They don’t like it. They don’t really understand it either or they wouldn’t do and say the things they do. The ‘lamestream’ or ‘fringe’ media as we sometimes call them, are being increasingly marginalized by the nearly instantaneous transfer of information available to the average person at his or her computer keyboard today.
Back in the
day when virtually the entire hard news output was controlled by major
print media and the three large television networks, NBC, CBS and ABC,
there was a virtual lock on opinions voiced outside of these
increasingly politicized outlets. With a decidedly left-leaning message,
Americans were hammered for decades with decidedly one-sided messages.
What conservative voices there were on the right were marginalized and
diminished as being eccentrics and somehow outside the norm of American
The increasing preeminence of leftist thought in our
journalism schools had really begun to be felt in the late 60’s and 70’s
when I had returned from military service and entered college. The
anti-war movement was in full bloom and the left’s grip on academia was
pronounced. As a journalism student I had numerous clashes with
professors or grad students objecting to the the conservative slant of
many of my pieces. This didn’t do a heck of a lot for my grades in those
classes, but even then I was stubbornly defending my position and
pointing out the fallacy of the liberal Utopian redistribution of wealth
model. As you can well imagine, I took a lot of heat for speaking my
mind and standing up for conservative principles.
With the advent
of conservative talk radio and the personal computer came a sea-change
in the public’s access to varied points of view. The so-called
‘mainstream’ press, both print and television, had dominated the
landscape for so long that they had taken a paternalistic attitude that
the American people really didn’t know any better. We had to have our
‘betters’ interpret for us. Along with the information revolution came
the ability of America and the world to access information from
thousands of sources instantaneously.
America had not been
sufficiently dumbed down despite the left’s best efforts. We began to
see the fallacy and the inaccuracies in what the left was saying. We saw
lies and stories created out of whole cloth to support their socialist
aims. Furthermore, we clearly saw the symbiosis between the leftist
press and their political allies in the Democrat party and in the
entrenched Washington bureaucracies. We began to talk to each other and
exchange ideas. Not necessarily the ideas of our own party leadership
either, for we had found them wanting. We came together through our
new-found information freedom fountain as never before. The Conservative
revolution was born. The country awoke and its people felt the
resurgence of hope that was birthed with the adoption of the greatest
document in history, the United States Constitution, on March 4, 1789.
now re-dedicate ourselves to the ideals of the Constitution and the
principles of truth, freedom and individual responsibility that has made
America the greatest country in history.
Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis
© Skip MacLure 2009