Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Media Conspiracies

Earlier today a story was released regarding a group of liberal journalists who plotted to protect Obama  from the Rev. Wright scandal (see story). Is it really so surprising? The media has done an excellent job marginalizing anyone who uses the word conspiracy. Today anyone using the "c" word is branded a nut job, conspiracy theorist, ... and immediately discredited. If I were involved in conspiracies I would think that a great first step to protecting them would be to create an environment where anyone making claims of one would be considered a fool.
In reality, we live in a world filled with conspiracies and to disbelieve that they exist is almost equivalent to saying that there is no sun. We are all aware of them and may have participated in some. I can think of several times in my childhood where I conspired to hide things from my parents or deflect blame to someone else. At work people conspire to advance in their careers, sometimes by sabotaging co-workers, who they perceive to be a threat. In politics people seeking office often disparage their competitors in ways that most would feel are unethical. We regularly see people prosecuted for Ponzi schemes that rob the innocent and trusting. Wherever the opportunity exists to gain money, power, or prestige is found there will invariably be those conspiring to attain them using unethical or illegal means. Read "Mao, the Unknown Story" and you'll be appalled at the conspiracies he was involved in and how he was able to rewrite history to cover some of them.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Civility in Politics

Well it has been about a month since the primary election and I feel settled enough to have a good mental review of my experience. First of all even though the candidate I worked to support lost I would do it all again, even knowing the outcome. Of course there are things I would do differently. It would be sad if this was not the case, because then I wouldn't have learned anything. Let me share with you some of the positives.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Amazing Grace: The Rest of the Story

The following story regarding the composer of "Amazing Grace," one of my favorite songs (I especially like the version performed by The Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums), is found on page 178 of the book entitled "The Rebirth of America" published by the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation.