Greetings gentle reader
Over the past few days I have been reading with some interst the posts on the Forums. In particular some statements concerning the Existance of a thing called "The Liberal left Wing Press". and its apparent attempts to derail the Presidential hopes of one George Bush.
It seems that a T/V commentator by the the name of, Dan Rather? has made some compromising statements, which quite frankly I know nothing about.One person has actually assumed that I follow this rather strange political propaganda, as put out by the left wing, or is it the right wing? Anyway here is my answer:-
Hmm...Most interesting, this seemingly paranoid obsession, with something called the Liberal Left wing Press, this intrigues me somewhat.
Unlike the US we in Aus do have this problem, that is the placing of labels on anything or everything that may, or may not, dissagree with ones particular point of view.
I must assume that Rathergate must refer to a rather obscure, (Well to us anyway) news commentator, by the name of Rather, or is it Gate.
Anyway, the world is full of Conspiracy Theories, and elections are a great excuse to look for them. We have similar problems here.
What I fail to understand is, the habit that US candidates have of attacking the oposition candidates on a personal level, instead of policy. The moment that it is seen that someone has gained an advantage? Out come the Pot smoking allegations, or revelations of a clandestine membership in a swingers club, or some other irelevency.
As far as the so called "Expert" commentators on television are concened, I reckon they just make it up as they go. Let's face it, most people do not know the difference, so the sheep just lap it up, basking in the self satisfied hungry grins of the media manipulators, devouring every word like sharks at a food fest. I seem to remember a quote by the writer James Blish in "Faust Alpha Nul", Where the Devil say's to the Monk, "The side that believes it's own propaganda is the eventual loser". Or something like that.
I mean who cares if a candidate is gay, a crossdresser, had a harem of mistresses, Or has seven toes on one foot, as long as he or she can do the job they have applied for. The idea of a squeaky clean image is impossible to achieve. The white stain on Bill Clintons Fly would bear witness to that fact. I mean just because a candidate has billions of dollars to throw around, making meaningless promises, does not in my book, qualify that person as being a good person. Maybe you will be lucky this time around, and more than 30% of the US population will get enough energy to get off their fat posteriors and actually vote. Then the next President, whoever he might be, might be truly representative of the people.
We may have compulsory Voting, with fines for non compliance, but at least we know that our leaders are voted in by the majority of the population, not just the majority of those who are interested enough to vote, but do something about what they believe in, and not just talk about it. The media tends to think twice before attacking on a personal level here in Aus, the "Victim" may just end up the winner.
Wow! I am in a stirring mood tonight aren't I? But then if i feel i am being attacked? I tend to, (very nicely mind you), come back on my perceived attacker. The German Strategist, Rienhardt Gehlen once said " If a perceived enemy looks like they may attack, then one should attack first, we can always apologise later."
Isn't freedom of speech wonderful?
To be honest folks, having spent many years as a Campaign Director for a Major political party, both on a Federal and State level, I am somewhat cynical when it comes to Politics. In the end, whoever wins an election is going to be no different from the last, or the next, successful candidate. They only seem to be intersted in carving a niche in history for thenselves, and to hell with the rest. It's all about personal interest before the people. I once had an elected representative tell me, "I don't have to answer to anyone, I am the elected representative, and I can do what i like." Needless to say I disendorsed him next time around, and he went back to driving a bus.
I am no longer active politicaly, however I do maintain an interest. Besides, I need a laugh sometimes.
So having looked at the current events in the U.S., I can only assume that the next Republican President, will be the best President, that the Democrats ever elected. Or visa versa.
If by chance I have offened thee, then I do apologise, with the reminder that everything is tongue in cheek, and being offended is after all, a matter of choice.
So until my next visit, may your life be filled with the Joy you so richly deserve. You need only to reach out and take it, for it is yours for the taking.