The Resistance of Mainstream Media and GOP Insiders to Ron PaulSubmitted by libertylegends on Thu, 06/23/2011 - 11:04
The following article is posted at my blog: http://libertyvigilante.com/2011/06/23/resistance-from-mains...
If only the mainstream media would wake up and those stiff collared Republican insiders could loosen up, then the barriers to liberty would clear like a morning mist, and Ron Paul would be paraded into the executive office with trumpets trumpeting and streamers streaming – or so some would hope.
But it won’t happen that way!
Ron Paul can get elected, and mainstream media and the GOP may find it unavoidable to appease and succumb to his supporters somewhat, but they will be like cats being fed salad. The ideas of liberty do not nourish such institutions, in fact, they starve them. The fact that they resist, is an indication that the liberty movement is on the right track. Expect it to continue until independent media supersedes the mainstream and two-party politics is a thing of the past.
Even if Ron Paul does become President, the battle will have just begun. We should expect constant media misrepresentation and whining over his every step toward liberty and a great deal of political maneuvering intended to delegitimize the liberty movement. The battle is a long one and it will require eternal vigilance to progress ever further toward liberty. Each step along the way however, will empower the revolution with hope and energize the remnant with enthusiasm.
Why the Mainstream Media will Resist
The mainstream media’s raison d’être is to appeal to the lowest common denominator. To titillate the greatest number at the minimal effort. Part of doing this has been to create a false dichotomy of opinion. To borrow a phrase from Tom Woods, a forum for ideas spanning the expansive divide between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. It’s not about whether a war is wrong, it’s about how aggressive it ought to be, or which distant program to withdraw troops is acceptably dangerous. Or if tax rates for X should be 35% or 39%. The industry and its talking heads can play this game all day long and appear to be well informed. When the fabric of their world view is challenged by what they call extreme and fringe ideas, they are as lost as a bunch of art students in a lecture on structural engineering. Having invested their career in the mainstream media game and having found their preferred position on the ground, they’re in no rush to enter a new playing field of ideas.
This goes without mentioning mainstreams resistance due to affiliations with vested interests, with the political establishment, corporate advertisers, share holders or NWO protagonists. They would also need to overcome the inertia of relying on consumer dullness in their strategy to sell fear and subsequent rescue by those who know what’s good for them. Imagine them as adolescents, in search of power, fame and adoration, telling the masses of children what to do and what to think.
A few will stand atop that playhouse and some will even jump off, but the playhouse that is mainstream media is crumbling, it will never be a beacon of liberty, it will merely observe liberty’s revolution, in befuddlement, from an ever greater distance, as it fades into insignificance.
Why the Republican Party will Resist
The major parties too, will meet a similar fate, should the revolution continue. The concept of a two-party political system is antagonistic to the development of liberty. The growth of liberty will come in proportion to the disestablishment of the traditional political party power structure.
Those within party politics have invested their careers and reputations within that structure, a structure that demands loyalty and a desire to preserve party power. It is not a system under which the pursuit of liberty is the main driving force. It is about winning, being the biggest and toughest kid on the block. Don’t expect them to welcome with open arms, a movement and ideology that augers their institution’s demise.
The People’s Support is the Key
The gnashing of teeth over the resistance of mainstream media and the political establishment is wasted grief. Though we ought to be thrilled when our political achievements force them into submission, they aren’t our allies and never will be. They are at best tools, at worst obstacles. We need to use and influence them, but that is achieved only in proportion to the strength of our ideas and the cumulative weight of people’s support of such ideas. These institutions, in order to retain legitimacy, have to respond to the wants of the people. The more the people know and the more they demand, the more mainstream media and the political parties are forced to bend to the will of the people.
This new revolution, a battle of ideas, will be won by influencing the hearts and minds of the people. It’s an information revolution and while the number of converts grow and their knowledge grows, liberty progresses. The behavior of mainstream media and the political institutions will be a mere reflection of the degree to which the people have come to learn about and desire liberty.