Hillary has just relegated a very large portion of the American people into the basket of deplore.
As Jeff Foxworthy might say, “Heeeerrre’s yewr basket.”
Although, while the racist, xenophobic, bigoted, yada yada portion might not have gone over as well in a Foxworthy act, it killed in Clinton’s little comedy routine. That crowd…well…rather deplorable. They might be charitable, but from the sounds of the laughter they’re obviously a group of arrogant dick-heads. Maybe it was just nervous laughing and cheering. Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt.
Anyhoo, as frustrating as this tired “you’re a racist and I’m not” act has become, I still can’t help but to reflect on how we got here. Hmmm…how did we get to the point that it is Ok for the most powerful people in the world to call those with no power the most horrible names imaginable? And, for the other half of the powerless, ya know, the Americans who have not (yet) been called names, to also feel entitled to join in the name calling instead of standing up for their fellow citizens?
Makes me think that if I were to create my own basket of deplorables, the first group I would throw in…
I have a degree in journalism. If I learned anything in my five years of media/alcohol tolerance training, I learned that the press is a critical part of our democracy, “the 4th estate” as it is sometimes referred. This means that our press is intended to be the watch dog for the American people, specifically when it comes to protecting us from our government.
Over the last eight years, while our government “leaders” have either insinuated or flat-out called conservatives, police officers and in some cases, all Americans: racists, biggots, tea baggers, terrorists, Islamophobes and xenophobes…
The press sat silent.
And while this administration, specifically Hillary Clinton, wrongly but intentionally blamed a U.S. citizen’s work published on YouTube for the terrorist attack in Benghazi on 9/11/12 (video here)…
The press sat silent.
Have you made a YouTube video? Or know people who have? While I can’t promise you that a piece of work you’ve published online won’t be publicly blamed for a terrorist act the way that they blamed this poor guy, I can promise you that if you do find yourself in the same situation…
The press will sit silent.
That YouTube video creator was nothing but collateral damage to this administration desperate to win the election. As someone with a journalist’s heart….HOLY SHIT!!!! What an angle!!! Are you kidding me?? This is the kind of story that makes a reporter. An administration who appears to have intentionally chosen an American citizen to target, blatantly violating his First Amendment Rights, all to save their ass from looking bad with a terrorist attack on 9/11, killing an ambassador (that’s huge) less than two months from re-election. This is WAY WAY bigger than Woodward/Bernstein. So, why was that angle not covered? Why were Americans not in the street standing up for this American? Maybe because…
The press sat silent.
Americans knew that they didn’t have back-up. They knew that they too would be demonized because they don’t have the bully bull-horn that our government does. The press is supposed to be the “people’s bullhorn,” but that bullhorn’s in a broom closet somewhere, with the GSM’s flask. I know it scared the shit out of me. In fact, it’s important to note here that I am in perfect health, a very cautious pedestrian/driver/subway rider, not at all suicidal and have absolutely no reason to be audited. K?
The press failed us. And, they continue to fail us.
Over the last eight years, there are numerous incidents of the most powerful people in the world demonizing every day American citizens who have absolutely no power or protection except the press.
And, the press has sat silent.
The big story here is fear.
It’s the fear that at least half of American citizens now have of their government. The same fear that now makes standing up against government feel like a risk.
That’s the real story.
Take it from me, an anonymous blogger.
In other random blogs:
Remember that old phrase, “When you point one finger at me, there are three pointing back at you?” Still rings true today, I say! And, I wrote about it here: You’re Rubber and I’m Glue: Possibly a Very Racist and Hateful Glue