Friday, April 15, 2005

And one More thing

I got something else to say. Let's go ahead and play that blame game. Let's point the finger right at the new wave of media sweeping the nation. A wave consisting of cross-fire, Bill O'Reilly, and Michael Jackson. The media has turned its back on its solemn purpose and given way to the appealing temptation of entertainment. The media, whose sole purpose is to provide the public with a clear, unbiased view of the TRUTH. Instead we get split screens with two extremists who bicker and argue over menial points of one issue or another that may or may not have any real importance concerning the state of the nation. The biggest news in the country is which celebvrity is in trouble this week. Every channel has some story about Michael Jackson every day. Is this what freedom of the press is all about?

What has happened in America is that the centrist has lost his appeal. The news stations, desperate for ratings, are appealing to the whims of the entertainment industry. If people won't fight on camera, we won't watch. Reality television has infiltrated the six o'clock news and the people that are hurt by it the most is Joe Citizen. Sitting there with his popcorn and beer on his sofa laughing at one moron and chastising another, all the while believing that he is watching intelligent debate.

Why does it have to be one extreme against another? Why does the Republican party force members to agree and uphold every single one of their platform issues? Where is the middle ground? I firmly believe that had the people not viewed George Bush as this extreme right-winger that John Kerry wouldn't have won that primary election. The democrats of the nation felt as though they HAD to get someone as extreme as Bush in order to for people to act against Bush. When in reality, what the American people as a whole were demanding was a man more middle of the road.

There is a heritage within the centrist movement. JFK, Roosevelt, Thurman. These men held certain doctrines on both sides of the fence and attempted to bring them together for the benefit of everyone. Instead what we see is the news media spoon-feeding the public this idea that everyone is either as far left as they can be or as far right. That any attempt to sit in the middle and be reasonable and listen to legitimate arguments from the other side with the intention of understanding their point-of-view is a cop out. That centrists are too afraid to take a hard stance on an issue. That centrist want to please all of the people all of the time, when in fact none of these are true.

The reason so much of the things that I tiraded about concerning the third world are allowed to take place is because it gets swept under the rug by the media. We can't be that controversial. We cant' tell the people the real truth about the atrocities taking place in the world. The people don't want to hear that. My question to them is when did what the people wanted to hear determine what went on your news brief?

I call out to the people who peruse this site to not accept the new media. Not to bow down to extremist points of view. Do not let them control your perception of the world. There are slews of alternative media out there waiting to be read. UTNE, The Atlantic, hell even Reuters does good at giving broad coverage across the world. Turn off the Miochael Jackson trial. Avoid the Savage Radio Show, and Cross-Fire, and Bill O'Reilly's "fair and balanced OPINION(!!!)."

This is further proof of the American Citizens inability to hold persons accountable. Politicians and news stations must be held up to the fire when they fail to deliver that which we have a right to know. We must not stand by the way-side and allow extremist ideology to run the way we think, the way we vote, and the way we live.

Holla @cha Daego.

Gettin' Bitter with it

Hey everybody. Long time no speaky speaky. Life's busy, what can I say. I'm just gonna tirade for a bit, throw some opinions about, step on some toes, hope you like it.

1) Has anyone ever listened to the savage radio show? If you have I hope you realize that as intelligent as this man may attempt to sound, he's just as bad as the people and policies he attempts to speak out against. His entire argument on the show is "can't believe this moron" "he talks so slow cuz he thinks he smart" and "listen to this crap." All the while he fails to support any of his statment with hard fact in between cut audio files. I recently heard him trying to defend Mr. John Bolton on his recent nomination for UN ambassador. He was totally jacking Bolton off. This is a man that said the UN doesn't exist. When questioned as to whether, with perfect 20/20 hindsight, would he have done anything different in Rwanda, he said no becvause there was no logistical evidence supporting the fact that anything different could have been done. WHAT?! With perfect 20/20 hindsight you wouldn't have stopped a genocide?! There is a right answer to this question and it is YES! I would have attempted to alleviate the atrocious crimes of humanity felt by the people of Rwanda. YES! I would've put troops on the ground and given them the power to shoot. NO! I would not have ignored the blatant evidence that showed that mass insurrection and potential crimes against humanity were on the horizon and fast approaching.

The problem with Rwanda is a problem that America and the UN consistently argue to be against. Look to Cambodia. Look to Bosnia, Serbia, even the "rape-room" argument set forth for the recent movement into Iraq. If America and the United Nations are going to attempt to establish the precedent that we will NOT stand by while genocide occurs. That we WILL intervene and help those that cannot help themselves. That this type of behavior among nations will NOT be tolerated than how can one honestly say that with perfect 20/20 hindsight we should not have done anything differently. 1 million people, 30 days. Unfathomable.

Again we see this precendent shat upon with the recent developments in Haiti. What developments you ask? You may not know becuase America and the UN let it happen. Haiti, home to the world's worst slum (Amnesty International and the Red Cross will attest to this) which has over a million and a half people within 4 square miles located in the backyard of Aristaide's palace. Haiti, powerful men consistently put there by American and UN officials. Haiti, whose every election is controlled by murder of the oppossition. Haiti, where the people had enough and attmepted to rise up against the tyranical regime, only to be ignored by western culture. Do you research, get schooled.

We get so caught up in whether or not a person has a right to die. How much money we have to spend to drive our SUV's. We bitch and moan about Social Security and demand a governmental baby-sitter as we grow old becuase we as a nation are to irresponsible to prepare for our own financial well-being while Third world AFrica continues to deteriorate. Men continue to be placed in power based on how well they will conform to America's Idea of nation building. The World Bank looms over the head's of politicians saying do this with the loan money, pay this much back, stay in poverty, we don't care, you are of no strategic economic value to the West. And we wonder why they hate us. Our ignorance and arrogance brings our own judgement upon us. We have people like Wolfe in charge of the world bank who would rather piss on the third world than forgive debt. Bolton, a man who would rather actively disbelieve in an organization that should be (not necesarilly doing) benefiting the globe as a whole, speaking for us at the UN.

When will we change,
When will we learn,
Just in time to,
See it all come down...--Incubus

--Holla @cha Daego