There are mind games being spun– that play on fear.
Why not leverage mind games that play on our better natures?
Since the civil rights era, spin-doctors have insidiously campaigned on programs like “the war on drugs” and “tough on crime” as code for “protecting” whites from minorities: “us” vs “them”.
There were also racial/class implications underlying the different penalties for use of “crack” –a lower-class, “street” drug — and those for use of cocaine: an upper-middle class social past time.
The racism and class hatred behind those messages was subtle and hidden. But it didn’t take much digging to see what was underneath the surface.
Fear mongering continues today with anti Islamic and anti immigrant rhetoric.
This is ridiculous.
Catholics have canon law, Protestants, the Bible, and Orthodox Jews Beth din, but those underpinnings to religious observance don’t undermine the law of the land.
It’s another fear mongering tactic.
And now the Republican supreme court has allowed that corporations can spend as much as they want on campaigns – calling it free speech – when in fact it is license to be more effective controlling what people hear during election time.
If this is the game, big money buying our hearts and minds with fear mongering, then we need another campaign that values social inclusion and promotes the benefits that accrue to our society because we are different.
The diversity of the U.S. mirrors the diversity of the world.
That fact impacts not only our greater understanding but, knowing our enemy, our greater security.
Take our diversity and make it our safety, not our demise.