Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Open letter to the press

                                                          TAKING A STAND
                                                            Does it matter?

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It has been said by religious leaders, philosophers, barroom sermonizers and deep-thinkers ever since the dawn of deep thinking, that every new day we wake up, we are given a fresh start, a clean slate, a new opportunity to do the right thing, to make better choices, to take a stand for the things that matter.  This is a simple concept, but human nature insures it is not an easy thing to put into practice. Meaningful change requires an admission of being wrong, misguided or duped. Who cares to admit that and more? Practically no one. Too often we have a considerable personal investment in past decisions that even Ray Charles could see were mistakes. For instance, take the elite liberal media and Barack Obama.

Those in the press who chose to put aside their objectivity, who shirked their responsibility incumbent in their 1st Amendment guarantees and protections, who decided to sacrifice their duty to the people as their government watchdog on the alter of Obama; those card-carrying members of the Fourth Estate have a new day, a new opportunity to change their ways and take a stand now, for something that matters. If not now, then when?

The road to recovery is long. The path to righteousness-doing the right thing-is narrow. The journey to redemption is fraught with hazards and temptations. It is not an easy thing to admit to yourself and your fellows that you bought a lemon.

Remember when journalist were trusted by the public?
The Society of Professional Journalists has a Code of Ethics. The Preamble reads:
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society's principles and standards of practice.
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Taking a stand for the truth is its own reward. Serving the public with thoroughness and honesty makes it easier to sleep well and to wake up each day with the promise of making a difference on things that matter.

Overload and Alligator Sticks


For those unfamiliar with the Cloward and Piven Strategy, simply put, it was and is a strategy proposed, in 1966 by the far-left husband and wife political activists Richard Cloward  and Frances Fox Piven, both professors at the Columbia University School of Social Work, to create a crisis in the welfare system – by exploiting the gap between welfare law and practice – that would ultimately bring about its collapse and replace it with a system of guaranteed annual income. They hoped to accomplish this end by overloading the already overburdened welfare bureaucracy and budget with more than the system could possibly handle or afford.

This overload strategy can be used to collapse any system, i.e., power grids, national defense, a legal system, a person's circulatory system, an engine's cooling system, a web server, the constitutionally established system of checks and balances, or even one's digestive system. You get the idea.

Currently, there is a system being overloaded, steadily and progressively: the system of a representative government as established over 200 years ago in the United States. "We the People", the system comprised of the electorate and citizens of the United States, have been and are being overloaded with daily doses of the latest outrage, overreach, power grab, dereliction, deception, demonization, attention grabbing injury or atrocity, and destruction of life, liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness perpetrated by a rapidly morphing unrepresentative government. The system of "We the People" is being overloaded, nearing the point of collapse, to be replaced by a different system, one that results in "fundamentally transforming the United States of America."

So, what's an overloaded patriot to do? A wise man once told me, "When you're up to your ass in alligators, pick up a stick and go after the closest alligator."

There are several sticks from which to choose. In alphabetical order: Americans for Prosperity, Freedom Works, Heritage Action, Watchdog Wire, as well as others. I have personally worked with and used all of those mentioned, as well as local and national tea party and 912 groups. These days, on the federal level, the "closest alligator" is Congress. I have found the Heritage Action Sentry Program has an alligator stick that makes it easy to influence specific legislation and specific legislators on the issues vital to our country's future. Please check it out.