Now stop your chuckling, I happen to think this is a legitimate question. Of course the people of America will ultimately decide, sort of, maybe. But for the majority of Americans, their decision will not be based on the various platforms, or promises, or even their voting records or political experience. No, most people will simply base their decision on what the nightly news tells them. Sad to be true, but not just sad, no, this falls more into the category of deplorable. To rest one’s fate and the fate of one’s country on the scripted prattling of talking heads is to me, unconscionable. And yet it happens.
Why it happens is a mystery to me. Maybe people simply trust the news. News anchors are chosen primarily because they exude a certain degree of trustworthiness. Not that they necessarily are trustworthy, but they are groomed and paid to appear that way. Maybe people are just plain lazy – politically speaking. Whatever the reason, both politicians and new outlets are counting on the fact that most Americans will simply vote the way their favorite news anchor tells them.
As evidence of the lack of trustworthiness of the MSM (Main Stream Media) anchors and writers, I would point to the recent Ames Straw Poll in Iowa. Although Michelle Bachman came in first, Ron Paul second and Tim Pawlenty third, every poll I have seen, and every MSM news report I have seen, places Mitt Romney as the favorite of conservatives everywhere. Mitt Romney? Really? The man is a fan of Obamacare, one of the main things conservatives dislike about Obama. Why would conservatives vote for Romney? They wouldn’t. But the MSM has decided that Romney will be the Republican candidate, regardless of what the American people want.
But the MSM depends on Americans watching and listening to everything they say, and the politicians depend on it as well. By now, most Americans are familiar with the infamous John Kerry video wherein he relates to the MSM that they need to stop being so balanced in their reporting. Specifically when it comes to Tea Party conservatives. In case you happened to miss this, here it is.
As you can clearly see, when it comes to trustworthiness, don’t place all of your faith in the MSM, or the power-mongers on the hill. It is time for the American people to wake up, and step up to the plate and take responsibility for our country. If you are not informed as to the issues, and where the various candidates actually stand on those issues (historically as opposed to their campaign talking points), then it is clearly time to do so. To do anything less is to exhibit a marked indifference to your country’s future, and yours as well.
So how does one become informed – and I mean really informed? One of the best places to start is the blogosphere. The majority of Americans blogging today are not doing so to make money, they are doing so because they care about their country – our country. They are not dependent upon some sugar daddy like Rupert Murdoch or George Soros, and therefore obligated to regurgitate the opinions of those who sign their paychecks regardless of how ludicrous those billion dollar opinions may be. In fact, many political blogs, in particular conservative blogs, are surprisingly non-partisan. Most are not afraid to call out a politician because of that politicians ridiculous statements, patent lies, or hopelessly pointless policies that are clearly doomed to failure – and all without regard to that politicians political affiliation. To most conservative bloggers, at least the smaller blogs such as the Independent Realist and others, care only about America, and how to keep America great. That and that alone, is the overriding principle and purpose of the multitude of small conservative blogs.
Rather than belabor this point, I am going to direct my readers to a more in depth article on this subject over at the Zilla of the Resistance blog. You can read her blog article by clicking here.
I strongly encourage you to read her article.