In today’s rhetoric, hoopla, exaggerations and flat out barrage of information hitting us daily, are Americans capable of ascertaining the truth about America; do they want to know the truth; or have they stopped caring? None of the above. Honing research skills should have been part of our schooling but in some cases, especially the past few decades, that notion seems to be on the paler side of gray. Fortunately, there is the internet! An abyss of more rhetoric, hoopla, exaggerations and flat out barrage of information with one defining feature “web searches”.
Although libraries are a wealth of information and do carry current readings, the internet delivers all news now, you just have to know how and where to look. With search engines such as Google, Bing, Start and hundreds of others you can type in exactly what it is you are looking for or thinking about. These search engines correlate your exact words with every piece of information available to them. They then deliver that information to you in list form. Wahla! You just data mined! The more you search the better you get at honing what it is you are trying to define.
So get to it America, the last bastion for freedom of speech is awaiting your questions so we can all ascertain the truth about our world together. Warning though, these search engines sometimes filter information based on their political affiliations, personal data they monitor and/or corporate agendas – so use them all, search for search engines! It is logic that will help rule out disinformation as long as you follow the sources and references that people use to back what they are saying. Also a reminder – the internet can be as dangerous as you allow it so search responsibly, discern wisely. It may take a little work but isn’t America worth it? After all are we not the keepers of the keys of the kingdom?
To whom much is given, much is required.
This brings it all to this video that inspired this advent of more rhetoric. This is a great analogy of the candidates for the presidential election that is in full screen, theatre mode play right now and whether we are fully aware of the ramifications of its outcome let it be said:
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas Paine, December 19, 1776
We, the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. …We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776
So America, take charge and ownership of that which is yours to protect, to keep safe and strong, because it could not be more important than it is right now. This may very well be one of the last great ‘populist movement’ elections we will ever see again if we do not wise up about the people we hired and continue to hire, who in our name are to serve, protect, to keep safe and strong this great nation and everything it stands for.