Posts Tagged ‘media’

hypocriteFolks are right to be enraged by the events which have occurred (and are occurring) in Ferguson, Missouri. These events are a demonstration of the state of race relations in the country, and everyone should be concerned. However, despite the implicit claims of America’s race hustlers, moral cowards, and sundry other folks in self-indulgent denial, we do not live in Mississippi circa 1956. No one should deny the continued existence of racism or bias, nor the existence of police officers using excessive force. We should, however, not be so blinded by the sparkling rhetoric of the race baiters among us – rhetoric deliberately designed to give the impression that racism remains a pernicious problem in the U.S..

Racism is not the problem, race relations are. These are not the same.

The race baiting, racial tension, and acts of force against persons and property in Ferguson following the shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer are a symptom of that problem. Let’s get the facts straight before we proceed.

First, Michael Brown and Darren Wilson – the officer who fatally shot Brown – are responsible for their own actions, as are the “demonstrators” whose chosen form of protest is to attack police, loot stores, and destroy property in their community.
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There are four characteristics which brand a country unmistakably as a dictatorship: one-party rule—executions without trial or with a mock trial, for political offenses—the nationalization or expropriation of private property—and censorship. A country guilty of these outrages forfeits any moral prerogatives, any claim to national rights or sovereignty, and becomes an outlaw.

Corrupt press…check. corrupted policy makers…check. corrupt judiciary…check. Corrupted bureaucracies….check.

Dictatorship? Are we there yet?

Video courtesy of YouTube, Accuracy in Media, and NiceDeb.

 

Hate to waste Sniperhunter’s sorta-kinda first post and add to the cacophony that is analysis of the tenuous connection between the Republican Party’s golden boy du-cycle, Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and the high priestess of principles, philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand. The moment seems, however, like serendipity.

Not jumping on this opportunity to discuss the irrelevancy of the analysis done today in light of the cluelessness about Rand shown by most ‘pundits’ would be – well – selfless. (more…)