Frustration tends to make people cynical. I have fallen to it many, many times.
My point is to concentrate that anger towards the true enemy. You believe that is the Democrats, I believe it is media.
Do you really believe John and Jane Doe don't love their children more than anything else? Don't want clean air and water, shelter and pure food for them?
Do those you know believe people who are truly needy should not have help? Do you know anyone who would knowingly deprive a child a doctors visit when he/she is sick? Would they take away jobs from people trying to feed their families?
The list goes on and on, but you get the picture. In people's hearts, liberal values live. But being liberal isn't 'cool' now, we are told to hate those 'bleeding hearts'. After all, we have been told over and over the poor have 'chosen' to be poor, the sick have 'chosen' to be sick, they are all trying to take your hard earned dollars away from you in the most selfish way!
My point is that media is feeding shallow values to the American people. And they are lapping it up--pushing down the teachings of the leader they profess to love because after all, Jesus teachings are not what Christianity in the Republican manner is about. Republicans have turned Jesus teachings on their heads--the rich are valued, the poor are are worthy only of contempt.
No one questions this because it is heard 24/7, and has been for years now. Media bleats out the talking points of the Republicans. Even when people see America is not doing well, they can not put 2 + 2 together and come up with 4. After all, four is not the message that keeps hitting them every time they turn on the radio or TV. It isn't the message they get from their churches. It isn't the message they hear from their neighbors.
We are ruled by advertisements, either from commercial organizations or from ideologues. The result is the coarsening of the man in the street. That soft marshmellow center is covered by a thick though, sometimes impenetrable shell. Bwala, the birth of the pod people!
So, as I see it, media pulverizes the brains of Joe Average. These are the people who are going to go to the polls and vote. Do you think we, the people who are searching constantly for the truth, are a more powerful lobby than the lobotomised crowd filled only with the propaganda they have heard over and over and over--and have not questioned? Do you think candidates do not realize this situation?
I really do get frustrated when someone points to the Democratic Party as the saving grace of this nation without acknowledging the flagrant flaws that this party possesses.
No one is perfect. I have never claimed they are. What I have said is the only party capable of getting Republicans out of office is the Democratic party.
I am so sick of people saying third party candidates are going to do the trick. Remember Perot? He is the only reason the Rs didn't win in '92, and he was from the right. If we want to lose, we can run another left candidate against the Dems and insure the Rs will rule forever!
No, the Dems certainly are not perfect. Heck, they can't even agree with one another--sort of like the people here, eh?
I am typing while listening to C-Span 2 and I can't say how many times the Rs have screamed they have to have their way because 'those people want to cut our heads off'. Dems want diplomacy and working with other countries to control this horrible situation WE have created, Rs just keep hitting the rolling heads button.
By now, we probably have created many, many more people who actually DO want to kill us all, and with good reason. We need people who can work with words to hopefully improve the situation, again, that WE created! Not you and I, but the pod people who believe what they hear in media...
How many of you have been paying close attention to what has been happening in Mexico?
Yes, I think probably we are all following it. The people in Mexico are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing left to lose--some of our people are getting to that point, but not the majority. As long as people are comfortable they will not rebel. If they have no intention of rebelling, they are not going to give a da**. Again, media has decided our values for us, and the I, me, mine way of life is pushed on us from all angles.
The farmer who used to own the land that surrounds me always said, people have gotten too far away from the land. He is so right! Not only have we gotten too far away from the land, we have gotten too far away from ourselves. How many things do we do that are not in our best interest?
Worse of all, we have allowed others to decide our values, and that is where media comes into the picture. It has terrible values, and too often we accept them.
No matter how wrong or right, good or bad I feel the Democratic Party to be, if they would have stood as one
Never going to happen. Democrats are all over the board. A Democrat from Rhode Island is not like a Democrat from Kansas. But there are some great looking vets running as Dems for the House and I hope they win their races. Thing is, to actually win votes in Congress, the Dems have to have a large majority, because many Dems are conservative.
Because the Democratic Party nor the people were willing to stand up and fight
I am so glad you put it this way--'the Dem Party nor the people'... If I could draw a graph here, I would have the media feeding the people who then feed the party. Yes, we are part of the people, but we are not living on propaganda and we are in the minority. The party is doing it's best to preserve American values but it is an uphill battle. And not every Dem is even working to do that. The party has a lot of problems, it is still our best hope.
Most of all though, I think it is the disappointment in the American people that hurts me the most.
Amen to that!
Sadie put this so well!
This thread is a PERFECT example of why the Dem's get accused of not being able to agree and come together as a party. We ALL agree on 80% of what we discuss. We are all thinking, intelligent people and yes we still disagree on some issues. Isn't that what thinking people do? Debate and discuss? Agree and disagree?
The other party agrees on everything ALL of the time. This makes them APPEAR to be in concert with one another. It make them appear as ONE.
Perception is the game our country is playing right now.
Thank you sadie, for using few words to say so very much!