Perhaps you’ve had your head up your ass the last 24 hours. If not then you already know that humanitarian Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday. Mandela, if you don’t know, was an influential figure in ending the apartheid in South Africa.
This morning, one of my coworkers was streaming live media coverage of Mandela’s passing on his PC. I noticed that there was a 10-day funeral schedule planned for him. I said something I can no longer recall articulating my shock that the schedule would last that long.
That’s when this coworker, who is a staunch conservative and conspiracy theorist (though he’ll only admit to being conservative), remarked that the timing of Mandela’s death was convenient. “Think about it. All of the sudden he’s dead and Obama gets a trip to South Africa during the winter.”
I was astounded. Shocked. Stunned. Was he actually suggesting that Obama somehow had something to do with the timing of Mandela’s death? I asked him as much.
“Think about it,” he responded. “No one’s seen him for months. How do we know he’s been alive all this time?”
“He’s been sick!” I exclaimed. “You actually think they sat on this so Obama could have a vacation at a convenient time for him?”
He shrugged his shoulders. “You never know.” He then walked away, clearly aware that I wasn’t ready to hear his bullshit.
Now, I’m not so naïve that I believe that our government is transparent. I know they only tell us what they want us to know. I know they have secrets. I am, however, not one who thinks that everything is fabricated to placate and/or control the masses. There isn’t an ulterior motive behind everything which makes the news. I’m not wearing tinfoil hats and scanning the sky for black helicopters while waiting for the revolution to begin. That, to me, is absurd. I cannot fathom the idea that Mandela died months ago and Obama somehow convinced South Africa to keep it quiet until an opportune time arose for him to leave the country. That is one of the most ludicrous suggestions I’ve heard in recent memory.
This same man suggested the other day that the CEO of Amazon was a government stooge while ranting about the drone delivery proposal originally announced on 60 Minutes this past weekend.
I understand the distrust of the government. I don’t trust them myself. It seems to me that most politicians are out only to make their wallets fatter. Representing “we the people” is secondary to that end. I just can’t believe that all world events are orchestrated by the US government. I don’t believe Mandela died months ago. I don’t believe the CEO of Amazon is a government stooge. I don’t believe there is a motive behind everything. There’s no way we’re all just puppets on strings being manipulated in every facet of our lives by a few in control.