I grew up in the golden age of rock’n’roll; the fifties was a decade when music changed from being parent-friendly to teenagers going wild over Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, and Jerry Lee Lewis. I started college in 1963, the year the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. I remember lying in bed and listening to songs like “Let it Be,” “Help,” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”
Then there was that sobering moment sitting in the bleachers at Eastern Michigan University and hearing that Lee Harvey Oswald had assassinated John F. Kennedy. Looking back, I can see that events were taking us from traditions of baseball, apple pie, and family dinners together to a world that has grown darker.
Moving from Michigan with my wife, Kay, to teach economics at a college in Virginia, which I am still doing 45 years later. This book resulted from the painful process I had to fight through propaganda, disinformation, false teachings, half-truths, and groupthink. Knowledge is power, but the mainline news media lacks truth, and therefore the average person lacks power. So my search led me to the alternative news media, where I found well-informed, truth-seeking, patriotic people.