Each person is a sovereign entity and free to gather their own facts, form their own opinions and share these as they see fit. Most of my friends exercise these rights. We share our facts and opinions frequently and it helps us add to our own world-view. We are encouraged to see our own thoughts in others’ statements. Rush Limbaugh was motivated to share his facts and opinions and found out just how many people felt the same way and were grateful for his doing this. He had noticed that the “free press” was dead, but needed to be resurrected.
The Death of the Free Press
World War II ushered in the need for secrecy and allowed the proliferation of propaganda designed to focus all citizens on winning this war. Our free press was yet another casualty of this war. The press was used to not printing anything but propaganda and so it continued to print propaganda. But this time the propaganda was designed to promote paying off the war debt, promote consumerism and praise technological advances. A large segment of the population was setting up households and there were homes and appliances to sell. We were not devastated by the war and were the only large country ready to do business. The media supported the party line. It set up the 1950s to create a media controlled population and television had arrived.
Entertainment was very clean prior to the 1960s. If you watch most movies and TV shows made in the 1940s and 1950s, you will notice virtually no pornography or bad language. Churches flourished.
The 1960s saw a sea-change in attitudes and a blitzkrieg of government actions. After the 1962 Vatican Council, Catholic priests and nuns left in droves. The very affordable hospitals and schools run by these religious orders began to disappear and get sold off to profiteers. In 1962 the Supreme Court decided school prayer was unconstitutional. The introduction of the birth control pill in 1964 heralded a shift to racier entertainment. It was called the “Popular Culture”. In 1964 government created the Civil Rights Act and Medicare and began subsidizing health care and prices rose. A few of us questioned new government subsidies, but all players had been briefed and the propaganda ruled. The power of legal bribery was born. In 1965 Affirmative Action was established by Executive Order. The women’s movement in the 1960s was the propaganda campaign to cover the need for all women to go to work in the 1970s.
By the 1970s physicians were agreeing that the government would need to fund more health care to enable hospitals to afford the new expensive equipment being developed. Everybody got bribed to sign up to the propaganda and everybody got something. In 1973 abortion became legal in the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision.
In the 1980s, conservative talk radio began to expose those government actions not fairly or accurately covered by the media. By the 1990s, email became wide-spread along with home computers and websites began to join talk radio. By the 2000s, blogs began to appear along with a myriad of websites offering political commentary. Since 2008, these voices have grown to hundreds of websites and blogs making it difficult for the media to cover up damaging government actions
Over 100 years of government actions have gradually turned the U.S. economy on its head from what it was before unconstitutional federal initiatives created federal lands, the Federal Reserve and other violations of the U.S. Constitution and the 10th Amendment, the other Amendments and the Bill of Rights. The unintended consequences have had damaging effects on our Constitution and our economic sustainability.
The Awakening of the Free Press
All of these voices, websites, blogs, books, movies and magazines are engaged in attempting to reverse a blitzkrieg of government attacks and all are needed. You will see each of them pick out a target and go after it. You will see them work in coalitions locally and nationally. The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily and other media outlets have begun to join in pointing out government abuses. Fox News and Fox Business News are leading the TV stations to do the same. Glenn Beck has his own network.
There are powerful, well-funded forces who want the U.S. to dissolve. Goals initiated by the American Communist Party in 1920 and 1963 have been accomplished. Marxists infiltrated charitable foundations, universities, unions, environmental groups, media and political parties and have organized with UN funded non-profits to construct the mousetrap we now find ourselves in. They will use all means necessary to ensure we don’t reverse their progress. They are Progressives and that’s what they do.
Our resistance requires an awakening of the voters. There are still too many uninformed voters who pay little attention to our weak economic fundamentals and are particularly susceptible to left-wing propaganda. These are the folks we need to reach. We need to take our messages to the streets and throughout the neighborhoods.
Norb Leahy, Dunwoody GA Tea Party Leader