Cognitive Dissonance

Dear Friends,

What does it say about a government’s attitude towards it’s citizens, when that government allows illegal aliens to break the laws of the country with practical impunity (not requiring drivers licenses for instance), allows lawmakers the privilege to break any law they see fit with no negative repercussions (tax evasion for example) but holds the average citizen to the highest standard of personal conduct, even enforcing that conduct with the use of intrusive surveillance techniques such as video monitoring, including breath, urine and blood tests of the citizens (to prove their innocence), coupled with ever more attacks on free hold property rights? What would you think of someone you treated so poorly?

There is a psychological term called cognitive dissonance. Without going into a long lecture on every connotation and possible meaning of the term I will simply explain it as, Mental moment of inertia. We do what we do and we keep doing it. So for example if we stop at an Arby’s for lunch, the next day we are slightly more likely to stop at Arby’s for lunch. If we do, then the likely hood of stopping the next day grows, so on and so forth… If we are mean to a stranger… then we like that person less. It is in our nature, to justify, in our minds, that which we do, as occasioned by the other. So if we are accidentally mean to someone or intentionally unkind we dislike that person more after. Our attitude must comport with our actions. We have started Mental moment of inertia and the next time we see them we will be more likely to be unkind to them… etc.

So when a government treats it’s citizens as enemy combatants while treating illegal aliens, foreign terrorists and seditionists better than citizens; that government starts to dislike it’s citizens. To offset cognitive dissonance. The more it is done the less the Elite in government like the people they “serve.” This is a fundamental fact of human nature.

If you are a thinking person, you have already considered the slippery slope dilemma, that is the obvious outcome. The slope is, an Elite that increasingly, and at an increasing rate, come to despise the people. Once the Elite actually despise the citizens the government has every incentive to attack the people’s rights in every way. The attacks become more loathsome and less based in pseudo logical rhetoric (sophist or spurious logic), and grow into more emotionally based rhetoric. Once the cycle has completed the Elite will disarm the people, eliminate the market system and it’s feedbacks, and once and for all reduce the people to slaves. The normal state of Mankind; Not the Right state of Mankind. In a few hundred or maybe a few thousand years…

If you think about it, what is a sobriety road block or a safety road block, but a violation of the 4th amendment to the US Constitution? Not that I in any way advocate drunk driving or unsafe operation of a motor vehicle but I do believe a slippery slope that has the obviously terrible consequences as this should be taken seriously. Because it has far more dire consequences for Mankind, than the carnage that drunk drivers wrought on our highways, but less obvious. The one is not shown at all in the unbiased media while the other is sensationalized. Which kills more children every year in the US, guns or bicycles?

Consider this; In Germany in the 1930s the economy was destroyed by a foolish government that spent far too much money, was too liberal in their social policies and not liberal enough in their economic policies. This inevitably led to a backlash in society and a cultural philosophy catching on that liberty was in conflict with good economics. Liberty was seen as the threat not illiberal economic policies.

So if we accept that those in government are human beings and we accept that the theory of cognitive dissonance has merit, then we must also accept that the Elite in government are emotionally affected by their actions in the day to day running of government. The actions and rhetoric of the Elite in government for once agree, the people cannot be trusted.

Who is vilified when the economy goes bad? Business. Who is vilified when energy prices go up? Energy producers. Who is vilified when children cannot read? The parents. The list is endless and the point is clear, we cannot be trusted. But who is always blameless? The people running the show. They are faultless in everything and in every way. Unless something goes right…

Cognitive dissonance explains a lot. Look around at reality and get a good look. Take it in. It may be ugly and revolting but even the ugly and revolting can be avoided if we look at it and actually see it. Otherwise we end up scraping it off our shoe.

Is there anyone who thinks this is a good thing? And is there anyone who doesn’t see it?

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