At the forum at Furman University in Greenville, S.C., Mr. Bush boasted of his pro-gun record as Florida governor, recalling awards he received from the National Rifle Association and noting that he once received a gun from the group’s former president, Charlton Heston.
The current shadow play on the world stage is frightening to anyone who understands the real issues behind big-media propaganda. Two major threats to human civilization, perhaps to the survival of the species, are climate deterioration (not just "change") and overpopulation. All the conflicts currently being waged and described as ideological are based in these two major threats to humanity. Yet neither of these threats is consistently considered in reporting on conflict and its side effects, like migration for one.
Americans drop everything for soul searching about legalistic gun control for a the length of a news cycle , while the American weapons industry, along with others, fuels murder and conflict around the globe. NATO and Turkey bitch at Russia about air space violations while ISIS serial murderers hide themselves among civilian populations whom they then terrorize and torture in the name of Allah. Yet no commentators look at the effects of desertification and overpopulation in the predominantly Muslim parts of the world.
Government has become a computer game, played by international oil magnates, stock traders and corporate CEOs. Politics, the sad entertainment arm of government, has become the realm of clownish overstatement (Trump, Cruz, Putin) and unprincipled doublespeak (Clinton, Le Pen, Merkel). Brussels promotes its elitist agenda with nose held high above the masses of its own European populations. Sadly, Beijing now represents a standard of issue-driven and pragmatic leadership, despite its abysmal human rights record.
In answer to my own leading question, I say I assume they do get it. However, those in leadership around the globe are doing what politicians in government do: They are feathering their own nests. The best way to do this in an age of overpopulation and environmental deterioration is to bow to the will of those with wealth. Joining and staying in the top 10% are the goals for those in power, elected or otherwise. Their lack of effectiveness at facing down ignorance and poverty with sound science to deal with overpopulation and environmental deterioration is the evidence. They are fiddling as the planet burns.