The Pamphleteer Revisited

You have seen the famous painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by Emanuel Leutze. The painting captures the December 25, 1776 crossing of the Delaware by George Washington and his troops on their way to attack the Hessian force in Trenton, New Jersey. The Continental Army’s subsequent victory would prove to be the turning point of the American Revolution.

Just days before the attack, Washington had ordered “The Crisis” by Thomas Paine read aloud to his troops. It began with the words “…These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” Many of the men listening to those words were shoeless, their bloodied and battered feet wrapped in rags against the snow and ice. The situation was grim. But the words of a pamphleteer served to boost their morale.

A pamphleteer is defined as “a writer of pamphlets or other short works taking a partisan stand on an issue.” Today the internet may have replaced the printing press and the blogosphere the pamphlet but the end result is the same; the public conveyance of an idea or a belief. It is men like Paine and Washington that secured for us the right to freely express our opinions and share our beliefs in a public forum.

The Obama administration aided by the so-called “mainstream media” is actively seeking to limit our freedom of speech. You may have heard of net neutrality. That is the pet project of Socialist Robert McChesney and his so called Free Press. McChesney is an advocate of what he calls “media reform.” He wants a state controlled media. He wants Pravda. The Federal Trade Commission is drawing up plans to “reinvent journalism.” A discussion draft (POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORTTHE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM) has been published. And whose name do you suppose figures prominently in that paper? Whose writings is the FTC basing their findings and recommendations on? Why none other than the avowed Socialist and champion of a Pravda-like media, Robert McChesney. –Lew-

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I Pledge Allegiance…

When I was in elementary school, the day began by pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It was an honor to recite that pledge every morning. I remember feeling that it made me part of something bigger, something special. As time went by I learned about the Founders and the founding of our nation . Then one day I had a eureka moment. I realized that the pledge wasn’t just my connection to history, that pledge made me part of history. That is the day I understood the Pledge of Allegiance.

Today, many, many years later, I am still reading and learning about the founding fathers. I read about their battles and their wars. I read their biographies and I learn about their strengths and their weaknesses. And unlike the idealized images I had of them as a youngster standing in that classroom reciting the pledge, I know them today (as well as one can) as flesh and blood men. But my respect and admiration for them has soared, not despite their weaknesses, but because of them. It has taught me that flawed and sometimes foolhardy men can achieve amazing things. After all, they created a nation with nothing but an idea, a quill pen, a candle, and faith in God.

In my own way, I still pledge allegiance to the flag each and every day and I still love my country. Unfortunately, it has become fashionable to say and act otherwise. I have been accused of many things in my life but fashionable was never one of them. I’m a guy who likes reruns of the Any Griffith Show, a visit to the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, taking a drive in the country on a Sunday afternoon, band concerts on the town green and fireworks on the 4th of July. I know you ladies can’t wait to snap me up. I may be a dinosaur but there are millions of dinosaurs just like me out there, both young and old, and, contrary to popular belief, we are far from extinct. We were napping but have been awakened from our slumber…and we’re pissed off. -Lew-

God Bless America.

D-Day: June 6, 1944

Sunday was the 66th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion and Operation Overlord. Our president was to busy hosting a gala event to mention the heroic struggle and sacrifice made by the allies on that fateful day. I invite you to read how a real leader pays tribute to the soldiers who fought their way off a beach in France, across Europe and into Berlin to save the world. -Lew-

President Ronald Reagan’s remarks at the U.S. Ranger Monument, Pointe Du Hoc, France June 6, 1984.

More Enemies Within

A discussion paper recently released by the Federal Trade Commission entitled “POTENTIAL POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS TO SUPPORT THE REINVENTION OF JOURNALISM” is causing a stir. The paper focuses on “the problems facing journalism in the internet age.” This “discussion draft” relies heavily on the book “The Death and Life of American Journalism” by Robert McChesney and John Nichols. McChesney and Nichols are co-founders of Free Press, a supposedly non-partisan media organization. Free Press is a chief advocate of network neutrality. McChesney and Nichols have co-authored several books including the aforementioned “The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again” and Tragedy & Farce: How the American Media Sell Wars, Spin Elections and Destroy Democracy.”

McChesney is an avowed Socialist. His name appears prominently on Socialist websites, he grants interviews to Socialist publications such as “The Bullet,” and he co-edited the Socialist magazine “Monthly Review.” BTW: Front page of the “Monthly Review” this month; “Capitalism, the Absurd System” by Robert McChesney.

My question; Why is a government agency relying on a card carrying Socialist to help shape it’s policy regarding the media, the internet, and the controversial issue of network neutrality? Just another radical in the Obama fold. More later. -Lew-