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The Usual Surprises- In The Mirror

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Message Mark Sashine
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I have been  on the OEN site  since Y2003 and  I had stored  quite a treasury of surprisin conclusions. Below  are only some. They all  confirm my primary premise  that  THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US PEOPLE AND OTHERS.

1. The problem in logic: most of the progressives claim not to believe a word   from the government and MSM but  they firmly believe that Al- Qaeda exists and that Gitmo  prisoners are in fact (at least most of them) dangerous criminals  who cannot be set free.

2. The problem in ideology: most  of the progressives   hate banks, Wall St, support the OWS etc. At the same time, socialism is a dirty word, communism is  associated only with Stalin (who was not a communist,BTW) and  any attempt  to mention that we here need to unite with Unions  falls on dead ears.

3. Lack of  perception. To my amazement so far I had not seen any Union or working- class author on the site.

4. Lack of  interest. There are several very good authors on the site, qualitatively better  than most of us. I will avoid names here but I guess we all know those by... lack of comments. In  case of one of the  authors he started to receive comments  ONLY when he wrote  against the instigation  of war in Lybia and Syria- all negative.

5. The  hypocritical duality: we  are against the war but ... are OK with drones ( primarily). We  agree that Bush lied to us but still... it is OK that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan ( so far very rarely we call Iraqi war or Afghan war what it was - invasion and aggression). We are against  the war but .. we love our troops.

6.  Hubris. No matter what we discuss we practically always  look from above. What are we going to do with ' those people'? How can we help  ' those people'? How can we harm ' them' without knowing it? NEVER we  even entertain the  idea that those people  can do something to us and be right.

7.  Childish perception. We   hate the govt which issues   lawless laws which violate  the decency, common sense and  our own liberties but we are OK  for the same govt to  do whatever it wants to other people and countries as soon as we can here  ' debate the issue to death.'

8. Intellectual laziness. We  do not  believe  in the  reliability of our election process but we firmly believe that what  the  MSM says about the candidates is worth listening to.

9. Complacency:  We  curse the MSM, but... we use the MSM- developed language: liberal, progressive, conservative, middle class, budget problem,   racial and ethnic communities.. all of that  is an aura which  is created by the media and we use it without thinking.

10. Shallowness and slimy love: Oh boy, our love had put to death millions of people but we here still firmly believe that we  are nt responsible and that we cannot be legitimate targets of vengeance. We screw the Humankind like that rapist which after the deed  tells a woman to tidy up because she looks disgusting.

We here are not bad people; it seems that we  are average.  The tendencies though  are alarmingly coherent and alarmingly  well-known: most of  us  do not  like  the system but .. we love it. I think, in such case  the GOP and Co. will always win because they like the system and it too.  Something to think about?

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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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