In the new age of media, what used to be a distinguished career, journalism, has morphed into a cross between “journalism” and “orgasm”. The need to sensationalize every story, as though most of them needed any help these days, has created a new breed of news hound. First, the liberal slant of nearly every news outlet, in print and on television, can no longer even be argued. Gone are the days of the serious news anchor or columnist, bound by the rule of unbiased, simple reporting of events. Replaced with such carnival hucksters that even The National Enquirer now appears as one of the more serious newspapers. Give them credit…they broke the John Edwards love-baby story with pure, old-fashioned gumshoe reporting.
The rest seem to have fallen prey to the American Idol format of shock and awe…mostly the former. More important, culling fact from fiction is clearly not even on the to-do list at most news outlets. Take the reporting of the Tea Party response to the passing of the Health Care Reform legislation. The story of someone yelling the “N” word to a passing Congressman spread like wildfire, even without a single shred of proof that I have been able to find as of this writing. Hard to believe, with dozens of news cameras and the omnipresent civilian cell phone capturing every moment, that there is nothing to corroborate the story, and yet it is presented as actually having happened.
If it did, it is a horrendous remark. Also, if it did, it would be a big mistake for other reasons beyond the sheer ignorance and vitriol of it. For behavior like that is exactly what will diminish the Tea Party movement. To see what it is that Democrats fear most, look at what they are attacking the most. The Tea Party. They fear it, and with good reason. However, the movement must be aware that every eye will be trained upon them, waiting for the tiniest of transgressions. You may have noticed, none of us are allowed to be dismayed or angry at the flagrantly corrupt process that allowed this travestied piece of legislation to be passed. We should look upon the indebting of our children and grandchildren with muted grief, I suppose.
Myself, I am incredulous at the notion that the democrats are surprised at the level of anger. Certainly I am not condoning violence or threats against elected officials, but…c’mon…is there a single Democrat that wasn’t aware of the outcome here? Was it not the very knowledge of the dire consequences of their “Yes” vote that allowed so many to rake in such handsome bounties for their vote? The proverbial wet rock has been lifted, my friends, and we are all aghast at the slimy mess that lay underneath it. Worse still…most of us will be expected to pay for the mess.
Still…it is most important now that we keep our collective stick on the ice here. Remember, these same news agencies that are tripping over themselves to report a patently untrue story, are the same ones who reported the Tea Party march in Washington last September as being in the “tens of thousands”. There were as many as 1.4 million there. This crowd left not a single over-turned car, broken window, spray-painted scrawl or as much as a gum wrapper behind. That rather noteworthy element got no press. So be aware, our focus needs to be on the mid-terms and on maintaining decorum. We are the ones who do things the right way, the legal way, the way that our Constitution demands things be done. It is paramount that we maintain that dignity and respect, particularly as the other side leaves it behind with reckless abandon. It is one of many things that separates us from them.
Anger? Yeah…there’s plenty to go around. I’m angry and I know a lot of people who feel the same way. The election of Scott Brown sent a message, and had rules been followed, would have defeated this measure in a proper way. It is clear though, that this administration and their agenda will not be stopped that easily. It is going to take a thorough house cleaning in D.C. and we need to make sure that happens in November.
It’s odd, this Obamacare. Not a single effort at Tort Reform. Doctors promising to resign, retire or otherwise leave the profession. M. Pelosi with an 11% approval rating. A take-over of the student loan business. Another 18,000 IRS agents to “oversee” the collection of fines and the implementation of government health care. Tell me one thing the government got involved with and subsequently improved upon. Agriculture? In only a few years we were paying farmers not to produce milk and buying their cows to have them destroyed. Welcome to Federal Government intervention.
It shouldn’t be long before they’re paying doctors not to operate and paying them for their surgical tools so the Feds can melt them down into silver ingots which will probably be our new currency by then. And you think we’re angry now? Wait a while.