OK, it is time to fess up here. I have a Facebook account and check it daily. I watch TV, though not news. I like intrigue and good acting, and there is not much to be had. I am currently watching Season Three of Bosch, the detective created by Michael Connelly, and played sort of okay by Titus Welliver. (I think the lead character should be taller and have more muscular legs. This guy is supposedly a former Green Beret but looks more like a Lt. Detective Fife. [Now that I published that I realized it is false. Welliver is a very muscular man.]
This has nothing to do with Bosch. It’s not like Game of Thrones, where they routinely kill off lead actors. Bosch always wins. Boring. What I notice, and I know we all do, is that every time Bosch ends up in court, the judge is either going to be a woman, or a black, usually both. Why do they do that? It is so predictable. If I ever see a white male judge on TV, as we have in real life, I think it will signal end times.
This ties into Facebook, as one if my “friends” is smug and morally superior, and has been ever since she voted for and helped elect Obama, not that they count votes. She’s annoying, but I am too. I needle her. She put up something comparing Obama to Trump, and I mentioned Obama’s missing college transcripts.
She wondered why she should care about his college grades. “Whoosh!” I told her. He never attended Columbia, so the whole of his background is up for examination. It is not about his grades. It is about his CV.
A light went on, for me anyway. Of course! This answered the question of why Obama’s handlers made him a “legal scholar.” He was scheduled to be the first black president, and as such, he had to be extraordinary. So they created a fake background for him, gave him fake degrees, and even created a super family, beautiful wife and two perfect kids, probably fake too. They can do this stuff. These people have resources. And don’t get me wrong, Obama is smart and a polished actor. He was up for the part.
Why? To assuage liberal guilt. My Facebook friend did not so much vote for him, imagining her vote was counted, as that he validated her. He made her feel good, wholesome, smug, morally superior, all of those traits that drove us nuts about liberals for eight years.
Politics are not real. But people are completely invested in it. Why would someone give up the comfort of moral and intellectual superiority? That is part of the purpose of propaganda, to make people feel good about themselves. Ellul said as much … people are not victims of propaganda. They literally need it to survive. Without it, they have no reason to live on.