Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Our First Duty Is to Uphold the Truth

In my inaugural blog post and its follow-up post, I described my encounters with some of the people who have most deeply influenced my thoughts—who inspired me to take my first baby steps of political action and begin working towards peace in an increasingly violent world. These same people inspired me to start this blog as a form of political action.

Among other things, this blog serves as a voice for my conscience. It gives me a constructive outlet for the sheer outrage I feel when I read about the blatantly dishonest and shockingly unscrupulous actions of so many of the key leaders in the current American government.

As I see it, my first duty as an American citizen is not to protect those in power, but to uphold the truth. By telling the truth on this blog, I will expose the unlawful acts of these rogues in my own government and shine the light of public scrutiny on their appalling lack of principles. It is absolutely vital that the truth be made widely known so that we, the people, can hold our own government accountable—only then can we put a stop to the unconscionable wrongs which our government does in our name over and over again, both at home and abroad.


We Have Seen the Enemy

Only by embracing the disturbing truth in all its ugliness can Americans hope to confront the greatest danger of our time: the unprecedented moral failure of leaders in all three branches of our own federal government. This failure of leadership poses a far greater threat to both our personal security and our fundamental liberties than all sporadic acts of terrorist violence combined. Truth is the foundation for all genuine social and political progress, and this particularly ugly truth will be the cornerstone of that foundation in our country for a long time to come.

Given the supreme importance of discovering, accepting, and spreading the truth, we must carefully consider how we can reliably find out what the truth really is. Nearly all of us depend completely on the reports of journalists to find out what is happening in our country and throughout the world. Because of this complete and utter dependence, it is incumbent upon us to choose our trusted news sources with extreme care. The most visible choice may actually be the worst choice!


The Internet to the Rescue

Like a great many progressives, I believe that the Internet is the last bastion of serious journalism available to Americans. These days, most of the television, radio, and newspaper media outlets in America do little more than spread government propaganda. They routinely fail to report vitally important news. The mainstream media have compromised their journalistic integrity and capitulated to the unholy confluence of political power and corporate influence. In response to this phenomenon, some progressives now call the mainstream media by the colorful name, "media whores." Of course, this comparison is terribly unfair—to the world's oldest profession—but it is useful nevertheless!

What has led so many mainstream journalists to prostitute themselves so completely? What has led them to do this in a time of national crisis, no less? Why do they do this at a time when the public desperately needs journalists to fulfill their traditional role as government watchdogs? A large part of the answer is that the same wealthy cabal which has seized power in our government by a host of illegitimate means also owns and operates enormous media conglomerates—which it does not hesitate to use to poison the public mind with government propaganda masquerading as unbiased news and informed commentary.

The most egregious example which comes immediately to mind is the Faux News Channel, whose real name is not worthy to be mentioned on this blog. The vitriolic talking heads on this cable network deal from a stacked deck of profoundly biased sources. Contrary to the network's claim, such coverage is not "Fair & Balanced"—the insidious lies which these right-wing partisans deliberately spread to smear and destroy their political adversaries are a simple but effective combination of "Guile & Bile." Even more alarming is that this particular cable network is merely one vicious cog in the much larger right-wing attack machine which marches in lockstep with our leader.


The Disease and the Cure

This partisan practice of waging malicious and unprincipled disinformation campaigns is so far beyond bad journalism that it resembles mental illness more than it resembles rational political discourse. Although we must exercise extreme caution before characterizing the behavior of any political group as pathological, there are situations in which such a characterization is sadly accurate. In this particular instance, there is a well-documented pathology, complete with classic psychological manifestations like the idealization of self, the demonization of others, the gross distortion and outright denial of factual realities, and the projection of one's own unacknowledged motives and behaviors onto others.

This national sickness started at the head of our government and has spread rapidly through the entire body politic like a virulent strain of cancer. Do not let it infect you! A genuine willingness to consider all points of view with a clear head and open mind is the only prevention and the only cure for this potentially deadly disease. Only by drawing upon many different sources—and carefully examining conflicting points of view—can we hope to separate the vital truth from the numerous lies. Only when we know and accept the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth can we begin to take effective action to solve the extremely serious and highly complex problems we now face.

In a future post, I will recommend a number of excellent online resources which can help us not only discover the truth, but apply our new-found knowledge in constructive ways in order to make a difference. You will find links to a dozen of these resources already listed in the margin of my blog! I encourage you to explore the many facets of these wonderful resources—you will find that they have considerable depth. Please use these fine resources as an integral part of your own personal mission to transform the whole world into a haven of safety and justice, without which there can be no peace.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The depth of your thinking is impressive. If everyone were as analytical as you and as eager for justice and truth in government, there would be no problems attaining or maintaining peace in the world. Keep working at it. Those of us who are less knowledgeable about how to go about restoring the integrity of this country's government will appreciate and look for encouragement and guidance to help you meet your goal.

August 04, 2005 10:46 PM  
Blogger tornadowatchf5 said...

Hi,

I just read some of your blog. It is very sophisticated, and you make your points very clear and in a way so as not to offend anyone (unless they really need to be offended). I wish I could write so well.

Anyway, I saw that you had stopped by my blog today. Thank You.

I was just wondering what you think about if "FEAR" is their real truth. I think that if we can fight fear, and fight it without weapons or bloodshed, then they won't have a leg to stand on.

However, it would take a collaborative effort on the part of a whole lot more people than just us bloggers.

I wish us and all of those who think like us the best of luck.

Tornado Watch

August 04, 2005 11:50 PM  
Blogger tornadowatchf5 said...

Hi,

I thank you again for visiting and commenting on my blog. I find it very interesting that you seem so well read on the subject of PNAC-The Project for a New American Century (From the Evil Mind of DICK)

Seriously, I also have read a whole lot on the subject. You mention that the organization is very little known. At first I thought that was strange, because it shows up in Google under any number of search words. But then it occurred to me that it only shows up because I know what search words to put in. (BTW, did you ever notice that if you try to put in google the words "Cheney" and "PNAC", but accidentally mis-spell the acronym "PANC", Google, comes back with, "Did you mean Cheney and PANIC? - I just think that's funny). I am a member of a "conspiracy" forum - laugh if you like, it's fun! Anyway, I can't seem to recall it ever being mentioned there. So, I don't really remember how I heard of it. Perhaps on the very controversial web site, PrisonPlanet.com. They may be a little out there sometimes, but I like the site, I think that sometimes they are more on target than lots of people believe.

Anyway, after reading your comment, I got re-interested in the subject and dug up a bunch of stuff that I had saved on it. I tried to condense it, and, I don't know about you, but I don't like the format of these blogs, where if I want to respond to a comment you left on mine, which I am, I have to leave it on an irrelavant post on yours, & vice versa. I never know where to leave a "reply". If I leave it on mine, you might not see it.

But, since like I said, this is kind of (not really) lengthy, I will finnish it on my blog if you don't mind. That way it will sort of flow, and I think you will find it now.

See you there.

TW

August 08, 2005 7:58 AM  
Blogger Bruce Larson*Moore said...

The Way of Peace is the way HOME, and your doing a good job of pointing out the Truth.

Thank*you.

August 17, 2005 4:10 PM  
Anonymous kmmcm said...

It appears that there are some highly intelligent folks reading and responding to your blog. I find it more than thought-provoking and inspirational. Keep up the good work.

August 20, 2005 9:36 PM  
Blogger Dr. Taoist said...

I would like to thank jrm for quoting and discussing my article in his post, This is Me 2 Years Ago, on his blog, Reshaping Narrow Law and Art.

October 14, 2005 3:30 PM  
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June 15, 2006 4:55 PM  
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March 18, 2007 10:51 AM  

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