The Republican Party is called Grand Old Party. That fit the pre-1980 Republicans. But after 1980, the press continues to call the current neocons – GOP. That is unsuitable. Slicing penises is not “grand old party” nor is it civilized behavior. Being a party to the sale and distribution of crack cocaine to minority neighborhoods doesn’t qualify as civilized behavior. Waterboarding human beings is neither grand old party nor civilized behavior.
Revealing the identity of an American CIA undercover operative is not civilized. Denuding America of its tax base is not grand old party. Neither is attacking a foreign country for its natural resources. Pushing the idea that Guantanamo should stand forever is not grand old party. Torture chambers ought not stand forever – even if the activity is “re-named” to intelligent interrogation. And periodically crashing America’s economy is less than responsible behavior.
Several times the neocons have renamed their political activities to be more in line with the expectations of civilized human beings. Aggression against Iraq was renamed to “PRE-EMPTIVE SELF DEFENSE”. How could this Satanic like behavior penetrate the ethical walls established by pre-1980 America?
There are many information paths into the minds of America’s ombudsmen(voters). News sources provides one of them. Do news sources have a duty to its readers? Does the relationship of a news source to its readers go beyond the selling of text and graphics?
Should news sources attempt to persuade? Sure they should– even when you don’t notice it. And that’s ok – when that news can easily apply to the majority. In America that means applying to sea to shining sea America. But uncontrolled or de-regulated greed can cause problems. Spending like crazy while cutting taxes like crazy is stupid if crashing your economy is not your aim. The Washington Post’s WONKBLOG shows this news title: The legacy of the Bush tax cuts, in four charts.
Should news services “recuse” themselves from certain news topics because of a “vested interest” in that topic? America’s neocons have been giving America’s resources away since 1980. And they even made a present to BIG OIL of a resource that did not belong to America. But it did belong to America(Bush neocons) after they used America’s military to enforce the “spoils of war” idea.
The neocons have been a virtual Santa Claus to big business. Big oil, big pharmaceuticals, big gas and big banks have all benefitted from the largess of America’s neocons. And now neocon pressure is being applied to America’s intellect in order to “pry” the Internet away from sea to shining sea America. Pretending a behavior is civilized when its not has become a neocon tradition.
The late Steve Jobs said:
“We all moved to reading on the Web…What we have to do is get people to start paying for this hard-earned content.”
Who paid for the web? America did. Sea to shining sea America paid for the Web. That’s who. President Dwight D. Eisenhower( a pre-1980 Republican) paid for it. But listen to this. This will really “cross your eyes”. The article comes from the LAW & DISORDER/CIVILIZATION & DISCONTENTS section of arstechnica. The title of the article is: Tea Party Republicans sketch out Internet policy. It referenced a speech by Kentucky’s Senator Rand Paul – spoken from a podium at the Heritage House. Listen:
"It may not be completely simple but it’s definitely not as simple as that the government invented it," he said. "When you say stuff like, ‘Oh, the government invented the Internet,’ it sort of demeans the process of the individuals who were involved."
The Internet was born under the leadership of a 5 star general and a President of the United States of America. The five star General of the Army and President of the United States of America were one and the same. President Dwight D. Eisenhower provided the leadership in getting the Internet into existence.
How an Internet message gets from point A to point B might surprise you. It does not necessarily take the most direct route nor does the message necessarily travel in one piece. The pieces, of a single message, taking different routes to the same destination can and do arrive as a message that makes sense. Sounds military – doesn’t it?
Should news sources, by and large, ignore:
- The sins of the husband were visited upon the wife? Why was the wife targeted in the failed attempt by the neocons to show a Niger – Iraq uranium connection?
- The cause of the Iraq war? The official reason – given by officials – did not “hold water”.
- There was this strange neocon definition of “modernization”. Taking a country’s banking laws back to what they were in 1929(non-existent) was said to be modernization. The neocons’ Gramm-Leach-Bliley-Act killed the “choice parts” of the Glass-Steagall Act. Much of America’s news world did not “analyze” that neocons’ assertion of modernization. They simply passed it on. The neocons killed the Glass Steagall Act which served America’s economy well for seventy-some-odd years and replaced it with a neocon version which crashed America’s economy within five years. And saying “five years” is being kind to the neocons. Actually, timing to the economy crash could start in 2003. The Bush(George W.) 2003 State of the Union Address referenced America’s economy.
It was President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union message that got the economy crashing ball rolling in January of 2003. His speech “let loose” investors. Listen to this:
We should also strengthen the economy by treating investors equally in our tax laws. It’s fair to tax a company’s profits. It is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits.
While the statement stopped short of saying that money earned should only be taxed once, such an idea could germinate from that statement.
In 2003, Gramm-Leach-Bliley had been “dormant” for only four years. But in 2003 President George W. Bush gave a “push” for investors. Financial derivatives came to the fore. Ten million dollar bonuses, earned on the back of a dying economy, came into public discourse. America was well on its way to December of 2007.
And President Bush continued:
Our first goal is clear: We must have an economy that grows fast enough to employ every man and woman who seeks a job.
Joejolly thought that the “who seeks a job” expression was quaint and said so long ago. It seems that neocons believe that some Americans are lazy no-good loafers who would rather have government hand-outs than productive work. If that had been true, America never would have reached the peak that it did. It seems that Bush(George W.) and Mitt Romney may have shared the same “political philosophy”. Mitt Romney’s 47% remark links well with the Bush(George W.) remark.
Too much of America’s press seems to have looked askew at the behavior(miss behavior) of the neocons. One can’t help but wonder if that is not caused by “waiting with bated breath” for the gift of the Internet.
Tags: duty to readers, glass-steagall act, gramm leach blilley act, grand old party, heritage house, news source, Pre-Emptive Self-Defense, rand paul, santanic like behavior, sea to shinning sea, spending like hell since 1980, tea party