American Partisanship? Guilty On All Counts

Everyone has a little partisanship in them. Or at least if they have any political convictions they do. The true difference between a hard-line partisan and a person who uses passion and exaggeration in arguments is extremely simple: A blinded partisan will always work to squelch the ideas that are contrary to their own.

A close examination of modern media shows that partisanship is within all formats and all sources in different fashions and forms. The strongest vein of partisanship is without a doubt found within the conservative and pro-Republican news talk radio programs. Using dismissive attitudes and literally speaking over the words of others is not just commonplace but the entirety of certain shows.

My ire is raised the most when a person guilty of partisanship disguises themselves as one who is not. A host that asks their audience to suspend the fact that they make their living on the success or failure of the media is fit to inform and critique the media, is both absurd and insulting. A host that labels their shows and commentary as non-biased and pure policy when in fact the agenda is exclusively conservative is harmful to political understanding and hopeful future compromises.

Each group must come to fully understand one another before there can be resolution within the truth that each faction is invested in the same goal but wishes to employ very different strategies in government. The nature of all partisanship truly comes from keeping this message out of the major media sources and the popular formats.

I have no way to prove my sincerity but I have no desire to stomp out the conservative viewpoint or keep the majority of Americans from hearing opinions that are completely different from my own. I can only say that I am against the Fairness Doctrine or any legislation that works to alter the Fair and Equal Rule.

The issue should be laid at the feet of the networks, who could easily solicit a wider range of opinion.

Eric Lightborn
January 31st 2009

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President Obama vs. Rush Limbaugh

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Our newly elected President Barack Obama made a request to the American public to stray away from the partisanship of Limbaugh and similar hosts.

The media storm resulting from this around Limbaugh and the nature of an American President addressing an issue as minor as a radio program are valid reasons to consider that it may not be advised for a head of state to engage the likes of Limbaugh at their level.

But I think the criticism from the left for Obama for doing this is the fundamental nature of how conservatives successfully spread their ideals and win elections that ultimately degrade the state of the union.

By constantly refusing to engage with the partisans and the tawdry, the wildly untrue statements they make become elevated and reinforced to the point of being deemed ’common sense’ by millions of Americans.

The silent treatment does not work against the right wing. End of story.

There is infinite patience and infinite banter to deploy while only a select few liberals will stand against the falsehoods and most them are under-represented in the major media formats.

In the same moment the likes of Ann Coulter publishes books and makes numerous TV and radio appearances while the real Social Science evidence presented in non-biased material is left unsold in bookstores.

Having a President who recognizes that these individuals who attack the very nature of political freedom and the heart of American democracy are a genuine threat to continued freedom of choice in our representatives is a great benefit to the nation.

The Democratic Party and the liberal movement must come to terms with the fact that they are fighting a propaganda machine of massive resources and multitudes of sworn members and that taking no action or light actions in the face of constant public defamation and misinformation is not only unacceptable but tragic.

Eric Lightborn
http://americapress.wordpress.com
January 31st 2009

Enhanced Freedom from Obama

PhotobucketThe CIA “enhanced interrogation” program being dismantled is a great weight and a seriously dangerous chapter of American History coming to a close, as does the proposed closure of Guantanamo Bay within one year’s time. President Barack Obama deserves commendation for these actions. He is showing a dedication to returning America to a nation more deserving of the title of “world super-power.”

Not only has the recent executive decisions under George W. Bush put our country in very real jeopardy in terms of possible blow-back from Guantanamo & Abu Ghraib but the fever of the nation to blame more than just nineteen hijackers for the tragedy of September 11th 2001 has lead to the jailing and detaining of individuals who would not be suffering such injustices under a more ethical and sane national government.

Jose Padilla received a travesty of American Justice in which the entire jury came into the courtroom wearing red, white and blue clothing among all twelve of the jury members. Even under request of the judge to be fair in their view of the evidence the jury remained favoring all prosecution arguments. I contend that the Bush Administration contributed to an environment to did not allow for Jose Padilla to receive a fair trial, and did so knowingly.

Don’t Ask, Do Tell

The proposed removal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the American military in regards to gay service members has inflamed the homophobic elements of American society. The very fact that there is such a hostile response to this policy change only enforces the idea that the former policy promoted segregation and enforced silence. There is no evidence or study to show any detriment to the military as an organization by having openly gay members serving. The resistance against this is born of those who are so insecure in their own sexuality that they feel that all people should reflect their personal sexual preferences in every situation.

The group opposing a volunteer military having the option of members declaring themselves in their sexuality, if they so chose, are opposed to a society in which citizens are allowed the freedom to be honest with the public in regards to their own sexuality. These people seek only to silence the open discussion of sexuality in America and the free exercise of liberty. There is no excuse or ideology that allows for suppression of certain individuals based solely on sexual persuasion. A person who belittles and degrades another for such reasons is only expressing their own beliefs that the homosexual minority in America should be kept silent and ignored by society.

Many men feel the need to declare their sexuality when speaking about this or any issue regarding sexuality. I think these men should find women that are willing to have sex in public so they can prove to everyone they are indeed straight. I really don’t care what anyone thinks of my sexuality and really don’t care about your sexuality.

If there is a need within a person to prove their sexuality to others, it speaks volumes on how secure they are in themselves as a sexual being.

Conservative Victims and their Assault on Freedom

housegopIn an age where conservative agendas have mired this country in a war based on false intelligence and a radical change to our military detainee policy, there are still individuals who seek to make all the many failings of the conservative-control over our nation for the past eight years appear to stem from liberal agendas.

Be it a ploy to sell books and promote ratings by giving false positions designed to illicit anger and promote misinformation or a genuine expression of a political perspective the damage of placing any one party as beyond rebuke is the same.

It is an attack on very nature of our political freedoms to engage in partisanship guised as truth. Though all groups are guilty of partisanship only one group has completely monopolized the market on misplacing the blame for all the things that are wrong with America on “the other guy” and that group is the conservative movement and the Republican Party combined.

The greater tragedy is that there is not enough popular rebuttal in radio and literature to combat this spreading of intolerance of political thought. The offenders are allowed to carry out their offenses as long as the public continues to buy books and subscribe to broadcasters who promote the false ideology of holding the conservative movement above all others, in all possible situations.

This unwillingness to address facts and face the nature of the failings within the public policy and the fiscal policy promoted exclusively by Republican representatives in government is appalling to me.

The Freedom of Speech does, and always should, protect these people from being silenced in any form. But what exactly is the force that silences the majority of the intelligent and composed rebuttal from major media and big publishing houses? It is both willful ignorance of the public from hearing any contrary opinions and the selected omission of formats who refuse to engage an issue as important as an attack on continued political freedom in the United States of America due to fear, or corporate bias, or both.

Eric Lightborn
http://ericlightborn.blogspot.com
January 26th 2009