Sunday, February 08, 2009

Is Fox Still Guarding the Thought House

Debatable Opinions; Letters to the Editor
(originally published at OpEdNews)

How can people still watch the Fox News Channel with the idea that they are receiving “fair and balanced” news? Nonetheless, a letter sent to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as many other letters, are nothing more and nothing less than Fox News Channel lying – I mean - talking points.

A truly distinctive feature about the above mentioned letter is how few words are used to spread ridiculous misinformation. There is a ton of misinformation packed into this 91 word letter.

The premise of the letter, which, in itself is “understandable” from a Conservative’s point of view, is that HR1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 includes too much spending. This is the ideological difference between Conservatives and Progressives and it’s a logical position for a Conservative to take.

The writer, however, goes well beyond expressing an ideological difference in how government should help those in need.

The writer accuses the “political left” of possessing a “mean spirited “our way or no way” attitude”.

Whatever one believes happened on September 11, 2001 is irrelevant in comparison to a remark made by The Front Man shortly afterwards.

On July 17, 2002, Bush said, “Almost every day is a new phase, in some ways, because we're reminding different countries which may be susceptible to Al Qaeda, that you're either with us or against us. And so we're constantly working on bolstering confidence amongst some nations which may sometimes forget that either you're with us or you're with the terrorists.”

Does the writer consider the above statement a warm invitation to nations of the world to help us track down and capture whoever it was that carried out the acts of 9/11? The statement seems more like “you will fight with us or you will fight us”. Rather than a warm invitation to help us, it’s a threat, and a “mean spirited” one at that.

The writer does admit that the stimulus package vote in The House was a bipartisan vote. He reminds us that, not only did all Republicans vote against the stimulus bill, but 11 Democrats voted against it as well. His reasoning, it appears, is that the partisan aspect of the vote was that only Democrats voted for the bill.

At first blush, one might agree with the writer. One can believe a conspiracy that Democrats met before the vote ever came up and decided that they wouldn’t even read the bill. They decided that they would vote for it in lock step just because it’s a bill originating from the office of a Democratic (that’s Democratic, not Democrat) President.

But wait! How could that be? As the writer tells us, 11 Democrats voted against the bill. On the other hand, not one Republican voted for it.

Rather than looking at the “No” vote as the place where real bipartisanship resides, let’s look at the result as showing that Democrats actually read bills and make their own decisions. They don’t march in lockstep as a party.

On the other hand, not one Republican saw enough benefit in the bill to give it a chance and make some move toward getting the nation out of its present economic tomb before that tomb is hermetically sealed. Are the Republicans still wearing those brown shirts and marching in lockstep?

This difference between Republicans and Democrats isn’t new, of course. That’s if we are to believe that there are Republicans and Democrats and that this isn’t all theater substituting for politics.

Let’s hold our collective nose and go into the way back machine. Let’s revisit the years before Obama. Let’s look at voting records.

In August, 2007, Democrats joined with Republicans in Congress to give The Regime the gift of warrantless wiretaps.

Basically, during The Regime’s reign, congressional Democrats escorted their Republican colleagues down the “unitary executive” aisle which was bespangled with “the suspension of civil liberties, arbitrary detention, official torture and more.”

Some have said that The Democrats are/were just spineless and others note that Democrats have a larger, more inclusive tent and they don’t necessarily look organized in a parade. Another way of looking at it is that they individually think for themselves and either vote their conscience or vote the way they know their constituents want them to vote. In fact, if we were to blame this large and versatile tent for many of their past election losses, we would probably be at least partly correct.

This does not sound like a group who possesses a “mean spirited “our way or no way” attitude”.

The writer isn’t satisfied with merely accusing The Democrats of having that “mean spirited” attitude. He expresses what seems to be almost ecstatic appreciation to Republicans for “finally standing up to this nonsense.”

Since Republicans controlled Congress for five out of the past nine years, it seems that there hasn't been much to which they've had to stand up. The writer could be referring to the actual physically positional status Republicans use when casting their votes, although I think that members of Congress must stand when they cast their votes.

However, let’s go out on a limb here and assume that the writer is implying that Republicans had been sheepish in standing up for that on which they have voted and have “finally” stood up to the Democrats’ “nonsense.”

The writer gives no hint whether or not he’d been on an interplanetary vacation for the past eight years, but what other reason could there be for not realizing that The Republican “President” got almost everything he wanted from a Republican House and a Republican Senate since January of 2001 and especially since September 11, 2001? If the Republicans are standing and speaking out against, HR1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the word “finally” is an inappropriate adverb.

Many of the criticisms are born of either veiled or not so veiled racism. Maybe the obvious attempts by Republican members of Congress to make Barack Obama look as if he’s not paying attention is thinly veiled racism while the vomitus excrement oozing from the mouths of Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly and Rush Limbaugh is a very clear attempt to appeal to the basest character flaws of certain groups and stir up racist feelings, dangerous racist feelings. If you think about what white supremacists believe, President Obama has got to be their worst nightmare.

Democrats and Republicans are wealthy people who play this game or put on this act called politics. If you’ve gotten far enough in politics to be well known on a national level, you’ve probably got some confessin’ to do.

I admit that I’ve said and written that I’m going to stand back and see if Obama can prove me wrong. If I’m going to do that, it’s nowhere near time to make up my mind one way or the other. I’m “giving him a chance” – as if he will ever know who I am – but I believe he’ll eventually be exposed as a corporat; a member in good standing of The Corporacracy.

Not so patient have been people like the brown shirted pundits and the republicrats who’ve been hanging on Obama’s every breath with impeach forks in their hands despite the fact that the president can hardly have done anything wrong at this early stage. The ones they call Republicans only need the noose to complete the picture.

Not one Republican member of The House could lend a helping hand to President Barack Obama! It seems obvious that they want him to look like a kid in a grown up’s game.

This may be all theater and most of us are probably not the targets of any political philanthropy. Nonetheless, this theater is playing out very ominously, indeed. It looks like junior high school or high school. The cool kids aren’t even paying attention to the new kid. They’re doing all they can to make him look ridiculous.

What’s the new kid doing? He’s saying, “Can’t we all play nicely with one another?”

If there’s any legitimacy to it at all, he’s six foot fifteen and stronger than superman. It’s his Senate and his House and even his governorships. And he’s the president. He keeps saying economic relief has to be quick. We don’t have time to screw around with politics

There’s only one person who can speed up the process and that person is Barack Obama! If things have to happen quickly, then he has to morph into the famous “NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY”. There’s nothing holding him from stomping on every Republican racist in Congress and just doing what he knows needs to be done. You know, like Bush just did it? Just do it and I ain’t talking about Nikes, either.

If part of his goal was to, unlike The Regime, steer away from abusing his presidential authority, he can check that one off his list. He’s asked for and accepted more bipartisan input in three weeks than The Regime asked for in eight years. He’s even admitted to “screwing up”, a concept kept at least at arm’s length during The Regime’s reign and that’s another hole that can be punched. If the president wants to be better than politics, he has to walk away from the politicians.

Right now he’s as popular as any new president in history. The longer he waits for bipartisanship to kick in, the more his popularity will drop. It’ll be just like the 2006 midterms when Democrats were elected to effect change, but decided to support the status quo.

If he’s nothing else, Barack Obama is an eloquent and convincing speaker. Isn’t it very easy to envision Barack Obama standing before the American people, saying that he’s done all he knows how to do to combine the change he promised with bipartisanship? He can say, however, that not everyone is/was on the same bipartisan page as he is and that the economic crisis transcends waiting for that to happen.

If he doesn’t get the votes to avoid a filibuster, he should merely let The Republicans fillibust away (fillibust?). Let them all speak for hour upon hour, day after day, stalling this recovery package and trying to explain why jobs keep dropping like flies. Let ‘em do it. Even though Fox News will no doubt portray the fillibustering legislators as American heroes, Americans who are losing jobs, pensions and other benefits will view them as the tight assed, non-populist fools that they are and will begin to demand that they shut up and vote.

Most Republican governors want HR1 to pass and that should overshadow the colorful clown suits that congressional Republicans will be wearing during their useless filibuster.

To friendship,

“Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” - Isaac Asimov, Salvor Hardin in “Foundation”

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1 comment:

Fernando said...

Fox News is fair and balanced unlike your MSNBC & CNN they are so one sided it's a joke. The whole media love affair with Obama is a joke and the people that can't think for themselves listen to that garbage. Obama supporters fail to realize that 48% of Americans did not vote for Hussein Obama, So we are not united like the media claims we are. This guy is wrong for the Country in the time we're in.