The American propagandist on television and internet are doing what they are paid to do; discredit the truth, confuse the masses with disinformation, distract and outright lie. The meme of “traitor or hero” is another distraction for the masses such that the enormity and pervasiveness of the American Empire security apparatus is not discussed. Effectively making the messenger the issue instead of the message. These propagandist also point to polls where people say they want to be spied on or that national security trumps all other issues. This is more of “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses”-Edward Bernays.
What does ‘national security’ really means? After looking at the myriad of definitions, I have come to the conclusion that is just simply a panoptic term ‘for the good of the Empire.’ Those who are enthralled with American Imperial mythology throw this term out as a knee jerk reaction to any questioning of the Empire’s motives and goals. In their minds, American Imperialism is inherently good and since we who are born into the Empire (out of random chance) are inherently the good guys. This is the state of American punditry and discourse. There are those who even embrace Big Brother and defend their love of imperialism by saying that those who have done nothing wrong have nothing to fear. These are the persons who are not trying to bring about a more transparent government or at the very least felt the sting of profiling by law enforcement or lived under the threat of a drone hovering overhead. But this is all okay because it is for the good of the Empire and our mindless consumption cannot be abated they tell themselves.
Fascism cannot exist without nationalism.
“Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.”- Albert Einstein