Words, I suck at them. Sentences can, sometimes, be the windmills I tilt against. Scratching them down on paper, not that anyone does anymore, is as much fun as Polynomial long division. The one thing that I have always maintained is that, spoken or written, is that they have power.
Since the beginning of this blog ( I’m sure some grammar Nazi is cringing at the structure of the preceding sentence –believe me it was my pleasure ) I’ve maintained that we should own our words, it’s not easy sometimes we fall in love with what we write, other times we can’t wait to get away from them but we should own them because in that simple act we grow.
I was reading Nicholas Kristof’s, Jimmy Carter, His Legacy and a Rabbit http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/09/opinion/nicholas-kristof-jimmy-carter-his-legacy-and-a-rabbit.html?_r=1 and something resonated with a conversation I was having a few days back. Let me give you a brief look at the Carter KILLER SWAMP RABBIT story.
Evidently while on a fishing outing, President Carter casually had to paddle away a wild rabbit that was trying to jump on his boat. The story got out and was sensationalized a few times over. The result of Carter’s Killer rabbit was that he was painted in the media as ineffective and weak. That blatant misrepresentation coupled with the lengthy hostage situation ( he opted for sanctions and diplomacy with a rescue attempt as a last resort, something that many have since agreed was the only way to resolve it ) led to his defeat in the elections by Ronald Reagan—We The People then had to endure decades of Reagan’s conservative philosophy that has degraded the country. All of this in part thanks to yellow journalism–today we call it Fox news.
That was not the only time a politician has been derailed by a cruel media— can you say YEAAAAH?!
Well Howard Dean’s impassioned gaffe caused him the Democrat nomination, in great part because the internet went wild with memes. He, a successful and respected politician, was portrayed as some yokel lunatic, the result you ask? Yep, we got W Bush *and you know how fantastic that was. *Italics denote sarcasm.
Now the media is at it again and their new bowling pin is Bernie Sanders. A couple of rabid radicalized BLM frauds recently hijacked a public speech that had drawn a huge crowd, funny the media still overlooks Bernie in favor of Republican clowns, to push their own agenda–so who does the critics focus on? Sanders–they use the same reprehensible language they used on Jimmy Carter, the same argument, that he is weak. I think the RESPONSIBILITY now lies within us, to challenge the deception, we should not allow peddlers of discord to bring the downfall a good man.
The media needs to own responsibility for their words, they need to stop being harebrained because their words have impact that when done irresponsibly hurt not only individuals but the nation.
It should come as no surprise that I’m no BIG fan of President Obama, my views have evolved not because of the right-wing media assault on the man but on my own based observations. I often will lampoon him, as I do any other politician, and will have a critical tone but I always keep it centered around policy not on a personal level, I give him credit when credit is due, relax Obamabots he doesn’t deserve it as much as you think he does—yes I’m grinning, and know if I tally his record he has done a lot considering the historically belligerent congress he had to deal with.
Having said all that I present my next topic, “Pictures are worth a thousand words.” What did you forget who I am? 😀
My thoughts are with President Carter and his family and to kudos to