The cuttlefish attacks with many disguises! NEXT: REBOOT
Edwin posted something about Newt Gingrich's GOPAC.
In that piece, Newt says that part of winning is controlling the media. He suggest that diversionary tactics be used - "shield" stories. "Shield" issues and stories. The attacks on Clinton are diversionary, deployed with expertise, stories to keep the attention of the media off of GW Bush and his stuff, and on the destruction of former President Clinton. Many of us understand what is going-on, but many in America do not understand that mainstream media is not dedicated to "freedom of the press."
Mainstream media is, and has been for decades, political instruments, owned by those with big political stakes. Just look at Merrill Lynch Dean Witless did after having Clinton speak… a complete about-face because of the freepers, and others, who launched a counter e-mail, telephone and snail mail offensive. It is as though it had been orchestrated! They (the plain-old public) do not (always) understand that the reason something is a lead story, or something is news (made into a headline) is decided by economic and political ideology. They do not understand that funeral-gate is a story repressed, or that Jeb and Katharine Harris' rumored sexual events are repressed. The people of this country are the pawns of the powerful.
The plain-old pubic has not reason to doubt their media or news source. After all, it's all most of us have in the way of getting information… but, we hesitate to question that the information might be intentionally tainted or edited. They (the plain-old public) have had it imprinted on their hearts that newspapers and TV news are wholesome, honest, democracy loving institutions. We know that that is not always true. The republican media machine is winning at this point! The underground or alternative press (that we find on the Internet) is not getting the message out to the masses. CBS, ABC or NBC are not reporting the stories or commentary you and I read on this Internet.
The Democrats, or any liberal or progressive cause had better learn how to use the very same tactics against the conservative right wing, the religious , the conservatives as they have/are using against our senators, presidents, representatives and citizens.
In churches across our country, every Sunday, right wing doctrine is being reinforced and pounded into Americans, commands to overthrow and erase the democratic party, any intellectual, any scientific or education cause, any liberal, any progressive or moderate that will not recant their errors and embrace their better way and righteousness. They (the right) believe as strongly as we do, in their cause.
To them, liberals wanting to be fair and wholesome is very funny and a source of their ridicule. Our wanting to play fair attitude is a great advantage to their cause. They readily ridicule it. They have no intentions of being fair, wholesome or just. Winning at all cost is (often in the name of Jesus) is the only thing that has value to them. Cheating, lying and such, in the "name of Jesus" is perfectly OK.
They seriously, deeply believe that those who have been anointed , have been given the power to "rightfully divided" scripture and are walking on a holy path with Jesus. You don't have to believe that, and they (the right) hopes that you don't. But, I've attended such churches, and I have read their literature and I have heard their Sunday sermons. They see liberals as misguided, un-anointed, wicked dopes - easy targets - lost souls that they are obligated by their faith to bring to the salvation given by Jesus Christ!
Now, I have nothing against Jesus or any among us who are Christian. I was raised Christian but am pretty much an apostate Catholic. But . . . the dogma of the right wing and their sense that they, somehow, have a higher calling for our country- that they are prophets - that our founding fathers intended Christianity as the national religion, is damned scary to me! I fully expect to one day, soon, receive a summons from our federal government to attend a mandatory class on the root principles of our Christian Democracy! I will have a choice. Recant my intellectual ways and embrace the religious doctrine that our nation was founded upon, or pay the consequences!
So, let us not sleep very good tonight. Let us know that "they", like a cuttlefish, will attack us with many disguises!
Well, since it has been below freezing and snowing in Colorado most of the past ten days, I have learned that a sticker does not adhere to cold glass or metal very good. Just remember, a missing sticker is a success story! It lets "them" know that they have opposition.
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