Media Subtley Shapes Our Views, even when it isn’t obvious

When Democrats criticized Bush for real failures, for instance when then Senator Barack Obama said, “After seven years of an Administration that has stretched our military to the breaking point, ignored deplorable conditions at some VA hospitals, and neglected the planning and preparation necessary to care for our returning heroes, America’s veterans deserve a President who will fight for them not just when it’s easy or convenient, but every hour of every day for the next four years”, those Democrats were just looking out for the best interests of Americans, out of real concern. But Republicans pointing out failures of President Obama want only to selfishly “use the incidents at the hospitals as fodder for a broader political theme about incompetence in his administration”.

In this example it is subtle, but the media relentlessly molds their message to portray Republicans negatively. Otherwise, this would simply be Republicans rightfully criticizing Obama for failures in Veterans Affairs which caused Veterans to die while the buck stops at Obama. But Democrats have real concern for women’s health, and gay rights, and reducing violence–unlike those damn Republicans who just want to score political points! How shameful, using dead Veterans as “fodder” for an election! When Democrats used dead children as fodder for elections, they really cared.

Watch most mainstream news stations and read mainstream articles, and when you look for it, you see it. Democrats” concerns are given real attention, while Republican concerns are always cast as what is best for politics and winning elections. But I am not so much defending Republicans as condemning the media–both Republicans and Democrats shamelessly use terrible government actions as fodder for their re-election, and both Republicans and Democrats from time to time have real concern for the citizens if the US. And I don’t claim to know which one this case represents, and it is probably different for each individual offering criticism of the President.

But one thing I do know is that the media will relentlessly portray Republicans as selfishly acting out of political prudence, and Democrats selflessly acting for the greater good. The real story here is that politics is broken, and the government is incompetent. The Veterans need to be taken care of, because that was the deal when they put themselves in harms way. But to turn around and have the same failure of a government administer healthcare for the entire nation when they cannot even take care of the health of the people who protect this nation, is absurd. Even if Obamacare had the best intentions, which is does not, there is no chance of this government running a program of that size, magnitude, and importance appropriately.

It is time to drastically rethink our idea of the role the federal government should play in our lives. The federal government should not be something constantly on our minds, and on our backs. It was never meant to be a daily player in citizens lives, and a Constitutionally constrained government would return us to that paradigm.

Matt Drudge: “No Real Difference Between Parties…”

Matt Drudge, the founder of the Drudge Report, posted a couple of tweets yesterday on Twitter rhetorically asking why anyone would vote republican. It’s not that he thinks the democrats are any better, it is just that the division between democrat and republican has been erased, and now there is only a division between authoritarian and libertarian according to Drudge. And it certainly seems that he is right. After all, now democrats and republicans are calling for war in Syria. The libertarian aspect of the republican party, which Julian Assange recently referred to as the only useful voice in congress, seem to be the last holdouts of non-interventionist policy.

Why would anyone vote Republican? Please give reason. Raised taxes; marching us off to war again; approved more NSA snooping. WHO ARE THEY?!

There used to be this big government versus little government competition between democrats and republicans respectively, but now each party loves big government, just sometimes in different places. They both apparently love spending money on bombs and a robust military with which to police the world. Democrats helped build a trillion dollar welfare program, and Mitt Romney thinks we should raise the minimum wage and force companies to pay their employees more, despite evidence of that ruining job opportunities for people with low skill levels. Another thing republicans and democrats can agree on is handing tons of money to farmers, banks, green energy, and oil companies in the form of subsidies, grants, and bailouts. And another common thread among republicans and democrats which Drudge hinted at, is that the majority of each party seeming to defend the NSA wiretapping and snooping.

It’s now Authoritarian vs. Libertarian. Since Democrats vs. Republicans has been obliterated, no real difference between parties…

Again there was only a handful of libertarian republicans in congress who stood up against the NSA surveillance program, and a few democrats who spoke out against the DOJ intimidation of journalists. No longer is there a large element in either party which wants to reduce the size and power of the federal government, which is exactly what would improve our economy, and improve our security. If we can put the federal government back to a subservient position to the state governments then we can actually positively improve America’s prospects as a strong, free, nation of laws which protects the products of an individual’s labor. I believe the way to start is by abolishing the 16th and 17th amendments.