Thursday, March 31, 2005

Passion and Purpose

I've had enough of this, I am done.

I've sat idly by and watched as my liberty is eroded by politicians who claim to have my best interests at heart. I've remained silent as the news media in the United States has deftly attempted to manipulate my generation's opinions through a focused campaign of incomplete and sometimes inaccurate reporting. I've seen our leaders escape blame for statements we now know to be not true and actions that have undermined our standing in the world. I now watch as our nation's judicial system weighs issues of life or death for which they should have no jurisdiction over.

Deception. Misinformation. Usurpation.

I believe there are two topics on which we are the most deceived and misinformed - issues of economics and matters of liberty. There is also sufficient overlap between the two topics that they can be discussed and debated within the same framework.

This blog is dedicated to those discussions and debates. Please feel free to post questions, answers, assertions, comments, watercooler conversations, and engage in serious debates. I don't have all the answers but I'm pretty good at clarifying issues. Each discussion will generate a premise on which we can base future discussion. We will build the framework as we go along.

Thank you for your participation.

5 comments:

Speed said...

Due to recent international events, I can't help but say that my confidence in the American Government is at an all time low. And this is not speaking from a Democratic or Republican perspective, but as an American citizen. In terms of "Liberty" we as a people are protected by the Constitution (to a certain extent), but in terms of Economics we are playing financial craps (and the government won't let us see the table or the dice).

With regards to Social Security, it used to be an issue of the lesser of two evils. On one side you had the Gov't saying that they would set an account aside that you could put money into for your retirement(this was great until they began borrowing from the accounts). And on the other side you had "Big Business" trying to get you to invest your retirement money with them (this was great until companies like Enron and Qwest exposed the level of risk involved in that option).

Now we have the Gov't trying to combine the two. Not good if you ask me!

James Sayno said...

So Speed - what would you do to reform Social Security? If you could have it your way - how would you design the system?

monterey63 said...

I’ve already posted my social security dreamland under Prof E’s blog. What I would like to do here is comment on some of Maestro’s thoughts.

First, “I've remained silent as the news media in the United States has deftly attempted to manipulate my generation's opinions through a focused campaign of incomplete and sometimes inaccurate reporting.” Incomplete, inaccurate reporting is the love child of money and political access. Money drives the corporations that own the nation’s news reporting agencies. I would guess that there are less than 100 privately owned newspapers and television stations left in the United States. Today our news comes from the Rupert Murdoch and Ted Turners of the world. Regardless of which side of the aisle these folks fall, they are all on the same sheet of music when it comes to the bottom line. What they choose to do is walk a tightrope over a chasm of advertising revenue, political access and their own personal agendas.

No need to discuss advertising revenue, it speaks for itself.

Political access, blacklisting or whatever you choose to call it is very real and quite powerful. “If you, Mr. Newspaper Publisher, don’t bury that story I will never grant you another interview”.” If you, Ms. TV Reporter, ask me hard questions I will withdraw my offer of open access”. Not such a scary proposition coming from your local Mayor but when that is the status quo of our national figures it becomes a multi headed monster. The result is what we see in our so called news media today.

Agendas? Many would agree that Murdoch is a conservative in the worst sort of way and to the left, Ted follows suit. However, I don’t believe true politics is either’s agenda. My theory is that the agenda is power. With power comes money and isn’t that their true goal? Each has found his place in their respective camps and is milking it for every dime they can get.

Second, “I've seen our leaders escape blame for statements we now know to be not true and actions that have undermined our standing in the world.” Pundits agree that George Bush was awarded another term because of the moral majority. How funny is that? Moral George? Our country re-elected a guy that looks us in the eye and lies, over and over again. We returned a man to office that ordered the murder of thousand upon thousands of innocent people by waging war in Iraq, collateral damage is what he calls them. A fellow who doesn’t mind condeming same sex marriage as a sin even though the bible he thumps says that only God may judge. No wonder the rest of the world sees us as ridiculous people. I have to agree.

Third, “I now watch as our nation's judicial system weighs issues of life or death for which they should have no jurisdiction over”. Again, George’s and company’s moral deficit. Bush is attempting to cut funds to the very program that helped keep Teri alive. Political and personal gain is what prompted W to cut short his vacation and rush to Washington DC for the photo op. I can’t express how sad those theatrics make me for our country.



Lastly, “Deception. Misinformation. Usurpation”. We have to decide what we are personally willing to do to educate the masses. It is amazing to me that some people still believe that Sadam had something to do with 9-11! Until we wake up our complacent nation, make them interested in the real facts and get them to vote, we get what we deserve.

monterey63 said...

Web Masters, how do I start a discussion? I would like to post a blog on the volunteers watching the American/Mexico border for illegals. I tried but couldn't use this url. Please advise.

James Sayno said...

monterey63 - thanks for your request and all your posts. I've eagerly watched over the last couple of days as we begin our journey and I'm glad that others are paying attention as well.

I've created a post for you to comment on the border issue. Have fun.