One of the greatest myths of the west (especially America) is the myth of the free press….This is constantly harped upon and held up as way in which Western countries are superior to countries in other parts of the world.
Now, it is true that by comparison there is limited government intrusion upon the press but this is substituted with the pressure placed by large corporations, well-financed special interest groups etc….In many ways, these groups are more perfidious and sinister than direct governmental interference because it is much harder to prove their involvement and they are more shadowy and less direct in their dealings.
Two stories that have been obvious to the rest of the world have finally grown in such intensity that they can no longer be denied by the corporate press….
One is that there are many innocent men in Guatanamo Bay whose only crime was to be in Afghanistan at the time of the US military action….For years (and this has been confirmed by released detainees) it has been asserted that the US picked up combatants and non-combatants alike not caring about the difference….Now, the truth is finally coming out.
The other, a more recent event, is that Israeli soldiers deliberately murdered civilians including women and children during the recent Gaza rampage….These murders (and yes it is homicide) did not occur in combat situations….There were scores of allegations and these were of course routinely denied by the Israelinaziss….Well guess what they might be true after all.
Look, I no longer support America with tax dollars or anything else and yes I am biased because I believe in peace and justice and am not religious and have no axe to grind on that score….After listening to the always classy Dick Cheney (who reminds me a of a pig turd in an expensive suit) say the current president has made America less safe and how torture was the most effective weapon of the last eight years and I reflect on the fact this utterly worthless war criminal was the Vice President of the United States, I vow to laugh out loud whenever America takes the moral high road.
And where was President Obama the last few weeks on these issues??? Well actually I don’t blame him that much(at least not yet) because I know the economy is top priority.
On the political battlefields, President Obama seems to have taken a page out of Bill Clinton’s book and deliberately engaged enemies he knows are unpopular or will be unpopular elevating them because he knows it will easier for him to take them on in the war of ideas.
Bill Clinton was fortunate to have Newt Gingrich who was every inch the womanizer he was, had an even more tangled white trash upbringing and on policy issues advocated more orphanages, less of a place for women in society, and who during hard economic times had a hissy fit because he didn’t get the seat he wanted on Air Force One.
I wrote a couple of weeks ago how Obama was lucky to have Rush Limbaugh for the same reasons and purpose and I would also add Dick Cheney to that….A man whose popularity was somewhere slightly below leprosy and painful hemorroidal itch when he left office.
Recently, Obama has targeted the Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford, for not wanting to accept the stimulus money unless he could use it to pay down the state debt….I think this is a mistake.
For one, Mark Sanford is not Gingrich or Limbaugh….There’s never been a personal scandal associated with him and he has been happily married with a family for many years.
For another, I believe that Governor Sanford is a man of deep principles not a glory hound….He’s taking this action because he honestly believes it is the best course.
The Obama team perhaps thinks that by elevating Governor Sanford in this fashion, they weaken his presidential chances in 2012….Again, this is wrong….The conservative base love this and it allays suspicions they might have about other parts of his beliefs.
You see, Governor Sanford is not George Bush….He comes from the almost forgotten about Barry Goldwater wing of the Republican Party that are closer to Libertarians than Republicans….The most recent advocate of this type of thinking was Congressman Ron Paul whom Governor Sanford often voted with when he was also in the House of Representatives….In the end, I think what might make doom him is his public rejection of pre-emptive warfare and the fact he doesn’t kiss the pinky ring of the Zionists unless he does a complete about face which is always sickening to watch.
However, as I noted, he is a man of consistency in thought and ideology which is rare….In these desperate times, if President Obama can’t make the colossal bailouts jumpstart the economy for working people, Governor Sanford could be just what they are looking for.