In terms of that, yeah... unless you're able to rouse the rabble to change the rules, you have to play by the rules as set out. And those rules are played in such a way that to get ahead, you have to sell a bit of yourself. And by the time that you get there, you've sold everything that made you an alternative.
And I am pretty cynical in some areas, which actually manifests in strange ways in terms of my final output.
For example, you posted that 9/11 bit. The reason that I don't believe that the conspiracy theorists are right that it was the government is a two-fold reason.
1. The government has already shown themselves to be incompetent.
2. The government has already shown themselves to be incapable of keeping secrets.
At this level, there would have had to be a frightening level of competency to create the scenario shown, and a level of secrecy on the level of the so-called Illuminati for no concrete evidence of what actually happened to come forth, i.e the grassy knoll and the second shooter.
So, taking these, and going with the simplest solution- everyone wanted a reason and someone to blame, and was asking the government to find out for them. In it's usual inept way, the government rushed to judgement and released a half-arsed response, that didn't cover all of the evidence. Now, in their usual way, they try to cover up the fact that they were half-arsed, which then looks like a cover up in general.
It's more cinematic and validating to think that there must have been a cover up. But I think it's more realistic to think that it's just business as usual.
And yeah, read that book I pointed out. It's pretty dystopian, but strangely in that, not depressing. But it covers a whole lot about this, and some of the lines are real zingers.
Oh, and to see the differences (and note that the ones that don't make a difference internally are not included), there's a good comparison on this site where they evaluate the last debate (http://www.news.com....dir2ev-1226501175764
). It's funny that to get anywhere near reasoned reporting on the US elections, you have to look on news sites outside of the US. But that's a different subject...