"Meanwhile, you're coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don't rank all that high on the truth meter. With iPods and iPads; Xboxes and PlayStations; information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment. All of this is not only putting new pressures on you; it is putting new pressures on our country and on our democracy." - President Obama, speaking at a Hampton University graduation ceremony.
Barack Obama is one brilliant guy. He knows better than the rest of us. He should not be questioned by bitter, clinging peons like me. We should just bask in the light of his profound wisdom. If Obama wants to give commencement speeches instead of dealing with the worst oil spill in history, we should just accept that he is doing the right thing (shut up liberals. If Bush was doing this, you'd be saying the exact same thing).
If The One says Playstations and iPods are threatening democracy, then, by God, Playstations and iPods are threatening democracy. This is his Word, and he saw that is was Good. Amen.
Uttered by lesser men, the President's statement might sound bufoonish, and the media would lambaste him for it (again, think Bush). I know I've never considered Xboxes and Playstations to be of particular political significance. I've also never considered the open information age to be a political threat, except to the politicians whose utterances don't, to quote Obama, "rank all that high on the truth meter." I also find it ironic that a President who was elected largely due to unexamined mainstream media adoration would turn around and bite the hand that fed him. I guess the Prez was for the ubiquitous media before he was against it.
In truth, it's really only the part of the media that questions Obama and his acolytes that Obama thinks "puts pressures...on our democracy." The President longs for the good old days, when the media consisted of three hundred Democrats and William F. Buckley. You know, the fair and balanced days before Fox News, the internet, and all those other threats to democracy. Back in those blissful times, you'd never even know that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the following yesterday:
While speaking at the Nation’s Catholic Community conference last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pleaded with religious leaders to "instruct" their followers to support immigration reform, according to Fox News.
Pelosi, who is Catholic, told the group of sisters, priests and activists that the church will play an important in shaping the future political landscape.
"The cardinals, the archbishops, the bishops that come to me … say, ‘We want you to pass immigration reform,’ and I said, I want you to speak about it from the pulpit," Pelosi told the audience.
"Some [who] oppose immigration reform are sitting in those pews, and you have to tell them that this is a manifestation of our living the gospels," she added.
Hmmm. Here I thought liberals like Pelosi were FOR the idea of separation of church and state. Now I find that belief is subjective, and should only be applied when a true threat to democracy exists, like when there's a cross that hardly anybody ever sees in the middle of nowhere on public land in the Mojave desert. And now absolutely nobody will see that cross, because it was stolen in the middle of the night after a court ruled it could remain on federal land, where it has stood for seventy years. The culprit undoubtedly resides somewhere in the Tea Party movement. Can I get a big amen on that, liberals ?
Back before the "24/7 constant media environment that bombards us with content," to quote Obama again, we also might not know that ObamaCare was passed based upon lies. ObamaCare doesn't bend down the cost curve, as the President promised time and again, and now the CBO has found it will cost another $115 billion more than estimated. But what's another $115 billion when we're talking about spending trillions ? It's not like this country has any money issues or anything. Nope. We're all rolling in clover. Pay no attention to the 9.9% unemployment rate, or the $12.8 trillion debt, or the $1.5 trillion deficit, or the tsunami of unfunded entitlement liabilities, or nearly every state in the union running in the red. Forget all that. I don't think that's too high on Obama's truth meter.
Also forget that the Democrats are looking to spend $200 billion more by Memorial Day, all of it exempted from the Dems own PayGo (lol) rules. The only thing Obama and the Dems want you to think about is that Obama appointed that debt commission, at the same time he spends more money faster than any previous administration in the history of the country. Greece ain't got nothin' on us.
If only that 24/7 media would just keep quiet.
You see, before the constant barrage of media that Obama doesn't like, that Obama thinks "pressures....democracy," we might not know about a lot of this stuff.
And that's how the President would like it, because the one being pressured is HIM.
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