Wednesday, July 04, 2007

What Is It We Stand For Again?

I hope everyone enjoyed our 4th of July. It seems kind of strange to me this year. There is so much political correctness over “patriotism” going on that I hardly understand it as the holiday that I revere.

I put together some things for the station that I called “American Moment”. What the exercise did was give me a 21st century American moment. I looked for famous peoples quotes about America and what it represents. I found many but it was interesting to me how many I was hesitant to use.

First let me note that I live in a community that abuts an important military installation. Not only is this an important base militarily and civilly but also it is vital to this community. I may be seeing things in a colored lens because of that. Maybe you can tell me if that is the case or not.

I respect what the military are there for and understand the necessity of it. I respect the service of those that came before them and what they have given. Here's my problem. Why must the 4th of July become a military holiday? Why is it that the only thing guaranteed to be 'politically correct' the focus on the military. I always thought that the 4th of July was focused on Liberty and Freedom and an independent Republic.

Unfortunately many quotes about liberty and freedom are upsetting to many these days. Suddenly under a so called conservative government we are asked , no demanded, to revere only the words and not the concepts. When it comes to action we are demanded, at risk of the labeling of treasonous, to only speak good of our ruler who has alternately termed himself, commander and chief, war president, decider, but rarely just 'President'. We must revere the military and his use of it. If not we are told we hate the troops. How can you support the troops if you don't support their mission? Maybe because we think a fool has them on a fools errand. We support them primarily because they come from our families and communities. They are our brothers, sons, sisters, cousins, friends and employees. Their families live in our cities and towns. How could we hate them and want them to fail! Such poppy cock is the insanity of the entire radical rights vomitous conclusions. Unfortunately it is those spewings from the right that are considered 'safe' and 'politically correct'. To sum it up, it was harder than I ever imagined to find quotes that weren't military that would not offend.

Here's a quote from James Bryce,

"Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong."

Well, pissing somebody off there.
What's wrong with our flag!? I like to wave it!
Righteous! Why, what is that, some kind of radical fundamentalist quote!
Or is that Righteous as in we don't torture, discriminate et al. Regardless, whatever your use of semantics somebody might be offended.
Now personally I say so what! That is America. Unfortunately it is not quite so.

Media in this country is privately owned. It is funded by advertisers. Enough offended advertisers or advertisers who have talked to their offended friends and the boss goes broke and you don't have a job. This is especially true in smaller cities, towns, areas. The pool is limited and best not be making a lot of enemies if you want to stay in business.

This is a microcosm of a much larger problem in this country. When you do the Paris Hilton, lost girl in Aruba stories nobody is getting mad enough to pull their money out. People are certainly interested in the lives of others so they tune in and bigger ratings just guarantees more. Certainly this is not the full explaination but it is a large part of the stupid media. It's done because it is safe.

This also has a bearing on why most talk radio is conservative. The business people are going to support the business people. Especially in the smaller areas. They are not going to look kindly on someone that puts the emphasis on workers and labor. Of course the fact that the big radical right talkers are pretty much locked in to the stations with the biggest and best signals plays a major factor too. If you are interested in the radio part of this there is a good short view here.

Yes there are some of us that are appalled by our President and Co president. We are appalled by their incompetence, their priorities, their methods, their disregard for Americas once good name, their cowardly fear mongering, and most of all by their denial of Constitutional principals.
I believe that the government should serve the people and not the other way around.
In the 19th and 20th centuries that wasn't treason and it wasn't politically incorrect. It was patriotism.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, Ron. All this shows is that George Orwell was a visionary cuz "1984" was a prophetic book when one looks at what is coming to pass in America with Big Brother living in the Vice Presidential mansion making sure that no one who is really guilty of treason, war crimes, etc. has to pay the price for his or her actions. Not to mention that
Stupidity = Patriotism and True Patriotism = Treason and all you have to do to be a real patriot is to put a yellow ribbon, a flag, and a Bush sticker on your 4 door gas hogging pickup truck with the gun rack on the back.
Was just reading about the rise of the new South in that book I'm reading on the 70s and how Tricky Dicky courted the segregationists' vote. I have no objection to the South rising again. However, why did it have to be the worst elements. It couldn't be maganolias in the moonlight and mint juleps and the old genteel South. It had to be the macho ignorant religious fanatic redneck culture. And, of course, the Sunbelt yuppies have adopted all the outward symbols of rednecks, so even if they are educated and have money they are still braindead sheeple.
One of the things pointed out is that since Kennedy every President who has been elected (not Ford who wasn't and Kerry who was cheated out of it) has been from the Southern part of the US including Southern CA.
Speaking of the 70s, heard a nasty commecial on the radio yesterday talking about how the 70s was the decade of bad hair (not true) and worse music (I like Disco) and long lines at the pumps. Basically, this is telling people to contact their Congressmen/women and tell them not to do anything about gas gauging and guess who paid for the ad-the oil and gas companies. No surprise there and how many of the dumb sheeple will fall for this. Probably the ones who are so lame they don't know that if they'd quit driving the pickups, they might be able to afford the gas for a smaller car.

1:05 AM, July 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Why is it that the 70s always gets such a bad rap? It's like the Rodney Dangerfield of decades.
All people remember is the long hair and disco, but a lot happened in the 70s. As I said, the South rose from a position of not being taken seriously politically to a major power, The evangelical Christian/ultra-conservative movement was a major factor in the latter and has been a huge reason for the mess we are currently in with corporate criminals and fascists elected to public office because they wear their religion on their sleeves and stand against the two issues that the sheeple care about. Our government ended the draft, gave 18 year olds the right to vote, gave rights to women and gays and improved the lives of the elderly, passed the Individuals With Disabilities Educational Act, started the EPA (altho, Nixon undermined it), ended the war, etc. The post WW II economic boom ended, Nixon removed the gold standard as the basis for the dollar, Carter deregulated industry, there was a huge population shift to the Sunbelt, etc. I could go on and on with the reasons this was a very important decade. Not to mention the downfall of the only President to resign in our history due to a scandal which really started the pervasive distrust of our goverment and which has led to every subsequent scandal ending with the suffix gate.
And the critics are nuts. The music, movies, tv shows, and books of the 70s are some of the best in history. This is why TV Land, Nickelodeon, etc, are so much more worth watching than the braindead reality shows, lame sitcoms, and copycat dramas that make up most of the networks' schedules today. 'Course I might be just a wee bit prejudiced in favor of the 70s, but it beats the heck out of the 2000s. :-)

1:51 AM, July 05, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what we should stand for. It is so obvious that it has now made it to the Washington Post Op Ed Page. If enough people will it the Reich Wing can not stop It

Larry in New Mexico

2:17 PM, July 06, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Larry, at the very least it is a debate that we should be having, and not.

Libby, I grew up in the late 60s and 70s myself(damned hippies!) Had a good time and while I never got rich I always had enough with a little left over. Some crummy music and some great stuff. Musically things started going ary in the middle 90s and is just now starting to make a little tiny bit of a recovery.
Politically things went ary with the election of Reagan and have only gotten worse since.

2:44 PM, July 07, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Larry, isn't it interesting that the only solid base of support left for the Republicans is the south. Hell, they even lost in Indiana for Gods sake! The sooner they realize they are basically the values of southerners(I said this way back in the talk show days)and not all Americans the sooner they will remove themselves from cult status.

2:48 PM, July 07, 2007  
Blogger Ron said...

Sorry, that would be directed at D...Libby.

2:49 PM, July 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What would be directed at D and what is D? Democrats?
The South and that may include Southern CA and the West and even some of the Midwest are problem areas for us. Actually, anywhere with heavy concentrations of brainwashed evangelical voters is a problem area.
Speaking of evangelicals, I watched quite a lot of Live Earth today...great except for the rap which I just can't stand cuz even if I could understand the lyrics I probably wouldn't like them. Wish I hadn't had to wait all day to see The Police, tho. Highlights for me were Jon Bon Jovi and when Melissa Etheridge really kicked butt with her comments. Yes!! Wonder how much of our so called liberal media will broadcast THAT or much about the concert. Probably most will concentrate on the arrest of Al Gore's son which I am not convinced was not a set up. Very suspicious that it came the week of Gore's worldwide concert to draw attention to global warming, something the cons don't want talked about.
Anyway, I digress. Didn't see anyone I knew for sure was a Country singer except Keith Urban and since he is from Down Under, maybe he doesn't count. However, I did look on the website and saw that Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood performed in DC, so there were a very few Country singers willing to perform to help save God's planet. VERY SAD considering that they wear their religion on their sleeves all the time and we are supposed to be good stewards for the environment.
Re: 70s music, Ron,it depends on your taste in it, I guess. I like easy listening, soft rock, Motown,jazz, blues, some country, some classical, and esp. oldies. About the only kinds I don't like are opera and rap (which shouldn't count as music.) A decade that had everything from Elton John to John Denver, from Olivia Newton John to 3 Dog Night, from The Bee Gees to Pink Floyd was mostly good in my opinion. The author must really like New Wave and Punk cuz he mostly focused on The Crash, etc. I was never into that, altho I do like Blondie. He really criticized Southern Rock, but my fav Charlie Daniels' song is "The Ballad of the Uneasy Rider" and that one made fun of rednecks, so I don't see CDB as being pro-redneck. I don't know about the others. I guess, The Allman BB count as Southern Rock, don't they? I never heard anything pro-redneck from them, either. Did I mention that the author is a professor from Mass.? He might be a little biased.
Anyway, he hardly mentioned Norman Lear and his shows (except for
"The Jeffersons") and didn't mention "M*A*S*H" all of which had a great impact on political thinking among the masses. He didn't mention "Norma Rae" and he should've when he was talking about unions and the huge shift of jobs/people to the anti-union Sunbelt. Other than that it was a good book.


11:31 PM, July 07, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take that back about CDB, as I borrowed my son's CDB Gr. Hits CD and listened to it and yeah, they are kinda redneck. However, it seems mostly to be in terms of promoting Southern or country rock music, racecar driving, etc. and not racism or braindead conservative thought. In America urges us all to get together even if it is in the Russian's faces. Unlike Bush who divides us.


9:41 PM, July 10, 2007  

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