Being away from blogging for a week doing something else helps a person from flying off the handle and writing something inane or insane, depending on your point of view. It gives one an opportunity to look around with fresh eyes, a chance to ruminate on the events of the week. For instance:
The Joker/Obama sign has been making the rounds, being seen at various town halls with various captions. And then there are the Obama/Hitler signs, the parodies of Obama campaign signs & slogans, and so on. Of course, the Obama supporters are screaming, and throwing around accusations of racism, being disrespectful, and many other fairly nasty comments about the signs and slogans.
What these supporters have conveniently forgotten is that they did much the same thing to President Bush when he was in office, and quite frankly, the critical lambasting that President Bush endured was far, far worse. The critics of President Bush called it “freedom of expression & speech” at that time, and defended their actions under the First Amendment.
Anyone else getting the faintest whiff of manure here? If not, then let’s take another example.
Hundreds of average citizens show up at the town halls to ask their Representatives questions and/or register their disapproval (sometimes loudly) to the President’s and Congress’s plan to reform healthcare. They are not part of a formal organization, just average citizens. But the supporters of the reform plan have portrayed them as being part of some organization whose purpose is to discredit the President and sink the “vital legislation before Congress” that would benefit all Americans. Even the political leaders supporting the legislation have called these citizens “un-American”, “un-patriotic”, swastika-carrying, astro-turfing political terrorists.
Contrast this to the protests of Cindy Sheehan and Code Pink. They were small (in number) & outspoken critics of another President, and their actions were hailed as legitimate protests of policies promoted by that President. Were they called un-American and un-patriotic? Not really, and not with any vigor like the citizens protesting healthcare reform. Their actions were considered of near heroic proportions, and reported as such by the media.
Smell getting stronger? No? Let’s keep going with a couple more examples.
Politicians are strange beasts, They claim to represent the will of the people that elected them, but at the same time, vote for legislation that they don’t read, can’t understand, and when confronted by citizens objecting to that legislation, ignore or argue with. As stated previously, the politicians also malign their constituents with various derogatory comments.
The media generally sides with Democratic / Liberal politicians. This becomes rather obvious when comparing the coverage of President Bush’s critics and President Obama’s critics. When looking at the coverage between the supporters and critics of healthcare reform, the gap of fair, balanced reporting becomes almost laughable.
Yes, something really stinks, and it’s not dead fish in Denmark nor the manure pile at the dairy farm down the road…
Let’s consider the following from the First Amendment:
Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, …
The First Amendment guarantees that the Freedom of Speech and of the Press shall not be infringed upon by laws passed by Congress. What it intended was that criticisms of the government by the citizenry could be heard and duly reported by the press. What has happened is the government is not suppressing a fair and accurate reporting of criticisms, but members of the Press in support of political parties are.
This was not intended by the Founders of this Country. The intent was that the Press remain a neutral entity, able to report the dealings of government (good and bad), and the mood of the country & it’s citizens. What has happened is that the Press has become nothing more than a propaganda machine for one viewpoint of the political process. If you do not believe me, then watch the criticisms of Fox News vs. the criticisms of almost any other news media. What is glossed over in one market is reported in another.
Our politicians and the media that we depend upon to govern with integrity and to neutrally report are falling far short of the idealism that they claim to adhere to. They are being disrespectful of the people they represent and report to, and hypocritical in their actions. And they wonder why we are being so critical and distrustful of them. I can’t think of a better illustration of this than the following:
During a townhall on August 11 defending the healthcare reform bill, Claire McCaskill (D-MO) asked the crowd, “Don’t you trust me?” The crowd shouted, “NO!”
I rest my case.