I hope I get to write this story, completely, someday. But for today, I’m calling out what I know.
Is there corruption at the Illinois Press Association? What president of the Illinois Press Association and multiple newspaper owner refused to run information from BOTH SIDES of an issue when Johnson County voters were getting ready to vote on an important referendum, a referendum where they needed ALL the information, not just one side? He refused to run an ad. He refused to run op eds from a group who had important information to share concerning the upcoming vote. He printed ads and op eds only from the opposing side.
Can you guess how the vote came out? Yep.
Is this what we expect from our local newspapers? Is this what we want? I don’t think so.
I received a really snarky comment on my art blog the other day. Me. On my blog about art. It’s not the first time, but this one had a particularly hateful tone. She was going to follow my art blog, but after she read my political blog, there was NO WAY she would EVER follow my art blog. Now I will admit to using sarcasm when I write here at Watching the Nation. But I don’t use hate. I actually refuse to be hateful. I really work at putting facts out there, and yes, my opinion about them is in there too. I really want to enter the debate, which is why I started this blog. And debate needs to be fairly unemotional. Just the facts.
But it’s my blog and I have an opinion on our world. And it is a conservative opinion. Everyone else seems to claim the right to speak. So how come I (who would be accused en masse along with all conservatives of being, of all things, a HATER) am being attacked in such a hateful manner? I don’t get it. Except to say this: I’ve been around the block a few times, and here is what I see….those who accuse others of being HATERS are themselves hateful. (And the commenter didn’t actually accuse me of being a hater, but her vehemence against me seemed to leap off the page, so that I could see the accusation coming). Those who so easily judge others (and I am guilty of it too; it is a constant battle) are guilty of the same things they say others do. For me, it is no longer about Republicans vs. Democrats; it is now about Right vs. Wrong.
I responded pleasantly to the commenter, lamenting that I was sorry she felt that way and couldn’t separate my art from my politics. I said it was too bad, and that we probably could have learned things from each other. Indeed. That is what debate is about….in my opinion.
It occurs to me this morning as I read about Belgium’s struggle to deal with anti-semitism in their country, that “bullying”, or any condemnation of, “picking on”, or intimidation using superior strength or power to coerce or to condemn, make fun of, or even do violence to, anyone can eventually lead to something greater.
We all start life at public schools (at least most of us do) and there is a, for want of a better term, “pecking order”. It’s a barnyard term, I’m sure. Throw any group of people together and there is an attempt to set up some type of order, or at least an attempt for the stronger to set up a system whereby they rule over the weaker. That weaker group is almost always looked down upon by the stronger, ruling group. It’s in our nature. There are those compassionate ones who seek to lift up and assist the weaker ones, but there are always the ruling ones in the group who don’t care about that. One may call them uncaring, if you will, or they may simply be intolerant. Unless one is open to change in their attitude toward others, this will progress to something more narcissistic.
A while back, I read the book, IBM and the Holocaust. You simply must read the history of this American company who defied American law during the war SO THAT THEY COULD PROFIT at the cost of human lives. Without IBM, the Nazis could not have located all of the Jews and others they murdered so heinously.
Review of the book:
One will never think of IBM in quite the same way. I know I don’t. Now put this all in context with our modern computer and spying technology…any people group could be targeted, and will, I’m sure. After all, as tolerant humans, we haven’t progressed that much from 1933. Just look at who is in power.
I guess nothing is sacred in our country any more. Nothing is untouched by political correctness and political agenda. Nothing is untouched by the encroaching government agenda determined to blur the lines between good and evil, male and female, right and wrong. Even the Girl Scouts, the time honored organization supposedly aimed at teaching young girls virtue and citizenship as well as other noteworthy qualities to equip them for adulthood.
The Washington Times is reporting that the Girl Scouts’ cookie drive supports abortion and Planned Parenthood activities. Guess I’ll be giving up their cookies. I’m not interested in supporting a political agenda that runs against my own time honored values of virtue and citizenship. Oh yeh, the Girl Scout troops are also being forced to accept into their membership young boys with gender identity issues. See the article here. Virtue, my eye. Talk about confusing for young girls. This is social programming and indoctrination at its finest. I always thought the Girl Scouts was a private group. But then, for years I have watched the Boy Scouts be assailed by similar destructive and pc agendas. So now I will do my patriotic duty and refuse to buy those cookies. I hope others will join me. Besides, I need to lose weight anyway.
The current media relations director of the GS is one Joshua Ackley, who ten years ago was the front man for the Dead Betties, a homopunk band. He appears in publicity photos dressed in women’s clothing and then appears naked and feigning masturbation in music videos according to the Times.
Yeh…virtue, my eye. Who hired this guy anyway?
Do you know the other verses of the Star Spangled Banner? Listen up.
…and Death For Apostates, Muslims Cry Islamophobia”.
The headline says it all. Go read the post. Almost too funny to be believed.