Trust me. It’s better you don’t know.
My favorite movie is, without question, ‘JFK.’ You know, the one that does such a good job of convincing you that JFK was killed by more than just Lee Harvey? During the movie, Kevin Costner’s character asks the media, “Is a government worth preserving when it lies to the people?” Now, I’m not a conspiracy nut. I’m not a Truther, a Birther, or one of those guys who thinks the moon landing happened in a Hollywood backlot. You can count me as one of those guys who doesn’t think Oswald acted alone, however. Why? Because our government lies to us by omission all the time. In other words, it has all kinds of information about Ruby, Oswald, and everyone else, that it has yet to release. Why hide it?
This dovetails into a comment made by one of my many many readers the other day (did I mention there are lots of readers?). She asked me, and I’m paraphrasing, why I spend so much time complaining and not enough time trying to find out who’s actually in charge (and thus, to blame). Well, I complain because that’s just what I do. And it’s my blog. Figuring out who’s in charge? Good question.
You may ask how these two topics are related? Costner’s best movie this side of Bull Durham and a reader’s question about power? The answer to the question is found in the movie. Those with the real power are all of the unelected government employees who decide what information should be given to the public. Administrations may come and go, but the employees of the CIA, FBI, DOD, FDA, TGIF, etc. remain, and we can’t even vote them out of office. Yet they possess signficant information that is kept from the American public. Why was former FBI head J. Edgar Hoover so powerful? Because he had files on everyone. Knowledge is power, and we’re regularly kept in the dark.
This, of course, leads me to breaking news. Our Prez just decided that none of us regular folks get to see the photo of OBL at room temperature. It’s probably now classified. Like hundreds of thousands of other documents. We’ve become children who aren’t able to handle these sorts of things. How about those computers allegedly taken from Binny’s compound? Is there anything on them? Could be. But all we’ll get is a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Bin Laden’s photos of impressively hairy naked women are not doubt vital to national security.
Many ask why no one trusts the government anymore. The answer is simple: the government is hiding all kinds of crap from us under the guise of national security. And we do little about it. Wikileaks dumps thousands of classified documents onto the internet, and most of it proves to be completely irrelevant nonsense about Hillary Clinton thinking someone else is crazy. National security or just Hillary being a chick (ZING)? Why do we need to wait for some Swedish guy to steal stuff that already belongs to us, just to show it to us? Don’t our tax dollars pay for it? Think about it. We bought the helicopter that carried the SEALS, whose salaries we pay, to shoot OBL with guns and bullets that we purchased. And the camera that took the picture of the dead terrorist? We paid for that too. But we can’t see the picture?
So, what have you learned? Well nothing really. None of the foregoing was probably a mystery to any of you…especially you over there, in the tin hat. What have I learned? That, until I hear differently, the government killed Kennedy, a UFO crashed in the New Mexico desert, Barry was born in Kenya, and OBL is currently drinking a mojito in Cuba.