For a great many years my late father, John T. Work (1923-2005), went through a sort of ritual each morning. Following breakfast and coffee he would sit and read the local newspaper from the front page to the last. I never knew him to be a reader of books, but he didn’t miss anything in the daily newspaper. Were he alive today and in his prime, I can’t help wondering if he could stomach reading the news as he did throughout most of his adult life.
Over the years something gradually happened to our news services which has brought us to a point where I don’t believe my dad could have countenanced what we are being fed as “news” today. True, the New York Times has a shameful history of prevarication by cover-up dating clear back to Walter Duranty’s commentary on the “virtues” of Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union. My friend Diana West’s latest book, American Betrayal, brought to light a great deal of the dirty work done by Mr. Duranty, and other left-leaning journalists during the 1930s and 1940s – in mendacious support of one of history’s most nefarious mass murderers.
Dad didn’t read the NYT. With the exception of Bush 41 and Bush 43, he was a pretty good judge of character. He went to his grave believing that W was a pretty good president. I never heard him talk about Duranty or the New York Times. John T. Work had a very good understanding of Karl Marx’s ideology and the threat to our freedoms which his followers presented. Perhaps it was because of my father’s advancing age that he didn’t catch on to the huge lie that W told us: Islam is a religion of peace.
Toward the end of her life, my mother, Mary Elizabeth (1925-2006) did awaken to George W. Bush’s true character, or lack thereof, when he refused to seal the border between Mexico and The United States after the 9/11/01 attacks put us once again into this very old war against the forces of Islam.
My parents retired from Southern California to Arizona in the late 1980s. It didn’t take them long to catch on to John McCain’s maneuvering to the right during election campaigns, then back to the left after he won elections.
We live now in a surreal atmosphere, where the American press corps seems to be able to either ignore immense lies (If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep your health insurance plan; your health insurance premiums are going to drop by $2,500.00 per year; I’m going to end the wars; I never had sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky; We had to dodge sniper fire as we got off the plane at the airport in Bosnia; Islam is a religion of peace, again; If you elect us to a majority in the Senate, we’ll not fund the amnesty and we’ll repeal Obamacare), or to merely acknowledge in a very angular way that one of our public figures may have misspoken – and go on as though nothing happened.
The lying comes at us from all points and all parties. It is truly brain-busting to listen to what is said and to watch what is actually done. I’ve come to the point where I am skeptical of anything the press corps puts into print, and I do not believe anything that comes from the mouths of the representatives of the United States Government. The lying has become systemically pathological.
So, what do can do about it? We can maintain our individual integrity and be true to ourselves and our loved ones. If my wife, my children and the few friends I have in the world trust me, that is huge. I’ll not betray their trust. That’s all that’s left. It’s enough for me. Life does not go on forever. No one gets out of here alive.
The lying politicians and the American Press Corps can go straight to Hell.
Happy New Year, everyone. Seriously. Be thankful for what you still have and don’t worry about what you don’t have.