So Many Believe So Much That Is So Wrong

Barb Wire

You may have noticed that America is experiencing a crisis of confidence. Even what we believe, we don’t seem to believe all that much, anymore. There’s more at stake than being disappointed. More about that later.

The bottom line is a lack of trust, and trust is what civilization is built upon. We trust motorists to stop at red lights when we proceed on the green. We trust doctors to tell the truth when giving us a clean bill of health. We trust politicians when they say we have God-given rights that men can’t infringe upon. Oh, OK. Not so much that last one.

Doesn’t it seem that things are accelerating out of control? It’s probably a fiction that we once were firmly set in our ways and unshakable in our beliefs. Memories deceive. Anyone who has tried knows that you can’t go home again. It almost always turns out less idyllic than embellished recollections.

Still, there’s no denying that things have deteriorated. Yours truly suggests this is the consequence of burst bubbles of belief being punctured by stark reality. Collectively, we naively bought packs of lies only to see them disproven. We fell victim to the triumph of propaganda over truth.

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“It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant,” Ronald Reagan observed. “It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

The prevalence of liberal (more accurately “progressive”) beliefs built a house of cards. We were told we could borrow ourselves into prosperity, but someone’s kids are going to have to pay that $17 trillion debt. We were told we would help the poor by making them dependent on government for every want and need, refusing to see that wants always outstrip needs. We were told marriages were so disposable that people could walk away consequence-free. Now children are nearly as likely to be raised without a father in the home as with one. We were told life in the womb isn’t necessarily life and that black lives matter, except for the horrific fact more black babies are now aborted in New York than are born…

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Mark Landsbaum
Mark Landsbaum is a Christian husband, father, grandfather and journalist who has written for a living for 43 years, ever since discovering he had no particular talents. He can be found on Facebook, Linkedin, and in the archives of the Orange County Register where he wrote another column for 10 years. He can be reached at

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