, Salem, MA

March 1, 2013

Column: The fallacy of 'low-information' voters

Anthony Mirabito
The Salem News

---- — Barbara Anderson’s column the other day (“Washington, Obama and ‘low-information’ voters,” Feb. 20) highlights a blind spot in the myopic vision of the American electorate, herself included. Her article can be summarized as Obama supporters lacking enough information to recognize that the president makes many grand pronouncements with nary any actual effort toward initiating the solutions he proposes.

She is entirely correct in pegging President Obama as all bluff and bluster when it comes to delivering on empty promises. He has changed nothing in the political establishment’s commitment to sacrifice taxpayers along with the private economy upon an altar of social entitlements and militant imperialism. However, her assessment that this failure stems from Obama’s inability to segue from campaign orator to executive enforcer misses the mark entirely.

“Low-information” Obama voters don’t need to recognize that he’s failed to manifest his vision for reform. They need to recognize that he could never truly deliver upon the vision he espoused to begin with. This is much in the same manner that those who supported Romney need to realize there would have been no material changes to the course of policy endemic in Washington had he been elected, regardless of his executive prowess.

Forget the lip service that Romney paid to delivering on the promise of America during the campaign! The problems faced by this country are systemic and beyond the cure of tweaking the management team.

Besides, as governor of Massachusetts, Romney was the prime architect in forcing collectivist health care upon society. Romney signed the nation’s first state ban on tactical rifles. Romney acknowledges anthropogenic global warming and sees carbon taxes as an effective tool in a national energy policy. And he would no doubt continue the militant imperialism and senior entitlement programs doomed to beggar the national treasury.

How is that any different from Obama being re-elected?

Most importantly, Romney, like Obama, and any other candidate whom the establishment has seen fit to allow to rise among its ranks, will never, NEVER, speak to the fact that a banking cabal composed of a handful of aristocratic families has a monopoly of control over the currency of this nation and the world; a power to chattel not only people but entire nations to debt servitude.

These policies are ALL a complete anathema to the man that Ms. Anderson pays homage to in the opening of her article: George Washington. Darned if even Ms. Anderson isn’t given to the “low-information” affliction she has painted her political opponents with when you consider her support of Romney for president.

Our electoral system, and society as a whole, does not suffer from “low information.” A wealth of information is always just a mouse click away. Instead, we suffer from a lack of critical thought and the audacity to advocate for solutions beyond those sanctified by the leadership of our respective political parties.

There is no “low-information” deficiency when it comes to realizing that the banking crisis from 2008 wrecked the global economy. Everyone understands that it has heaped trillions of dollars of debt upon the backs of American taxpayers and will continue to do so interminably. And the effrontery only gets worse. Last year, MF Global’s golden boy, Jon Corzine, defrauded 48,000 farmers out of $1.2 billion, and nothing was done. HSBC Bank just paid a $1.9 billion fine for laundering drug money, yet there were no criminal indictments or the revocation of any operating licenses.

Now ... take Elizabeth Warren as a case in point. In her first hearing as a member of the Senate Banking Committee earlier this month, she chastised the top federal regulators in no uncertain terms for continually settling financial crimes instead of taking them to trial. Her sentiment is that “too big to fail” has become “too big to jail.”

Contrast this with one of Scott Brown’s first votes in the Senate when he was the deciding 60th vote with the Democrat caucus for cloture to defeat the Vitter amendment to the financial reform bill. It would have subjected the Federal Reserve to a full audit for the first time in more than 50 years. An amendment, by the way, that passed the House on a bipartisan vote with more than 75 percent of representatives in favor.

Yet where is the support for Sen. Warren from the “right” when she advocates taking to task those who have undermined our banking system? It’s the same place support for Ron Paul was from the “left” when he advocated for true banking reform. Where is the condemnation of President Obama from the “left” for doing nothing to reform his largest campaign contributors, the investment banks? It’s in the same place as condemnation for Scott Brown was from the “right” when he failed to assert Congressional authority to control the currency.

It is this lack of critical thought and the courage to break rank by both Repubcrats and Demolicans that has allowed the United States to fall prey to the empty promises of party leaders. These same party leaders thrive at the trough of a Statist Corpocracy and have lost all semblance of respect for individual rights and liberties. These same leaders are responsible for creating the monetary and bureaucratic hurdles that hamper every effort we make at providing for ourselves. Yet we allow ourselves to be led to believe that our frustration in attempting to be self-sufficient can only be solved if we rely upon the promises of the ruling class to provide for us.

“You made me

Promises. Promises

You knew you’d never keep.

Promises, promises.

You knew that I’d believe.

Promises, promises.

Why do I believe ?”

— Naked Eyes

For decades now, the established class has promised a better way forward. Instead, we watch as our liberties and livelihoods are constantly eroded by irrational policies with almost criminal intent. Yet our allegiance to party continues to trump our willingness to support the rare, solitary voice of dissent. Why do we still believe?


Anthony Mirabito is a resident of Middleton. He has written previously for the opinion pages.