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The Ministry of Truth by American Elephant

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Not to be outdone by bowing Brian Williams’ fawning White House slobberfest, Charlie Gibson and ABC News will be broadcasting live from the White House for an entire evening pushing Barack Obama’s steath Socialist health care plan, capping an entire day of such coverage, with no opposing views presented.

From Drudge:

On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm!

Highlights on the agenda:

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House.

The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude [sic] opposing voices on the debate. [read more]

Republicans heard about the special coverage ABC was affording Obama and requested that Republicans be allowed to present their views as well. ABC rejected their request outright (emphasis mine):

Dear Mr. Westin:

As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming.

Today, the Republican National Committee requested an opportunity to add our Party’s views to those of the President’s to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate are presented. Our request was rejected. I believe that the President should have the ability to speak directly to the America people. However, I find it outrageous that ABC would prohibit our Party’s opposing thoughts and ideas from this national debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers.

In the absence of opposition, I am concerned this event will become a glorified infomercial to promote the Democrat agenda. If that is the case, this primetime infomercial should be paid for out of the DNC coffers. President Obama does not hold a monopoly on health care reform ideas or on free airtime. The President has stated time and time again that he wants a bipartisan debate. Therefore, the Republican Party should be included in this primetime event, or the DNC should pay for your airtime.

Ken McKay
Republican National Committee
Chief of Staff

ABC responded basically, “Nu uh!  We’ll be TOTALLY fair and critical and stuff — you know, like we were during the election! But no, we don’t want to hear anything any Republicans have to say”:

…ABC News prides itself on covering all sides of important issues and asking direct questions of all newsmakers — of all political persuasions — even when others have taken a more partisan approach and even in the face of criticism from extremes on both ends of the political spectrum.  ABC News is looking for the most thoughtful and diverse voices on this issue.   ABC News alone will select those who will be in the audience asking questions of the president.  Like any programs we broadcast, ABC News will have complete editorial control.  To suggest otherwise is quite unfair to both our journalists and our audience. [read more] [via Michelle Malkin]

Notice they say, “direct questions” not “tough” questions, not “critical” questions, but direct questions. “Why is your plan so awesome?” is a direct question. “Can I have your autograph” is another direct question. Direct questions are not necessarily helpful or even relevant.

And while they are looking for the most, “thoughtful and diverse voices,” they still won’t allow any Republicans the opportunity to counter Obama’s pitch. Nor have they announced any plans to hold a primetime town hall meeting where audience members will be able to ask questions about Republican health care proposals.

I suspect they would cancel the Republican response to the State of the Union if they thought they could get away with it.

You think Charlie Gibson will tap his foot and look down his nose at Obama the way he did Sarah Palin? You think the network that STILL refuses to offer The Path to 9/11 for sale at the request of the Clintons will ask Obama why Democrats have openly admitted that his plan is designed to destroy private health care? You think this network that has carried his water during and since the election will point out that even the CBO admits Obama’s plan will throw millions of Americans off their private plans?


In order to feign a sense of objectivity, they will allow some audience members to ask pre-approved questions that sound somewhat critical, but that the president is more than prepared to answer. But there will be no truly tough questions, there will be no follow ups, and Obama’s plan which is designed to drive the private industry out of business, will come off as the perfect cure to everything that ails American health care. Americans will believe that is actually will cut costs, improve care, keep their personal coverage safe, and probably promote world peace. None of which it will do.

Orwell’s Ministry of Truth actualized.

Perhaps a new slogan is in order as well… “More Americans get their unadulterated propaganda from ABC News than from anywhere else.”

(h/t Hot Air)

There Was a Time, Years Ago, When Anywhere There Was A Jukebox, There Were People Dancing. by The Elephant's Child
June 16, 2009, 7:23 pm
Filed under: Entertainment, History, Music

Did you have a bad day? Things get you down? Here’s Tommy Johnson playing boogie woogie piano. Can’t help but lift your spirits.

Gallup: Twice as Many Americans Conservative as Liberal by American Elephant


Listening to the liberal mouthpiece media, you’d think the opposite were true; but according to Gallup, conservatives make up the largest ideological group in America, even larger than those who consider themselves moderates, and twice the number that identify as liberal.  Forty percent of Americans consider themselves “conservative” or “very conservative”, 35% call themselves “moderate”, and only 21%  identify as “liberal” or “very liberal”.

Liberals will point out that their numbers are higher than in the 1990’s, which is true, but it’s important to consider events in order to understand those numbers. When you do that, the graph above really supplies some eye-opening information.

First, liberalism is not popular in America.  Aside from the mere one-fifth or less of Americans who are willing to associate themselves with the ideology, this graph tells us that when liberals are in charge, implementing liberal policy, Americans suddenly realize they aren’t so liberal after all, and the country lurches right. It happened when they took control of the White House and both chambers of Congress  in 1993, and it is happening now. Seemingly to an even greater degree.

The same is not true, however, for conservatism. Notice the percentage of liberals stayed the same, the percentage of moderates decreased and the percent of conservatives increased when Republicans took control of congress in 1995. Likewise, while the number of liberals ticked up at the end of the Clinton presidency, when that president was being impeached, it remained relatively unchanged throughout the Bush presidency until 2006 when the situation in Iraq was at its worst. Notice also that the number of moderates dipped, and the number of conservatives rose to a high, just after the Iraq war began.

So what does that mean? It means the country lurches to the right when liberals run the show, but is generally comfortable with or even amiable to conservative policy.

It also shows that liberals are punching way above their weight, undoubtedly because of the inordinate influence of their mouthpiece, the mainstream media. But we know that already.

But what it means most immediately is that conservatives have all the momentum and Republicans should do very well in next years elections. At least as good as 2004, very possibly as good as 1994. If liberal identification ticks down another point, and I think it will, a Republican landslide is entirely possible.

BUT! and it’s a BIG BUT, Obama and the Democrats are very organized. They know that Americans haven’t let liberals hold all the levers of power for more than 2 years in a very long time, which is why everything they have done since taking power has been geared towards cementing their power permanently. They have taken trillions of your tax dollars and basically given it directly to unions, ACORN, and their other special interests. They seized the auto industry, slapped a big bow on it, and gave it to the United Auto Workers. The car dealerships they closed down were overwhelmingly Republican contributors, while all the dealerships owned by Democrats remain open.

The only jobs they have stimulated are union jobs, government jobs, and government union jobs. The private sector has shrunk drastically, while government has expanded exponentially. By design. Unions and government workers vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

They found they can’t pass Card Check through congress, so they are working to implement it through the executive branch instead.

They have already slashed border enforcement, and will try to pass amnesty between now and the election — probably with some sly voter-registration mechanism as part of the deal. Obama is running the Census directly out of the White House, with ACORN doing the counting. And look for Democrats or the FCC to try to force “local control” of talk radio stations — which basically amounts to  the Fairness Doctrine by different means.

Obama’s original tax plans involved creating, for the first time, a majority of Americans who pay little or no income tax. I’m sure that is still the plan. He and liberal Democrats are pushing hard for a public health care plan to compete with the private sector because they know that the public plan will undermine the private industry and drive it out of business. That is their intent. (more on that later)

In other words, everything Democrats have done since seizing power, they have done because they knew Americans would not let them hold that power long, and they must work quickly to stack the deck in their favor.

Yes, the numbers have swung towards conservatives, and should favor Republicans next year, they could very well even favor a Republican landslide; but Democrats are doing everything in their power to make sure it doesn’t happen, and doesn’t matter if it does.

What it means for conservative Americans is that we must get involved and organize. If regular conservative Americans get involved in the election process. If we support candidates and volunteer with our time, effort and dollars, Republicans will win. If conservatives get involved NOW, and support strong conservative candidates to win in the primaries, it means conservative Republicans will win.

What Do You Do About the Rich? And What Do You Do About the Poor? And What About All Those Folks In Between? by The Elephant's Child
June 16, 2009, 12:34 am
Filed under: Capitalism, Economy, Freedom | Tags: , ,

Economist Daniel Mitchell of the Cato Institute does a wonderful job of explaining economic concepts in an easy to understand way.  Or perhaps you just need what you know instinctively reinforced.  Dr. Mitchell is your man.  He offers you the arguments you need in your next conversation with a Liberal.  Enjoy.

That is a truly amazing tie.

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