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September 3, 2013


Traitors in the ranks

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is just one sentence long, yet it marshals diverse and impressive forces to protect the people from the overreach of their government.

Religious bodies can unite people around transcendent values that judge the government’s actions, and the government cannot eliminate them or consolidate them into a subservient state church.

The entire population can discuss and opine about the government and those who make it up, and, the government cannot compel praise or silence mockery.

The press can investigate, report upon and opine about the government, and, like religion, the government cannot eliminate the press or consolidate it into a government propaganda outlet.

The entire population can form peaceful ranks and demonstrate in public places, and the government cannot disperse them.

All law abiding citizens are free to take part in the political process, and the government cannot disenfranchise them.

It doesn’t take long to think up examples - lots of them - of the government gaining ground against these forces of freedom.  Government does this incrementally, and its best weapons are traitors within the forces themselves. 

In my opinion there is no more egregious group of First Amendment traitors today than the press.  Too many have abandoned their Constitutionally protected role as protectors of a free people and have allowed a de facto government propaganda ministry to emerge.

Sean Davis, acting as a true journalist (although efforts to remove bloggers and others from the ranks of journalism are underway) tracks the Twitter activity of several high profile government favored news people.  In his recent piece “All the King’s Bootlickers,” Davis catches the flow of talking points being circulated by those who’ve betrayed the First Amendment to advocate for desired pals in high places rather than protect the people from them.


Go to the link to see a telling exchange of Tweets, as Davis busts NY Times Magazine and GQ contributor Robert Draper circulating a talking point from former Obama administration staffer and now NBC contributor David Axelrod.

There are exceptions.  I’ve shared before my admiration for California journalist Steven Greenhut, who blends investigative reporting with effective commentary on the role of government.  He winds up in some refreshingly non-partisan territory, as likely to take on law enforcement agencies as public employee unions.

But the ranks are sagging with traitors, so much so that misinformation, sensational distractions and outright propaganda make up the bulk of American “press” right now.  It is a great loss to all of us, and one wonders how so many journalists just can’t see the lofty place from which they’ve fallen.

 

 


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It’s pretty obvious much of the mainstream media is coached, if not dictated to, by the Obama administration and the Democrat Party.  Their stories are too synched and the memes are too orchestrated.  People used to laugh that Time and Newsweek would come out with the same cover stories every week, but now it’s ten times worse.

The interesting thing about Syria is that the powers that be were not able to get their meme machine engaged in action before Obama’s speech, so now there is just chaos out there because the media have not been instructed how to cover the story and don’t know what to do.

[1] Posted by Jim the Puritan on 9-3-2013 at 03:47 PM · [top]

Sorry if this comes up a second time - I thought I hit submit, and it vanished but didn’t come up. 

Seems the mainstream media were also dictated to in the Bush I invasion of Kuwaitk/Iraq.  Colin Powell (Col?  I forget his rank)  met with the press corps 2x/day, I think.  They were kept together in the hotel becs they were safer than if they were outside.  I forget who it was who declined to accept that invitation and reported from outside, spoke w/ people and saw things going on.  Didn’t always see the same things Powell reported to the press.  I wondered what it was like to be Powell and do what he did.  Started w/ the “update” and then took questions. 

Did Obama’s knowing (or lack thereof) what to do/say contribute to the chaos?

[2] Posted by maineiac on 9-3-2013 at 08:27 PM · [top]

Can’t find the link right now, but there is considerable “inbreeding” between the Dems and the press.

This explains the self-appointed Pravda that the MSM has become. I’m coming to think the founding fathers have wasted their time and thought delaying the inevitable.

People are waking up. Longshoremen have left the AFL-CIO because it realized their “union” was supporting policies that screw them over. Too little too late. People are so stupid and so gullible. Perhaps it is good this is destroying my faith in fleshly “common sense”. But it doesn’t feel good right now to think that people are idiotically pushing us towards totalitarianism yet again.

[3] Posted by SpongJohn SquarePantheist on 9-4-2013 at 09:34 AM · [top]

WE MUST PUSH BACK Mr. SquarePantheist!  Reveal the hidden agendas whenever you find them!

[4] Posted by B. Hunter on 9-4-2013 at 04:02 PM · [top]

Yes, people ARE waking up, and remember this:  We have an off-year Congressional election coming in 2015, and this includes members of both Houses.  This will be the time for us to make our voices heard loud and clear, and Congress knows it.  We don’t have to tolerate this situation that we’re in!

[5] Posted by cennydd13 on 9-4-2013 at 04:52 PM · [top]

Correction:  The off-year election is in November of 2014, so it’s time to get busy!

[6] Posted by cennydd13 on 9-5-2013 at 12:55 AM · [top]

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