Propaganda and Propensity – Whether we are in agreement or not, we all have been brainwashed to some extent; it is just a matter as to how much. For example, if you watch or read opinion news sources you have been brainwashed. And the more you read and watch opinion news sources the more brainwashed you will become. The key to propaganda is use fear mongering tactics to scare you into their way of thinking and to use repetition to get their message locked into our brains. Corporations use the same tactics with commercials. I believe as a society we are becoming weaker and our overall intellect is dwindling (partly due to reliance on technology and the disappearance of social skills - loners), hence we are more susceptible to be brainwashed. Besides, there is a large populous that would like no other than to have our governing bodies make all their decisions for them largely because they incapable, irresponsible, unaccountable, and lazy. I may side more with the views of Limbaugh or Hannity, but I guarantee you I came to the same conclusions in a vastly different and in a more analytical fashion. In fact, I avoid reading or watching any news items anymore. I merely read titles and devise my point of view from analyzing data. In many cases, the media and government use propaganda techniques to divert attention from one advocacy group to another. For instance, the government and media were successfully able to shift focus from anti-government groups over the IRS scandal to civil rights advocacy groups over the Trayvon Martin trial.
Problem Solving – We have become a nation of problem creators and not problem solvers. To solve a problem you need to be creative and to think outside of the box. And since an advocacy group has an extreme and narrow point of view there is no way to properly solve the problem they are advocating for. For instance, to solve climate change one side wants to punish companies who emit CO2 instead of finding a solution that would be beneficial to all. Their proposal is merely to create a shift in power – not equally dividing the power. In fact, this is how most issues are resolved. Most laws, mandates, rules, and regulations are not enforced equally amongst individuals, localities, states, organizations, and corporations – ObamaCare is a good example. The Senate immigration law is another example. Anytime a law is over 2000 pages long it is because lobbyists and special interest groups have carved out exceptions for their constituents and thereby complicating the law in an unfair manner.
Production and Prosperity – In many cases, the advocacy group is merely pushing an idea. They create nothing tangible like a product that will create jobs to help the economy. Gay marriage and PETA advocacy groups are a perfect example. They are pushing an ideology. The only people getting wealthy from these organizations are lawyers and lobbyists. What a waste of money. Most advocacy groups who employ lawyers are the worst. Lawyers do not create anything, but merely find a way to garner more power at the expense of others.
Proficiency – There is nothing proficient (mastery of a subject) about advocacy group solutions to problems. In education the solution is to test students to meet a minimum set of requirements for a few subjects. Many subjects are ignored and nothing is done to maximize student test results. Unions’ solution to achieve proficiency is to eliminate competition in education and to provide everyone an award for trying – how is that proficient? This is mediocrity at best.
Procrastination – The overabundance of advocacy groups creates tons of local, state, and federal bureaucracy that leads to the procrastination of more important issues such as our economy and jobs.