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So the task is: find the most important political/governance story of 2010. Uncover the story from 2010 which will have the biggest impact on the most people moving forward.
Which story would you pick?
The scheduled Islamic Center a few blocks from Ground Zero and the resultant Islamophobia?
The Beckathon and the Restore Sanity events?
The historic economic downturn, now in it's third year?
The Citizens United ruling?
The BP oil leak?
The Tea Party?
Lots of craziness to choose from....and, of course, some serious stories as well. But what event or story will have the biggest and most enduring impact on the most Americans?
I think it's the 2010 midterm elections......and I have two reasons.
1) The results of the 2010 midterms demonstrated that American conservative media.....Fox, hate-radio, NewsMax, etc......can successfully deceive enough voters to make a serious political impact.
The polling has been done. Those who received their information from the ususal-conservative-suspects have been disinformed the most.
From: Sammon, Bill
Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 8:23 AM
To: 054 -FNSunday; 169 -SPECIAL REPORT; 069 -Politics; 030 -Root (FoxNews.Com); 036 -FOX.WHU; 050 -Senior Producers; 051 -Producers
Subject: friendly reminder: let's not slip back into calling it the "public option"
A) Please use the term "government-run health insurance" or, when brevity is a concern, "government option," whenever possible.
B) When it is necessary to use the term "public option" (which is, after all, firmly ensconced in the nation's lexicon), use the qualifier "so-called," as in "the so-called public option."
C) Here's another way to phrase it: "The public option, which is the government-run plan."
D) When newsmakers and sources use the term "public option" in our stories, there's not a lot we can do about it, since quotes are of course sacrosanct.
When the most often viewed "news" channel premeditatively works to deceive it's viewers for the sake of very rich people, the same rich people who determine the policies of the Republican Party.....there's bound to be negative results. The midterm-of-ignorance was that negative result.
2) The midterm-of-ignorance, helped along by very evil, shameless, conscienceless people working in conservative media, will set the nation on a destructive path where the only choice will be gridlock or hostage taking.
Republicans have already made it clear that destroying another Democratic president is job one in the Senate.....and that compromise is not a word that will ever be used in the House. That leaves gridlock, or capitulation by Obama and the Democrats to new and exciting hostage taking demands. Demands to help out the powerful even more while setting the not-so-powerful back even further.
Within this freak dynamic......and based on the "deal" made at the end of 2010......it is entirely possible that for the first time since FDR put in place the backbones of American economic security, our "bipartisan" leaders will agree to start dismantling those bones. Not strenghthen them....dismantle them.
The stage is now set, as it was in 1994, for a further plundering of America's future for the sake of a tiny segment of the filthiest of rich.
That is why, sad to say, I have picked the midterm election as the story of 2010 which will have the most impact moving forward.
Having said all of that....I sincerely hope your personal New Year is a Happy one.