I was really hoping we would get some peace, but the Press has decided to declare who is the next President. Which would be okay if the official vote count had been already completed or if there had been a landslide victory,…….but there wasn’t. It is a very close race. After many years of weird politics and rabid press,…….We, the people of the United States, need a fair, clear, honest victory regardless of who wins. ( I am nonpartisan by the way. I see stuff a bit differently.) It is not the Press who gets to decide the winner. It is supposed to be the voters,…..that’s us…..you know American citizens. Or else our one vote would not matter.
I am saddened to think we may have more years of angry drama that doesn’t need to exist. We don’t need daily drama, and that is what the press is serving up. That is not what their mandate or calling is….but whoever owns them, seems to think so. The journalists have lost their soul and free will to follow their true path, which is to report news in an unbiased manner.
Personally, I hate politics. But it seems to be a necessary evil of Human nature. We don’t always agree with each other on how to do stuff. It is part of life sadly enough. I guess we would not be Human if we didn’t disagree once in a while. But it is how we disagree that is so important, and we have forgotten how to do so in a civilized manner. The Masons, an old fraternal group that I am familiar with, has a saying amongst members that, “We agree to disagree.” It’s okay not to agree, but we don’t need to become monsters about it. The ranks of the Masons came from all kinds of ages, races, religions, and yes now, genders. I can attend Lodge in Europe. Due to the weird laws of times ago, an extra Lodge was created for people of African heritage. It was called Prince Hall. As a black Mason, you can attend either now. You don’t have to be a member of the Prince Hall Lodge.
The Masons also have a very simple requirement concerning religion, you have to believe in some kind of deity, so that puts the atheists at a disadvantage. So why do you need to believe in something greater, bigger, or wiser than yourself? Because there is a spiritual component in Masonry, so a true atheist would be at a loss in Lodge. He or she would feel left out and empty. That would be unfair to offer them the experience when they won’t be able to do so. Our founding fathers of this country were Masons, and you know what, they didn’t always agree with each other. But they found a way to be respectful of each other’s opinions. This is what seems to have gone away. I started to really notice the change of behavior when H. Clinton and B. Obama were competing for the Democratic nomination. More than likely, it was growing long before that. Perhaps back to G.W. Bush presidency or even B. Clinton’s administration. Not sure. The Patriot Act didn’t seem to help either. The Press got weirder.
So, why did the Press get so weird? I thought it went back to O.J. Simpson’s bronco chase and Rodney King’s situation that eventually erupted in violent riots. It seemed like the news people were high on the drama unfolding. All the world was watching them and they were now oh so important and influential. But older friends have pointed out that other things have occurred that might be the root cause of the moral or integrity change in journalism. Apparently, the news is now rated. You know, like your favorite TV shows. TV shows that have higher ratings get more money for the commercials they sell. Like the Super Bowl. Those commercial sell for millions of dollars.
I miss the days of Walter Cronkite. He gave us the facts of a situation, and he respected us enough to come to our own conclusions. If we truly wanted to hear other people’s ideas concerning a topic, there were other shows that discussed current events, but not the News. The News was reported factual events to the best of their ability. The minute a reporter puts their personal spin on news events, it now makes it suspect to whether it is propaganda instead of news. The National Socialist Party in 1930’s Germany were masters of putting a spin on events getting everyday people to accept their view of how the world should be. The people were brainwashed into a secret civil war where millions of their fellow Germans were murdered. Think about how influential information is and how facts can be construed. This is why it is so important to have journalists that are of a high quality and integrity. The news is supposed to be factual unbiased information.
In my opinion, we are doomed to have more years of useless stupid stressful drama shoved down our throats for many more years to come until we get a proper press back into place. I have thought this for about fifteen years now, and I wonder why it is getting worse. Who owns these companies that control our news agencies? Why don’t they see the intense harm that is being done to the citizens of this country and perhaps the citizens of the world? I guess if I knew, I would be a wiser person than just one sitting at a computer typing a blog wondering what on Earth is going on?
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