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There's More to Fear than Fear Itself

It's becoming clearer and clearer that the union busting going on in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states has a focused purpose. Unions are the main contributors to Democrats in this country, by far. By disbanding unions and collective bargaining nationwide, Republicans ensure Democrats will no longer have the funds to compete against them in any way, in any contest, in any vote. Here's a brief essay about it.

What I don't understand is this: Why are more people not talking about it?? I'm an unknown poet living in southern New Jersey, and I don't have much of a voice beyond my circle of friends, family, fellow poets and arts community members and colleagues. Why aren't Democratic leaders screaming this from the highest mountain? Why aren't liberal-minded celebrities writing newspaper columns, à la Barbra Streisand, who seems to inject her two-cents into the press anytime she gets her... nose bent out of shame? Speaking of The Press, where are the editorials on NPR, who will be completely dismantled if Republicans have their way? What is Jon Stewart doing that is so important he can't bring attention this monumental assault on our liberty? Where is Bill Maher? Rachel Maddow? What the heck is going on??

Truthfully, I can't express how frightened I am of this. With the United States headed to one-party rule, I fear for my physical safety and financial security. Republicans preach smaller government yet want to regulate women's rights and bodies beyond logic and belief. They claim all life is sacred yet they want illegal immigrants who were brought here as children deported to a country of drug crime, police corruption, and widespread poverty. They continue to trot out trickle-down economics as reason to lower taxes on wealthy Americans. They warn of Obamacare Death Panels yet want to dismantle Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Worst of all, they do it with smiles and promises of a better America for all. If this doesn't scare you, it should. I'm sorry to say it, but not sorry that I feel it has to be said.

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid, more afraid than you've ever been. Be afraid now before it's too late, and don't be afraid to do something about it.

Edited to add: fritterfae pointed out to me that Rachel Maddow has been talking about this. I'm glad, very glad. Who else is talking about it? If you know who, please post a comment. Thanks!



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Feb. 27th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
Rachel Maddow has actually spoken about this more than once as far as I can tell. Here's one: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908//vp/41655758#41655758

Feb. 27th, 2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Eric, thank you for posting this. I hadn't seen it, and I rely heavily on my LiveJournal and Facebook friends to post such items. Unfortunately, I can't get it all. I'm glad you're paying attention as well.

Edited at 2011-02-27 02:45 am (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2011 02:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what you mean by "editorials on NPR" -- we aren't even allowed to voice opinions about this on our private Facebook pages, let alone on the air.
Feb. 27th, 2011 02:54 pm (UTC)
I have heard Daniel Schorr and Ted Koppel many times with editorials on NPR. Scott Simon of Saturday's Weekend Edition does one each hour. And Cokie Roberts appears "most Mondays" on Morning Edition to give her opinions about the week's political news.

Not to mention that this is one of those hugely important issues NPR should be talking about whether it's against their policy or not.
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, I see. Those are commentaries, so it's more like an "Op-Ed" than an editorial. Actually that's one of the issues being discussed in our current ethics-policy reviewe, because arguably Scott Simon and Michel Norris ought not to be doing commentaries when they're also hosting.

I don't agree that NPR isn't covering the issue; they are just trying to cover it as news, rather than using their soapbox for a race we have a dog in. Other than Ted and Cokie, there are not a lot of people at NPR in a strictly opinion/commentary role like Maher or Maddow. (Yes, I miss Daniel Schorr!)
Feb. 27th, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ah. I always thought of editorials as opinion pieces on any given topic, while commentary is an immediate response to a speech, an event, etc.
Feb. 27th, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
oh gotcha - they're all opinion, but an editorial is the "official" opinion of the newspaper, while an op-ed can be from any perspective (and one hopes they will have a variety). That's the distinction I was going after.
Feb. 28th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Reddit has been talking about it for weeks, and both the Daily Show and the Colbert Report had coverage all week.

According to this source http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/media-largely-ignores-massive-wisconsin-protests-on-saturday-photos there was coverage only when Tea Bagger's showed up in a counter protest, despite Wisconsin having 70-100 thousand protesters.

There's also a rumor that two of the Wisconsin Republican's have changed sides, but only one has been in any way confirmed. A lot of people are afraid that it's just a trap for the Democrats.
Feb. 28th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for the update!! Keep on paying attention...
Feb. 28th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
I did. Interesting tactic.
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