The Decline of the Defenders of the First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

As I am writing this, it has become apparent that The Harry Reid has his sixty votes for cloture and to begin the debate of the Democratic Health Reform Bill. This battle has been lost; Sometime in the next few months, the Federal Government will inject itself into the everyday lives of normal Americans, and, if left uncontested and unchallenged, will become the final arbiter on when and how we die. Make no mistake. This will happen.

The Obama Revolution continues unabated, regardless of the overwhelming disapproval of the American people, who are now just realizing of the consequences of the 2008 presidential campaign and election. Only the Cap and Trade Bill’s future is in doubt and don’t be surprised some form of it will pass Congress. We have no one to blame but ourselves. All the information on what the troika of Obama, Pelosi & Reid intended was readily available in a plethora of mediums, of which the most important were blogs and yes, Fox News.

Admittedly, John McCain ran a horrible campaign, but to have lost to such a neophyte as Obama was due, for the great part, the complete dereliction of duty by our Main Stream Press to vet then Senator Obama. If a white Republican had gone to a church led by an unapologetic racist for twenty years, been married in it and raised his children in such an environment, he would have been, rightly so, eviscerated by the MSM press. If a white conservative politician had openly associated with a Ku Klux Klan member who in the sixties bombed black churches, this fact, would (and should!) have been shouted from the roof tops by the NY Times/Washington Post and all the three of the big three network news programs.

But reverse the politics and race and you get a docile press that ultimately resulted in President Barack Hussein Obama on 20 January, 2009.

Let’s face it, despite all the new technology and the Internet, the VAST majority of Americans are still dependent on traditional media for their news. At best, Fox News gets 3 million viewers a night. This is in a nation of over 300 million. For all my fellow conservative bloggers, the information revolution will not be complete until we convince the majority of Americans that, for the most part, the Main Stream Media cannot be trusted to tell the truth.

I do not type these words with joy, but with sadness. Our Founding Fathers envisioned a vibrant press as a bulwark to keep our government honest. It was supposed to shine the harsh light of truth on the likes of Nancy Pelosi, John Murtha and yes, Barack Obama and to keep the American People informed of what these people stand for. Instead what has happened is Washington Politics and Press have merged into some loathsome hybrid creature, both feeding off the other and both parasites on the body politic. The press has become both lazy and biased, a toxic combination for our nation.

It is not just at the national level this has occurred, but also at the local level. Our local TV news are slaves to ratings and sweeps months and offer no real political insight. They are sound bite machines, with news practically regulated to second status to the weather report.

For most of America, our newspapers have been become a vehicle for delivery of non-news. The Sunday Paper, once the staple of investigative reports and serious news, is now a mere shell of its former self with the bulk of the paper being devoted to advertisements for the latest sales, comics and Parade magazine. While many papers are transitioning to Online versions, they are essentially tabloid in nature (“Nude man shoots Bear”) and their professionalism has deteriorated to the point of self-parody.

Take for example my local paper, the Northwest Florida Daily News. Its parent company as well as its subsidiary, Florida Freedom Newspapers, Inc are undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy. From Panama City to Fort Walton Beach, Florida Freedom Newspapers is, for all practical purposes, the only print newspaper in area. It has a stranglehold on the area with regards to local print and online local news. Its “Director of Content for Florida Freedom Newspapers” is one Pat Rice. He was editor of the NW Florida Daily News, but has taken on this new position while the company restructures. He is a regular columnist for the paper and has an active blog. His new job is, by his own admission “a promotion that carries with it additional responsibilities for all 10 newspapers our company owns in Northwest Florida.”

On November 18th, 2009, Mr. Rice posted the following on his Blog:

Will you buy Palin’s book? Will you (gag) read it?
Posted 11/18/2009 11:07 AM CST

The cable stations have been all atwitter these last few days about former Alaska Governor and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s book, which hit stores in Northwest Florida and elsewhere on Tuesday.

The title of the book is “Going Rogue,” and Palin is certainly that. Some pundits also think she is a possible contender for her party’s presidential nomination in 2012. You betcha!

I’m happy to admit that I probably won’t buy Palin’s book or read it if someone gives it to me. But not because of her political message, which I generally find to be devoid of anything but catchy phrases that only work if you are exceptionally attractive and know how to wink. Rather, I just don’t like autobiographies period, and I especially don’t like autobiographies by political people.

They always come off as self-promotional, self-aggrandizing, and self-interested to the point of being a dishonet (sic) baloney. That’s why I haven’t read Barack Obama’s autobiography, that’s why I haven’t read Bill Clinton’s autobiography, and that’s why I won’t read Palin’s book.

Much better, I think, are biographies written by at least somewhat objective and dispassionate observers. There are a number of excellent biographies out there about Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Dwight Eisenhower. The biography of Bill Clinton, “First in His Class,” by David Marannis is also exceptional.

But enough about the fact that most autobiographies make me gag. Today’s question is: Will you buy Palin’s book? Will you read it? And do you think she’s a possible 2012 presidential candidate for the Republicans?

As always, let me know what you think.



Here is a man, who by his own admission one of the more important journalists in our area, bragging about how he doesn’t read the autobiographies of current political figures. Unfortunately, I suspect that his position is held by most of the MSM. His gratuitous use of the word “Gag” when referring to reading Mrs. Palin’s book is obnoxious as it is ineloquent. It comes across like a twitter “tweat” from a twelve year old. But what is truly disturbing is how this post reveals the intellectual vapidity of this critical player in my area’s sole source of local “deadwood” and online papers. I strongly suspect this intellectual laziness is endemic across much of our newspapers, especially in areas like ours, where one franchise has a monopoly.

The hard left agenda of Barack Obama is not a surprise to the online conservative community, who read Obama’s works. Sean Hannity, for all his bluster and bulldog approach to punditry, was well aware of Obama’s autobiographies and was one of the early sounders of alarm. Indeed, of all the major news outlets, only Fox News and Talk Radio warned us to how radical the Obama’s agenda was, based in no small part, by reading both of Obama’s books; Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. For a political journalist not to have read these books in preparation to cover the 2008 election is inexcusable and irresponsible. To brag about it is unforgivable.

Autobiographies are almost as old as man. It started with crude drawing in caves, documenting a tribe’s recent hunt , moved on to hieroglyphs chiseled in stone by Egyptian Pharaohs and then to the written word. Julius Caesar, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Frederick Douglas, Booker T. Washington, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan are among the many who have put pen to paper to write about their life. It is up to the informed reader to discern fact from fiction and self-aggrandizement. But most importantly an autobiography offers the reader a rare glimpse into the subject’s soul; It offers a prism to help you see the man in all his varied aspects and help one determine what he is made of and what he intends to do in the future.

Perhaps the most famous example of the press ignoring an autobiography of an active politician is Adolph Hitler’s Mein Kampf (My Struggle). At the time he wrote it, he was in prison and was just another emerging figure in the chaos of Post WWI Germany. But in this rambling, chaotic screed, he laid out, for all to see, what his intentions were. The renunciation of the Versailles Treaty, the plan to gain lebensraum (living space) and above all, the plans to eradicate the Jews were painstakingly written out and defended. The Katie Courics and Pat Rices of that time failed to read it, or if they did, dismissed it as so much hyperbole.

Winston Churchill, Warrior, Politician, Pundit and Journalist, read it, warned Europe and America and was ignored until it was almost too late. The result was millions dead. Ironically, arguably the most poignant testament of the holocaust was the short autobiography of a young girl named Anne Frank, who was eventually consumed in the horror but has been rendered immortal by her decision and courage to put pen to paper before her death.

The lesson for my fellow conservatives, is that do not wait for the media to assist us in our time in the political wilderness. Indeed, I urge you to take what actions you can to stand up against the biased and lazy main stream media. The sooner we put local papers that fail to serve us out of business, the quicker a new press that will arise, in exciting new forms and unburdened the bigotry, prejudices and sheer laziness of the current press.

The road to 2010 and 2012 will be difficult. But our first lesson we must learn is not to depend on the “Professional Pundits” and “Press” to speak “Truth to Power”. They lost that ability years ago. We can only depend on ourselves to get the word out to our fellow citizens. Start putting “pen to paper” and spread the word. We are the heirs to the most successful revolution in mankind’s history. We will honor our ancestors by keeping the dream alive….