I don’t know if it’s time for the tin foil hats but some recent events and events over the past year have got me wondering.
I don’t get political in this blog but sometimes I need to express some thoughts about government and politics that apply across the board, ideas that span across both sides of the aisle.
You couldn’t help but see all the media coverage both mainstream and social of the recent riots in Baltimore. It was pretty much the same for the Ferguson riots and others due to police incidents over the past year.
I’m not going to get into who was right or who was wrong in any of those situations, but I will give you my thoughts on the rioting and looting that ensued and then I’ll get to the tin foil hats.
Here it is.
What the fuck?
What the fuck makes anyone think that looting, damaging, burning and destroying the lives, livelihood and property of the innocent people in your neighborhood is going to make things right.
Yes, yes, yes, you’re angry I get it.
So do something constructive about it. No that’s too hard. It’s easier to throw a tantrum and burn and loot and rage like a two year old.
That’s all I have to say about that.
One thing I noticed on social media was a lot of comments and postings about how the mainstream media was only concentrating on the few “misguided” violent people (idiots). These people kept tweeting and posting pictures of what they said were the majority who were peaceful protestors.
I guess they were, I don’t know, I wasn’t there.
That got me to thinking about how with every shooting and alleged abuse by a police officer, especially race related or maybe I should say only race related, the media begins its decent into its hate mongering, fear mongering, race baiting world.
One reason is because it sells.
It gets viewers, readers and lots of clicks.
All of that equals dollars, big dollars.
No one cares about 1500 people who sat in front of some building, made some impassioned speeches about peace, justice and harmony, prayed and then went home. No we all want to see the 15 who stomped on cars, set fires, smashed windows and took off with televisions in tow. (I got a free TV, there is social justice in the world.)
There’s nothing new in that and if you didn’t already know it you’re probably not reading this or anything else. And you’re not thinking about or doing anything that requires a little effort.
There is another reason this is shown all over the media outlets.
Some of the tweets and posts that I read asked why does the media give so much coverage to these inner city riots yet they seem to blow off the riots that occur after a sporting event in some white collar upper middle class college town.
Of course the knee jerk reaction is “racism” and they are wrong.
Baltimore, Ferguson, New York, etc got so much coverage because the media could spin these incidents as the “local” police departments are out of control. They are in crisis. And everyone knows a politician loves a crisis.
The overall spin is that all of this mayhem, destruction and death is because of the corruption and incompetence in the “local” police department. The spin may not be so blatant, it’s subtle, but it’s there.
They do this just like they told us for 20 years that our health care system was spiraling out of control. People were being denied coverage, hospitals were screwing up, cost were skyrocketing, etc., etc.
And why, because it was too segmented.
Local or regional healthcare systems were corrupt and incompetent. They were In cahoots with the insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies.
“Let the federal government take care of you. Yes give us, the politicians control and we will make it right. We will lead you out of this crisis.”
Control, give them control, and we did.
On a personal note my healthcare and healthcare costs were just fine right up until we turned over control.
Now I’m waiting for the next tragic police incident to happen, for the media to blow it up and then some ego bloated politician to say, “What we need is a federal police force.” Yes the federal government will make it all better. They always do.
God help us all when we hear that phrase uttered.
Hopefully I’m all wet about this. Not so much for myself but for my children and grand children.
I don’t care if you’re left or right you have to realize that a federal police force spells ultimate power for the federal government. And whether the politicians are from the left or right that’s what they are looking for, ultimate power.
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