Unfortunately, due to the complicity of the Mainstream News Media, America is at a crossroads – one that most citizens aren’t even aware of; our MSM is run by corporate interests, and even though some reporters would give anything to tell us the truth, they are stifled from reporting the real news by their corporate masters. We have one or two reporters that deserve the Medal of Freedom for their honesty and tenacity, like Keith Olbermann for instance – but his audience is too small to make a real difference, and the news I’m speaking of should dominate the media, in print , on the radio and on all of the nightly news reports, but instead, what we hear are bits and pieces of so-called news that fail to sound the alarm that America is dying, not a slow death, but our economy is close to a complete collapse, and if Bush and Cheney have their way, World War III could begin at any moment. Yes, it’s that serious, yet the MSM refuses to tell Americans the truth, traitors and cowards for refusing to honor their own beliefs in journalism and protecting the freedom and democracy that a “free press” traditionally provided to its subscribers. The framers of our constitution understood that a free press was essential to the survival of our democracy, and even on our own government’s website, these words are immortal and as true today as when our constitution was first written:
— C H A P T E R 4 —
Freedom of the Press
Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press?.
— First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
Although a cherished right of the people, freedom of the press is different from other liberties of the people in that it is both individual and institutional. It applies not just to a single person’s right to publish ideas, but also to the right of print and broadcast media to express political views and to cover and publish news. A free press is, therefore, one of the foundations of a democratic society, and as Walter Lippmann, the 20th-century American columnist, wrote, “A free press is not a privilege, but an organic necessity in a great society.” Indeed, as society has grown increasingly complex, people rely more and more on newspapers, radio, and television to keep abreast with world news, opinion, and political ideas. One sign of the importance of a free press is that when antidemocratic forces take over a country, their first act is often to muzzle the press.
Thomas Jefferson, on the necessity of a free press (1787)- Advertisement -
The basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
Without a free press, and I mean a news media that fulfills the obligation to our constitution who understand they are one of the first lines of defense against tyranny and despotism, liberty and democracy will not survive! When “the people” are no longer are aware of the truth, and are fed lies and propaganda under the guise of it being “news”, it is impossible to hold-on to a democracy and the very essence of liberty and freedom - the spirit and principles which caused this great nation to be founded.
Our press has been compromised, and now the only thing left to save our country is the people themselves - and to accomplish this seemingly impossible feat, the responsibility falls directly upon those of us who are aware of the truth, and we must not shirk our responsibility to sound the warning to our relatives and neighbors, and above all, find the courage to do more than write and talk about the danger(s) we face, but add action to our beliefs and help to bring about an awakening in the United States that will ring-out and reverberate throughout the country. Yes, we can do it, but it won’t be easy, but the fruits of failure are so impossible to imagine that I believe the American people, acting together, can and will take action in support of our beliefs and work to restore our constitutional standards and the rule of law to a nation that has lost its way.
I’m a firm believer in the separation of church and state, however, if a pastor knows that a tornado is heading directly toward his church, does he ignore it and pray that God will spare his congregation, or will he sound a warning for his parishioners to seek cover until the storm has passed? One of the ways that we can spread the word is through the real churches that believe in the true beliefs of Christianity - not the radical evangelicals that support war in the Middle-East to “help” bring-on the second coming of Christ; if you believe in God, then you know that he doesn’t need any help in bringing about his wishes - and ever since I was a child I was taught that “God helps those who help themselves,” and as grim as the real news is, we need all of the help we can get, and that includes America’s thousands of churches whom truly adhere to the teachings of Christ.
We all know that Bush and Cheney are being urged by Israel to attack Iran, being told that if we don’t do it, they will do it themselves. The probability of war is so thick right now that it’s being written about all over the world, yet Americans see little evidence in our own news that an attack is right around the corner, and the consequences of such an attack will forever change the face of the United States. Don’t take my word for it, read it yourselves, and then print this article and give it to your neighbor, and ask your pastor to sound the alarm as well. As Americans who believe in the rule of law, like our Congress, it is our duty to help to stave off war, and hoping that Congress or someone else will do it has proven to be fruitless, akin to expecting President Bush to tell the truth instead of constantly lying to the public and destroying everything that Americans cherish and believe in, including our belief that no one is above the law, and that includes the President of The United States!
In the past 72 hours, the rhetoric is reaching a feverish pitch, and Congress is vacationing while our economy is crumbling and America is marching toward another war, this one which will make gas and food so expensive that it will cause riots and poverty that will make the Great Depression seem minor in comparison. We have almost no food reserves, millions are losing their homes, and the task of feeding our families and keeping gas in our cars is becoming a national nightmare - and all of this has happened before the first bomb has fallen, which should make it obvious that if Bush attacks Iran, our ability to exist as a free and independent society will be compromised and likely lost forever! Be honest with yourselves; there’s nothing left in the treasury, our troops are strained to the limit, and the United Nations has warned that attacking Iran will turn the Middle-East into a “Ball of Fire!”
Read the war rhetoric that has been authored in the past few days, and whether you believe in God or not, it’s time to enlist everyone you know, churches, unions, social groups, anyone and everyone that wishes to exist in a free and democratic society and warn them that we are directly in the path of a “tornado” of hate, loathing and greed, all of it brought upon us by a President that refuses to honor our Constitution and the rule of law. It’s also important to know exactly “who” President Bush is, and what his family has stood for, and by understanding their history, it becomes even more imperative to stop him dead in his tracks and instead of “appeasing” President Bush as happened in 1933 with Prescott Bush, this time we need to prosecute the fascists that are attempting to overthrow America!
Bush Fulfills His Grandfather’s Dream- Advertisement -
David Swanson, June 27, 2008
It’s remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather’s major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd, 2007, documenting President George W. Bush’s grandfather’s involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve.
Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 to 1972) attended Yale University and joined the secret society known as Skull and Bones. Prescott is widely reported to have stolen the skull of Native American leader Geronimo. As far as I know, this has not actually been confirmed. In fact, Prescott seems to have had a habit of making things up. He sent letters home from World War I claiming he’d received medals for heroism. After the letters were printed in newspapers, he had to retract his claims.