It’s Veterans day. Millions have served in this nations armed forces, and over one million Americans have died in War since this nations inception, to protect the rights that we hold so dear. Remember them and honor them and their strength this day.
91 years ago, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, WW1 ended. Over 116,000 men died in battle during our 1 year in that war to end all wars. 23 years later another World War started that took 3 times that number of American lives. We set aside this day to pause and reflect on the hard sacrifices of the millions of our fine servicemen and women over our 230+ years of history. One day doesn’t seem enough.
God Bless America.
Not much to look at, unless you think Thom Hartmann is pretty, but an enlightening conversation between radio host Thom Hartmann and Professor and Author George Lakoff. Enlightening as far as the President’s mindset and political agenda. Enlightening as far as the admission that there is simply not enough progressive media infrastructure. It may not be news to you if you are liberal that the Presidents entire agenda is built around the twin concepts of social responsibility and empowerment, but the more conservative elements of society may be a bit surprised by it. Why? I dunno…
Perhaps its the way they want so completely to control the “narrative”. That’s a big word for all the political spinners, narrative. I would talk to you about the right wing narrative, but I prefer not to. When I see pictures of Dachau used to reference this government, as if the devil himself, Adolph Hitler, was running it, mere feet away from the minority leader of the House of Representatives and claims to not have seen it, when I hear about inflated numbers given for a “press conference” by Michelle Bachmann where the public was invited, but the press wasn’t and there were no questions asked of those who spoke at that press conference, when I see video run on a right wing network that purports to be from that “press conference” that is in fact from a tea party that happened in September, I tend to not want to help these people along by giving them much in the way of coverage.
And if you don’t call that controlling the narrative you really aren’t paying attention.
For all that you hear about there being a left wing liberal media bias, the bias that I see in fact tilts the other way, heavily so. The left wing doesn’t have enough media control to create a nationwide narrative like the right wing has, which is why the debate nowadays is so skewed to the wants and needs of the right.
Which is why the Presidents attempts at bipartisanship are doomed to fail. There is the bipartisanship that Prof. Lakoff speaks of in the above video, which is reaching to people on individual subjects. The President speaks to the people about the subjects he feels he must inform them about, not about politics. He doesn’t talk about “Democrats”, he talks about ideas, like health care and banking regulations, and the wants and needs of the people. But actual bipartisanship will elude him, because the narrative the other side has, they have invested in so heavily, it seems, that they cannot break away from it.
They have held that narrative in place since the days of Ronald Reagan. It is all about fear and making Americans feel small in comparison to government. Giving their followers a scapegoat called government, while never doing anything about the evils they claim to be against. Taxes never go away under these Con$ervative Republican$, no matter how many Republican$ are around, or who is in charge,whether they control the White House and the house and senate or some combination of these three, yet you hear how they are against taxes, but those taxes never really get cut. The amount taken out of my check in taxes, percentage wise, was just as much in 1988 as it was in 1998 as it was in 2008. 88 was Reagan’s last year, there was a republican majority in the house and senate 10 years later under a moderate democratic president, and 2008….well you all know the mess that we had to deal with in 2008.
Bipartisanship on that level never really works if those on one side of the aisle think of themselves as separate and apart from those on the other, which is a political narrative that the right has tried to foment in one way or another since at least the early days of Reagan and Goldwater’s presidential run in the 60’s, and became the voice of power in America under the tutelage of Newt Gingrich, with his “Contract on America”.
I believe that American politics is a road. A long wide road, there are those on the far left who think the only path is there on the left and see the other side as a path to destruction. There are those on the right who think the only path is there on the right and see the other side as a path to destruction. What those on the far left and far right don’t realize is that this is one road, which we ALL travel on, and it is wide enough for everyone.
I may yell and scream about the tactics and propaganda of those who differ from me politically here in America, and I think I am right to, but they and I are Americans, and I always have enough room in my heart to let them in and treat them like family, because they are Americans. And in the end that is what’s important. Similarities, not differences, we all want whats best for America, we just have different visions of how to get there and what needs to be done to get us to that great place called the future.
One final note, If you read the title of this blog, you see that it says No more anagrams. I am going to( if i remember) start putting my titles together without them. They take a long time to do, time i could spend writing and researching.
That’s it from here. Later!
Today’s nuggets, from our founding fathers, Via Wikiquote: The art of concluding from experience and observation consists in evaluating probabilities, in estimating if they are high or numerous enough to constitute proof. This type of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than one might think. It demands a great sagacity generally above the power of common people. The success of charlatans, sorcerors, and alchemists — and all those who abuse public credulity — is founded on errors in this type of calculation. Benjamin Franklin
It is substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. George Washington
God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. … What country before ever existed a century and half without a rebellion? And what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure. Thomas Jefferson