vc26_10p1 by Bob Livingston

Common sense is a crucial support of the rule of law. Without it, the rule of
law is dead. The law then stands on air, ephemeral as gossamer and as
malleable as Play-Doh.

Common sense is dead in America, slain by the psychopathic ruling class and
progressive propagandists teaching America’s youth to pledge fealty to the
state at all cost and teaching collectivist claptrap, pseudo history,
feelings-based psychobabble and political correctness above reading, writing,
arithmetic, history and language arts. Several generations of youths have now
grown up devoid of common sense and with little useable knowledge, having had
it washed from their minds by the noneducation system.

When people cannot exercise common sense, normalcy bias and cognitive
dissonance take over and dominate their thought processes. Normalcy bias is a
condition in which the mind is convinced that because something has not
happened, then it cannot or will not happen. When faced with a crisis, a
person suffering normalcy bias underestimates the possibility of a disaster
occurring and its possible effects. He is rendered unable to function beyond
the level of automaton.

Cognitive dissonance is a condition of confusion. If a person believes a
“fact” long enough (whether that fact is the truth or not), he cannot
ponder or contemplate information or a question that challenges the
“fact.” Even when presented with information that is in obvious conflict
with currently held beliefs, the person suffering from cognitive dissonance
is unable to process the dissonance and so accepts it as a normal state, i.e.
conventional wisdom.

The lack of common sense first came to affect the hoi polloi. This was by the
design of the ruling class. It is easier to fool and subjugate an ignorant
populace than an intelligent one. Tyrants and despots have for years used the
ignorance of their subjects against them. Notable examples include the
Catholic church’s ban on non-Latin Bible translations, prohibitions against
teaching American slaves to read and write, and the Islamists’ current and
long-held ban on education for females.

I have written before that government attracts psychopaths. And while they
are present throughout government and are evident by their actions, it is
unfair to state that the whole of the elected class, all government
functionaries and people in authority are psychopaths or exhibit psychopathic
behavior. Many are simply suffering from a lack of common sense, which
creates normalcy bias, cognitive dissonance or confusion. However, because of
their positions of authority and status as “leaders” and “decision
makers,” they contribute to the lack of common sense suffered by the
masses, for they spread it like a cancer.

The lack of common sense is now pervasive throughout government at all
levels. Here are some examples:

 The Federal tax code is now about 70,000 pages long, contains 3.7 million
words and is changed on average more than once per day. It is so confusing
that 82 percent of Americans pay for help, and 60 percent of them hire a
professional accountant or tax preparer. Taxpayers spend almost $28 billion
per year to have their taxes prepared. Even the former head of the Internal
Revenue Service, Douglas Shulman, hired a professional tax preparer. It is
impossible to get a “correct” answer when calling the IRS for help,
because you are likely to get as many different answers as the number of
different agents you ask. This puts everyone in danger of becoming a “tax
cheat” and subject to fines, penalties and imprisonment. The irony is that
taxes are not necessary to fund the government. They were instituted as a
control measure and a wealth-redistribution scheme.

 U.S. regulatory bodies — the alphabet-soup agencies charged,
ostensibly, with ensuring Americans are protected from fraud and abuse —
are corrupt, fascist systems that serve as a revolving door of cronyism
between government, large corporations and lobbying organizations. What they
actually ensure is almost monopolistic power for favored corporations,
redistribution of wealth from the producers to the large corporations via
corporate welfare and tax breaks, and favored status when contracts are doled
out. Meanwhile, small businesses are regulated and taxed into destitution and
forced to shutter their doors and windows.

 The U.S. government is in a perpetual state of war, and the enemy is
defined only as a “terrorist.” But the definition of terrorist has become
all-encompassing and ever-changing and applies to whomever the psychopathic
elected class determines is a threat to their power, prestige or office. The
threat of “terrorist attacks” is used to gin up fear and further oppress
the people. Those threats evaporate as quickly as they appear. Yet they are
not questioned. The reality is that terror attacks on American soil are most
often created by the FBI, CIA or some NGO (non-government organization)
working on behalf of the state. In addition to Afghanistan, the United States
has assets attacking so-called terrorists in Pakistan, Syria and Yemen (that
we know of) and has attacked them in Iraq, Iran and Philippines. Such a fear
of “terror” has created a climate in which the government has decided
that it can assassinate American citizens by drones without due process, and
many people see nothing wrong with this.

 While the United States fights undeclared wars against al-Qaida in many
countries, it is funding and assisting al-Qaida-linked terrorists in others.
An example of this is the recent Libyan revolution and the current
hostilities in Syria. With U.S. funds, NATO helped terrorists linked to
al-Qaida defeat Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s military so that the
terrorists could take power. The U.S. was running guns through the Benghazi
consulate to al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Syria.

 The Barack Obama regime, with an assist from the neocon wing of the
Republican Party, backed the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization in its
rise to power in Egypt and Libya. In Egypt, the Obama-supported Muslim
Brotherhood president was thrown from power by a military coup over his
efforts to create an Islamist state and failure to crack down on its attacks
on the country’s Coptic Christians.

 In schools, students are being treated like criminals for the
“crimes” of biting their food into the shape of guns, cutting off
one-fourth of a sheet of paper (a teacher thought it looked like a gun),
wearing T-shirts with gun images and the 2nd Amendment printed on them,
bringing small G.I. Joe guns to school and throwing temper tantrums.Zero
tolerance policies — the ultimate in no-common-sense policies — have even
led to children as young as 3 and 4 being charged with sexual harassment and
having permanent marks on their school records.

 The Missouri chapter of the NAACP is calling for the Department of
Justice to investigate an incident in which a rodeo clown donned an Obama
mask and asked the crowd if they’d like to see Obama run down by a bull. In
response to the incident, the Missouri State Fair will force all future
clowns to undergo “sensitivity training” mind-alteration therapy for the
thought crime of projecting harm on a likeness of the President.
These are just a few examples demonstrating that common sense has been thrown
out the window, but the political class and the masses accept as normal. Any
questioning of the status quo gets one labeled an extremist, a conspiracy
theorist or a “wacko bird.”
Filed Under: Conservative Politics, Personal Liberty Digest™

Bob Livingston is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a
newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the
quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues
such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues
of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the
preservation of freedom.