Obama and the perils of information overload

May 13, 2010

Let me tell you why I am distracted. According to President Obama, we are a nation of electronic junkies who cling to our iPods, iPhones and Internet social websites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. I suppose it's a little like clinging to our Bible and guns, as Mr. Obama described Pennsylvanians during his presidential campaign. I am distracted because I don't know if I should grab my gun during a break in or point my iPhone at an intruder with the "shotgun" application.

Mr. Obama recently told a May 9th Hampton University graduation assemblage that "information" was a "diversion" if we allowed too much of its content to apply "excessive pressure" to our thoughts and ideas. Somehow sorting out the truth could necessarily be a 24/7 endeavor because the amount of "misinformation" found in the Internet would distract us from reality.

I am distracted because New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the Times Square bomber was most likely a disgruntled white person similar to a tea party supporter. I suppose the fact that we found dozens of e-mails sent by the bomber to known Al Qaeda operatives in Pakistan is an example of too much "information" we shouldn't be informed about.

So I think to be safe in the information black hole that Mr. Obama hopes to place us in as a nation, the first thing he has to do is to put us to sleep and then be sure we are fed the distraction of ignorance and manipulation by the national media. To say the national media is a cult groupie for Mr. Obama is a distraction for most liberals but a source of pride to the socialists who surround him.

I am distracted by the dizzying array of Mr. Obama's transformation of America, the unsustainable spending, the bailouts, the government controls of our health and our banks and the liberal elitist appointments to our highest court. But to oppose or criticize Mr. Obama's avalanche of political distractions is to use something he cannot misinform or reshape by using something that has always pierced the fog of political intrigue. That something is free speech, joined with the courage to expose the truth.

When a president tells the citizens to avoid gathering too much information, it is the subtle suggestion that we are incapable of separating the good from the bad, truth from fiction, or our a warning about individual curiosity that can lead to our own greatness. Information is knowledge, it is power and it rides the scales of truth.

So Mr. President, I, for one, shall not be distracted or diverted by you any longer. I shall observe, consult, absorb and seek out all the sources of information for the individual liberties you wish to suppress and control. What world would we live in if Edison, Einstein, Copernicus and other great minds decided that too much information "distracted" their thinking? How stupid.

Tony Lambros, Bel Air

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