Originally posted by PvtHudson
Originally posted by Cassius666
and therefore its a hot button for many people.
It's a hot button for liberals who can't stand points of view outside their bubble.
"Bubble", huh? As one of those highly coveted "swing voters" and a certified member of the endangered species known as "moderates" I would
assert the following:
1. Any "news" channel who routinely takes one of it's more popular "voices" and dresses them up in Adolf Hitler costumes and instructs them to
use cheap props like a chalkboard filled with over-simplified nonsense doesn't really have a "viewpoint" per se. Rather, they are to
"journalism" what Carrot Top is to "comedy".
2. If another one of your most popular "journalists" is widely known to simply yell, scream, interrupt, and drown out his "guests" who have a
different opinion...you don't really have the right to refer to yourself as a "news" channel.
3. There is a serious problem with any channel which features Ann Coulter telling the masses that radioactive fallout from a nuclear meltdown might
provide "health benefits" because radiation is "all natural" and then proceeds to invite that same Ann Coulter BACK onto to the station to share
her "viewpoints" on other matters in a serious fashion is really nothing other than a bad joke being played on idiots.
I mean...if radioactive fallout is so damn "natural" and "healthy"...why are the Republicans (in particular) so bent out of shape about a nuclear
Iran? Maybe Ahmidinejad just wants to share his homeopathic remedies with us...right?
Yes...the "liberal" media outlets are quite frequently guilty of bought-and-paid-for shilling. However, the depths of Fox's endemic idiocy truly
makes one stand in awe. It's not so much the fact that they are arguing a "conservative" argument...it's the just plain DUMB rationale they use
to "justify" it. The thought process is just as important as the conclusions themselves.
For example, I believe it's perfectly reasonable to assert that we should cut governmental spending and taxes. However...the idea that taxation is
somehow inherently evil and that the wealthy "don't receive anything for their tax dollars" is simply untrue. What they receive is a first world
country they can live in which doesn't have things like coastal piracy, roving bands of starving refugees, and remarkably less cholera in the water
supply than the Third World.
Even though the conclusion that the government is taxing people too much and should stop wasting money is the same there is a VAST difference in the
path that one takes using the "taxes are inherently evil" mentality. One manner of thinking leads an individual to pursue policies of open
government to hold elected representatives and bureaucrats responsible for their spending. The other manner results in wild and poorly planned
knee-jerk reactionism like the recent effort in North Dakota to "abolish" property taxes overnight.
Granted...I don't think that an individual should be able to lose their home simply because they didn't pay the government their "protection"
money...but only a damn fool thinks you can just go ahead and do this overnight. Without property taxes there aren't any:
A Judicial System
Polling booths for your next election
Fireworks or community events of any kind
Publicly funded funerary services for the destitute.
Something tells me that people would get mighty upset in a hurry when they had a car accident because every intersection in town spontaneously became
"uncontrolled" (no matter how much traffic it received) and nobody's insurance company was willing to pay because there was no police officer to
file a report....and no court to take the insurance company to either.
Meanwhile, even as the public clamored for change they would find themselves petitioning the various local warlords who have taken over for the
Governor since the state stopped paying him and since there are no longer any elected representatives of any kind at the state level. All while being
able to enjoy the smell of the rotting corpse of the homeless guy who died on the park bench last week which nobody came to remove and bury.
You see...extremist lunacy is dangerous enough without ALSO adding to it sh^tty critical thinking skills.