To begin with, you may be wondering, "What is this ROOJOOM you speak of?"
Or maybe not.
None-the-less, it's similar to Pinterest but with a lot more utility. I consider Roojooms the rooms in my virtual conservative home. From the founders of Roojoom:
"Roojoom’s vision is to fundamentally change the way people read content online. No more endless browsing and losing your way in the web, with Roojoom you can organize content for yourself and others, and inspire readers by leading their way in the web."
Go here to see the Roojoom Rooms in my virtual home.
With that out of the way, here is my disclaimer: Anything you see here is based on my opinion. At this time I am a committee of one. I take recommendations but the final content is on me which is influenced by my personal beliefs (see the "My Labels" post), some which can change over time. I will update the aforementioned post as needed.
Please do your own research even if that means going to a physical library to help formulate your own opinions. What I have provided is based on a plethora of resources, but just because I provide you some links does not make me anymore authoritative than the next Joe with an opinion.
So, why bother? I am hoping that something provided here will trigger more than a dismissive "hmmmm...,"and be important enough to you to look into how you are being influenced, and get you start digging for the actual raw truth.
I am reminded of one of the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” episode ‘Lie to Me,’ and how it in a way illustrates how we realize we need the truth, but want to run from it at the same time:
Does it ever get easy?
You mean life?
Yeah, does it get easy?
What do you want me to say?
Lie to me.
Yes. It's terribly simple.
The good guys are always stalwart and true.
The bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats,
and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day.
No one ever dies and...
everybody lives happily ever after.
The trigger that led me to some deep thinking was a piece on Sara Marie Brenner's radio show ; well, more like stuck on a specific word: Vacuum.
Nature abhors one, and, as she illustrated, dictators and power mongers love them ~ which is one of the reasons I believe we cannot be strict isolationists. There are some global events we need to be involved in and some not based on those how the vacuums are filled and the effect, indirectly or directly, it has on the safety of our nation. But I digress. It's an opinion that is heavily debated in a variety of places.
It hit me how there are vacuums in our own country, our own "backyard" per se, that have been created from many people coming to the realization on how we have allowed ourselves to be marginalized, manipulated, lied to, etc, by making the choice to acquiesce to leaders that have control of our lives. The choice to do so is because of a variety of reasons, way too many to list here, some of which are a result of basic human nature.
It hit me especially hard when I viewed a video made by a person who is very influential, and whose words would make sense and appeal to those who are lost in a particular vacuum that is getting larger day by day. That particular vacuum is populated by the "under 30" set who have been schooled in revisionist history, suckered into the acceptance of the nanny state, but, now realizing the true price of blindly following one who has convinced them they are naturally entitled to anything just by the fact they have been born. I see more have come to realize (high-five & fist-bump!) that they have been duped into believing the government should be the caretakers so all individuals can be free to do whatever they want, not worrying about having to make "right" choices for their lives - for those choices have already been made by the government for them, with someone else footing the bill. Injustice, they have been taught, is when one has something of perceived value but another does not have the same thing - period. What effort that has been done by the "haves" is irrelevant; there should never be those that "have not." The message is that everything they want is a need, and should be labeled "basic human right." They have been taught that it is okay that the collective should rule out the individual when the individual is opposition to its ideologue. This was all fine until now when it has begun to personally affect their lives, and that they see "Freedom of...." has been basterdized with asterisks.
Now that indisputable facts can no longer be ignored and are shining the light on the dogma they freely adopted, this segment of our country is in a vacuum. This segment includes our young visionaries, future leaders, and idealists who are all still susceptible to blindly believing those who speak exactly what they want to hear. They are looking to trust someone again, but are convinced they have no time - or need - to verify the words they hear.
Truth can be a nasty, hard thing to find, especially when it cannot be found (or can be manipulated) on the internet.
Circling back around to the video I saw, I viewed the man speaking as one of the vultures taking advantage of this vacuum. I won’t link the video, or call out the person and his particular "political" label of him, for that is beside the point. Knowing that many in the vacuum will not take time to verify if the words make "sense," and since he was making it appear the work of verification has already been done, his version/opinion will become their version/opinion. Then that version/opinion becomes "the truth." To not agree to this "truth" is to be "unenlightened," ignorant, and to rightfully be subjected to ridicule and intimidation. THAT is the point.
The fact of the matter is that history - as well as current events - has repeatedly created vacuums of disenfranchised people who are hungry to be saved from despair, despair that actually resulted from failure to employ the Russian proverb, "Доверяй, но проверяй (doveryai, no proveryai)."
[No - "Trust, but verify," did not originate from Ronald Reagan.]
Furthermore, history, old and recent, is peppered with despots who know that when the vacuum is filled with the young, power over a nation can be theirs just by being charismatic, appealing to youth's basic desires and immaturity.
Our current level of distrust has created multiple vacuums, and all of us must be beyond vigilant to not ignore who is filling the vacuums and the paths we are being led down. The precipice our country is on now has taken years to reach, and one more step will result in an ending that is very bad for our nation as a whole, and individually. It's time to pull up the bootstraps, face facts, and realize that the majority of us became lazy during good times and bad (that includes me), and too many of us allowed ourselves to follow blindly to men (and women) based on their words and assurances that their one way was (or is) the right way to ensure everyone’s' happiness.
What makes this all the more difficult to ‘fix’ is that academia is not teaching our youth HOW to verify, how to identify when "facts" are being used in a subjective manner, and that real "truth has no agenda." The public education system's curricula, funding, teaching, and other policies stem from a national political and ideological persuasion. It has been partnered with private entities and corporations whose agenda stems from a specific dogma. "Community Partnerships" are built wherein the parents of school age children are expected to adhere and comply with the system "for the children’s' sake," as well so help ensure funding continues to come from the State, and the State from the Federal level.
I know these statements will garner a tin-foil hat award from some (especially, aluminum foil shopper MO Representative Mike Lair). As stated in the beginning, no one should take my word for this. What one should do is to do their own research, and follow the money. Regarding the educational industry (I mean ‘system’), one could start with a recent Pearson schoolbook for Social Studies or Geography, and try to objectively read it - including the acknowledgements – comparing it to original history books.
Contrary to what some would have us believe, I personally believe our nation will fall if we do not return to what the founding fathers and pioneers set this nation out to be, to allow the pillars to be tore down, to continue to allow history be rewritten to suit a particular ideologue. Other countries have worked hard to influence our path to self-destruction, subtlety guiding us to be at the precipice we are on now.
How many citizens of our country now believe we should be hated, that we are nothing but evil capitalist war mongers? How many have been convinced of this new truth by trusting the words of others without verifying on their own? How many have been led to believe that socialism is the cure? How many have used "facts" spoon-fed by others without finding the true source of those "facts?" I have read countless, supposedly "objective" articles that included links to substantiate the author's points. Taking the time to actually follow the links revealed sources that manipulated information to influence the reader's belief systems. Either this was the author's intent to do so as well, or he/she was schooled in subjective nor objective verification. [Truth seeker's tip: Be very wary of Snopes.com, FactCheck.org and Politifact.com]
Yes, this was all triggered by one word, “vacuum.” Nature hates it, power czars love it.
Before we let the next pretty, glittery, smart-sounding mouth take the reins, don’t give up, don’t give in.
There is nothing wrong with trusting, but to continue to do so blindly…well, we only have ourselves to blame, and what we have loved about this country, why our forefathers came here in the first place to accomplish will be dust in the wind.
Does it ever get easy? It depends. Shall I lie to you?