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After eight years of a
tumultuous and arguably corrupt Bush-Cheney regime, a common
theme throughout the 2008 presidential campaign was simply one
word, "change." While all candidates promised to reform
the doings of Washington, one person was able to slickly package
and market the theme of hope and change and turn it into
a decisive win in the November election. That election was a
near landslide for Barack Obama, a mandate of sorts for a new
direction in this country, moving away from the draconian ways
of the previous administration.
Along with that win came a
thorough drubbing of the Republican party, but as the GOP has
proven time and time again, they don't die easy. They come back
with a vengeance. Their animosity and disregard for the will
of the people didn't take long to surface as the GOP
attacked America's first ever African-American President within
the first 30 days. While the previous administration claimed two
terms in office under some highly suspicious voting
irregularities, the Bush-Cheney team never ever encountered the
degree of political ill will that was dealt from the start
towards the new incoming Democrat elect President Obama.
That's saying a lot! Bush and Cheney were also opposed from the
start, but not quite like this.
While a large number of
progressives have been unhappy to see many unpopular Bush
policies remain in place, questioning how much change
would actually take place in the Obama administration, the
conservatives have been thankless, even though many of the
called-for investigations by the Democrats of Bush-Cheney have
While a lack of change
in many areas has left a great deal of progressives feeling
somewhat cheated, there has apparently been enough of an attempt
at change to stir the wrath of the far right. FOX has been
behind much of this, with their minions of propaganda and deceit
leading the way. Disinformation pundits such as O'Reilly and
Hannity have been as predictable as ever in the onslaught,
feigning independence while dripping with party line sweat and
rhetoric, but surprisingly the newest Rupert Murdoch FOX
mouthpiece, Glenn Beck, lured away from CNN, has done the most
Beck is very much like a game
of Russian roulette, but in reverse. With Beck there is only
one chamber empty and harmless, while the others are loaded
and ready to kill. There are some issues which Beck seems to
have an inkling of such as the dangers of the Federal Reserve
System or the New World Order, but the contrast of those issues
with others where he seems to have no grip at all is a
juxtaposition in reason and logic. (Obama origin of birth,
Muslim faith, and alleged hatred of white people, etc.)
Like the infamous Joseph
Goebbels, Beck has learned to pander to and manipulate an
audience of followers with theater and emotion. His now almost
regular national sniveling has become a routine part of his act,
using it at will like a soap opera actress, as he works to sell
a false sincerity in a desperate attempt to sway the opinions of
gullible viewers, all for the pay-off of millions in Murdoch
money. Not quite a Darth Vader to Murdoch's evil emperor status,
for Bill O'Reilly holds that distinction, (apologies to dark
lord of the Sith Dick Cheney) but perhaps maybe a Boba Fett the
bounty hunter analogy as Beck targets his prey for the empire,
whether it be Rahm Emanuel, Van Jones or even Obama himself.
Beck is the new darling pawn of the right.
While the conservative media
machine has launched a full scale attack, aiming the right wing
media conglomeration of talk-radio, FOX News and countless
publications squarely at Obama, it has been Beck who seems to
have struck a resonant chord among the less educated and most
gullible of conservatives and moderates. It's poetically ironic
that the affable yet cerebrally challenged Beck should be the
band leader for the naive far right lemmings of America. What's
the old saying, "birds of a feather...?"
Together, these combined
forces, all wielding party driven propaganda, have falsely
misled others into many movements, from the tea baggers to the
birthers, all seemingly hell bent on anarchy and an
With all of this said, one has
to wonder where the extreme vehemence and anger from the right
is coming from. The far right has unleashed a veritable barrage
of hate and disinformation directed at Obama, an assault of the
likes not seen in this country for quite some time.
So far to date they have
fomented and encouraged the following false allegations on Obama
: 1) he is a Muslim, 2) he is not a real American, and 3) he is
a racist and hates white people, even though his mom and
grandmother are white. All of these right wing charges have been
proven to be false, but you wouldn't know it if you listen to
the far right media machine that is openly lying on all of these
The message from the far right
has been fear and hatred. They are encouraging violence with
their speech. They openly tell protesters to bear arms. They
encourage talk of seceding from the union, thus weakening the
country. This is pure madness; for what reason?
It's starting to look as if
many on the right simply don't want to believe the truth. They
appear to be more comfortable rejecting this Democratic
President for reasons that are starting to look as if they are
beyond politics, reasons that are socially very disturbing.
Examine the crowds that you
see at the tea bag gatherings or Beck's own 9/12 march. Aside
from the many misspelled protest signs, one thing is quite
glaring, the crowds are predominantly white. A search of the
photos yields very few blacks at all (99.9% white). Maybe the photographers just
happened to take pictures of white segments only, for every single
photo. Then again, maybe we have a problem with a particular
segment of society that is being driven with falsehoods from the
You have to seriously question
where anger like this is coming from. Policy issues are one
thing, but the vitriol being displayed from the right is
seemingly much deeper.
One thing seems to be very
obvious, Obama has upset big money with his reform
agenda. Only the big money interests have the wherewithal and
financial deep pockets to plan and fund such a grandiose ruse on
a gullible segment of society. As George W. Bush once said,
"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and those are
the ones you want to concentrate on." Someone is apparently
concentrating very hard on a segment of the conservative right.
Who is it that Obama has
apparently pissed off? ($$$)
Are you starting to see a motive for some to
stir up animosity against a President pushing for reform?
Trillions of dollars are at stake under health care and Wall
While this author was wholeheartedly behind a
Kucinich campaign, I seriously have to wonder as I watch big
money and the far right line up to tear the Obama agenda apart.
The crowds we see
demonstrating are truly passionate about their beliefs, albeit
they are grossly misguided and without legitimate foundation.
They scream that
they want their country back when it hasn't gone any further
from them. Where does this reasoning come from?
These crowds are being purposefully lied to and misled with
disinformation by a much more powerful force that seeks to
divide this country through racial and political division. It is
apparently in someone's best financial interests to see us at
each other's throats.
What the powers that be seem
to fear is that people are starting to wake up from the Bush
administration hangover, when we were drunk with
disillusionment, blind patriotic faith and ignorance. It would
seem that someone wouldn't mind seeing more domestic catastrophe
to push us back to that easily manipulated place.
Then there's Glenn Beck, who
would very much like to see us return to that day after 9/11. He
readily admits it. We were scared then, ready to give up our
Constitutional rights and accept the most horrible legislation
in US history with the Patriot Act. Some would like us to return to a post-9/11 mentality
of fearful lemmings, malleable and easily manipulated. Beck and the
powers that be that guide him want us to return to that
state of being frightened and angry.
That is the professed goal of Beck's 9/12 Project.
How does this unite America
when the tea bag events and Obama protests are clearly dividing
people with racism and heated political acrimony?
Beck and the far right
wing-nuts are organizing their disillusioned lemmings en masse,
to portray a false perception that all of America is upset.
Their march on Washington was but one example, although
inaccurately misrepresented by Beck and the right. FOX News,
Freedom works and Beck have estimated that between 1 to 2
million people showed up in the nation's capitol to protest, but
more credible sources are giving a much different picture of
those attending. Official estimates are for 60,000 protesters,
still a significant number, yet woefully far short of the millions
that the far right tries to claim.
Worse yet, it appears that
Beck and company even stooped so low as to misrepresent the
numbers of their gathering by using a picture of another larger
past gathering in Washington, claiming it was their march when
it clearly was not. That's desperation.
What is worse for those
backing the lie is that a conservative publication actually
caught them red handed in their unscrupulous deception.
In regards to those that did
show up to protest a government trying to give them better
health care, you have to ask the question, where were these
people under the Bush-Cheney regime when they were reigning in
our Constitution with the heinous Patriot Act, blaming 9/11 on
Saddam, selling a false tale of weapons of mass destruction and
leading us into not one, but two full scale wars of
These people need to realize
they are being duped for big money's interests. One would think
that some of them might be asking why Beck, Mr. 9/12 organizer,
wasn't even on hand when it was him who encouraged those people
to drive far and wide to attend his event. He had all the time
weeks before to whip up anger and encourage the FOX faithful to attend, but no time to
show up or address those that actually showed up? The whole
event was apparently just one big right wing photo op. That should tell people a
lot about the true motives behind the escalation of animosity in
this country. That should say a ton about those driving the bus
to crazy town, steering this national dissent.
It's time to look deeper than
the political left-right hatred and the racial discourse being
perpetuated in this country. It's time to recognize where a
national disunity will lead us all. It's time to take a look at
those who benefit from organized chaos and disaster capitalism.
to wake up and follow the money.
The Right Wing
Conservative Media of Lies And Disinformation
The FOX crew is doing their best to divide "we the people."
CNN: There Is A Dark Fringe To These Tea Party Events
When will these people wake up and realize they have been duped by FOX.
Who Makes Up The Obama
A Sad Reflection of White America
Towards Our First Black President
This isn't meant to push a racist divide, just to
highlight a segment
of society that has been pushed by the far right into a false sense of fear.
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American people into divisive groups?