “America becoming weak.” Almost always they fail miserably to explain what really makes America Strong—which are our democratic and free-market system, our economy, and our military power.
Who our current President is matters far less than our democratic and free-market system, economy, and military power. Think of our worst president in recent history—let’s say Richard Nixon. Were we stronger or weaker as a nation after Nixon left office? During Nixon’s Presidency (1969 to 1974) the Equal Rights Amendment was implemented, segregation ended, and tensions between Beijing and Moscow decreased—a precursor to ending the Cold War. During Nixon’s Presidency, American’s economy (Gross Domestic Product—the most revered economic indicator for individual countries) grew from $901.5 billion to $1,486 billion (a great increase) and NASA had the remarkable technological breakthrough of landing the first human on the moon—greatly improving our National Defense’s technological advantage in the world. Could anyone really argue intelligently that America became weaker right-after Richard Nixon Presidency?
Although America has experienced an undeniable and perpetual progress towards a better and stronger country since its independence in 1776, it appears, however, that America hasn’t made much progress with our over-the-top FEAR-based rhetoric. In Nixon’s inaugural address in 1969, he said the following, “In these difficult years, America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver; from angry rhetoric that fans discontents into hatreds; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading. We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another, until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices, however.”
We’ve been brainwashed by much of our political media and politicians—overly emphasizing that America’s strength comes from smaller and temporary things (such as one President—as if one American President can really destroy our democratic and free-market system, economy, or military power). Ronald Reagan is deserving a cherished American President—however, did Ronald Reagan really defeat the Soviet Union or was it America’s superior economy, military power, and free-market system? I think we all can conclude the ultimate reasons for American’s triumph of the Cold War. Think about what really makes a country strong (recently China, Germany, Singapore, etc.): the overwhelming factor that creates a strong nation is its economy – more than anything else.
Since the 2008 Great Financial Recession, America has created a fairer democratic system of equal rights—marriage and woman’s pay equality, and closer to healthcare for all. Since the 2008 Great Financial Recession (worst recession in 80 years), America’s economy (GDP) grew from $14.2 trillion to $17.6 trillion (2014 forecast)—an astonishing increase of 24 percent after this horribly deep 2008 recession—although most Americans wouldn’t know how well our economy has done since 2008 from listening to our media (especially, when comparing America’s economy with other developed nation’s economies—America’s economy has greatly outperformed the other developed nations since 2008). And finally, America spends on its military power more than the next nine highest-spending military nations combined—does anyone really believe that America’s military power has become weaker since 2008?
So where do these nonsensical arguments that “America has become weak” come from? Simple: we must remember that it comes from these fear-selling individuals and companies that are trying to sell their product, ratings, and ideology/message to make money or gain power. fear tends to be more easily persuadable than hope in short-term to motivate the public to act. Right after the 2008 Great Financial Recession, fear became ripe for MANY to capitalize on its power—we just must know the truth so that we can be calmer and make wiser and less-reactionary decisions.
Stop FEARING and start HOPING…