I’ve come to accept the fact that a large chunk of the country believes a set of ‘alternative facts’ that are, in fact, not true. They are SO not true, they are ridiculous, outrageous and totally unbelievable to most people.
I ’get’ that many people are uninformed. Or worse – don’t use their human ability to engage in critical, analytical thought. It’s sad, but it’s a fact of life today in Trump World.
I just thought that we could still hold the government to a higher standard. How naïve of me! When the right-wing propaganda machine spews out the latest conspiracy theory, I believed people in government had the resources and motivation to do their own fact checking. I thought, knowing the unreliability of the source, they would ASSUME anything from that source was false until proven true.
Last week, the world was totally turned on its head.
The President tweeted about a conspiracy theory he read about on Breitbart News. He actually accused President Obama of wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower during the campaign. To get such a wiretap, Obama would have had to give FISA probable cause that Trump or his affiliates committed an actual crime.
But let’s forget about that fact for now.
Trump made these allegations without giving ANY evidentiary data, support or even “word of mouth” from a reliable source. Not surprising because there is none. Then Trump demanded Congress investigate his groundless allegation. Also not surprising. He always doubles down on his crazy.
The insane part is that Congress agreed to start an investigation.
They said, “Sure. Okay.”
Without checking for a single iota of proof that these alleged wiretaps happened. At all. This is the Seinfeld of Investigations – an investigation about NOTHING!
Congress is willing to waste the public’s money and the government’s time to investigate something that has no credible basis in reality.
At least the press will now call the lie, a lie. When branches of the government are willing to act on lies, we’re not just dealing with alternative facts, but with an alternate reality.
Congress refused to say “the Emperor is stark naked” — and stark, raving mad! We have gone through the looking-glass. I’m losing hope for the ultimate victory of sanity and truth over insanity and “fake news.”
This has gone too far down the rabbit hole for me. My personal Maginot Line was crossed. The inmates are running the asylum.
For our non-American readers, FISA means:
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA” Pub.L. 95–511, 92 Stat. 1783, 50 U.S.C. ch. 36) is a United States federal law which prescribes procedures for the physical and electronic surveillance and collection of “foreign intelligence information” between “foreign powers” and “agents of foreign powers.”