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Gulag USA: We’re Brainwashed By TV Ads

Nearing my 92nd birthday, for health reasons I’ve had to stop watching the evening news. It isn’t because of doctor’s orders, but gotta switch off the boob tube because all the pseudo-medical commercials are getting even more sickening.

The network beancounting geeks who constantly play with their demographics and other extremities have decided that most TV evening news watchers are between age 55 and deceased. Thus, for every on-air five minutes of actual real-life happenings, there must be at least five minutes of miraculous medical messages. Many are aimed at senior citizens to be conned into buying the useless junk.

Among other benefits, the products (called snake oil by old-time peddlers) will erase wrinkles, regrow head hair, erase body hair, enhance sex lives, reduce back pain, relieve constipation, dam-up diarrhea and take off blubber. They’re absolutely guaranteed, as testified by sincere on-air actors portraying real people.

The pitched products will miraculously restore the health of every TV addict, including those elders not quite at death’s door. Further, the ad geeks can’t be too sure that their messages are fully absorbed into our enfeebled brains. Therefore, as a selfless public service, they repeat the same ads endless times a day for weeks, months and years.

Actually, their real motive is the old trick of basic brainwashing. With enough repeats laundering brains, TV addicts will march out like mindless undead and buy the products. Torturers during the reigns of Mao and Joe Stalin couldn’t have been more efficient in getting the mind-melting job done.

What about today’s TV addicts? In addition to capturing old minds and wallets, is brainwashing effective also on those still in their prime? Younger Americans can recite in great detail the latest scandal regarding Justin Bieber or explain the current Kardashian soap opera.

However, most can’t name a single member of the Supreme Court nor the capital city of Maine. Attention spans are ever decreasing because of the ever-increasing tiny electronic gear, inaccurately called smartphones, glued to young ears and eyes. Is that the end of their watching ads on big-screen TV as they once did from the comfort of their couches?

Hell, no! The flood of sickening health pitches now follows them everywhere. They’re still bombarded with endless commercials as they walk, drive, text and sext into their miniature boob tubes.

Finally Figured It Out: Some Truths Are Total Lies

Old Pennsylvania Dutch quote: Ve gets too soon old und too late schmart. It took me most of my nearly 91 years to understand that my brainwashing as a child and young adult was designed by school, religion and government to make me an obedient patsy.

My young father died when I was four, so indoctrination started with eleven years in an orphanage from age six to 17. It was followed by more brainwashing during three wartime years in the Navy from age 18 through 20.

Consider the too-often-untruths ceaselessly pounded into my naive young brain:

Religion: At the super-devout Christian-themed orphanage, we were required to attend chapel daily and twice on Sundays. The Bible and all of its teachings were absolute truths. Believe totally, little boy, or get your butt whooped.

Military boot camp: We patriotic teen enlistee and draftees were trained to obey wihout question all orders of our superiors. Then, well-motivated, we could expertly kill those evil, also brainwashed enemy teens over on the other side of the world.

Serve your nation: The word originated in royal times when serfs served wealthy landowners. Not much has changed since. Hey, teen, if you obey all orders and fight gloriously for God and nation in battle, you’ll get lots of medals. And maybe statues of you in the park. Uh, sorry, posthumously.

People get promoted strictly on merit: In the military, politics and business, those in charge insist they earn every million bucks they grab. Of course, once promoted to general, admiral, executive and political office holder, they don’t ever again actually need to do any meaningful work. Their only task then is to strut around, look important, read inspiring words written by speechwriters and issue stern orders to lowly subordinates.

Politics: We’re told that the most qualified and honest candidates are elected by free citizen voters. Of course, don’t open the Oz curtain and reveal all those hidden rich guys handing out bags of money from under the table to greedy politicians.

Colleges are for learning: We’re told rich kids must study as diligently as poor students, especially when billionaire parents donate millions to the college. If drinks and drugs are considered learning tools, those rich kids are well-educated. Of course, the same applies to future pro basketball and football stars, who wouldn’t know a college classroom from a restroom.

Of course, I survived more than 90 years so far by playing along with the rules. Would I recommend it to all you young people about to step up to the plate today? Of course, but do it with the knowledge that you only get one shot at life. Therefore, make the most of it every hour of every day, and as Sinatra once sang: do it your way.

Always know you’re just as important as people in charge, those with more stripes on their sleeves who consider you inferior. And don’t be blindly committed to live and/or die for them nor ancient guys who dressed in bed sheets and spouted all that thee and thou stuff thousands of years ago. You only live once, and if you do it on your own terms, that should be enough.