Gold investment is perhaps the best way to put the war of words at bay long enough to let us seriously think the real issues through.
In our political and overly connected world people tend to grab hold of any old sound bite that appeals to them, take it for gospel, and then reflect it like a disco ball at the speed of light. No real knowledge is gained because knowledge comes both from questioning our own beliefs and entertaining ideas that run counter to them.
From the verdicts in our courts to our two-party political system to the specificity of government regulations we have been programmed to think only in terms of black and white. Now it is more urgent than at any other time in our lives to break that habit. There are very serious issues behind the endless barrage of catch phrases fired across no-man’s land into opposing camps.
I realize, of course, that you who are reading this are well aware that much is not as it seems. But a disturbing number of American voters are not. A recent Rasmussen survey suggests the severity of the disconnect.
Asked who they believed had the most control over the economy – Congress, the President, or Bernanke – only 14% responded with a virtual ‘none of the above.’ It would have been nice if they included one more option: “You can’t control an economy.”
Regardless, “a plurality (48%) of voters continues to think that Congress has more control over the direction of the economy than either the president or the Federal Reserve chairman.” The last two split roughly 50-50.
What matters most, however, is those numbers are “virtually unchanged from surveys back to October 2008.” In other words, very few voters have found it necessary to question what really had happened. Even though nearly half the electorate holds Congress accountable for the economy, they persist in accepting current party dogma at face value.
Politicians never leave the campaign trail. They keep getting elected not by telling the truth but by saying what the electorate wants to hear. Once they are in office even the most altruistic quickly learn that survival depends more on casting blame than on achieving results.
It’s time we reject being told what to think and start thinking for ourselves. We are in a crisis that has nothing at all to do with political leanings, moral beliefs, or even national identity. Only after we put all of that aside can we begin to address what truly matters.
The first step is, as always, the hardest. The stark reality of what the world is going through is difficult to accept. For sanity’s sake we need to see a way past it first.
If nothing else, gold gives us time to think. In the long run the wealth we put in gold will always be there, at least if 5,000 years of history means anything. Once our wealth has been secured with gold investments, we can dare to look at things as they truly are and take action to make them better.