Hello, readers! This news roundup is jammed packed because it deals with several aspects of the media: The Internet, broadcast TV, the size of multimedia corporations, and deregulation. All of the following stories have been developing for weeks but not all have been discussed on this blog — until now.
Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal…
As many of us know, the following words came from Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, in what became known as the Gettysburg Address. He spoke these words at the dedication of the Gettysburg cemetery for fallen soldiers on November 19, 1863.
In The speech, Lincoln also said the following words:
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here …
But the Gettysburg Address soon became the most notable speech Lincoln ever gave.
Admittedly, I have been pretty hard on the Democratic Party in the last few posts. To be quite honest, I didn’t set out to be this negative, but as I looked into the party — and more information became available as time passed — it made me angrier than I’d thought it would. However, I still have the same purpose and getting through the most painful parts of the series allowed me to look into the future of the Democratic Party.
Now, it is obvious that the Democrats have an uphill climb. They need to contend with the deficits they have with the Republicans — in terms of the number of seats held by members of each of the major parties, and in terms of money. Also, the Democrats have to deal with infighting among people in their ranks and resolve the ongoing war the party has with the left.
It’s that last part that has hurt the party most of all. But more importantly, it has hurt Americans. And this is the fight that will perhaps decide the Democrats’ fate in — in more ways than one.
Since my last post in this series there have been some positive developments to discuss. But there are also some things I believe will help Democrats and progressive to capitalize on this momentum and make even more gains in 2018 and beyond.
This is very late, but I just need to make a quick post about net neutrality and more. Early last month, the U.S. Senate had to vote to reconfirm Ajit Pai’s horrible self for a new five-year term at the Federal Communications Commission, which would retroactively begin in July 2016. This leaves the door open for more horsesh— for Pai to continue with his agenda, as horrible and pro-corporate as it is.
He left the Army with a dishonorable discharge, so it’s hard for him to find work.
Tomorrow is Veteran’s day, but the phrase we’ll be looking at deals with shame. This might seem like an inappropriate way to honor military veterans, but this phrase also deals with the somber news from this week and earlier this month. In particular, there were two people in the news who were dishonorably discharged from the United States military and this presents an opportunity to learn about military discharges and their implications.
As it turns out, that news conference in Pasadena, CA was a fake one. It was staged by The Yes Men, with the help of grassroots activists, for a bipartisan audience of 100 people. Andy Bichlaum of the parody duo played the part of a DNC representative who came to talk about the Democrats’ “A Better Deal,” the platform the party had released a week prior.
Bichlaum had a few people going for a while. Yet sadly, in telling people things they wanted to hear, he made a commentary on the sad state of affairs in “the party of the people.”
With that in mind, Let’s review some things I have already talked about in this series, while discussing what has transpired over the past year-and a half.