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We Need a War on the Enemy with WMD-the Corporate MediaJoe Clifford Salem-News.com
We no longer have the First, Fifth, or Fourteenth Amendments, and the President has the right to assassinate US citizens, or detain them forever, as “terrorists”.
(JAMESTOWN, R.I.) - The power of corporate media never ceases to amaze, while the blind willingness of the public to be lead by that media, is equally mind boggling. Do we ever learn? Did we not blindly follow corporate media’s charge to war in Iraq without asking any questions? Neither media, nor the public, ever challenged anything, despite the fact there were many voices insisting there was no WMD evidence. One might think after following the media to an unnecessary war resulting in over one million dead, we might pause and challenge any future corporate media assertions, but apparently not for history is repeating itself.
Corporate media is once again leading the charge for several wars; the most immediate being Iran, even though there isn’t the slightest bit of proof that Iran is doing anything wrong. Let’s not have the facts get in the way of the hysteria for war. Media has convinced us that in addition to Iran, Pakistan is now our enemy because they are refusing to participate in our war in Afghanistan, and for some peculiar reason Pakistanis object to our killing their soldiers, women, and children, with drones. Some suggest an attack on Pakistan might be needed to capture their nuclear weapons, and once again we quietly accept this nonsense. Because Russia has strongly objected to being completely encircled by US missile bases and has protested, media convinces the public that the Russians are at fault. China is now being depicted as an enemy because their economy is strong and ours is weak, and they are willing to buy oil from nations rather than fight for it. We have wasted trillions trying to subjugate countries and get control of their oil, while China has simply purchased it at fair market value. So we have Iran in the crosshairs, Russia and China the war horizon, while direct and covert wars by the US escalate in the nations of Africa, and the public cannot see that foreign policy is being driven by insane people being cheered on by corporate media.
Closer to home corporate media has convinced the US public that the Occupy Movement is a bad thing, despite the fact that the great majority would agree with the Occupiers in saying the public has little or no say in government, the financial interests have way too much power, powerful special interests have long since bought Congress, and we cannot undo all this because elections are now controlled by the moneyed interests of the nation with the people having no voice. The Occupy folks are bringing to the public’s attention all that the public has been saying to themselves for years, yet the media has convinced an unknowing public that the Occupy movement is a bad thing. Corporate media cheered those in Egypt who resisted their police state and Occupied Tahrir square, they rejoiced over the struggle to win transparency, end the dominance of the military, and cheered as Egyptians fought for social justice, while at the same time taking a condescending tone towards the Occupy folks who were calling for the same reforms as Egyptians. There was little outrage by the media when police used tear gas, pepper spray, and beatings, to deny folks their First Amendment rights at home, while calling for the end to the brutality in Egypt.
The congress of the US is a country club controlled by millionaires who sacrifice the public’s interest to protect their own. Candidates who speak out against war and financial dominance by the major institutions are silenced by media, who simply give them no coverage. On rare occasion such a candidate is allowed into a debate, but is not allowed to speak, relegating them to that of a silent partner in TV debates i.e. Dennis Kucinich and Ron Paul. A favorite tactic of corporate media is to vilify candidates whose ideas are considered threatening by tagging them with such terms as “extremist” or “inconsequential”.
We are witnessing the demise of the Constitution, for we now have a President who can make war on any nation with no Declaration of war by Congress as provided by the Constitution, and who has won the right to assassinate American citizens without trial, proof, evidence, or any of the Fifth Amendment guarantees. The President unilaterally decides who should die, gives the order, and it’s done. Media, who was once described as the fifth estate, says nothing, which explains why most Americans are not even aware the President has claimed this right.
This week US Senate passed a measure that allows the military to take anyone, including you, or any other US citizen designated as a “terrorist”, to Guantanamo without a trial, indictment, access to legal assistance, and be subjected to who knows what. Corporate media paid little attention, and their continuing deafening silence will continue in the coming weeks.
Media has been able to convince the public that the real enemies are greedy school teachers, municipal and state workers, while looking the other way and refusing to focus on the exorbitant and obscene bonus’ and salaries being doled out to corporate leaders and banking institutions with taxpayer money. We focus on the poor immigrant as one of the major culprits because we are told they might steal a few pennies from the system, while we see nothing wrong with illegally taking trillions from taxpayer’s pockets, and transferring the wealth to the banking institutions. We live in a bizarre world, led by a bizarre corporate media, and a population who has proven themselves to be sheep like.
We no longer have the First Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, and the President has the right to assassinate US citizens, or send them to Guantanamo forever, as “terrorists”. We are on the verge of another totally unnecessary war, this time with Iran, and we have bitter enemies in Pakistan and Russia. We have the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world from the taxpayer to the financial interests, we have depression-like unemployment figures, we have 50 million people with no health care coverage, we have mortgages being foreclose at depression rates, we have homeless veterans sleeping on sidewalks, yet we have been lead to believe the enemies and culprits are school teachers, state and municipal workers, the Occupy Movement, the Tea Party, and poor immigrants. Thankfully we have realty TV shows to divert the American public’s attention from the real issues of the day.
Corporate media can easily fool most of the people all of the time.
Salem-News.com Writer Joe Clifford, lives in historic Jamestown, Rhode Island, and has contributed a number of articles relating to foreign policy to newspapers in the Rhode Island area for years.
He graduated from Providence College where he earned an undergraduate and graduate degree. After a lengthy career as a high school teacher he turned to the study of US foreign policy, and then to writing, as a means of expressing an alternative perspective. His reading and research on foreign policy is broad and extensive, especially as the policy relates to the Middle East. His interest in foreign policy was inspired by the American misadventure in Vietnam. You can write to Joe at this address: email@example.com
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