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What does America Value? I’m seriously asking.

So last week I had a paper due about ethics and values and stuff like that. And it got me thinking about American values, and well, what are they in 2016?

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Is this what we value?

I’m seriously asking because I’m not sure what America cares about anymore. WHERE U BE, AMERICAN VALUES? For real though, the only time I hear the word “value” is when it comes to a fast-food meal or a big savings on Keurig machines at Walmart. But then, that kind of makes sense, right? That maybe these are our values now- immediacy and materialism? I think it’s fair to say that as Americans we want what we want, and we want it fucking right now. And we basically have a holiday that celebrates materialism- god bless the brave, the 3am risers the day after Thanksgiving.

What else does America value? I’d say: beauty over brains, money over philanthropy, and mine over yours. Not that we don’t care about brains, philanthropy, or helping others; those are just secondary values. Honestly, we’re Americans. We want our movies to have full frontal nudity, as long as it isn’t Lena Dunham (am I right?). If there were sexy female scientists, would they have a Netflix special where they explain the cosmos?  And of course we occasionally give an extra $5 to a homeless person, but dontcha know I’m gonna let you know about it. I hardly have an extra $5 myself!

What we value is what we get. There was a saying I learned during a very confusing time of my life, “If you love something, you take care of it”. And I completely believe that. So what do we take care of in America? Our media, our entertainment, our solidarity with those who think like us. We care about watching Donald Trump causing a hate-fueled ruckus wherever he goes because it’s funny. Wow, he says whatever he wants! He speaks his truth! And maybe you think he’s right, so you’re gonna make sure you get other people to vote for him, because that’s what you value. And, that’s your right as an American. And through this right, you’re helping shape American values.

And our entertainment. God forbid that Netflix ever goes down on a Friday night. Could you imagine? What would become of us? Or if the big sport game wasn’t televised. What would happen? We allow celebrities and athletes to make millions of dollars, while we can’t feed our poor or get proper healthcare for our veterans. But celebrities and athletes are on TV and on the internet, we don’t have to look at poor people. We take care of what we value. 

The Declaration of Independence says that we’re supposed to have “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”. So I guess our definitions of Life, Liberty and Happiness has changed since 1776. But what are these definitions now? Does life just consist of what we have? From a big house, to a doctoral degree? What is liberty? Is Donald Trump a new definition of Liberty? And what about the pursuit of Happiness? IS that a $8 monthly subscription to streaming videos? I’m seriously asking, because I have no idea.

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Facts, Opinions, and How to Influence Others

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How do you learn about the news? The local newspaper delivered to your door each morning? The Evening Broadcast on Channel 6? The NY Times you pick up on your way to work? Your favorite online news magazines? Headlines throughout the day posted on Facebook? Other ____?

If we’re being real, which is what this whole post is about, I don’t always read the news from reliable sources. I don’t get the local newspaper, and only read a carefully picked 5 stories a month from the Scranton Times because they charge you for any more than this. I use the Newsstand App on my iPhone where I am subscribed to a ton of my favorite newspapers and magazines, and do my due diligence to read the top headlines each morning, but a lot of time it’s done with blurry sleep ridden eyes and a hazy, non-caffeinated consciousness. And what about Facebook? Is it wrong to say that I read some of my news from Facebook from other friends’ posts, especially when I seem to be sucked into a social media state of numbness on my phone?

I don’t think it’s bad necessarily to get your news from Facebook or other social media outlets, as long as you’re reading such with an open and critical thinking mind. It’s important to take into consideration who shared the news article and is it related to a reputable news source?  Is it just an eye grabbing, attention seeking headline that doesn’t expect you to even click on the link and read the full story? Are you sure it’s a factual piece of writing and not an op-ed hidden in the hazy digital veil of truth-likeness?

I see so many news stories on Facebook and I am growing more and more nervous of their power each day. The issue I see is too many people are willing to just read the headline someone posts and not the full story. And, if the full story is read, it’s just a few paragraphs giving the news source’s opinion disguised as fact and taken out of context. Think Fox News, but remember Fox News isn’t the only news media that is guilty of making readers think their opinions are fact. Liberal media sources do this too.

I am weary of news media outlets that posts stories online that say things like “This is the Dumbest Thing Clinton has said During Her Campaign So Far” and “Putting Sanders in the White House is Like Making a Zebra the King of America”. These are obviously opinion pieces, but are we sure that by reading this we won’t automatically agree with this opinion because it’s easier than thinking for ourselves?

I am 100% guilty of this. I have read articles, such as an article a few months ago published by Mother Jones which was about Jeb Bush and his remarks about people who work 40 hours a week should work more. I was appalled to say the least, but it wasn’t until I took the time to read a few other news sources that I found the whole story, and Mother Jones’ only reported on a small bit in order to entice readers.

I’m worried about the effects this type of understanding of the news, the only reading headlines or carefully crafted opinion pieces that sway the reader to assume this opinion and thus believe it as their truth, is having on us as a nation. It’s really hard to figure out what is truth, what is only part of the story, and what is just opinion of the writer. See, even though I use this blog to air my opinions and thoughts, I also hope that readers will take into consideration my views and challenge them against their own. And if someone doesn’t have their own opinion yet, then it is much easier for me, or anyone, to influence someone into thinking the same way that I do. And that’s dangerous.

 

And sometimes the news is so overwhelming, as performed by Eric Andre:

 

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I Transcribed the GOP Debate in a quick and easy to read format because i’m scared of people not caring.

Look at this group of winners.

I WISH THEY WERE HOLDING HANDS.

Alright. I’m getting weary of the media, no matter the bias. I watched the whole GOP debate on Tuesday night, which deeply frightened me for our country. Wednesday morning I see no media actually reporting on the debate. I tried to find explicit articles about specific points of the debate, but couldn’t. I did however find lots of soundbites and commentary on who won the debate, and who attacked who, and how entertaining it is.

I know a lot of people probably didn’t watch the debate and just waited to watch or read about it on the Facebook headlines. And this is what makes me nervous. I’m weary of leftist and right media.

My semester of gradschool is over for the holiday so I decided to spend my entire Wednesday re-watching the entire debate again and decided to transcribe it in an easy-read way for anyone who wants to hear the GOP candidate’s ACTUAL stance on foreign policy. I’m also going to add anecdotes in italics of my own commentary mixed throughout. I absolutely have a left bias. There were three commentators, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Hugh Hewitt. I’m only going to use MODERATORS for the sake of simplicity. I tried my best to make headers, but there was so much overlap chronologically between issues discussed.

Here’s the Washington Post’s transcription I used and the YouTube playlist I used to re-watch on Wednesday. There are links to clarify things that I thought would be handy because I had to look them up myself.

OK, here we go:

INTRODUCTIONS

PAUL: Let’s not close the internet or ban religions. Let’s stop arming ISIS allies. Only Arab Nations should have boots on the ground

KASICH: I have a daughter. We need to unify our country.

CHRISTIE: Obama and Hillary sucks.

FIORINA: I’m angry and I started out as a secretary. 

( This is like a rocket scientist  saying that he started his career by being a life guard in 10th grade at the Scranton Country Club) 

BUSH: I love war. Obama and Hillary sucks.

RUBIO: America was great once, I know, my grandpa told me about it.

CRUZ: We’re at war. Don’t let in refugees who are terrorists. Being politically correct is dumb.

CARSON: Let’s all pray silently for San Bernardino (5 second silence).  Let’s kill ISIS.

TRUMP: Wall. Build up military. Iran deal was stupid, I said that first.  Also everyone fucking loves me.

HOW TO KEEP ISIS OUT

MODERATOR: Trump, what do you wanna do to keep ISIS out?

TRUMP: Wall. If refugees are here they have to go back.

MODERATOR: Bush, why don’t you agree with Trump?

Bush: (looks so nervous having to be the first person thrown to the Trump Fire Pit): We need to destroy ISIS. We can’t ban all Muslims bc then we can’t have a coalition w/ Muslim countries. The Kurds are our best allies. Do you really want circus boy Trump? He’s a chaos candidate.

TRUMP: Bush sucks. Let’s make America great again.

BUSH: Trump, you’re dumb. We need to engage with the Muslim world to defeat ISIS.

RUBIO: ISIS is growing, we need to get rid of them.

CRUZ: Everyone understands what Trump has proposed, and I am not going to speak against Trump because I’m scared of him. I introduced legislation that would suspend America from taking in refugees for three years from any country that ISIS and al Qaida are in (basically every country). Obama and Hilary suck. (Cruz is questioned again about disagreeing Trumps ideas, which he never answers). Radical Islam isn’t a religion, it’s a political and theocratic ideology that wants to kill us.

FIORINA: We need solutions, not lawyers arguing over laws. We need to do something here and there. Caliphate. We need to do two things- bring back the Patriot Act and ask the private sector to help because the government can’t figure out this new, gosh darn, technology thing.

CHRISTIE: Fuck Bush and Clinton. Restore Patriot Act.

KASICH: Let’s do the Gulf War again. Saudis organized a lot of Arab nations. We need to teach local police forces how to spy on their citizens using the Patriot Act.

Wolf Blitzer: Hey Cruz, you signed the Freedom Act which isn’t a Republican.

CRUZ: Yeah, but it ended the fed govt from collecting the bulk collection of phone metadata for millions. It strengthened the spy tools we have, before we could only spy on a small amount of Americans and mostly land lines. Now we can spy on virtually everyone, regardless of communication vessel.

RUBIO: Cruz, you’re dumb. I didn’t sign Freedom Act because bc we need more tools. The Metadata Program we lost was a “valuable tool that we no longer have at our disposal”.

CRUZ: That’s not true and Rubio knows it. Mark Levin. Rubio’s super PAC is running ads they know are lies that is Alinsky like. The old program covered 20-30% of civilians, new one covers 100%.

RUBIO: You just gave out confidential information, bro. Nothing under the freedom act is new. (Cruz looks at moderators like, wtf is this dude talking about and nervously chuckles to himself) The freedom Act took away a good tool that let NSA spy quickly. The next terrorist attack, America’s gonna be like, oh shit I wish we didn’t have the Freedom Act bc we could’ve found the terrorist before they did something.

PAUL: Oh, Marco, you get it all wrong. We’re less safe bc were distracted. Rubio opposed security at every point. The Gang of 8 bill would of liberalized immigration. Rubio sucks, he likes liberals and has love for Schumer.

Rubio: Oh yeah, well your amendment sucked only 10 ppl signed it bc it would ban everyone from coming to US.

Paul: Naw, it would halt immigration from high risk countries. Every terror attack since 9/11, the terrorist came here legally. I want background checks.

CHRISTIE: “Listen, I want to talk to the audience at home for a second. If your eyes are glazing over like mine, this is what it’s like to be on the floor of the United States Senate.” (Christie does look high af) In NJ I used the Patriot Act and it worked.

CARSON: No more PC talk. We’re at war, I told congress, “go ahead, declare the war”. We’re in danger. The Muslim Brotherhood said in the Explanatory Memorandum that was discovered in the Holy Land Foundation Trial that we can attack America when they use PC talk.

Moderator: Carson, which person was right before, Rubio or Paul?

CARSON: Idk, let them answer and fight over it. (What a great way to not answer the question or have an opinion)

BUSH: Some Muslims want peace. Destroy ISIS.

SURVEILLANCE AND INTERNET

Moderator: Silicon Valley hasn’t been helping the NSA by turning over user’s records. Should they?

FIORINA: The US sucks at technology because they are using wrong algorithms. The kids today are smart at technology. DHS says we can’t look at terrorist facebook page- well wtf, I look at my kids facebook pages, isn’t this the same thing? We don’t have to force the kids to making them work with the NSA but we should ask them nicely. (I feel like she’s saying to her kids, “Kids, can you come and help me set up the DVD player?”)

TRUMP: ISIS is better at the internet. Let’s filter and close parts of the internet.

KASICH: That’s dumb. Lets just give local authorities the tools to spy. (what a fucking scary idea)

CARPET BOMBING ISIS

CRUZ: Hell Yeah! Let’s use overwhelming force, like in the Gulf War. We need to spy on ppl. Doesn’t everyone wanna spy on everyone else’s phones and emails? (no) I don’t know how I would carpet bomb ISIS without killing everyone in the city, but let’s do it anyways. I wanna fuck up ISIS so bad.

RUBIO: We need ground force to kill ISIS from Suni Arabs. Our Air Force sucks.  Every war has a propaganda proponent and ISIS is winning at propaganda.  Cruz votes for less money for military stuff and iron dome (He probably said this to make Cruz look anti-Israel)

CRUZ: I told Texas that I wouldn’t hold citizens w/o due process so I couldn’t sign the Defense Authorization Act. Rubio loves Obama and Hillary.

RUBIO: If some is an American citizen and love ISIS then we’ll treat them as a member of an army attacking this country. (This type of talk makes me nervous, basically saying that anyone who is seen as a terrorist can be shot in the face by US army) Our navy and air force sucks.

TRUMP: ISIS doesn’t care if we kill them, but they care if we kill their families, so lets kill their families.

BUSH: That’s really stupid.

TRUMP: Bush sucks.

MODERATOR: Carson, you cool with killing kids?

(Audience boos at this question.}

CARSON: I look in kids eyes and they don’t like me, but then I cut open their heads and fix their brains, and then they like me. Better to look at the big picture.

Moderator: So you’re okay with killing kids? That is what war involves.

CARSON: I’m not ruthless, but I’m tough. I’ll do what I gotta do to protect America.

 

HAS AMERICA FUELED THE GROWTH OF ISIS?

Rand: We armed allies of ISIS who were against Asad, that was stupid. Gaddafi in Libya was stupid. Also, Trump is stupid for thinking of closing the internet. Also, if we kill kids we won’t be part of the Geneva Convention.

TRUMP: Wait, I think I just want to infiltrate the internet and close Syria’s internet.

PAUL: A Regime change is dumb and never works. We have ppl coming now to foreign relation committees like, ‘Hey, ya’ll should arm Al-Qaida’. This is stupid. If we tackle Asad shit’s gonna get even more kray-kray.

KASICH: We need boots on the ground with allies. Gulf War.

RUBIO: We can’t have a coalition bc the Arab countries think Obama sucks. Arab countries wanna kill ISIS a lot too. BC Obama lead from behind meant there were no other troops on the ground when the Asad rebel attacks started.

(You can hear someone say “That’s factually incorrect” on stage).

FIORINA: I’m tough and strong. I’ll get ISIS. Bring back warrior class. Quotes Margaret Thachter.

CHRISTIE: I’ll meet with the King of Jordan because he’s my bro.

CARSON: Let’s kill the caliphate bc that gives ISIS legitimacy. We need to take their OIL  because ISIS is rich (happy to hear OIL brought up). ISIS is rich and they give money all over the world.

CRUZ: Obama and Hillary suck. Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Asad are bad, but at least they helped fight ISIS.

RUBIO: Revolt against Gaddafi was started by the people, I sided with Obama then because shit was gonna get crazy no matter what. Gaddafi cooperates because he thought we were gonna Saddam Hussein him. We need to work with Jordan and Saudi Arabia, but not Asad because he’s anti-American and pro-Hezbollah.

CRUZ: No such thing as moderate rebels. Netanyahu is against Asad too and he doesn’t’ want to see Syria controlled by ISIS.

KASICH: Asad is aligned with Iran and Russia. Make sure they don’t make a Shia Cresent all long Middle East. Let’s fuck up Asad cuz that’ll fuck up Russia and Iran.

TRUMP: (Protesters start booing him) We did a disservice to humanity. Should’ve saved our money. Middle East is a mess.

FIORINA: Obama and Hillary suck.

TRUMP: We have nothing from the Middle East pursuits. We need to take the oil (As soon as he says “oil” the buzzer goes off), not bomb it, just take it and distribute it. It wasn’t so fashionable to say “take the oil before” but I’ve been saying that for three years, and now they are saying it.

 Oh, and Ben Carson is a really nice guy.

CARSON: The Middle East has been fucked, how can we fix that with little bombs?

BUSH: We need strategy for stable Middle East. We’re unsafe. Obama sucks.

PAUL: We did good when we killed Saddam Hussain. Both sides of a war has evil. Regime change just brings chaos and rise to radicals.

CRUZ INTERRUPTS: We should be defeating our enemies, we should have regime change in Iran because Iran has declared war on us.

TRUMP: Asad is a bad guy. We’re backing up ppl who we don’t even know who they are (rebels). One thing at a time. We need to get rid of ISIS first, than Asad.

CHRISTIE: Obama sucks and fucked up shit with Iran deal bc it helped ISIS. Iran causes ISIS.

PAUL: Regime changes are stupid, it was dumb in 2013 when we gave al Qaida arms and now we’re fighting against our own arms. We need realistic foreign policy, its dumb to think of a Utopian world that we spread peace and freedom

KASICH: US shouldn’t be part of civil wars. “There’s a difference between Iraq, where you have Sunni, Shia, and Kurds together after the first World War by the Western powers. It doesn’t work. It needs to break up into three parts”. “We need to punch the Russians in the nose” and Russia is threatening our Eastern European allies.

FIORINA: We should walk away from Russia like Regan did at Reykjavik. Putin sucks, we can’t talk to him until we have a new deal with Iran and air space and allies, and we’ll cut off the money flow and will rebuild things under his nose and do military exercises in the Balkans. ISIS is because of Obama and Hilary.

CHRISTIE: I’ll shoot down the Russian plane in a no fly zone. I’ll talk to Putin all the time. Obama is a “feckless weakling”.

PAUL: Russia was invited by Syria and Iraq to fly through that zone. Shooting down a Russian plane will start WWW.

BUSH: “I know what I don’t know”. Need bigger military.

TRUMP: Bush sucks. I was talked about a lot in the first debate so CNN has good ratings. (Protersters start yelling)

BUSH: Trump won’t be president by insulting his way and ratings don’t matter.

KASICH: We’ll be great when we can all work together and strengthen our economy

CARSON: Because I don’t talk a lot means I’ll be a good president.

IMMIGRATION (AGAIN)

RUBIO: My path to citizenship is work visa for 10 years and then you can apply. I know this isn’t very Republican of me.

CRUZ: I’m not like Rubio. Gang of 8 Bill gave Obama ability to take in refugees without doing background checks. We need more boarder control.

RUBIO: 2013 refugee had a different meaning than today. Cruz supports immigration.

CRUZ: Rubio is just trying to confuse everything. I was against Rubio’s legalization. I’m fighting to secure the border, Rubio isn’t.

TRUMP: Walls work, just look at Israel!

BUSH: Obama sucks.

CARSON: Syrians don’t want to come to USA anyways, they want to go back to Syria. We need to give their allies weapons, but we’re afraid the Kurds will them. And when we give weapons to Saudi Arabia to distribute to allies, only 10% of the weapons get out of Saudi Arabia. Refugees that come to America will definitely be terrorists, so we can’t take any.

PAUL: Rubio was wrong about Gang of 8, it had no provisions for extra safety for refugees. Why hasn’t Rubio tried to strengthen border control?

RUBIO: We probably shouldn’t take refugees bc they might be terrorists.

PAUL: Gov’t shouldn’t be giving out charity like food stamps and housing, and charity would be helping out the refuges. My church holds donation drives.

CHRISTIE: Naw, no refugees, too dangerous. Obama sucks. Women can be terrorists.

KASICH: I kept Ohio safe, except that one time when the government placed Central Americans in Ohio and I didn’t know about it.

NORTH KOREA:

FIORINA: We need China’s help to tackle Kim Jong-Un. I’ve done business with China so I can do it. We got to push back against their cyber fuckery and not let them control the trade route in the South China Sea. We need help from Australia, Japan, and the Philippines.

CARSON: China has more influence on N. Korea. N. Korea is fucked financially because they built their military but let their ppl starve, so we can capitalize on that. We can do that with Putin too. We need to get rid of old energy laws. We have the energy, we just need to lead in energy. Economic power > Military Power. If we don’t get the military right, nothing else matters. (I love the contradiction in the last two sentences here).

BUSH: Fuck Obama and Hillary. 23 million American cyber files are in the hands of China right now. We need to give reliability relief to private sector. We need to retaliate against China and then they’ll respect us.

NUCLEAR TRIAD?

TRUMP: I don’t know what that is. Nuclear is bad.

RUBIO: You idiot. The triad is the ability of US using airplanes, nuclear subs, and from the ground to shoot nuclear weapons. All three of the triad needs to be modernized because they all suck now.

MODERATOR: ASKS ABOUT CRUZ’ OPINION OF TRUMP.

TRUMP: “I’ve gotten to know Cruz over the past 3-4 days, he has a wonderful temper, don’t worry about it”  THEN: TRUMP TO CRUZ: You better not attack me (like a dad threatening his son)

CRUZ: I have daughters. We gotta kill ISIS and Iran.

TRUMP: I won’t run as an independent, promise.

CLOSING REMARKS- WHY U BE PRESIDENT?

CHRISTIE: I was in NJ when 9/11 happened.

FIORINA: I put more security in our company when 9/11 happened.

BUSH: Hilary sucks. My detail plans will keep us safe. I don’t make false promises.

RUBIO: This is the most important election of the generation. It’s the election that will “usher in the best era of our country”.

CRUZ: Obama sucks. Regan was good. Fuck terrorist. Big military.

CARSON: I’m happy I was born in the USA. I hate PC language.

TRUMP: Shout out to the veterans. Nothing works. We are losers now. I’ll make us win. “We’ll have a great, great country, greater than before”

 

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Polarized Thinking is destroying our potential to have independent thought

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You’re Either a Dog or a Cat

I have been sick for two weeks. I’m pretty such my blood at this point is made up of at least 4% Robitussin. I hope this makes sense to people other than myself and my dog:

We vs. They

The need for distinction and separation in a country that once prided itself on inclusiveness is pulling apart America.

Our way of thinking is becoming minimalized, or at least I notice mine often being compromised. By default, we want things to be clean and simple. We want easy choices. And when there are only two choices to choose from, well making a decision that involves the most good isn’t so hard. I relate this to being a vegetarian in a steak house. I never have to worry about what I’m going to get to eat and never regret what I order, because more than likely there will only be one salad that I can have off the whole menu. Case closed.

The way of making choices based on polarized answers has taken over American politics. Things must fit into nominal categories, and for many things there are only two categories to choose from- The We or The They. You either are or you aren’t. There is no other answer. And this way of thinking is dangerous. It is “in-the-box” thinking. It is standardized test thinking. It is biased thinking that we start accepting as truth.

Donald Trump is a perfect example of someone who strives off people who have been beatened down by the media and other social control measures that promotes polarized thinking as the only way. For instance, it’s either you are part of the whole, the WE, that wants the country to be better, or you are part of the THEY that doesn’t care about the country.  There is no middle ground. And to question why there is no middle ground puts you into the THEY category, because, well, it’s not the WE. You either are a cool kid, or you are not. And you’ll pay the price for the not.

Poloarized thinking is everywhere. It is conveyed through our daily language. And I’m guilty of thinking in polarized terms, and using it as language and definitions as well: I am LEFT, not Right. I am a Woman, not a Man. I am White, not Black. I am Middle Class, not Upper Class. As much as I allow myself to be something, I define myself as NOT being something. Follow? I am left, therefore I also am not right. I am a woman, therefore there is no way I can be a man. I am white, therefore I cannot be black.

But I am starting to challenge this way of thinking because of its exclusitivity, and I don’t believe our minds are so black and white that we can only define ourselves in concrete terms. For instance, I am a woman, but can’t I just be a person? (This is where I get annoyed with the term “feminism” because I think it’s too much of a socially constructed word that turns people off more than it would if it was something more inclusive like “everyoneism”.) Anyways, I digress. Can’t we just say that we are a person? I’m a progressive, but I’m really just a person made up of a lot of components that can’t be separated into easy categories.

We Vs. They makes fighting for what you think is right easier. Because I think that we should have a reformed immigration system makes it easier for me to be part of the WE that isn’t the THEY. And the THEY is wrong. No matter what their view is, they are wrong. Which isn’t the correct way to think. There are many different reasons why people are against immigration reform, but by grouping them all together as my opposition, I am not open to expanding my mind of why. Dig it?

The We vs. They way of thinking is pulling our country apart. Trayvon Martin was when I first started noticing the media’s revitalization of binary way of thought. Even if white people, like myself, consider themselves allies with black people and organizations such as BLM, we still have this idea that we aren’t fully emerged BECAUSE it’s black vs. white. And since I am White, I therefore am not Black, and therefore cannot feel fully the injustices that black people feel when a black person is killed for no reason by a police officer. But I don’t know if I agree with this. I don’t have the history in my genes of oppression, but I do by default because I am an American citizen. And therefore I have to believe, that ultimately there is an “us”. And it’s just not letting terms define what we are and what we are not. It’s making sure we are using our voice and standing up for what is the greater good, no matter how complicated it may be.

 

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Mainstream Media vs. The People

After watching the first Democratic debate on Wednesday night I predicted what the headlines would be the next morning: “Sanders wins over more American voters”, “Clinton second to Sanders at Debate”, “Crazy Scientist Looking Guy Actually Has Good Ideas”, etc. etc. Instead I was (somewhat) surprised to see via news headlines how Hillary had “clearly won” the debate.

I was a little confused by this considering that I saw more positive words about Sanders during and after the debate via social media than for any other candidate on the stage. Bernie pulled in 1.3 million dollars from donations during the debate, more than any other candidate. If talking financially and popularity it can be proven that Sanders won the debate.  Investigating further, I saw screen shots of many different mainstream media polls, including CNN, MSNBC, and Slate, all which pointed to Sanders as having the popular vote. It seemed by morning however these polls were deleted, and support for Hillary’s victory seemed universal throughout the media.

If we look at Hillary’s donors, we can see that Time Warner has given $501,831 to the Clinton campaign over the years, and an additional $83k for the 2016 cycle. Coincidentally, Time Warner owns CNN newsgroup. Of course CNN’s agenda is a Clinton win. By the controlling mainstream media we see how America’s views are manipulated.  Looking into Hillary’s donors for 2016 I found it startling that Google has donated $58k so far to her campaign. Will we soon find our right to open internet compromised in favor of Clinton? I wouldn’t be surprised in the coming months if it is easier to find pro-Clinton information online than any information opposing Clinton or positive information about Sanders. Checkout Clinton’s donors for 2016 here.

Should we be surprised by Hillary's appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

Should we be surprised by Clinton’s appearance on SNL? NBCUniversal owns the network, who is a donor to the Clinton 2016 campaign.

In the midst of all of this, the mess that DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made of the debate schedule only favors mainstream media more. In a piece this morning from Bloomburg, fellow vice-chairs and reps spoke out about the Chairwoman’s dictator ways in choosing to only hold 6 democratic debates. In 2007 there were 21 democratic debates held before the Iowa Caucus on January 3rd, 2008. The huge variance in democratic debates is an outrage to democracy. The fact that Wasserman Schultz was co-chair of Clinton’s 2008 campaign should be considered as a conflict of interest in her role as head of the DNC. Obviously she has stacked the deck in Clinton’s favor. I believe its safe to assume that Wasserman Schultz didn’t make this decision solely by herself, but by the help of Clinton’s top donors.

I guess I shouldn’t be so surprised by the injustice to democracy via mainstream media, however I am frustrated. It is the power of large corporations such as Time Warner, NBCUniversal, Comcast, and Google who will filter what the American people get to see and learn about the candidates. Information is at their discretion. I just hope that the momentum of change continues and that those who share this frustration will understand the obligation they have to inform those around us who may not realize how serious this issue is.

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