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The Poisoning of the American Mind


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Our culture is changing at a dizzying pace.  Ideas we once thought were self-evident have been turned on their heads, while their opposites have been installed as the new, socially acceptable “truth.”

These upside-down replacements have been introduced as sacrosanct. You can easily identify them because they’re always accompanied by vicious intolerance for any questions or opposition.

Mere questions will have you labeled, shunned, marginalized, censored and drummed out of “civil society” by the very people who lectured us against every one of those things.  That’s by design.

In fact, bigotry and persecution is the new socially acceptable excuse to perpetuate bigotry and persecution.

With irrationally broad definitions of “racism” and “bigotry,” anyone at any time is labeled and targeted for destruction. What an ingenious way to bypass due process and the rule of law.

The following is but a small sample of cultural ideas that have been foisted upon us without our consent.  Was anyone ever offered a choice to accept them?  Have you noticed the number of people who have already been punished simply for refusing to agree?

This list is hardly complete, but every point has been contributing mightily to cultural suicide.

Is that what the “whomevers” who introduced them have in mind?

As always, you be the judge:

  • Children should be treated like adults and adults should be treated like children.
  • Tent cities and defecating on city streets is now okay, but you’d better be an environmentalist and go along with the “climate agenda.”
  • Licensed medical doctors should be persecuted and even stripped of their license if they don’t obey politicians and bureaucrats who are not doctors and who have no medical license.
  • Law-abiding citizens are criminals. Those formerly called criminals are now the victims.
  • You can sue gun manufacturers for a customer’s malfeasance in the use of their product but you can’t sue big pharma for their own, admitted malfeasance in producing and releasing their product that is suspected of killing people.
  • Deadly and ineffective drugs are good, cheap effective drugs are bad.
  • Racism and injustice are good if directed at white people or others who share a characteristic of a group we hate.
  • You can still be a feminist even though you can no longer identify what a female is.
  • You can now destroy Title 9 and women’s sports because you are an “intersectional feminist.”
  • Social support, free expression, fresh air, the right to peacefully protest your government, and Liberty are dangerous to your health and our “democracy.”
  • Homosexuality is fixed. You’re born that way. Heterosexuality is fluid. You can decide what gender you are at anytime, particularly if you are in grade school.
  • The age of consent and things like movie ratings that were universally used to protect kids from sexually suggestive material are now obsolete. Pornography must be made available in public elementary school libraries. If you want to draw the line on pornography for children, you’re a book burner.
  • Speech is “violence” if it’s against the government, violence is free speech when it supports the government.
  • Those who conscientiously object to forced medical treatments upon their own bodies are dangerous to others but emptying our prisons, opening our borders and de-funding the police is perfectly safe and for our own good.
  • Requiring voter ID is racist, but vaccine passports or being required to show your ID to receive medical treatment or get on a plane is not.
  • Those who believe that human life is a drain on the planet are demanding obedience from everyone else. We should always assume that they care about our health and survival.
  • Intolerance for dissent is good. Certain thoughts and ideas can be dangerous whether you act upon them or not.  If you have unacceptable questions or ideas, you should be punished.
  • Blaming others for your own actions is also fine now–so long as you blame the right people.
  • It is no longer a problem to rush to judgement in a criminal case, even immediately after it happens. We no longer need to investigate the facts each case. We already know who’s to blame because the media told us almost as soon as it happened.
  • Intellectual consistency and honesty will no longer be valued. If you believe you are a victim, you must blame an entire group of people. Others must agree with your self-perceived “micro-aggressions” and change their behavior.
  • Everything is racist if you say it is.
  • You have the freedom to die but not the freedom to live.

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Karen Kataline

Karen Kataline is a commentator, columnist & talk show host. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is a frequent guest host on AM Talk Radio. She has an active blog and her Op Eds can be seen online at Fox News, Investor’s Business Daily, Western Journal, Town Hall, The Daily Caller, FrontPage Mag, and The American Thinker.

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  1. It all seems like insanity until you realized that it’s a massive propaganda and indoctrination campaign that has been going on for decades but has been near total in the last few years with the weaponization of the all the 3 letter agencies (the DOJ, the FBI, the CIA, the IRS and even the DOD) against the political opposition. Not the mention that we know the mainstream and social media censor any dissenting opinions, and are complicit with the Democrat ideologues.

    Exit polls tell us that 63% of adults aged 18 to 29 voted Democrat. Our youth are also indoctrinated with every other leftist message as what few political views they hold come from their friends on Twitter, Snapchat, and Tic Tok. All the social media censor anything that doesn’t uphold the leftist/Marxist agenda. We are also learning about the indoctrination of our youth from CRT and gender “choice” from elementary school through middle school and we already know that 71% of College professors say that they are liberal or “very liberal”, while only 6% identify as conservative. But it’s even worse. Almost every high school now provides computers to students for their use in research and writing papers during the school year. Almost every school uses Microsoft, whose search engine is called “Edge” which, even more than Google, will always post first news from left wing sites like the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, etc. That’s where all of America’s students are directed when they get on the internet to do “research”. Just as parents are beginning to fight CRT in elementary and middle schools, they better start paying attention to what their children are learning in high school and college because it’s completely shaping our youth in a one party direction and will ultimately determine the fate of our country. With this near omnipresent control of the narrative, it may already be too late.

  2. Very true, unfortunately, and very unnerving. An almost childish, emotion-based reactionary mental processing has overtaken measured, informed, and rational thought. Not sure how to address this. Schools are failing to teach critical thinking skills, is part of it. But parents fail as well. How many parents talk to their teenagers about the politics and governing of our great country, and do so in a way that presents both liberal versus conservative thoughts and values? Teen years are the time to start as their cognitive development is advanced enough to begin grasping complex concepts. They need to be taught to see and discuss the pros and cons of any issue or perspective. They also to be able to develop an argument/debate for two opposing sides of an issue, to improve their critical thinking abilities. Also, to not just accept a media soundbite as fact, but instead, to question, research, and analyze information from both liberal and conservative online sources (and maybe even dare to reach out and initiate an in-person conversation!) so as to develop more in depth understanding and appreciation of the “why” behind various viewpoints.

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