I've been watching a lot of FOX "News" lately. I suppose that accounts, at least in part, for my seemingly unshakeable prickly mood. The run-up to the 2010 midterm elections doesn't help either. Nothing I vote for ever passes. No one I support ever wins.
In fact, most of the people or policies I support aren't even on the ballot. For me, the election is over before it begins. Year after year, I am allowed to choose between a Democrat beholden to his corporate masters, or a Republican beholden to his. In almost every case, these masters are the same people.
The one thing that is certain is that the winner of almost every election will be either a Democrat or a Republican: two parties that have, in reality, become one. Even a cursory study of the Nixon administration will show that he was much further "left" than Barack Obama. Democrats and Republicans put on a great show for the media, but bargain away behind closed doors to preserve the privileges of their corporate masters.
I recently watched Glenn Beck rail against our inability to look into the "black book" of the Federal Reserve Bank to see its assets. He failed to mention that the Paul-Grayson amendment to the recent financial "reform" would have allowed precisely that. The amendment was co-sponsored by Democrat Alan Grayson and nominal Republican Ron Paul, and championed for inclusion in the bill by socialist Bernie Sanders: a wonderful example of tripartisanship and an example of something the mainstream of both parties cannot allow to happen.
Paul-Grayson was gutted by Democrat Chris Dodd before it was included, in a new, toothless, loophole-ridden form. Those "liberal Democrats" sure seem to be doing their best to help out the bankers. Of course, all of this is a bit too complex for FOX, which really ought to reduce its programming to a single talking head chanting "Republicans good, Democrats bad. Republicans good, Democrats bad."
A commenter on FOX News online left the following gem: Those leftys sure love Big Brother. George Orwell figured them out a long time ago. I suppose, in a sense, Orwell did figure out "those leftys." He figured them out and joined them and became a socialist. I suspect that commenter has never read any Orwell... and watches too much FOX.
On a recent episode of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill O'Reilly and his guest used the terms, socialist, socialism, and far left to describe Barack Obama so many times I lost count. Barack Obama is not a socialist. You can verify this for yourself by reading any socialist literature. Really. Go ahead and click. I'll wait.
See? Barack Obama does not support socialist policies. Socialists do not support Barack Obama's policies. It seems clear to me. Barack Obama is not a socialist. Not even close. Yet FOX News claims, over and over, that he is: a blatant, easily disproved lie, broadcast daily, in the near certainty that their average viewer will never check and does not care.
Do obvious lies really qualify as news?
It makes you wonder what else they lie about, doesn't it?
Very Truly Yours,