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The Center of Gravity

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The problem with
America is now obvious.

Where is the nation's CENTER OF

This Labor Day, a President that was delivered the first real
mandate in a generation plots political decisions rather than policy decisions;
based primarily on communicating his perception of the nation's center of

On morning television we here the talking heads continue to try
to imprint that the nation is not a liberal nation in spite of this mandate, or
deny that a mandate was even the outcome of the 2008 election. Their imprint is
that America is a "center-right" America rather than acknowledge that a mandate
was given.

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All of these machinations are the root problem within American
policy today, and the fuel of the often violent summer of 2008 as the minority
voice has chosen to build perceptions that are not based in fact.

This is
a fight for the Center of Gravity of America and the radical right's rhetoric is
overpowering the policy focus of the average American - the single

Well-funded campaigns have been waged all year long to regain the
center of gravity of America. A review of the list of those funding these
campaigns clearly indicates that they are corporations and individuals who stand
to gain power beyond the one-man-one-vote principle which again reared its head
in the 2008 election. Throughout the years, each of these individuals and
factions have large lobby organizations in Washington and throughout the
states. They have large advertising budgets and honestly many of them actually
own large segments of the mainstream media - outright.

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With all of this
money, they also want undisputed power.

Nope, the little guy can only
vote once every four years to express his or her opinion. And if the votes are
rightfully counted as they usually are, their opinion is then heard. Or is

I contend that it hasn't been heard since at least 1980. I believe
that this age of mass communications has been a boon to the corporate spin box
that has not shaped, but force-formed the viewpoint of America.

All of
the cries about the media being a left-leaning group of people simply hasn't
been borne out since the late 1970s. Demoniziation of a Dan Rather was
symbolism and nothing more. It was an outright attempt to shame America into
moving opinion to the right, AND allowing more radical positions to be presented
and accepted. This was a desensitization of the broadcast viewer who was far
too busy and hard at work making a living to check facts, even when their gut
told them something was wrong.

When it was Walter Cronkite, it was one
thing. Walter was special and had a backbone of steel. But Dan Rather, Brian
Williams and Katy Couric were certainly not Walter Cronkite. We used to simply
depend on Walter Cronkite to explain what was really going on to us. He broke
with all power structures. His media base was independently owned and was a
news organization.

But Dan Rather, Brian Williams and most certainly Fox
News are admittedly and proud extensions of business structure and their news
rooms are simply propaganda machines; some of which are so patently partisan
that they no longer even disguise it.

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That is a reflection of the
polarization of American, but polarization is the outcome not the driver of such

Each of these new entities don't want an independent electorate.
They want the electorate to totally depend on them for their information to make
decisions; and only then only once every four years. So it should be no
surprise that even on the most left-leaning of the networks - MSNBC, a known and
admitted partisan Joe Scarborough continues to build this image that he wants to
make FACT that America is a "center right" nation.

Should it then be a
surprise that if no one chooses to disagree and argue this unproven statement
that it becomes fact and thus just as was designed by Scarborough and others
President Obama then begins negotiating away his mandate even before there is a
bill before the legislative bodies, such as with the healthcare debate. There's
doubt about it, President Obama has spilled his jelly beans in the lobby;
premature machination.

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