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posted 10/2/2009 10:06:04 AM |
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  sugarnspice005

Is one that is united, not divided. Why do Americans give such power to Fox, CNN, MSNC, CBS, NBC, and ABC? Why do Americans give so much credence to the likes of Bill Maher, Keith Oberman, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh? Where have Americans lost the ability to think for themselves? You look at the list above, and think about it...the power they have to influence people. It's like if it's on the news, then it's 100% fact/true. The media is "unbiased". Or, if the above people say it's true, then it must be. I'm not going to say all follow these people blindly, there are some who are independent thinkers, who will not follow these people blindly, but instead will question them, make them back up what they say. There isn't that many people out there because if there was, maybe we would have a government working for US, the voters, instead of for the media, unions, corporations, banks, etc. What we have now, isn't working.

Whatever happened to the America where kids started the day at school with the Pledge of Allegiance? The belief has always been, if a kid did not want to say the Pledge, he/she didn't have to. I remember saying the Pledge in the morning, it didn't have any negative affect on me. We had Halloween parties in school that were FUN. We had Christmas parties were gifts were exchanged, and there were Christmas plays, and the kids had FUN. Same with Thanksgiving and Easter. I remember going to stores during the Christmas shopping season and the cashiers would say have a Merry Christmas. Now, today, they say Happy Holidays. Political correctness has taken over. It's great to respect the other cultures in America, but do we really have to trample one in order to appease the others?

Yes, I do like Fox News, I find them to be very informative. Doesn't mean I'm either conservative nor liberal. I listen with an open mind, and when I have questions, I'll look for my own answers. I will not listen to the cheerleaders mentioned above because, while they are entitled to their views/beliefs, I am also entitled to my own, and I find the majority of the time, I do not agree with what most of them say. And, I don't respect name calling and smear campaigns by people in positions that can influence others. Discuss issues without the name calling. I really don't care if so and so had an affair...that's between that person and their spouse. On the other hand, if so and so were involved in selling secrets to.........say Libya, then yeah, that is a matter of national security, and that person should face charges.

Sure would be nice to have a government who works for US instead of the unions, corporations, bankers, and media.



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Wordsofwit

Oct 2 @ 10:21AM  
Several things that could be commented on and this is worth a kudo. A while back after the passing of Walter Cronkite, a man of irrefutable integrity, there were many wonderful essays on what had become of unbiased journalistic integrity. Basically two thing came into play, cable and the Internet.

Now, almost everything has a spin. There are more channels available with greater audience segmentation, so things can be "reported" from the perspective of what the audience wants to hear and how they want to hear it. This frequently comes at the expense of fact largely by omission of elements of truth. The best example is on this site with the distorted crap people relay from their email inboxes.
dmbchick420

Oct 2 @ 11:01AM  
This is a great blog and I'm giving you a kudo
Dione

Oct 2 @ 12:12PM  
Excellent blog. I agree with WofW on this one.
somnium

Oct 2 @ 12:16PM  
I like your blog!

Because of the technology we have today, we have a media blitz of opinions and that's all they are... opinions! You mentioned "political correctness." I don't know when that term started to creep into our lives but it's gone a long ways to alter our way of doing things, to the extent that it causes the 'powers that be' to over react in certain situations, such as a student bringing a 'plastic knife' to school in their lunch bucket, being considered a weapon and therefore expelled for a few days... to, watch what you say, regarding religion or quips about someone, that could also get you in trouble! You all know what I mean- you've heard them on the news or read about teachers and people in the work force, over reacting!

The main reason why I have nothing but total disdain for politics/politicians, is that whatever Washington wants to do under the guise of "helping the people" has nothing to do with 'the people'... period! It has everything to do with what Washington wants for themselves! This has been true for all of the administrations since Eisenhower, in my opinion!! The very fact that political parties are split as they are into Democrats, Republicans and Independents, means that each party will always be biased in their beliefs on what ever 'issues' (as I call them) are on the table! It can't be any other way and explains why there is so much dissent, miss-information and corruption going on in politics as it is!

The Democrats think their version of an issue is correct and refuses to take into consideration, the Republican's version of the same issue! But, not to be out done- the same is true of the Republicans! Show me how efficient that is!! The ideological way of resolving problems between the two 'parties', would be to sit down and resolve the problems between the two and come up with a plan that is acceptable for the citizens! But do they do that? No way!! "Our plan is the best" the Democrats say- "No, our plan is the best" say the Republicans! No one seems to have the capacity to ask the citizens- whom by the way, are the ones who will be affected the most, by what ever plan is voted into law!

What I get a laugh out of is, the government proclaiming that whatever health plan is passed, it will be paid for by eliminating inefficient operation and corruption! Excuse me- isn't Washington, efficiency and corruption, a kind of a two-tiered oxymoron?? And all of a sudden now, the government is going to stamp out inefficiency and corruption, when it should have been doing this all along?? And how do you eliminate corruption, from an already corrupt government anyway??

The government does the things it does, for it's own purpose... period! You want change?? Then "We the People" have to force change ourselves- obviously, Washington isn't going to do it by themselves! But, they do understand force- we must force them to be accountable for their actions with punishing consequences, if they don't comply! We must also demand that the 'parties' sit down and face each other to 'hammer out' provisions in any bill, that benefits our citizens as a whole and not Washington per se!!

Lastly, the politicians need to keep their scrubby hands off of our Constitution- it wasn't meant to be molded to their liking to benefit them! And you don't- you just don't take a plan that's been in the system for decades and throw it away and start with a new one- that's just totally insane! You find its weaknesses and improve them, until it's right! Saves a lot of time and money!

JMO

McBunman

Oct 2 @ 1:13PM  
Good blog and I agree with almost all of it. But I have a question. Why does the Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas bug people so much? To me it is just companies recognizing that not everybody celebrates Christmas. Why does that offend people so much? Nobody is telling you that you can't say Merry Christmas to whoever you want. People can say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, have a good Hanukkah, or whatever they want to me and it doesn't bother me at all. I've just never understood all the angst behind this.
sugarnspice005

Oct 2 @ 1:21PM  
I guess I should have been more clear on the "angst" of Happy Holidays. It isn't the phrase itself that bothers me, it's the way it came about with political correctness run amuk. Basically, in stores, cashiers/greeters, etc..can't say "Merry Christmas" during the Christmas season anymore because it might offend those who are not Christian. I do not go to church, I do not consider myself one particular religious belief, but, I do have a grasp of the idea of what Christmas means to those who are Christian. And, I'm a believer in the right to free speech in this country. So.....why, during the Christmas Season should people be made to feel it is "wrong" to say Merry Christmas?
McBunman

Oct 2 @ 2:30PM  
I don't see it as a free speech issue. Those cashiers / greeters can say Merry Christmas to whoever they want...outside of work. Free speech has limitations, I really wanted to tell a customer to go fuck himself today but thought it wasn't in the best interests of the company, so I didn't.
RevDocLove

Oct 2 @ 5:15PM  
I think Lou Dobbs has it right!
JustAnAvatar

Oct 2 @ 7:02PM  
Good blog and I agree with almost all of it. But I have a question. Why does the Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas bug people so much? To me it is just companies recognizing that not everybody celebrates Christmas. Why does that offend people so much? Nobody is telling you that you can't say Merry Christmas to whoever you want.

I'm with you totally on this. It's not political correctness. It's being polite. Since the cashier can't generally know whether or not the person in front of them celebrates Christmas, the store asks the cashier to wish them a Happy Holiday.

That's not dissing Christmas, for Christ's sake. It's honoring Christmas along with the rest of the holidays, AND respecting other people's views (also for Christ's sake, at least if you pay attention to what Christ taught).

But I agree with most of the rest of what you said as well. Too many Americans live in echo chambers. If you can't form an opinion without the benefit of Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann, give up altogether. And if you disagree, do it respectfully.

JustAnAvatar

Oct 2 @ 7:12PM  
Whatever happened to the America where kids started the day at school with the Pledge of Allegiance?

You know, I hear people say kids no longer start the day with the Pledge of Allegiance. My son (because we moved around) attended schools in three states and four school districts. He just graduated last year. Every school he attended was a public school, and every one started the day with the pledge.

I think this is hooey. I'm betting the great majority of schools still start with the pledge every day.

Why do we keep hearing that they don't? Because there are people who find it helpful in advancing their views to create a fake enemy.
PinkToeNails

Oct 2 @ 7:52PM  
Great blog Sugar! Very good read!

Personally I like Rush and Ann Coulter... but they both can be over the top sometimes...

I just want to know..... why do we Americans have to watch what we say so as not to offend.... but those who protest Christmas or the Pledge of Allegience, and the like, don't mind offending us??? Just because we're the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave doesn't mean they can come here and throw their beliefs on us.... but alas.... that's how it's become...and we've pretty much had to "accept" it ..

It's bullshit!
JustAnAvatar

Oct 2 @ 8:42PM  
just want to know..... why do we Americans have to watch what we say so as not to offend.... but those who protest Christmas or the Pledge of Allegience, and the like, don't mind offending us???

Do you honestly believe the celebration of Christmas is in danger? The Christmas theme is everywhere from late October through the end of December. By Thanksgiving, you can't watch TV for fifteen minutes without seeing Christmas imagery and hearing the word Christmas.

Yes, some stores choose to tell their employees to say happy holidays. That's not a protest against Christmas. It''s a business decision that they've made. If they thought they'd make more money by saying Merry Christmas, trust me, they would.

Just because we're the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave doesn't mean they can come here and throw their beliefs on us.... but alas.... that's how it's become...and we've pretty much had to "accept" it ..

Yes, you will sometimes see a protest against a religious Christmas display on a government facility. The protesters are almost always Americans, born here and exercising their right to free speech. Deal with it. You don't have to agree with them. They likewise don't have to agree with you.

We need to quit imagining enemies that don't exist and injuries that aren't happening.
Wordsofwit

Oct 3 @ 12:40AM  
We need to quit imagining enemies that don't exist and injuries that aren't happening.

Well said! Aren't there enough real problems to be concerned about without exaggerating minor issues.
KitKat25

Oct 3 @ 4:08AM  
It isn't the phrase itself that bothers me, it's the way it came about with political correctness run amuk.

Thank you...this is exactly what bothers me about this whole topic.

Good blog Sugar...sending you a greenie.

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