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Bloviating Zeppelin: Insufficiently Left

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Insufficiently Left

Despite all the advances we have made over the years, despite the advances in media in oh-so-many-forms, despite having taken off the gloves and actually engaged the Left in more of a bare-knuckled fight (when we had the balls to fight, that is), we as Conservatives still, in my opinion, do not clearly understand the Left -- and do not understand how the Left views what we view.

A bit of necessary background:

The Left has historically ruled the media on most every level.

It was only when the history-making Rush Limbaugh forged forward with his conservative radio program in the 80's (I met him briefly when we both worked for KFBK in Sacramento, very early in his career, very late in mine) that the Right seemed to have found its voice. Say what you will about Limbaugh, his were the formative and very important first steps on the Right.

From that point on, conservatives ruled talk radio. That rule translated to our voices being heard on the internet, into networks via Fox News and, at the same time, the instigated diminishing of the Left's importance in print media.

Is it, then, no coincidence that the Left became LOUDER and more STRIDENT and more LEFT as they perceived a greater challenge to their former AUTHORITY and DOMINANCE over all forms of the media? Is it, then, no coincidence that they clawed their bloody and demented talons more firmly into EDUCATION on all its levels, and into recognition that control of two very salient aspects of American life would ensure their competition and success, to wit:
  1. ALL forms of education
  2. ALL the courts of the land
The more the Left was challenged, the more TO the Left they moved.

Read, then, and please try to understand the implications thereof, from The Smirking Chimp:

President Bush on Saturday further cemented his legacy of fighting for strong executive powers, using his veto to shut down a Congressional effort to limit the Central Intelligence Agency’s latitude to subject terrorism suspects to harsh interrogation techniques. New York Times, 3/9/08

President Bush vetoed a bill that would have outlawed torture.

Ten words. Ten straightforward words as opposed to the thirty-eight in the above opening sentence to the New York Times story. There’s a reason why the Times uses triple the verbiage required. Journalists today are doing their best to edge around a truth too ugly for our media to confront directly. The writing must instead be carefully unfocussed so that it’s not about torture but about Bush’s “legacy,” about “strong executive power,” nice, bloodless terms that help stretch the sentence out and further dilute its actual meaning.

As far as the current Left are concerned, the New York Times is a Conservative Mouthpiece for the Right.

Did you get that? The New York Times is a Conservative Mouthpiece for the Right.

It isn't just a slight fringe believing this anymore; it's the bulk of the party.

Wrap your mind around that concept.

Today, people like Scoop Jackson, Jack Kennedy, Zell Miller -- they wouldn't even get into the Demorat party. And why Joe Lieberman had to leave.



Blogger Mark said...

What is scary is the sheer number of people you will meet on the street who parrot all of's talking points du jour. people who wouldn't have even considered such leftist ideas just ten years ago. there has been a serious loss of personal thinking in just a few years. where one used to have conversations with people, now you can't. it's not "polite" to talk about "sensitive" issues like politics or religion. well, fuck that noise! we can't have a society if we can't talk to each other! wake up America!!

Sun Mar 09, 09:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Mark said...

remember the invasion of the body snatchers? where everyone around is turning into Obamazombies? oh, wait a min., that's here and now, isn't it?

Sun Mar 09, 10:02:00 PM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Ah, freedom of speech! It didn't just start with McCain-Feingold and 527s and such... no it goes a bit further than that on the R side of things. In fact at the 1999 National Association of Broadcasters meeting, Sen. McCain would go quite a bit further and put forth that there really was no opportunity in broadcasting left: it was all cable and internet. He wanted to make damned sure of that by strangling Low Power FM services in the cradle, because local communities just don't need local news and views done by local folks. Just let the MSM do it for you! That is the upshot of his views then... so Rush was definitely in the *legacy* media and new broadcasting outlets just didn't need to go anywhere as the net would get coverage and cable does the rest and, really, the federal government is the best thing to decide these sorts of deals now, isn't it?

He would then come up with a the standard DC hodge-podge of 'minority set asides' for local cable producers and other fun things, just because, you know, very cheap LPFM sets were far too egalitarian and would be easy to purchase and use, while having to force local cable operations to do things was ever so much better. I then stumbled across an article and from that googled the McCain-Ensign bill and local right of way for cable companies... never in my life have I seen so many disparate cities, towns and villages, plus local municipalities send such scathing letters to Washington! Plus, in amongst the letters, there were some folks carping about how 'local cable access' meant little watched channels and broadcasting at odd hours. Not only do they get federal help but they *complain about it*.

Of course McCain also went after political free speech back in 1998, trying to get backing for something only a liberal, like Feingold, could love. Once that got rolling he realized that he could get intrusive with public internet terminals, even after the SCOTUS ruled against the COPA, and tried to basically 'reword' COPA so that adults would have the restrictions of children and have to ask for adult priveleges in public. Apparently, in the world seen by John McCain, you need 'super adults' to tell regular adults what they can and cannot do. I mean that 'for the kids' dodged worked so well with the 1998 Tobacco tax bill, now, didn't it?

So don't worry, the R party has your back! They will prevent you from gambling online! I mean don't worry your little heads about things, I am sure that a nice, federal, regulation will solve any single problem... and save you from too much 'free speech' while giving special funds to 'minorities' to bombard you with special interest speech.

What is the differences between Big Government Liberals and Conservatives? I haven't found any yet. They both will tell you what to do for 'your own good' as that is 'the job of government'.

Mon Mar 10, 04:46:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Rivka said...

Great analysis. The Demorat party is basically socialist now. That is why Lieberman and Zell left.

Think about how the GOP is going left as well. The Defectors from the left are infiltrating the Republican side and if the trend keeps up, we will not have a GOP.. We will have the marxists vs. the liberals. The conservatives will have to create their own party eventually.

Of course, this is just based on what I am seeing now. It could all change and the Rockefeller Repubs. might get overtaken by Reaganites. Who knows. It is the current trend that is frightening.

Mon Mar 10, 06:45:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Gayle said...

Mark's second comment on this threat would be extremely funny if it weren't so true, BZ, and your post is also not funny for the same reason... it's all true. I cannot, simply cannot wrap my mind around the concept that the majority of the Democrats believe the NYT's is a mouthpiece for the Right! WHAT? They'd have to be completely deluded to believe that! Well... I guess that explains it.

Mon Mar 10, 11:17:00 AM PDT  
Blogger shoprat said...

And it's still not far enough to the left for Mr. Nader. What a world we live in.

Mon Mar 10, 03:26:00 PM PDT  
Blogger ABFreedom said...

Maybe we should let their dark twisted souls collapse in on themselves, and when they ask for a hand up..... we let'em fall....

Mon Mar 10, 05:07:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The Vegas Art Guy said...

BZ not all teachers are liberals. There are plenty of conservative ones as well out there. We just are to busy actually trying to teach our students to toot our own horn. But make no mistake, the left does not have education all to themselves...

Tue Mar 11, 06:31:00 AM PDT  

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