Miss me? Sure. . . I was just checking back in. Some of you have been rather busy this week. So have I.
The reason I am posting this morning is because I do have something that I am itching to say. I realize that what I am about to say will loose me friends, and I am sorry that we can't get along and are willing to allow each other to express ourselves without completely shunning one another.
I just got an email from Free Press. This is an organization that is attempting to reform the media. They claim to be bipartisan, however if you look at their website you will see this is not true. This email was about Glenn Beck. Now to be honest I don't agree with everything the man says, so keep those wonderful sheep comments to yourself. I listen to many different people and their opinions. I am not a conservative, nor a Republican, as I have mentioned before. However this email annoyed me. For an organization that wants to reform the media, that wants to be so bipartisan, why are they wanting me to sign a letter to the President that Glenn Beck doesn't speak for me? Why is it placed on our heads to make the most powerful man in the free world at ease?
This email goes on to say that Mr. Beck is participating in Modern Day McCarthyism. To an extent, he might have. However, there is no need to put the "Modern day" in front of the word McCarthyism. This practice by our own Government has never ceased. In the late 1980's, 20 years after my mother was arrested with Mao's Little Red Book in hand, the FBI has visited us on more than one occasion. And preceded to question us. What threat was our little suburban household? A big one according to the Bureaus.
My mother was not a Communist. She as well as the rest of us in that house were Marxists. See I grew up with people like Van Jones and Cas Sustern. I was taught to think that way. I would listen as they would lecture and discuss how we could get Universal Health care, how we should distribute the wealth, how a civil war could and when it should be started. I learned who in higher ranking (at the time) officials were on our, The Marxists, side. Guns were evil, yet we had to have them to fight the upcoming class war. Sterilents in the water? Not a new idea. We were not Nazi's. We didn't hate anyone because of their race, we hated them because of their success. No one should be allowed to have so much money, especially white men. They should be made to pay 100% taxes on all their income, and that should be handed over to those without work. Greed itself was not evil, Karl Marx was a Capitalist, it was who had the capital that was evil.
Now we go back to what Glenn Beck has said, forget that part, Listen to what Van Jones has said in his own words. There is no McCarthyism going on there. He has declared it loud and proud, that he is, not was, is a Communist. He has on more than one occasion spewed words that I heard around a kitchen table. Marx would be proud.
Now this entire thing has been turned around to become a "smear campaign" claiming that one man is more powerful than our President. A Commentary Reporter by the name of Glenn Beck. He did not force Van Jones to resign. He was the only one talking about Van Jones and his very recent past. But this one man apparently has so much power that he forced Van Jones' hand. Even the President was unable to decline his resignation. Does this not sound ridiculous to anyone else?
The email goes on to say;
Surveys show that most Americans want health care reform, good schools and clean air. But if you watch Glenn Beck's show, you would think the opposite is true: that the only proponents of these ideas are dangerous, anti-American radicals operating out of the White House basement.
This is completely untrue. (except for the first sentence) I have admitted on several occasions that I watch the Glenn Beck show. I also listen to NPR and some other things. This statement clearly shows that the person writing this email has not watched the entire program without preconceived notions.
Beck has a First Amendment right to stoke fear and prejudice -- and we're not asking for him to be censored or silenced. But we all have a responsibility to condemn his behavior and defend the public servants and innocent people who are being attacked. This is not about censorship... It's about sanity.
Here is the problem with the above, Free Press is suppose to be advocating media reform. The Van Jones' story wasn't something that had to be dug for, not like what Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward had to do. If you are for reforming the media, what about finding out the facts, those that would support your bashing of the media who you are against. Some actual reporting to backup your claims, like what Beck has done. Mr. Beck found some information and ran with it, just like any responsible news caster or journalist should do. If the information was incorrect, then another journalist should have done the same. But none did. All I have read or seen is how all of this is Mr. Beck's fault.
As I said, I grew up a Marxist. And I can tell you that people like me are dangerous once we get into power. I would never run for office of any kind. Just because I left that life over 15 years ago, doesn't mean that it doesn't influence me in my daily life. I try hard not to fall back into those beliefs, because I no longer feel that they are correct. I believe that Mao and Marx lived in a fantasy world, that their Utopia would only last so long before mass executions must happen to keep that status quo. I like debating, I like the moshing, I like that there are so many people out there that can voice their opinions without fear. What I don't like is the self righteous, power hungry, the dangerous ideas that Mao and Marx propagated. It only takes a little time after people like them fall into power that we have Stalin or the Nazi movement. Utopia can not be reached if not everyone is on the band wagon. And the same goes for the complete opposite, the super Conservatives. I don't wish to live in their world either. But we seem to have to put up with both, just to balance things out. Thank goodness for checks and balances.
This is my opinion, this was what I grew up with. I am sorry if you no longer can hang out here because of my post.