Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Useless Media

I'm extremely annoyed at how the media - which we rely upon to monitor the actions/in-actions of the government, both to keep them accountable and in check - is becoming @#$% useless. Where are the Hard Questions? Where is the needed distrust of public authority? Why is it OK and anything-goes *only* when you personally agree with the current political leadership?

Mayor Bloomberg told CBS's Katie Couric that the suspect behind the bombing attempt could be a domestic terrorist angry at the government who acted alone. "If I had to guess 25 cents, this would be exactly that. Homegrown, or maybe a mentally deranged person, or somebody with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something. It could be anything... There is no evidence here of a conspiracy, there is no evidence that it's tied into anything else. It looks like an amateurish job done by at least one person." How could he *know* at that early point in the investigation there was no conspiracy? And if "it could be anything", why isn't AN ACT OF TERRORISM a legitimate possibility? Has he been asleep for the last decade?

And then there's Geraldo's diatribe on Sunday night... You would have thought the would-be Times Square bomber was either the illegitimate son of Timothy McVeigh or the spawn of an evangelical minister, both overdosed on steroids who got lost downtown looking for an abortion clinic. Geraldo was practically foaming at the mouth, longing for those good old days when the only true enemy was some evil Klu Kluxer waving his hangman’s noose.

Well, surprise, surprise, Gomer: it wasn’t.

For that matter, if it wasn't for some alert private citizens and some smart, fast research by NYPD (and others) this free-lance jihadist would be long gone. In the meantime, Bloomberg and the rest would still be looking under rocks for a connection to 'those unstable and dangerous tea-party bigots'. (And if the cellphone connection research which lead to the arrest had happened under Bush, that same adoring media would have screaming from the rooftops about the use of "excessive police-state actions.")

Worse, the media has uncritically swallowed - and doesn't hesitate to crow about it! - that the administration is *correct* in believing the solution to excessive debt is to borrow more money. *AND* that the deficit can be cut by drastically increasing spending and enacting a vast new government entitlement. *AND* that the way to eliminate the threat posed by insane death-worshiping religious fanatics hell-bent waging nuclear jihad is to appeal to their rationality.


That such a group - who no doubt consider themselves as the cream of the intellectual crop - are somehow mentally stunted to the extent they accept such contradictions without question is never going to ask tough questions. I am disturbingly concerned that the now-inevitable next successful terrorist attack on U.S. soil - no matter how devastating it may be - will be summarily dismissed as the result of the excesses of the Bush administration’s foreign and domestic policies which did nothing by create hordes of new enemies for America. This will lead to a new round of Presidential apologizing, boot-licking, appeasement for our international diplomatic 'efforts'.

Open your eyes, people. See the world as it IS, not as how you wish it to be:

The universal reaction of the Leftist to the disastrous failures of their policies is always to demand more of their policies. That’s why the Left will never give up on its two most cherished ideas, socialism and pacifism, no matter how horrifically such ideas have failed every time they’ve been tried. They believe that THIS TIME, they'll work. And, when it doesn't work (again), they will childishly claim it is due to the failure of the opposition to properly support these unproven and proven-to-fail policies... "YOU can make it work, if you only wanted to! I *want* it, and it's up to YOU to provide for my every need and want, and I WANT IT TO WORK!"

We have turned over the power and force of government to a bunch of selfish children.

Obviously, I'm in a bad mood today...I'm going to crawl back in my hole now.

- Steve

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