Immediately after the War Between the States if you would've asked any citizen why the war was fought they would've said "to preserve the Union". It was very simple. As the people that won the war started to write the history books things began to change. Perhaps they thought preserving the union would not be an accepted excuse for future generations, especially to explain the loss of 600,000 lives. When I was in school from 1973-1986 the history books told me that the "Civil War" was fought to free the slaves. Most of them still do. A little research will tell you that our history books are wrong. Unfortunately, these are the
books that the government has chosen to teach our citizenry from.
So what do you do? Hey, I have 30 minutes free at 11 o'clock tonight, I'll watch the news! I'll swallow everything they tell me as truth. Hey, McCain is the Republican frontrunner, I'm a Republican, that's who I'm voting for. Iraq has Weapons of mass destruction? Well the president says so, why would he lie? We must invade Iraq no matter what the cost! We will stay there 100 years if that's what it takes.
Why do we believe what we believe to be truth? The sad answer is that we believe things to be true in this country only when the mass media, or the government tells us it is true. Why do most people believe that the "Civil War" was fought over slavery? The media and the government tells us so. Sure, there are some in the media and government that will contradict that, but until an official announcement is made from either, or BOTH, people will keep believing what they are told. Even Barack Obama last year said in a speech that the Emancipation Proclamation had less to do with civil rights and was more of a military charge (after the war was well under way). What happened when he said that? Jesse Jackson called and yelled at him and we never heard it from his mouth again.
The grandmother in Iowa who takes care of her 8 grandkids on the weekends gets her truth from the media and government. The president of the local PTA gets her truth from the government and media. We are fed our truth from 2 sources on a regular basis and we eat it whole. When you try to find truth that contradicts what they say, you are painted as a conspiracy theorist and even worse.
In order for me to join the "9/11 Truth" ranks I will have to resign myself to the fact that no matter how right I think I am, I will always be considered a whack-job, and even worse, by the majority of my fellow Americans. I am always interested in a search for the truth and love to expand my mind. But there are some things that are not worth the effort.
And this is a wasted effort.