I voted today. I cast my vote against the mainstream candidate. For me, that vote was a stand for a better future for our country and my children. I’m sure everyone can say the same thing, however, regardless of their choice.
Politics is a funny thing in this country. We boast about our freedom; we rightfully thank those who fought and laid their lives for that freedom, and then we strip it away from one another when someone speaks in opposition to our own beliefs.
The comments section of any post is where our morals go to die. It used to be the American way to differ in opinion and respect the thoughts of others. Social media has since become a platform for reiterating the mainstream message and destroying anything that speaks against it.
I’ve come to realize that “political correctness” has little to do with not offending or alienating a group of people or beliefs but rather with promoting a specific viewpoint or agenda. For if you have an opposing viewpoint, no matter how respectfully communicated, you are then the one who is alienated, ridiculed, bullied, bashed, etc. and all the talk of tolerance gets thrown out the window.
I’ve had to step back from it all for a while now. I’ve had to look at what makes mainstream “mainstream” and what it is that influences our opinions so powerfully. In schools, we are taught that mainstream is what the popular kids do, the rich and the charismatic. If they say that Pepe jeans are the in thing, then by golly we had all better get a pair of those “Pepe’s” or be left out in the dust to rot. If the popular kids said something was worthy, then the rest of the student body would follow.
But then I began to wonder, who was it that the popular kids were following?
And that arrow pointed straight to the media.
The media is the means by which we are told what to think, what to fear, what to wear, what to eat, and what to believe. In previous days, the media was limited to radio and television and all programming (pun intended) ended at a certain time each day. It has since become a powerful, unrelenting force, sending the same messages via the Internet, social media, songs, shirts, videos, etc. We are told slogan after slogan over and over again until we no longer believe anything other than what we are told.
Adolf Hitler once said, “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.” He also knew that if you wanted someone to believe a lie, you just had to “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”
We have been fed lie after lie after lie via the media, and our society has been turned upside down in just a mere few years. Those who are older have seen it, and they know what is happening. But they aren’t the ones on social media, and their voices will soon be unheard. We have a country that spouts off rhetoric without thought and believes some of the most bizarre claims without reservation.
Vaccines are safe and effective, we are told, and yet, there has NEVER been a study to prove it. Never mind, that there are thousands of documented cases of adverse reactions, including death.
Partial-birth abortion is only used to save the life of the mother, we are often told and yet, no one stops to look at how partial-birth abortion occurs. The baby has to come out some way or another. It does not impact the mother in any way to deliver a viable baby alive versus killing it first via an injection to the brain-except that it may put her in more danger.
Low-fat diets are heart healthy, we are convinced, and yet, in our obedient consumption of grains, we have a country with elevated numbers of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. A brief look at history shows a trend of disease that began with the introduction of processed vegetable oils put out by the leading food manufacturers. People forgot about the importance of healthy, natural fats for brain activity and hormone production and fertility. They listened to the media.
The list goes on.
And so, I dug deeper, in search of who it was that stood behind the mainstream? And that’s where I found the theories to abound.
I’m not sure how I feel about the conspiracy theories, the Illuminati and Agenda 21. They seem credible enough, but for me, I’m a bit more apt to go with what I can see.
I can “see” the ads and programming on the television and on the Internet and see who the key game players are: the pharmaceutical companies, the food companies, the left-wing agenda. Vaccines are touted as the only medical intervention in the history of the world to be safe. Highly processed foods and genetically-modified organisms are passed off as “food” that is good for you. The maiming of babies is propagated as a choice, and Christianity is often ridiculed.
Pick any topic of importance. There’s a mainstream perspective for it, and it is often something constructed within the past 50-100 years, dismissing all of history and traditional wisdom. It is often something put out by the mainstream media in order to shift the ideologies of our society in favor of the special interests who stand to profit. And just see what happens when you share a differing opinion. Just try it. Type “Vaccines cause autism.” or “Abortion kills babies.” in your status and see what happens.
The statements are true, but they’re not “mainstream”, so it will get downright ugly.
And meanwhile, vaccines, GMO’s, and abortions are making billions for their stockholders at the expense of the public. Doesn’t it make sense that they would make sure their position is protected?
Just follow the money.
And that’s what got me thinking about this election. We knew who the mainstream candidate was as “poll” after “poll” remarkably showed a favorite. We knew who the mainstream candidate was when the opposition was labeled a bigot. That’s pretty commonplace jargon nowadays for anyone who has an opposing viewpoint. A new one that entered the scene this election was “deplorables.”
And so, I decided to take what I knew about the media and do some fact checking of my own. And no, I didn’t go to the site I was directed to by the mainstream candidate. Really? I did some actual research outside of the mainstream. These were just some of the facts I found:
The mainstream candidate is currently under two FBI investigations for criminal activity and corruption
The mainstream candidate deleted thousands of emails AFTER a subpoena was issued, which is illegal and unethical.
The mainstream candidate was responsible for the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi then lied about it all.
The mainstream candidate seeks to undermine and change the religious beliefs of Catholics and Christians by enforcing laws that are contrary to their convictions.
The mainstream candidate supports partial-birth abortions.
The mainstream candidate supports the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which restricts federal funding for abortions.
The mainstream candidate endorses Obamacare, which has forced many to lose their doctors and clinics and has since become extremely unaffordable as premiums have risen exponentially.
The mainstream candidate supports mandatory vaccinations and is largely funded by pharmaceutical companies.
The mainstream candidate is linked to paying people to disrupt the rallies of her opponent, putting innocent people in harm’s way.
The mainstream candidate “cheated” during the presidential debate when she received a debate question prior to the debate.
The mainstream candidate is linked to many special interest groups, who do not have the general welfare of the public in mind.
The mainstream candidate has received millions of dollars from countries around the world through the Clinton Foundation, which is currently being investigated for corruption.
As I said before, just follow the money. When the “popular kids” fund the candidate, the “student body” stands to lose. We have to see beyond the main stream of information.
Now, that’s not to say that the main opposing candidate is completely free of controversy. But I did find it interesting that most of the allegations made against the other candidate were largely focused on things that were “said” not done. And although some things said were just plain wrong, some were actually taken out of context and proven to be completely false.
Take, for example, the claim that the candidate made fun of a disabled reporter. Here’s a video that shows what really happened. And it’s nothing like what you’ve heard on the mainstream news–over and over and over again. It never is. You can research for yourself.
But truthfully, at the end of the day, I’m not voting for just one person, I’m voting for an administration. I’m voting for the people he surrounds himself with, including the Vice-President and future Supreme Court Justices. I believe that voting in a liberal administration would push our country in the opposite direction of what made it great to begin with. Our forefathers knew that you could not have a free society without a moral people, and they went as far as distributing Bibles to public schools in order to maintain their freedom.
They knew that historically, immorality would lead to self-destruction and the need for a larger government. For you see, if we cannot self-govern, we will need to be governed, and this will be at the cost of our rights. I’m voting for the candidate whose administration will uphold those rights and our constitution.
I’m also voting for a platform, and usually, this is far different than what the mainstream spews. On the web, I see heartbreaking interviews of small children being asked how they feel about their family members being deported should the opposing candidate come into office. The scenario is moving, but it’s not part of the candidate’s platform and is a downright lie, which is just a cruel way to manipulate the children and the public. The platform in actuality seeks to deport those who are “illegal criminal immigrants” so as to protect the citizens of our country. I encourage you to read it for yourself before making a decision.
I’m voting for the platform that supports lower taxes and small businesses. I’m voting for the one that most resembles my values. I’m voting for life and freedom and the platform that will most defend our constitution. I’m voting for the platform that will allow me to worship my God freely without trying to coerce my beliefs.
For me, our freedom and rights trump the mainstream candidate, who says all the right things but is bought by an industry (and other countries) and is being investigated for fraud.
I, too, thought long and hard about a third party vote, but for me, it was about voting for someone who stood a chance against the media hype, against the special interest groups, and against the mainstream candidate. Unfortunately, our country is not ready for a third party president; and you can thank the mainstream media for that. They chose their candidate, created the opposition, then set up the rest to split the vote. In the future, it is up to us to demand that the media gives all candidates a fair shot. But for now, I wanted to make sure that my vote stood for the administration and platform I most valued AND stood a chance against the “mainstream” candidate.
But I know that it does not end there. The results are yet to be known and the details will have to be determined over time. And that is where “we the people” come in regardless of the outcome.
Whatever your vote, mainstream or not, remember that it is our duty to be informed and to look past the mainstream views on the topics most important to our liberty and safety. It is our duty to teach our children how to evaluate information from a variety of sources in order to synthesize and draw meaningful conclusions. It is our duty to make sure our people can think critically, for we can never have a true democracy without a literate people. It is our duty to stand up for our freedom and rights and to respect those who uphold a belief contrary to our own. It is our duty to pray for our nation and our leaders.
We live in a country that still allows us to vote daily on the things that matter most. We vote with our dollar; we vote with our choices. We vote by how we treat one another. We vote by how we live our lives. We create the very nation we embody.
There may always be mainstream as long as there are the rich and the powerful, but we need to see to it that the opposition is NEVER silenced. We need to stand on truth and rise up for the weak. We need to show a greater respect in how we comment and treat those with opposing beliefs.
For if that day ever comes, if we ever silence ourselves out of fear or coercion, and the “mainstream” becomes the only stream of thoughts and ideas and information, we will no longer be free.