It’s a sad state of affairs when reality is no longer the truth of a story, but rather who has the best PR department and whose side the media takes. Yell and scream all you want, but if you don’t believe that our for-profit media is unabashedly biased on certain subjects, you’re not paying attention.
So before I go into a tirade, it’s the holiday season (no matter what your religion…atheism is NOT a religion), so I’d like to say what I’m thankful for before going into a frenzy over the current news and coverage….a little happy before the storm.
I’m thankful for my family; I have a beautiful and amazing wife who has given me two amazing children who are already smarter and better looking than I. They will rule the world one day if I don’t get in the way and screw them up too much first. I’m thankful for my parents; I was born to two very young teenagers, and if this had been any other country in the world, my life would be drastically different. Because I live in this great country I was adopted by the most amazing parents I could have ever had, and because of the lessons taught by my Dad think I’ve tuned out to be a pretty good guy…..but that’s for others to decide.
I’m thankful for my brothers and brethren, friends and acquaintances. I have friends overseas defending this great country, friends here doing everything they can to make the world a better place, and have been lucky enough to cross paths and become friends with some truly amazing people. Just being close to these people I feel my life becoming better and myself becoming more knowledgeable and informed….I hope to pass the same onto my kids, so that they will be the same.
Now on to what I’m NOT thankful for…….
It seems that our culture, as well as that of the world, has taken a few drastic changes for the worse. Some people brag and call it “progressive,” but when the majority of the population believe that society is changing for the worse, how can you still stand behind the drastic changes which we’ve recently made to our society and not see that they are responsible for the degradation and erosion of our principles? We went from the greatest generation to narcissistic participation trophy whiners in two generations……scary.
Dennis Prager has a book titled “Still the Best Hope: Why the World Needs American Values to Triumph.” If you’re still reading this, you probably feel the same way I do about where our society is headed, and you would enjoy this book. The audiobook is great for commuters.
Back to the biased media; The Israel/Palestine engagement is all over the news right now, and depending on which media outlet you follow, you may have a completely different view from myself or your neighbor. I’ve been hearing various outlets (I unfortunately live in Los Angles) speaking about the horrors and atrocities committed by Israel, and news anchors asking their politicians why the don’t try to negotiate. Here’s why: Hamas fired rockets at them. That is what you call an unprovoked attack ,and in my world, you are open to respond to an unprovoked attack with whatever you bring to the party.
I actually heard an anchor on KTLA ask an Israeli Ambassador why they don’t just try to negotiate, and make a comment about the Israeli Army being so much more powerful, so they shouldn’t react so strongly. Seriously? First, Palestine/Hamas fully understand the might of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force), and if they were still stupid enough to fire rockets at them, they get what they deserve. If you are the proverbial computer geek in High School and you walk up to the All-American Linebacker and kick him in the shins and expect not to get punched, you’re an idiot, and deserve what you get.
But this is where our current degradation of society and PR-based biased media has taken a turn for the worse; if you are the powerful country, or you end up the victor of a battle, you are painted as wrong. It doesn’t matter if the terrorists fly airplanes into buildings and kill thousands of innocents or launch rockets in the middle of the night into the Holiest site on the planet, if you respond with your full capabilities, you’re evil. Really? Are you sure the other guys aren’t just looking for Darwinism to wipe them off the face of the planet?
Maintaining the PR-based, religious context of arguments and smaller guy having the loudest voice and most support today, there’s another item in my local news that bothers me to no end. If you’ve heard anything about the Santa Monica nativity scene battle started here last year, they are having their day in court today. Here’s where this kills me: a nativity scene is not infringing on your rights as an atheist, but the atheists trying to stop the citizens of Santa Monica’s First Amendment Rights to express their beliefs is a direct infringement.
Our forefathers came to this country to escape religious persecution…..people telling them who/how/where/when they had to worship. That is what this country was founded on. Atheism is the absence of religion. Have you ever heard a Christian or Jew tell an Atheist that they weren’t free to not practice their belief in nothing? Nope. They are allowed to do nothing anytime and anywhere they want.
But today, a Christian group in Santa Monica who has put a nativity scene up for 60+ years, enjoyed by Christians, Jews and all of the inhabitants of Santa Monica and the Pacific Pallisades alike, has to defend their First Amendment Rights in court. The atheists aren’t even there, oh yeah, and aren’t even residents of Santa Monica. Great world we live in, isn’t it?
This is just one of the many hallmarks of the degrading of our society; our youth are watching and listening to these people, and as the vocal minority steals more and more rights away from the silent majority of hard-workers, religious, voters, patriotic, or whatever group will come next, the walls of our once-proud Citadel protecting freedom from ignorance and arrogance is slowly being crumbled away.
The thought that society should no longer have winners or losers, that all kids should get a participation ribbon, that a stronger Army should wear kids gloves when provoked by a weaker one, that the religious, God fearing and do-gooding people should apologize or hide their right to express their views for fear of angering a minority of self-serving narcissistic crybabies and self-created outcasts is repugnant. This is the United States of America; we were built to be the strongest civilization in the history of the world not by fracturing ourselves and giving everyone a label and making sure we didn’t offend them, but by standing on the shoulders of great men who brought us together and built an empire.
The more we go away from that empire building society which strives for greatness and instead reward people for the smallest of things (yay, you got out of bed today, you get a ribbon) we will continue to drive the nails into our own coffin. Stop congratulating people for not graduating high school, being on welfare and social assistance, having 5 kids out of wedlock, looking for a quick-money scam or lawsuit rather than a career. Shame those people, just as our Grandparents would have, and send them packing to get a job and help build this empire, not chip away at the bastions until they crumble.
And always remember, if you mess with the bull, you’re gonna get the horns……Happy Thanksgiving.