If you’ve limited your investigation of the Republican National Convention in Tampa to televised news reports, you’re probably not even aware that at least a dozen or two Occupy groups from across America are protesting the convention. Spokesmen for the gathering protest say they’re there because the Republican Party has disenfranchised entire classes of people, including the homeless and the millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the country.
But apparently that’s OK with America’s commercial media. Yep, you heard it right: The commercial media is completely ignoring the protests outside the convention while telling the American people that Lyin’ Ryan knocked it out of the ballpark with a speech so devoid of substance you’d hardly know he’s considered the “intellectual leader” of the Republican viewpoint.
Look back to 2009-10 when the Teabillies were all over the news. Apparently, the commercial media couldn’t get enough of the Klingons and goobs who make up the so-called movement that is almost a wholly-owned subsidiary of American plutocrats and supporters of plutocrats, much of the money coming from Dick Armey’s Freedomworks and from the Koch brothers-supported Americans for Prosperity.
Of course, the Teabillies embrace and espouse an economic viewpoint supported by the vast majority of people with lots and lots of money—and you know the rest: If you’ve got lots and lots of money, the causes you support are going to be “page one” issues in the media.
It’s only natural that the Republicans don’t want anyone to know that thousands of protesters are in Tampa to protest Republican hypocrisy on a number of issues, much of that hypocrisy centering on how the Republican Party plans to “support” and “protect” Medicare and Social Security and Medicaid, three programs upon which the poor, the disabled and the elderly of the nation depend.
According to the conspiracy theories surrounding the mysterious absence of content at the Republican National Convention—Romney knows if he told Americans what he planned to do his campaign would essentially be committing suicide—the talk of protecting and supporting those social welfare programs comes straight out of George Orwell’s “1984”: War is Peace, Love is Hate, Black is White.
You see, some of us who have been paying attention to how the Republican Party is framing these and other issues know that the Joseph Goebbels of the party, Frank Luntz, has mandated they use such words as “support” and “protect” to mask the fact Republicans plan to gut Medicare, privatize Social Security and abandon Medicaid. That’s right. That’s the Republican plan: Apparently, to them, the debt they created during the Bush Administration, something created as part of a long-term agenda, is much more important than the health and well-being of the nation’s most vulnerable citizens. If Romney betrayed his agenda, he’d lose in a landslide.
Another harder-to-conceal part of the Republican agenda is to outlaw abortion, a horrible idea even on the face of the issue, and to do that we have radicals like Lyin’ Ryan out there in front of huge crowds…totally ignoring his stance on abortion.
Women? If you’re a Republican, you probably think they’re getting “uppity” again. Ann Romney, for one, has stated she thinks feminism is much ado about nothing. Of course, she’s never encountered discrimination in any form, probably because she hasn’t worked a day in her adult life.
People are protesting Republican hypocrisy. The mass media is covering it up. The Republicans, no doubt, are happy for the support they’re getting from the commercial media that used to be a watchdog and has now become a lapdog.