The truth and knowledge we miss by gaping holes in media coverage could pave the streets from Fort Knox to the Debt ceiling, while defining us as either a Betty Ford America or a Rupert Murdoch nation of source materials. For example, what’s left out about Eric Cantor walking out on his Virginia constituents long before deserting America’s financial woes and buddy Boehner, or his Cantor banter legislation proposed for Congressional consideration that devastates his Virginia state. Let’s just say, it hardly reaches the moral standards of Rupert, let alone Betty Ford’s leading by example.
Like despairing messages from Congress vs. President over debt ceiling, Cantor clearly frames our greatest national challenge: Which America are we, Betty Ford’s or Rupert Murdoch’s?
We’ve always been a rough and tussle citizenry of a nation born out of violent rebellion, which once victorious became “Revolution!” Now 235 years later, we’re once again struggling for balance. It’s been easier with some past leaders, now forgotten by those who sat on their books in pretend classes with Palin geography, Bachmann history and Ryan math, but how did we get from “We hold these truths to be self-evident..” through “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union,” to half embracing two minutes of “and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth,” to losing sight of “Ask Not What Your Country…” and “I Have a Dream today?”
How did we go from Betty Ford’s America to Rupert Murdoch’s failed state of Cantor immorality? BTW, if you are as vague as conservative politicians on the sources of the quotes above, then like school administrators and teachers who cheat for their students, you are definitely part of the problem.
Despite the deaths of Lincoln, FDR and JFK, there was no big bang defining moment that suddenly divided Red, White and Blue into Red tea vs. Blue coffee and plopped us all into the sour lemonade of this declining 21st century; Nor was it one President or Congress, although GW and the 107th—111th Congresses certainly were much better at doing much worse, for what’s best for America’s bottom line.
It was an ever so gradual thing, like the shifting of sand beneath our feet in the calm breeze foretelling a storm. Of course there were and are those who chose to blow the sand in our eyes to blind us to the trend of assassinations, Kent State, Watergate, and as #41 put it, “Voodoo economics.” If only we still manufactured worthy products, like an educated population, as quickly and easily as the money men behind the curtain manufacture manipulative slogans to herd us in the “Right” direction: Like “Government is the problem” and “No Child Left Behind.”
Still, trusting Americans who welcome “the whole truth and nothing but the truth,” I’m doing my best to imitate a Betty Ford American, and tell it like it is.