I'm sure there will be many dissertations on the Wisconsin Recall effort today. I can sum up my feelings in one sentence though.
"American media is just one big river of toxic sludge slowly making its way toward Fox News."
There is absolutely no effort any longer to report the facts. Everything is "framed." Framing has a motive. Framing is driven by whoever has the most money! Framing assumes the reader has no capacity to make an informed deduction from simply being presented facts. Framing allows the presenter to manufacture false doubt, anxiety, anger or fear.
What I fear more than anything else, is living in a culture that has relegated critical thinking to a museum. It's easy! Choose A or B. Choose Left or Right. Choose Right or Wrong.
If I were to buy into this new concept of information, I should just kill myself today! After all, the world ended when the Governor of Wisconsin prevailed in the recall attempt. There will be no more unions, no worker's rights, corporations will own everything!
Luckily, I am one who still has the capacity to think outside the frame. My despair belongs to me. It comes from my understanding of how easy it is to manipulate masses of people into voting against their own interests. It grows out of the experience of embracing hope, over and over again, only to be defeated repeatedly because the system is broken and no one knows how to fix it.
If only we could take back the House! If only we could have a 61 seat majority in the Senate! If we could just bring back the Fairness Doctrine! If we could just bring back Glass Steagall!
But everyday I am confronted by the zombies who mimic the talking points instead of thinking. They are in the line at the grocery store. They are at the public swimming pool. They are old friends at the other end of the telephone connection.
The bottom line is that I am supposed to have hope when it is perfectly clear the other side of this struggle is winning. I am supposed to believe being honest and fair will win over cheating, when the entire system is rigged. I am supposed to believe that the basic good of the human heart will prevail in the end, when many hearts have been reduced to ice!
So here we are again, with that question that keeps nagging us on our endless path. "How bad will it have to get before people really wake up to what's happening?" Obviously pretty bad!
To answer those who want to know why I have closed comments. There were comments that were abusive, obviously posted for no other reason than to abuse. When I deleted them they were reposted. There is no mechanism on OS to restrict who can comment on a blog.
To those who say all comments should remain in a society with free speech, fine, then tell that to the right leaning blogs. I’m tired of the rules of fairness only applying to our side. I’m open to those who wish to challenge my ideas. But I am not open to abuse. I’ve had enough of that throughout my lifetime.
This is not the OS I joined in 2009! It’s just another place that has been infiltrated by hateful, mean spirited assholes who never get anything unless they steal it or cheat or bully their way. If you can live with that, fine. But I cannot. I will not waste my time and energy on people who have no other intention than to destroy. They won yesterday in Wisconsin and they won today on my blog. This is no longer a place where I feel safe!