Welcome to my little corner of understanding, here you will find things most have never heard of and most will find hard to believe. That's ok, I was at one time as much a skeptic as you friend. In fact I would be hard pressed to tell tale of anyone not as sheep like as I was.
The government has worked long and hard to direct our beliefs and understanding about society, and it is near impossible to reach most people, hopefully you reading this are the kind of man or woman who would rather die finding the truth then living a lie everyday and hoping things do not fall apart in your lifetime.
Everywhere I look I see confusion, not just in the masses but even within the patriot/law community. The reason for this I have come to find out is simple, our beliefs. Along with our ego's, our beliefs guide us thru information to find the stuff that agrees with what we already hold to be true..... Confirmation bias.
Our leaders have always been working on better ways to control the masses, as this is the main job of government, to keep its subjects happy and docile. They do this thru our own mind, bread and circuses taken to a whole new level. Research the Milgram experiments to see how the government is using some of this information in regards to obeying authority.
Most people are smart, however very few people are intelligent, the difference being the ability to understand how beliefs effect our intake and processing of information. The only way for us to truly understand our world and life in general is to look at our beliefs, and to discard the ones that have no factual backing. I myself say toss all beliefs in favor of idea's. An idea can be changed as new information presents itself, a belief however is almost impossible to change and most times is fought against.
"It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so". Mark Twain
If you can put aside what you know for sure, then you just might find the truth you have always been missing.