American Ideals CrossRoads, posted by Cindy Cross, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:42 am Cindy Cross is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
American Ideals by Cindy Cross
Iíve been looking for some rational way of processing my feelings after watching a CNN interview with Michelle Bachman after her victory at the Iowa Caucus two weeks ago. With that crackpot look in her eyes, she recited the simplistic tea party line that her victory was the result of Iowa voters wanting less government and less taxation.
What I found perplexing about this interview with representative Bachman was not the message, although silly as it was, but how far we have descended as a people in accepting nonsense for truth and substance for sound bites.
Once again we are being asked to believe someone who proposes to represent the interests of common, hardworking middle class Americans, but the problem is, thatís not the truth! Charles and David Koch want us to believe that because their interests are better served by less government and less taxation. Thatís not my opinion, but rather the financial reality of who supports the tea party movement, a movement that did not exist during the Bush years of tax cuts and two wars.
Add the Fox News media empire with Rupert Murdoch and his 24/7 propaganda machine, and you have a national conversation on nothing of substance and nothing that is going to get us out of our many crises. But the lack of truth is in large supply from every direction, with both parties and the corporations that own the media poisoning the well from which we drink.
Just as the likes of Palin, Bachman and any republican with any hope of getting elected, spout their narrow path to the Promised Land that is the American Dream; the democrats havenít had a good idea coming from their chambers since the Civil Rights legislation. Therefore this is not a partisan problem but a systemic illness that has infected our political system by greed and an unrelenting quest for power.
Our politicians feed from the same corporate trough and with the same agenda, only disguised by polarizing rhetoric that gives comfort to our personal points of views and interests. I think most of us Americans are more likeminded than one would think after watching either Fox News or MSNBC. Who really wants fewer teachers in our schools as a result of layoffs, or less police and fire department support protecting our persons and property? When will it become too terrible of a burden to pay exorbitant prices for gas while the oil companies post record profits while paying little in the way of taxes? And when do we agree that spending billions of dollars a month on wars that cannot be won, while young men and women are losing life and limbs in this mindless pursuit of nation building?
Weíre being lied to and it seems that unless we unite around higher ideals than personal gain, weíre doomed to be a once great nation, not the dynamic nation most of us seek to be a part of.
Posted by Pick a winner, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 26, 2011 at 9:44 am
Why does the media show up for this meaningless fiasco. Truly, meaningless, nothing official about it, but it ruins the primaries in later states with real primaries. Even when Iowa does have their substitute form of primaries...they are cacuses, where neighbors who want to get together meet at a neighbors house and openly discuss, well, who are we going to support? NO secret ballots...not an election process. Even doing that, they chose TV evangelist Pat Robertson as their guy, the year PAPA Bush was elected President.
Last time, their choice to oppose Obama was Evangelical tent revivalist Huckabee ! ! That screwed up the primary victories following. McCain was broke and ready to fold. But because egotistical Huckabee pigged out at the Iowa trough, it kept Romney from beating broke McCain. So, you might say Huckster and Iowa elected Obama.,..otherwise Romney would have been the one handling the financial collapse.
This year we have Bachman and her pray away the gay first spouse, Perry and his all-day prayer events. Iowa would be happy either way. since they understand the 'code' it's not about taxes, it all about sufficient prayer, gays, and abortion. And even more tragic, it's all about WHO they WANT ...NOT ABOUT WHO CAN BEAT INCUMBENT OBAMA,
Posted by johndouglas, a resident of another community, on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Seems like the comments on this blog are mostly angry and childish. Samson comments that the author most be watching a lot of TV - brilliant Samson, given your comment what do you spend your time doing, critiquing Tolstoy just for the fun of it? Cholo, maybe if you had taken more than 5th grade English grammar you would know that language has more depth than a simple grade school directive, relax and stretch yourself a bit - it's the message Cholo that language conveys, so loosen up. Denny, you and your little world view is why this country is in the mess it's in, small minded partisan hacks who vote for a party like it was a sports team, a die-hard fan no matter how much they stink the place up. If this is Cindy's audience, I sure hope she is writing just for the love of it, because this forum and the comments it generates is a reflection of the very point this article tried to articulate (you with me on these big words Cholo?).
Posted by samson, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Aug 26, 2011 at 8:50 pm
It just so happens that I finished Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina' just this past July. It was my third reading. It is one of my favorite novels, perhaps second only to Dostoevsky's 'The Brothers Karamozov' and Honore de Balzac's 'La Comedie Humaine'. Funny then that you should mention Tolstoy, johndouglas, because I'm currently about halfway through War and Peace, after having had to start from the beginning again because I began to sink in the sea of its patronyms. I can't say I have much to offer by way of critique of Tolstoy, as he leaves me quite in awe.
I think you may be suffering some confusion, johndouglas. In all your self righteousness, you seem to have missed a pretty obvious point: That the commentators, in order to respond to Cindy, feel they must crank things down a notch to connect on her level. The irony isn't her audience, johndouglas -- yourself perhaps excepted -- but that Cindy would be lamenting in all of her erudition that we have arrived at a point where the populace appears to have suffered a collective dumbing down.
BTW, speaking for myself, Cholo is my favorite commentator on these posts. His sense of humor, better some days than others, is a rare treasure which I wish I possessed. Apparently he is conversant in at least five languages. I wonder whether you might claim any such level of accomplishment in your life. Keep using those big words, johndouglas! Very impressive!