Discernment - A Most Difficult Function
The old advertising adage: something said with authority and often enough may become the accepted truth. This may be the easiest brainwashing tool for public and family figures to use to control anyone, but there are many more.
None are immune from its effects. Only those who care enough to put in the effort to research the basis for any statement can overcome the influence of this tool. It takes work and there may be unexpected and or unwanted consequences.
Hoping or wishing that something or someone is good or doing the right thing may have served some of us well in the past. If one looks at all it can/may become clear that that is hardly the case anymore (if it ever was in the past).
There have been several early patriots or Presidents who seemed to have such good intentions:
Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, Eisenhower - "beware the military industrial (governmental) complex", Kennedy
What have we done with this information?
Recent revelations have received the same attention:
John Perkins, David Wilcock, Henry Deacon, John E. Mack, Paul Hellyer, Michael Scala, Corey Goode, William Tompkins
If these names are not familiar, a quick internet search will reveal probably more than you want to know.