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Scaring The Public Back Into the Stone Age

By: JR Dieckmann

On the eve of Halloween, October 30, 1938, Orson Wells and his Mercury Theater On The Air scared the pants off of tens of thousands of radio listeners with his adaptation of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Mercury Theater’s “way of jumping out from behind a bush and saying boo,” coming on the heals of Hitler’s declared war on Europe, threw am already nervous nation into a panic in thinking that our civilization was threatened with extinction.

Dorothy Thompson, a columnist for the New York Tribune, observed that the production demonstrated how mass media could be used to manipulate the public with these words:

“All unwittingly, Mr. Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater of the Air have made one of the most fascinating and important demonstrations of all time,” she wrote. “They have proved that a few effective voices, accompanied by sound effects, can convince masses of people of a totally unreasonable, completely fantastic proposition as to create a nation-wide panic.

They have demonstrated more potently than any argument, demonstrated beyond a question of a doubt, the appalling dangers and enormous effectiveness of popular and theatrical demagoguery.…”

“Hitler managed to scare all of Europe to its knees a month ago, but he at least had an army and an air force to back up his shrieking words.

“But Mr. Welles scared thousands into demoralization with nothing at all.”

Radio listeners and others who heard about it were so convinced that we were being invaded that some even called the police to report they had personally seen the Martians landing and bombing nearby towns and wanted instruction for evacuation.

The chaos and panic created by the event reached not only the local police stations and newspapers for confirmation, but all the way to the U. S. Congress where changes in Federal Communications Commission rules and guidelines were considered to be sure that this sort of thing could never happen again. Wells himself was nearly brought up on legal charges for causing the panic even though a disclaimer was announced before, and 3 times during the production to inform the public that it was only a play.

Just 10 years later, the country was again subjected to the Martian scare when a alleged UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico. This triggered a mass of UFO sightings being reported to authorities, creating a controversy that continues to this day. No one can say if this controversy is real or not other than those who claim to have been abducted by aliens from space. Thousands of Americans are still found hiding under their beds for fear of invaders from space.

Three decades later in March, 1979, The China Syndrome movie was released starring traitor, Jane Fonda, who should have been in prison for her treasonous activities during the Vietnam war. The movie depicted a fictitious accident at a nuclear power plant being used to generate electricity for the nation’s power grid in the early days of nuclear power. In spite of the potential disaster being averted in the movie, the viewing public was convinced that it was evidence of the dangers of nuclear power.

Just two weeks later, a near disaster similar to the one depicted in The China Syndrome occurred at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania. The incident was the result of human error when operators with little experience with nuclear reactors attempted to override the automatic safety system which had detected a problem with the No. 2 reactor. In spite of the human interference with the system, the reactor was eventually safely shut down with no loss of human life or injury. To date, no injuries or deaths have occurred in this country as a result of nuclear power plants.

But again, the public had been scared out of it’s pants, mostly because of the move which was still running in theaters. They feared that it was only a matter of time until a reactor would completely melt down and destroys the planet. The media wasn’t helpful in defraying public fears and only exaggerated the danger of nuclear power. There have been no more nuclear power plants built or permits issued for them since. Again, we see another example of how ignorance and mass media propaganda has influenced, if not dictated political policy.

Opponents of nuclear power might point to the Russian Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in April of 1986 as evidence of the dangers of nuclear power. That simply doesn’t apply to American nuclear power. Russian nuclear power plants are not built nearly to the degree of safety as American power plants. For one thing, the Chernobyl containment building had more in common with a warehouse than it did with a nuclear containment building.

The accident itself was caused by novice operators bypassing safety features and pushing the reactor beyond its limits in an experimental test. The reality is, they intentionally or unintentionally blew it up themselves and the minimal containment building was unable to contain it. Safety systems and backup safety systems would not permit this to happen in American nuclear reactors which are far more advanced in safety than even the Three Mile Island reactor.

Consider where we would be today had none of this China Syndrome fear mongering happened. Half of our oil supply, both domestic and imported, is used by industry and for generating electrical power. In France, more than 80% of their electrical power is generated in nuclear power plants, and again with no loss of life or serious injury. Nuclear power generation was to be the miracle power source of the future, producing environmentally clean, cheap, and long lasting electrical power for the nation to keep up with growing demands.

We are currently importing more than 60% of our oil from foreign countries which include such places as Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. By continuing to allow nuclear power to develop back in 1979, 50% of our oil imports could virtually have been eliminated. Even with Democrats in Congress continuing to block additional domestic oil exploration and refining, today we could be importing only 10% of our oil, which we could be getting from Canada alone.

This is a blunder by a mostly Democrat controlled Congress of astronomical proportions that continues to this day. It has made our entire country vulnerable to Islamic terrorism which we cannot effectively fight or even honestly identify for fear of offending those countries upon whom out national life blood depends. President Bush and congressional Republicans are trying to rectify this blunder by pushing for more nuclear power plants to be licensed now, but they’re going to have to get the proposals past a fearful and superstitious Democrat majority.

Now, another three decades later, and to add insult to injury, we find ourselves being victimized by yet another case of political mass media propaganda swaying public opinion. Yes, it’s the dreaded “global warming” debate that threatens to scare the public back into the stone age. Al Gore says “the debate is over,” but I’ve got news for Mr. Gore. The debate has only begun. Gore now refuses to debate those more knowledgeable than himself on the issue and depends on his left wing surrogates and media shills to do his work for him while he profits financially and his party profits politically from the scam.

They can only profit from it by creating government regulations to restrict energy use, and they can only do that by convincing the public of an outrageous charade of global warming and human responsibility for it. Nuclear power would have been the answer to avoid all this, but instead we are forced to comply with energy reductions and wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on such alternate fuels as ethanol, the production of which is destroying world food supplies and raising the price of what’s left beyond what many can afford.

The fear is now spreading into the rice market as grocery store customers see rising rice prices and hearing of Asian rice shortages due to drought. This shortage doesn’t effect us here in the U.S. since 90% of rice sold here is grown domestically and is not effected by the Asian drought.

Still, most people don’t know that and think that the rising price of rice is due to a rice shortage, rather than the real reason for it – higher fuel prices and transportation costs which all could have been avoided if the panicky cries of left wing lunatics opposed to industrial progress had been ignored.

Ken Sanes, publisher and writer of the website TransparencyNow.com puts it this way:

“…we live in a time in which the ability to create deceptive simulations, especially for television, has become essential to the exercise of power. And the inability to see through these deceptions has become a form of powerlessness. Those who let themselves be taken in by the multiple deceptions of politics, news, advertising and public relations, are doomed, like the more gullible members of the radio audience in 1938, to play a role in other people’s dramas, while mistakenly believing that they are reacting to something genuine.”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. But is anyone listening? Ignorant and foolish people will elect ignorant and foolish politicians to represent them. Just look at who is running Congress today. What does this say about our country and the direction it has been going in? Yes we need change. We need more intelligent and common sense people representing us in government. But the people running the government are no more intelligent or wise than the people who elected them, and that is not likely to change anytime soon.

 

JR Dieckmann is Editor, Publisher, Writer, and Webmaster of GreatAmericanJournal.com. He also works as an electrician in Los Angeles, Ca. He has been writing and publishing articles on the web since 2000. His articles appear on other publications such as: The Conservative Voice; Real Clear Politics; New Media Journal; Mich News; Daley Times-Post; Renew America, The Reality Check, and other conservative websites. JR can be contacted at http://www.greatamericanjournal.com/contact.htm.

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April 27, 2008 - Posted by | economy | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. What a wonderfully written and thought-out piece. It’s true; liberals in this country have no one to blame but themselves for this mess. Unfortunately, we are the ones that have to pay for it in lifestyle changes and tax dollars.

    Comment by Skeptic | April 27, 2008 | Reply


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