By Kenneth Justice
~ Yesterday the coffee house was buzzing with conversation connected to the American Journalist put to death by the hands of ISIS.
—) “Kenneth, what do you think of what happened with the journalist?” nearly fifty people asked me yesterday
—-) “Kenneth, those people are animals! Decapitating someone’s head is only something done by animals!” said a mid-fortyish man to me
—-) “Kenneth, if I was a journalist there’s not enough money in the world to get me to go to the Middle East!” said an early thirtyish young woman
My heart goes out to both the journalist who died and his family and loved ones. I’m sure this is nothing anyone plans for and because it is a rather rare occurrence I doubt that there is any way to truly prepare for emotionally and psychologically.
I’m currently enrolled in Graduate School studying Liberal Arts with a focus in Global Conflict Studies. Over the summer I read books on the history of Palestine, the history of the IRA conflict in Northern Ireland, the history of the conflict between India and Great Britain, and a history of Che and the Cuban Revolution.
One of the threads that run through the stories of all these different periods of human history is that conflict is a constant theme in human behavior. Like it or not, it seems that human behavior and the human condition is forever plagued with conflict.
Sadly, the NEWS media capitalizes off of the human condition and converts these awful stories to sensationalistic fodder in order to get big paychecks from advertisers. The NEWS media fashions together a stream of incoherent sound-bites with no sense to the ‘point of it all’.
For instance, in all the coverage yesterday by CNN, Fox, MSNBC and all the other various NEWS outlets; what was the point of their stories? To inform the public that a journalist had been executed; but to what point?
NEWS anchors droned on and on and on about the death of the journalist; yet they offered no constructive conversation. They offered the audience and readers NOTHING beneficial or practical with which to further the conversation.
What is the public supposed to do with the information that the NEWS media crammed in our faces yesterday? Are we supposed to be angry? Are we supposed to cry? Are we supposed to be depressed? And in the face of these emotions; what are we supposed to DO with the emotions……..the NEWS media never says. Like a smooth talking pickup artist, the NEWS media kicks us out of bed in the morning and says, “Thanks for letting me use your body, now get the hell out of my bed and leave me alone”.
What good is there in being aware of tragedy on the other side of the world if we don’t know what to do with the knowledge? What good is there in crying over human travesty and the human condition if we are powerless to do anything about it?
Yet in the face of all this f**ked up conflict, there ARE things we should be discussing and there ARE things we could do.
—-) Isn’t it time that the United States get the hell out of the Middle East and STOP meddling in foreign affairs?
—-) In a hundred years of meddling in foreign affairs can we points to even five instances where the United States accomplished something good?
—-) Isn’t it time that we acknowledge the two political parties in the United States have identical foreign policies related to constant meddling in the affairs of other nations?
—-) Barack Obama is as bad as George W. Bush when it comes to sticking his fingers in the affairs of people on the other side of the globe; and yesterday’s video posted by ISIS demonstrates that they HATE Barack Obama
—-) Isn’t it time we acknowledge that it’s the American NEWS media which blacks out third parties from nationally televised debates? There are other political parties in the United States who DON’T want to meddle in the Middle East…..yet its CNN, NBC, ABC, and other NEWS media that refuse to give third parties a platform
—–) Isn’t it time we acknowledge that it’s the American NEWS media which refuses to acknowledge third parties by focusing entirely on the two damn parties that are screwing up left and right?
Having just read an entire history of the conflict between Great Britain and India (think Gandhi) it became abundantly clear that a central theme to the story was the fact that Great Britain had MORE than two major political parties; the numerous parties allowed the people to ‘think outside of the box’. The multiple political parties helped prevent two major parties from forcing Great Britain down the same damn road over and over and over.
The time has come to say goodbye to the Republicans and the Democrats here in the United States.
—) They sat in the seat of power during the global housing crisis of 2008
—) They sat in power in the midst of senseless wars and violence in the Middle East
—) They sit in power over a health care system in the United States that is still a piece of crap
—) They sit in power as our country is still confused over what to do with Latin immigrants
—) They sit in power as the United States continues to meddle in Middle Eastern affairs with no perceivable purpose to the meddling
The time has come to protest the NEWS media and the stranglehold they have over American politics. The time has come to have REAL discussions in the United States and the Western World. The time has come to stop letting the NEWS media fill us with senseless emotion with no explanation of what to do with it.
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
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