We are told that Mr. Romney once put his dog (in a cage) on the roof of his car. Mr. Obama once ate dog (maybe).
These were headline news stories last week. Local, State, and National media were falling all over themselves to report and analyze these key events that happened decades ago. Was Mr. Romney unbelievably cruel to an animal or was this the same thing as having the dog ride in the back of a pick-up truck? Was Mr. Obama, then a child in Indonesia, even aware of what he was eating and if so, wasn’t it the local custom in any event? Who cares?
It seems our media feel that if we have a full understanding of how a candidate feels about dogs, we will know whether or not he will make a good President.
How much have you seen in the ‘mainstream media’ about HR 347 which Mr. Obama quietly signed (no media and no public ceremony) on March 15, 2012? Did you know that the Secret Service can now tell you where and when you are allowed to protest, demonstrate, or make ‘political speech”? This was passed by an overwhelming majority of the House and by ‘unanimous consent’ (no record kept of individual Senator’s preferences). Your First Amendment Right to Freedom of Expression has just been curtailed and the media didn’t think that was as important as treatment of dogs. If you don’t believe this, here is the First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Go here for the law that abridges our First Amendment Rights.
How many articles have you read in the past few weeks about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman? Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Louis Farrakan want you to believe this was a racially motivated murder. Mr. Obama fanned the flames saying, “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” Fox News wants you to believe that George Zimmerman shot Mr. Martin in self defense. Why is this important? I don’t know. Other than to his friends family and community, it is not. Approximately 15,000 people are murdered each year in the U.S. Though not an official number (I can’t find a government source) about 7,500 people were shot by someone defending their persons or possessions in 2010. Do you see this kind of coverage except when it is to someone’s political advantage to make it a ‘big story’?
How much have you read about the massive inflation of education costs and the rapidly decreasing regard the world holds for a U.S. education? Or the failure of government to maintain our infrastructure? Or why the government is making it difficult for our energy industry to produce energy here in the U.S. while we continue to import more energy from outside our borders? Or what about stories that show that political fraud and corruption are making the U.S. look like a banana republic?
To say that our media do us a disservice is likely the understatement of the decade. If it isn’t, it’s a close second to:
“America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” - SENATOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA, MARCH 16, 2006
Amen, Mr. Obama. Now if our media will just start talking about issues of merit (like our debt problem and failure of leadership) won’t we all be better informed and better off?