#150208 - 03/21/0410:31 AMRe: A portent of things to come...
I think one reason the media failed so miserably is that in the aftermath of 9/11 and the birth of the Patriot Act, etc., it was perceived of as being very UNPATRIOTIC to criticize anything the administration was doing or saying. There was a definite air of suspicion and wariness about speaking out loud if you held views that were not in line with the administration. The only thing I can compare it to is looking over your shoulder to see if there were any KGB agents listening -- that kind of feeling. Like someone was going to report you. Never had that sensation before in the 45 years I have lived in the US. Fortunately that seems to have eased up a bit now and you actually have some real criticism emerging again without the atmosphere of fear in the air. <br><br>I'd like to see an escalation in the peace protests and marches. That might keep the spotlight on these bastards. <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The only thing I can compare it to is looking over your shoulder to see if there were any KGB agents listening -- that kind of feeling<p><hr></blockquote><p>I disagree; it was worse. It was/is more like McCarthyism—like at any moment, just for speaking your mind, you might get labeled an "enemy combatant" and put away without due process. ... And if ol' John Ashcroft McCarthy doesn't get you, the frenzied, frothing nationalists calling themselves patriots (with a capital P) would certainly take you out while no one was looking. <br><br>Fortunately, we seem to be leaving that neo-McCarthyism behind. Unfortunately, there's still plenty of blind-faith American citizens running around that can't distinguish between nationalism and patriotism—those that would call you an America hater for merely questioning the things your government was doing abroad.<br><br>
Problem is, the Bush bashers are all over the road in their eagerness to bash the President. They can't even agree on what to bash the President on:<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[img]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1560255692.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg[/img]<br><br>And on and on and on ... Perahaps George Soros is secretly paying people to quickly author books bashing the Prez. [img]/images/wwwthreads/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Loc: the ancient forests of MiddleE...
jingoism : fervent and excessive patriotism, originally used in a chauvinist song advocating belligerent British policy against Russia 1878<br><br>Me: the Macquarie dictionary is so much more descriptive than any other dictionary excepting maybe the Chambers.. even when I cut out all the guff...<br>Websters though often close, often misses the point entirely<br><br><br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by TreeBeard on 03/21/04 10:53 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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