Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Sean, no, tell me what you really think! :-)

For those of you who don't know Sean; he is my friend, and he is a brain. He does a great blog "Interact" and I am driving him a little crazy with my posts. Anyhow, I agree with him that Oberman is self righteous. I think "pompous ass" is a job requirement for all those guys on TV news. And I agree that the petition is crap, and the "Best War" video is cheesy.

There...But that's not all. So hear me out on this.

I put Oberman on there because he is saying something/anything with force. So much of the media seems softball on this administration. The government has engaged in some dangerous, and illegal activity since 9/11 as well as making some terrible mistakes. I remember hearing after 9/11 that we might win a war on terror, but we might not win a war on tyranny. It truly concerns me.
And the petition on "The Best War" just gets people to take some kind of action. It makes us move from where we usually are, which is the "that is so awful/sad/wrong" passivity to "hey, I don't like the direction we are going, and I'm going to say so to someone significant". The "petition" is signed and sent from you/me to your Congressmen and Senate Representatives.

It's tricky. I want to push people to care and say so...but I'm not that good at it, thus the annoying videos.


Blogger Sean said...

hmm. are you driving me a little crazy? maybe, but maybe i was taking this too seriously. maybe i should not have assumed that these videos were representative of your views, or close to them.

you and i have very different positions on this. i *despise* the 'entertainment/politics' of the right and left; Rush, Coulter, O'Reilly, Franken, Moore, whoever. not only do i have no use for these people (and Olbermann in this op/ed), but i think they do the electorate a great disservice by representing themselves as sincere. they may be self-consciously entertaining, but too many people take these people's word as gospel. i have no use for those who contribute more noise than signal to the political discussion.

i think it's fascinating that you view the media as soft on Bush, while those on the right constantly decry the 'liberal media'. i tend to think the media is fair to hard on Bush. my diagnosis? you'll hate it... it's the people who don't care. we get the media, and the government, that we want and deserve.

'The government has engaged in some dangerous, and illegal activity since 9/11 as well as making some terrible mistakes.'

i fully agree. further, i agree that we could easily overreact in the war on terror and move toward tyranny and fascism. indeed, this would be a partial fulfillment of the terrorists' desires.

though i disagree with these specific calls to action, i greatly respect your intention and desires. i would not say you are not good at pushing people. you pushed me ;-)

6:42 PM  

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