As I've espoused on this board before, I had completely lost my faith in democracy--I suppose mostly just American democracy to be entirely accurate--after the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. And then in 2008 I felt my confidence in this nation suddenly reborn when finally it seemed that the logical desire of a populous to choose smart people acting in the interest of the greatest good had won out over a propaganda machine who had somehow managed to own this country for 20 out of 28 of the past years with a platform of nothing but tactical lies, faulty premises, and preposterous manipulations.
Then I came home and found out that socialized medicine has been defeated. Again. Almost purely on the strength of accusations that were completely factually inaccurate and brutally short-sighted self interest. Cognitive dissonance at its absolute finest won on this issue yet again, and a better example of the phenomenon cannot be found. In this democracy, people will shout down a program that offers to protect them and their families' well being, and all the convincing it took was talking points involving abstract concepts like socialism combined with absolutely inaccurate interpretation.
Americans are more eager to get absolutely incensed and emotionally involved in a lie that hurts them than try to entertain what they perceive as an opposing viewpoint.
So I submit to you this question: at what point exactly would you say the responsibility for whatever the fuck you can call this bizarre trend in our cultural began? Let's chart the path of America's development in its decline. What event was it that really started this slide of ours from such a great nation into the most powerful empire in history being systematically crippled from the inside by a completely ineffective democracy? Where did these evil people who've successfully managed to convince us to fuck ourselves in the ass multiple times first get their foothold?
I put together a few crucial events, but I'll wait to see if anyone gives a fuck before posting them since this is already probably tl;dr for most of you illiterate fucks.