Perspectives: Hungry Venezuelans vs. US elections, which is more relevant?

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OPINION – It’s both a curse and a blessing to work within the media.

The downside is the daily exposure to whatever is currently dominating the news cycle. The upside is the opportunity to see and recognize firsthand the clear patterns of distraction that develop.

For instance, not a day goes by without the major media hyperfocusing on the question of who will be the next president of the United States. No national newscast is complete without some story regarding election 2016.

American voters are constantly reminded that they must continue to clap their hands and believe in Tinker Bell through continued participation in the system.

The likelihood of any particular candidate improving the quality of their lives in a measurable way is far from assured. Yet the public is continually fed a narrative that treats the presidential race as “the” most important story of our time.

It’s not like the outcome of this particular election is going to be any different from the last few. No matter who gets elected, government will win.

Thomas Pynchon stated the obvious:

If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.

The point here isn’t that the presidential election is a nonstory. It’s that other relevant stories are either minimized or ignored to keep our attention focused on political intrigue.

How many Americans, for example, are aware of what is happening in Venezuela right now?

The food riots and economic breakdown taking place in that beleaguered nation are a wake-up call to anyone who is paying attention. With hyperinflation and food supplies nearly depleted, nearly 30 million Venezuelans are becoming desperate.

One of the key lessons for those with eyes to see is the importance of being able to produce and store essentials for times of hardship. Right now, cats, dogs and pigeons are all being killed and eaten by people who cannot obtain food any other way.

There is also a clear lesson regarding the wisdom of allowing a government to assume enough power that it legally prevents its citizens from being self-reliant.

Venezuela is not the only nation that is experiencing the painful economic reckoning that comes from the unsustainable combination of corrupt government and uncontrolled spending.

Could the U.S. be on a similar collision course with economic reality? Think about how you’d answer that question.

If you really don’t understand the basics of economic or monetary policy, what would you be willing to do to gain understanding?

Waiting for the mass media to give you the necessary information to give an informed answer isn’t going to happen. Our major news organizations today exist to entertain not to inform.

A person who is serious about understanding the serious issues before us is going to have to invest some personal effort to become self-educated.

This is what my friend Albert did during the economic crisis that hit the U.S. in 2007. He recognized that his understanding of economics and monetary policy were lacking and chose to do something about it.

He became a student of economics and sought out as many original sources as possible. This required many hours of personal study and research that continue to this day.

More importantly, it required a willingness to adjust his thinking whenever he encountered new truth. Over the past few years, Albert has become highly conversant in geopolitics, banking and finance, as well as economic and monetary policy.

He saw clearly that the U.S., much like other nations that have suffered extreme economic hardship, is on a similar unsustainable course.

The more vulnerable nations are falling first, but our turn is coming.

Among the critical needs that my friend came to recognize was the impact that economic collapses can have on a nation’s food supply. To this end, Albert became a dedicated student of gardening and greenhouse design.

His learning was not simply theoretical; it was applied, tested and proven.

He learned how to grow food year round and has spent a great deal of time teaching these essential skills to the people around him.

His reasoning was that while we can’t do much about a dying economy in our little corner of Southern Utah, hungry people will become a very real concern.

The more people who are willing to learn to produce a majority of their own food, the better off our community will be.

If you happen to attend the Iron County Preparedness Expo on Saturday, June 4, you’ll have a chance to shake Albert’s hand.

Learning what we need to know and taking action wherever possible is preferable to choosing to live in ignorance or fear.

Bryan Hyde is a news commentator, radio host and opinion columnist in Southern Utah. The opinions stated in this article are his and not representative of St. George News.

Email: bryanh@stgnews.com

Twitter: @youcancallmebry

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4 Comments

  • fun bag May 16, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    why doesn’t the mass media cover real issues you’re wondering. all you need to do is take a look at who owns it, along with who manipulates our political and financial systems. I’ll give you a hint, it’s the same group that had this power in the weimar republic, and we know had that ended.

  • 42214 May 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    Venezuela is a fine example of socialism headed by their beloved leader Hugo Chavez. Let them eat the oil they export if they’re starving. Not one American should go hungry before we feed a foreigner. Trump 2016.

    • fun bag May 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      the Venezuelans will be making their way up thru mexico and crossing the border into the US when it gets real bad, so it will end up our problem. They will be like our version of “syrian refugees”. Trump, if elected, will not be closing any borders or building any walls. The man is a show pig and belongs to the same club of elites advocating open borders.

  • Curtis May 17, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Hyde tends to dismiss the importance of today and concentrate on the future. I agree that people in the US are not paying much attention to where the country is going and are not planning for what is likely to be hard times. However, it is a mistake to ignore what is happening today. We do live in the present and what happens today does affect our daily lives and what is to happen in the future. The presidential election this year is important; it does matter who sits on the Supreme and Appeals courts. It does matter who is the Attorney General. The objectives and agenda of the EPA and other regulatory agencies do matter.

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