Americans are not wussies but we have been really betrayed by our media. Americans literally depend on our media to tell us what we think. Notice how I phrased that. We are constantly told how we think about stuff. That was always the case but decades ago, our media was not so homogenous. Some said this and some said that etc. now despite Fux News appearing so different from the pack, it really only depends on which issue. They’ll defend Trump while another media flavor doesn’t (to some extent)!
Which media criticizes the extensive grasp of the oligarchy? None. Which TV network presents a progressive perspective in the same way that CD does? None. Now I am an old coot and can remember that there were more ‘differences’ in our media flavors. More independence. Walter Cronkite came out against the Vietnam War to a great extent. It made a difference. There was an identity that was something to strive for in reporting the news accurately. Not so much anymore. Major networks, newspapers and stations are all owned by mega corporations and the independents have all but disappeared. You get a few once in a while. Tonight one host pointed out that the Senate doesn’t represent people - the House does. 2 senators per state regardless of population. California gets 39 House representatives while a far less populated N. Dakota gets 1. That is democracy he says but the senate is not. I was surprised. It reminded me of back when I was young. Americans were used to hearing the truth from somebody on issues. Now we are used to hearing pretty much the same thing from everybody. The reporter was obviously taken aback at what the Senate did to the Constitution. He knew we the American people lost a lot tonight. That was rare and I admire that man for saying it. That kind of reporting of the truth of things has almost disappeared and in its place we usually get ‘consensus of opinion’ commentary. All that means is everybody follows the usual script. Fux News on one extreme and the others are not quite as extreme in contrast.
We aren’t wusses. We are uninformed. We try to be informed but our ordinary sources of information all say the same stuff. Readers of CD and that kind of reporting are not typical. We make the extra effort needed to understand things independently of the corporate media. Most Americans do not.
Not wusses so much as we no longer know how not to be that way. We on average, no longer know how to form a differing opinion about big issues. We don’t have the context anymore. It is as simple as that. We don’t know any better… literally.