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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Politics: The Media Anoints The Candidates


Or not. We here at Casa de Los Gatos are no Ron Paul fans, but we really think that the media is going too far in promoting Giuliani and denigrating Paul. We don't agree with a lot of Paul's positions, but clearly he's saying something people want to hear.

At issue here is the fact that, in a democracy, the will of the people determines the winner of an election. Not the will of the mainstream media, not the will of lobbyists, paid shills, corporations, the existing power structure, the political machine.

Paul has said that he is flatly opposed to the Iraq occupation. Right there, he is siding with the majority of Americans who want the war ended. He is also pro-medical marijuana. There, he is in tune with a number of people who use marijuana for relief of chronic pain. His insistence on adherence to the Constitution must resonate with the populace who, for seven long years, have witnessed Bush and the Republicans treat the founding document like a piece of toilet paper.

He is articulate, unwavering in his opinions (unlike Mitt Romney the flip-flopper, Giuliani the panderer and McCain the political whore), and principled. What's not to like?

Okay, I don't like his stance on abortion. But I also don't like conservative commentator Joe Scarborough's hysteria over the recent fundraiser that netted Paul millions:
Scarborough noted the significance of the Guy Fawkes tie-in, explaining, "I don't know if you saw V for Vendetta, but Guy Fawkes is a guy that tried to assassinate some king -- King Henry or King George or King -- James! ... So I guess that's a libertarian thing to do. Try to assassinate kings. And so they had a celebration of this dastardly act."
It would appear that our media is as ignorant as our political class. Don't they realize that the movie V for Vendetta is supposed to rouse an abject apathetic populace against a criminal and oppressive ruling class?

Sort of like what we're going through today with King George. Sort of what this country went through at it's founding with another mad King George. Revolution is what this country was founded on.
That to secure these rights, governments are instituted deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it and to institute new government laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

That is a ringing call to the people to ensure that their wishes are truly reflected in the composition of those that they choose to govern them. Ron Paul is saying something that the people want to hear. Instead of being terrified of him, why don't you, the mainstream media, talk about how you anoint certain candidates and refuse others the slightest coverage? Instead of labeling Paul crazy, or telling us for the umpteenth time about Edwards' hair or Hillary's cleavage, start telling us their positions on the issues. What do they plan to do about the crashing economy? Inadequate healthcare? Inflated CEO salaries? Stagnation of working people's wages? The housing market crash? The coming credit crunch? The ridiculous price of gas? Global warming? "Free" trade agreements?

Give us some news we can use, guys. We're sick of the pap you've been feeding us all these years.

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