"The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse." -- James Madison - (1751-1836)

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " :
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"

"Throughout history there have been tyrants and murderers. And for a while they seem invincible, but always they fall. Always."-Mahatma Gandhi

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings: Helen Keller

The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naive and usually idiotic. He is , more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime ; he is a good citizen driven to despair.--H.L Mencken

"When even one American-who has done nothing wrong-is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth-then all Americans are in peril" Harry S. Truman

"The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist."- Winston Churchill, Nov. 21, 1943

"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - you may know that your society is doomed: Ayn Rand - (1905-1982) Author - Source: Atlas Shrugged, Francisco's "Money Speech"

"Loss of freedom seldom happens overnight. Oppression doesn't stand on the doorstep with toothbrush moustache and swastika armband -- it creeps up insidiously...step by step, and all of a sudden the unfortunate citizen realizes that it is gone." ~ Baron Lane

U.S. Constitution - R.I.P.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

"The Pentagon has deployed the media and we have to take it back."

The Power of Trickle-Up Journalism
by Amy Goodman

It is absolutely critical that we have an independent media. The media are the most powerful institutions on earth, more powerful than any bomb, than any missile. The Pentagon has deployed the media and we have to take it back.

My brother David Goodman and I have written Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back. Why the title Static? Because in this high tech digital age, with high definition television and digital radio, all we get is ever more static, that veil of lies, misrepresentations, half-truths, and omissions that obscure reality.

What we need is a different kind of static. The media should be giving the dictionary definition of static, and that is “criticism, opposition, unwanted interference.” We need a media that covers power, not covers for power. We need a media that is the fourth estate, not for the state. And we need a media that covers the movements that create static and make history.

She’s right; the corporate media has become the State’s own Ministry of Truth. For those that have not read George Orwell’s 1984(a MUST read these days), that means a state run propaganda machine, rewriting the facts to suit the government’s purpose of the day. Anyone who uses the mainstream media as their only source of news and information is clueless to the realities of the world today. To get accurate news about our country, you must turn to foreign or alternative news sources. Our press has voluntarily given up their freedom…or rather sold it away.

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