I usually love a good rant. Unfortunately, this one is just deranged:
This may be the richest country in the world but the riches are hoarded by some pretty selfish individuals and we don’t seem to be able to get our act together to force them to give up their loot for the greater good.
A little ray of hope came through yesterday when I saw that some television content providers are breaking away from the package deals offered by cable companies to allow viewers ala carte channel selection. That’s great because eventually I will no longer have to subsidize right wing propaganda from Fox News or be forced to pay for Fox to mislead unsuspecting American viewers. I’m betting that a lot of like minded individuals across the country will drop Fox from their lineup the second they are able to do it.
But the damage may already be done. The Senate may fall into Republican hands this November and in the next two years, the predators who have been stalking us since FDR got us out of the Great Depression will finally be able to finish us off. The willfully ignorant elderly and angry white males will finally stick a fork in us, and allow the extremists to carelessly destroy Social Security, roll back women’s rights and plunge us back into recession with unrestrained austerity. The only thing that will stand between the power extremists and us will be Barack Obama. That right there is a very depressing scenario. But maybe he will have the courage to stand aside when we finally pick up our torches and pitchforks.
We have been living a myth of our greatness. We’ve been in denial about how government works. We have told ourselves lies about how we can “starve the beast” that once made our country a formidable force of good around the world.
I’m only glad that the ebola crisis here will be under control before the next session of Congress begins and before the gung-ho, American exceptionalists who take over show us just how unexceptional we are to the hunters who prey on the young, old, and weak.
Unrestrained austerity? WTF is that?
The idea of being able to get cable channels ala carte has been gaining in popularity lately. It sounds nice, but let’s not forget about the Law of Unintended Consequences. I suspect that if it ever becomes reality that it won’t turn out quite like anyone expects.
As far as Fox News, it will probably survive because it is a subsidiary of Fox Entertainment Group, the crown jewel of Ruprecht Murdoch’s media empire. Not to mention the fact that Fox News gets more viewers than the other cable news networks combined. CNN and MSNBC are far more likely to get the axe if ala carte becomes reality.
As for that bit about the Republicans, I’m just gonna leave that steaming pile there for you to think about.