OPINION – If you log enough miles on this rock you will eventually understand that there truly is little that occurs by coincidence and that history is written by the winners, which means it is filled with half-truths and, often, outright lies.
And, if you run enough laps around the sun in the news business, you also learn to question everything. I wish I had a dollar for every time a journalism teacher told a class: “If your mother says she loves you, get a second opinion.”
It would serve us all well to accept less and question more, especially when it comes from authority figures because, as my favorite TV character of all-time, Dr. Gregory House, said: “Everybody lies.”
Reader Cristian King contacted STGNews recently with concerns about why nobody has done anything about the collusion and ranging conspiracies that so many believe are at the heart of our society. He cited a study by noted psychologist Michael Wood that concluded that people who believe there’s something more than coincidence or an explanation beyond what we are told by those in power are generally nicer and easier to deal with in public forums such as debate and social media, that conspiracist commenters in public and social media circles were more likely to argue against the opposing interpretation and less likely to argue in favor of their own interpretation, while the opposite was true of conventionalist commenters. He said it’s an “underlying conspiracist worldview in which the details of individual conspiracy theories are less important than a generalized rejection of official explanations.”
In other words, more conspiracists are willing to say, “I know something happened, but I’m not buying the explanation from the authorities.”
There is definitely something to that line of thinking.
I don’t know about all the vapor trail and black helicopter stuff so many conspiracy buffs like to talk about, but, I know enough to realize that I don’t know everything and that there is an awful lot that has occurred over the years that makes me believe that there, indeed, have been far more conspiracies that have been successfully covered up than history has recorded.
Although we could go back to Julius Caesar to explore conspiracies, modern-day occurrences have had much broader impact on our lives.
There is, for example, the discussion out there that Franklin Delano Roosevelt actually committed suicide because he knew the devastation the world was about to endure with the development and deployment of the atomic bomb; that morally, he wouldn’t be able to give the final OK to use the weapon, even though his military leaders told him it would expedite the end of the war in the Pacific.
We move on to the killing of the Kennedy brothers, which even the most level-headed mind would have to eventually realize came at the hands of conspirators.
In 1999 a Memphis jury, hearing a wrongful death lawsuit filed against a man named Loyd Jowers, found, after a three-week trial, that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died as the result of a conspiracy.
There are some limits, of course. I mean although I have seen the documentation that links the Bush family with the bin Ladens, I really don’t think there was a link between them and the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Bush was not one of the brightest bulbs in the marquee, but I don’t think he was really so stupid as to have been involved in a plot to take down the World Trade Center. As for Cheney? Even in the deepest, darkest corner of his black little heart, I don’t think he would have been involved in such a plot, either.
But, conspiracies are much different these days, going way beyond questioning the interesting Freemasonry markings on our money and what they really mean, or the inclusion of sacred geometry in our modern-day world.
All you have to do is follow the money.
Look at what power and greed have done to our Congress as it continues to be bought off by special interests like Big Oil, the medical and pharmaceutical industries, the automotive industry, and banking industry. If what’s going on between those lobbyists, wealthy campaign donors, and Congress isn’t a conspiracy I don’t know what is.
We don’t have royalty in the United States, but you know, we have had a lot of family names in power in one way or another, from the Bush family to the Kennedys and the Clintons. Let’s also not forget the Hunt family in Texas and the Koch brothers. And, we’ve got a lot of people in Congress who have been there an awful long time, building a sort of dynasty, including our own Sen. Orrin Hatch.
It gives the impression of sovereign power.
There are a lot of books out there on the Illuminati and groups that have held power for centuries. Some of it, of course, is rubbish, but some of it is not, leading a rational mind to ponder just how much is true.
If you turn to social media and the Internet, which has overcome all conventional media, you realize there are a lot of people grumbling about this, even if they don’t want to be labeled as conspiracists because of the ugly baggage the term packs.
But, they are conspiracists.
I recently saw a social media thread where a group of people were bemoaning the fact that the country is going down the tubes, nobody is doing anything about it, and it’s the same band of elitist “haves” dishing it out to the “have nots.”
They look at the 2016 presidential race as nothing more than a rerun with the same old faces running again and they look at their representatives as crooked, manipulative men and women. The conclusion? It’s all rigged.
So I had to post a comment asking if they voted, if they attended their city council meetings, if they wrote letters to their congressional representatives, if they took to the street in any form of protest, wrote letters to the editor, participated in more than a narrow social network thread, tried to reach a larger audience with their concerns. I asked if they were afraid to take these steps because their home is too nice, they like their big screen TVs too much, and like to overindulge in the fineries of life. It shut down the thread in a heartbeat.
I wasn’t surprised.
Being a conspiracist isn’t a bad thing. It simply means that you have some gray matter between your ears that makes you strong enough to question what is handed down by the powers that be. Those who don’t settle for some slick explanation by a politician, religious leader, public authority, or their tacky spokesperson – whose job is to manipulate the public – are truth seekers, unwilling to accept something on face value or because somebody in a position of authority says it is so.
Are there black helicopters flying overhead to help establish a New World Order?
I really don’t know. If you have some new evidence, be sure to share it. I’d like to know the truth.
But don’t be offended when I seek a second opinion.
Or even a third.
Ed Kociela is an opinion columnist. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.
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