From Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers;
Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.
Obama has stated that he wants to “restore the American dream.” Considering that his first two years in office have been a economic nightmare for millions of Americans, one has to ask…when does the restoration of that dream begin? The U.S. has accumulated more debt on Obama’s watch than under all of the presidents from Washington to Reagan combined. And the spending spree is not over. Obama intends to spend a few trillion more of your tax dollars on yet another ill-conceived “stimulus” plan. He believes…he truly believes…that he can spend us out of debt. Perhaps that is how economics work in the Bizarro world, but not so here on Earth.
American Christians don’t have the right to school prayer, nativity scenes on the town green, a small cross in the middle of the Mohave Desert marking a veterans memorial, a plaque with the Ten Commandments on a wall of a courthouse, the singing of hymns on the steps of the Supreme Court, or hold a high school graduation ceremony in a church…but Obama decreed that Muslims have the right to build a thirteen story mega mosque over the graves of the 3000+ murdered on 9/11 by Islamic terrorists.
According to a recent poll, 20% of the American people believe that Obama is a Muslim. Bob Schieffer of CBS News claims that there is a “mountain of evidence to the contrary” In his commentary on Face The Nation (Aug. 22), Schieffer implied that those who believe Obama is a Muslim are the nuts, perverts, bigots and the ignorant that populate the unregulated and unedited Internet.
Here is Schieffer’s commentary from Sunday, Aug. 22nd:
The greatest advances in the store of human knowledge have always taken place when great minds found themselves in the same place at the same time, as when the Greeks gathered on the hillsides of Athens, and when the political geniuses who founded this country came together.
The great promise of the Internet was that for the first time, great minds no longer had to be in close proximity.
But what we have also learned now is that in the Internet age ignorance travels as rapidly as great ideas. Now not only great minds can find one another and compare notes, so, too, can the nuts and the perverts and those who are simply looking to validate their prejudices.
So, despite a mountain of evidence to the contrary, a new poll tells us a growing number of Americans – most of them on the right – believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, no doubt due in part to the fact that stories to that effect have gone viral on the Internet.
Disagreeing with our leaders is our right and in truth part of the fun of being an American. But to suggest the President is a Muslim is absurd no matter how fervently some who dislike him may wish it so.
The purpose here is not to argue politics but to underscore how this illustrates the down side of the Internet – the only news delivery system we’ve ever had that has no editor. We must always remember that. What we read there may not always be true.
Schieffer calls the Internet a “news delivery system” with no editor. Perhaps he would prefer an Internet controlled and regulated by the government. I know…they could call it Pravda.
I don’t know who Schieffer is referring to when he talks about “great minds.” There are nuts, perverts and bigots on the Internet…and walking the halls of CBS News…and occupying seats in Congress. Is Schieffer suggesting that freedom of speech only applies to“great minds?” If so, then many voices in the CBS Newsroom would be silenced…including Schieffer’s. And just who would determine who those “great minds” are? CBS News? Obama? The DNC? George Soros and Media Matters?
It is mind blowing that a member of the media, whose 1st Amendment right to free speech wields no greater or no less power than the American citizen, would call into question the right of anyone to express their opinion. I don’t know how a news organization would fair under Obama’s Pravda-like net neutrality, but I dare say Schieffer may rue the day he ever defended silencing the American people…nut, pervert, bigot, or otherwise. –Lew-