What You See, What You Get

What you see isn’t always what you get.

Did you ever go to the supermarket, buy a package of beautiful, fresh, red chop meat … get it home, open it, dig into it … and find the middle an unsightly brownish color?  They weren’t selling what you thought you were getting.  They packaged it that way, on purpose.

They package everything they sell.

We know their most infamous packaging technique.  They want us to buy politicians’ lies and false promises, so they package them in a legal system that says it’s legal for politicians to lie and make false promises.  You can sue a carpenter or electrician who lies to you, but you can’t sue a politician who lies to you.

We don’t know all their packaging techniques.  How could we?  We don’t devote our entire lives to packaging (also known as deceiving).

For decades, I asked myself “Why do supermarkets incur the cost of sending us full-color flyers with advertisements and coupons that they know are thrown in the garbage by almost everybody?”  An expert in the food industry at long last answered my question.  Food manufacturers and distributers who want supermarkets to give their products increased and more visible shelf space are not allowed to pay for that, but they are allowed to pay handsomely for advertising space and coupons in supermarket flyers.  And supermarkets are allowed to give their advertisers increased and more visible shelf space.

For decades, I asked myself “Why does Big Pharma advertise prescription drugs on television?”  An independent journalist at long last answered my question.  Big Parma is not allowed to pay television stations to suppress news that’s adverse to Big Pharma, but Big Pharma is allowed to pay handsomely for advertising on television stations.  And televisions stations are allowed to not expose news that’s adverse to Big Pharma.

If a politician really and truly advocates for free and fair elections, why would he package his advocacy in a wrapper that excoriates voter id and signature verification?  If a politician really and truly advocates for an apolitical Supreme Court, why would she package her advocacy in rhetoric that demands the right to pack the Court with Justices who promise to Rule as she wants them to Rule?

If you want to see what they’re really selling, try to see what their packaging is hiding.  Try not to be distracted.  On Broadway in The Magic Show, magician Doug Henning made an elephant disappear before our very eyes … and his budget was mere peanuts, compared to politicians’ budgets.

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