you know what I believe Fox News teaches us -- that if we are to have a real conversation, if we are to ever get to the bottom of the "sensible center"...as President Obama described it in his interview with Bill O'Reilly...and get to the yummy goodness found only in the middle... in order to solve our nation's problems... to reach a compromise on more serious issues that directly effect our ability to 'win the future' -- then we need to look no further than Fox News.
And if you actually watch Fox News on a regular basis, with an open mind that is, you would know exactly what I'm talking about.
ONLY Fox News brings fair and balanced reporting on both sides of the issue every day;
ONLY Fox News welcomes panels from all over the political dial every day;
ONLY Fox News delves into both the conservative and the liberal view every day; and deep down, even Obama agrees with that observation, and more importantly, "respects" Fox for what it brings to the media round table...everyday.
There was a total misfire moment with the liberal media, being so set in their ways, coming to the interview pre-judging it already, entirely missing things practically spelled out for them; after pounding O'Reilly since Sunday, accusing him of being disrespectful to the president, mostly stemming from his line of questioning as to how much some people hate him; his follow up, with additional footage intact, on the O'Reilly Factor was brilliant, really.
...it was as if he just let them walk right into it...knowing full well that he, himself, had thoroughly dotted the I's and crossed the T's, in step with the back story, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.
For the truth is, even as he carefully prefaced the question to the president right up front, admitting to the president and to the audience, on the spot, that he asked the very same thing to President Bush only a couple of months back...go back, listen for yourself again, or read the transcript here... his questioning was fair and balanced all the way.
While in typical polarizing fashion, the left immediately wanted to find a winner and a loser.
It's an interview! Why does there have to be this gotcha moment? And to get a visual on this crazy concept, Bill O'Reilly is certainly, and by far, and in more ways than two, no Katie Couric.
Now, the thing is, you would have to be living under a rock to be oblivious to the amount of hate manufactured here in America on a daily basis -- under a rock, I tell you -- no, make that a boulder.
Pick out ANY article, of ANY political view, and you get a string of comments venting to the nth degree showing absolutely no regard for human decency, no filter for poor taste, making all of us look bad. With the amount of hate spewed on a minute by minute basis in this country and around the globe, no wonder we can almost operate totally immune to it by now. and isn't THAT a sad, sad thing to behold...
Half the time, I think to myself, does your mother know you talk like that? Or... how would you like it if someone said that about you? Or...do you kiss your dog with that mouth? Because it is gnarly stuff. I read the comments and think, oh my gosh, we're toast, burnt $&%*ing toast.
Talk about absolutely no checks and balances! We are ripe with atrocities of common man decency in the every day, lost apparently, to the new age of anonymity -- woohoo, let the fur fly, America -- power to the people!
Step back, please.
Take a breath, please.
Just because there is plenty of room -- wide open spaces actually -- to display our deep seated ideological differences, it doesn't mean we should, I mean, like that anyway; sure, we are all card carrying members of an elite group, bestowing upon us the very freedom giving each and every one of us creative license to simply sound off and treat each other like $@*&! if we want to -- but do we really want to be that kind of country?
We've never made it customary to act like this before -- that is, and get away with it -- so why do we allow ourselves to sink to this new kind of low now?
I tend to believe that most conservatives, and independents, and good decent liberals, share this view with me. I tend to believe, and trust, that most of us do not get caught up with this kind of hyper-vitriolic tit for tat.
I tend to believe, that those who do this -- you know, comment in free abandon -- usually misspelling simple words, throwing in choice urban phrases of attack, coloring their views with four letter descriptions, and labeling anyone of another political view as simply &^#*%*#&(^(@$(@%&@%, and having no real facts to back it up, oh, and acting as if they are all that, anonymously guarded under some strange disguised persona... that within a blink of an eye, it transparently tells us everything we need to know without having to read a anything more -- you know, those people -- I tend to believe it couldn't be any more than the bottom 2%.
For who, in their right mind, would act like that, talk like that, and actually think they garnered any great respect after it?
Not in this America.
And yet, $#@* happens.
What has become totally acceptable to the general public is attacking conservatives -- especially people like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann -- with no regard for decency or holding back whatsoever.
While it has become widely known that oh, my goodness, that Fox News, seems to be the only station displaying any opposition to the liberal view -- all mainstream media, all other cable news outlets, all of them, collectively gravitate and glorify the view that is only seen by the left eye, never the right, while some go so far as chastising the conservative opinion as being somewhat less than human.
when the overwhelming majority of this country (63% and rising) swing right of center more often than not? really?
you really wanna go there?
A constant and verifiable source for where we stand in the nations polling can easily be found at http://www.rasmussenreports.com.
But switching gears for a bit,
Joining with the ranks of world leaders, like Angela Merkel, we have news coming out of the meetings in Germany that show surprising changes to the western world's political correctness coming up on the horizon:
"We have even tolerated these segregated communities behaving in ways that run counter to our values. So when a white person holds objectionable views – racism, for example – we rightly condemn them. But when equally unacceptable views or practices have come from someone who isn’t white, we’ve been too cautious, frankly even fearful, to stand up to them,"
Perhaps if we could each be responsible for our own civility, the world would truly change overnight; even if it is in small ways, when we add them all together -- when we paint by the numbers and stay within the lines -- eventually we create a work of art, not a piece of overpriced meaningless #&*%...right?
Reading the nation's comments on a daily basis could make anyone dizzy, and sick to their stomach -- no longer does it agree with who we are as a nation, and what we are supposed to stand for and live up to.
Truth is, we are so much better than the pee brains who respond in knee jerk reaction -- even if those people include those we normally trust as respected journalists, award winning authors, long time political pundits, historians, and even sometimes out of the mouth of someone who should always act presidential in every way...
...remembering a few metaphorical remarks from Obama over the last two years, advocating things like "we don't mind Republicans joining us, they can come for a ride, but they gotta sit in the back [is that, in the back of a bus, mr. president? you should know better than to say something like that]",
or how about this one, "After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want the keys back. No! You can't drive. We don't want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out."
or how about this one,“We’ve got our mops and our brooms out here, and were cleaning stuff out and they’re sitting there saying, ‘Hold the broom better; that’s not how you mop.’ Don’t tell me how to mop! Pick up a mop! Do some work on behalf of the American people to solve some of these problems.’’
or how about this one, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” this is exactly what Obama said while attending a fundraiser in Philadelphia in 2008...adding, “Because from what I understand folks in Philly like a good brawl. I’ve seen Eagles fans.”
Now, when you actually get the president talking to anyone outside of 'his base' -- you get something more tolerable, almost polite, and sounding more like something like this.
That was a about a year ago -- it was right after these remarks addressing the representatives of the GOP, when the nation, and the president, morphed into campaign mode -- when he quickly began throwing out much of his heartwarming and sincere sentiment right out the Greyhound rear window, only to bounce off the Chrysler front bumper, and wind up harpooned and shellacked after the mid-term elections.
You know, the president laughed a lot [over the entire interview with Bill]...
Which is kinda funny, as anytime we are faced with a question we are afraid to answer, or want to avoid answering at all costs, we tend to laugh, uncomfortable with being put on the spot. Couldn't help but notice how much O'Reilly got that kind of first chuckle reaction -- and at one point, he even had to say to the president, "no, I mean, it's a serious question."
Over half of American public does not like the policies of the Obama Administration -- some people, as a matter of record, might actually hate.
And we will agree, to disagree, with that all the live long day.
And when we do, it should be coming from a place not only found nestled in the deep of our best intentions, but it very well should come rushing in with what's seemingly on the blind side of the merits and nothing else.
What anonymous commentators must realize after all, once you lower yourself to the makings of your argument coming from a) character assassination b) generalities solely based upon race, culture or religion or c) include improper, uncivil, rude, malicious, provocative language merely to huff & puff -- you immediately lose whatever audience you think you had.
The thing is, I just can't understand how it is possible, in this day and age, to give these kind of bottom feeders any kind of credibility, let alone take the time to read what it is they have to say. I would say it is truly CO2 run amuk -- begging the final question, just where is the climate change police when we need them most? -- but in reality, they really aren't opening their mouths, are they -- whoever thought a little thing like a keyboard could be a saving grace (and having said that, it's not like I believe in CO2 being a crazy pollutant either).
Make it a Good Day, G
Steelers Wheel is playing on GTV --
if you will, dance with me stuck in the middle with you...just a click away on Dear America...