All news is a mixed bag, depending on the lens through which you view it. The key to staying sane is to have no illusions, without becoming disillusioned and cynical. To maintain that balance, we must read, stay informed, and utilize our own reasoning capabilities (not the media or our party line) to reach logical conclusions and solutions. If we can donate money, that’s good, but political sweat equity is even better.
Why is it that certain news stories are overlooked and less important ones are given more attention?
A friend sent me this controversial gem of a story from Abilene involving Congressman Randy Neugebauer and I never noticed it on any Lubbock media outlet. It’s more than a week old and yet, the story remains under the wire; obscured by accident, or perhaps, by choice.
The media might not tell us what to think, but it does influence what we think about. Right now, there is a lot of hyperbolic and dramatic debate about the situation in Iraq, gun violence, and student debt, but how much of that can the average American control?
Last week’s Texas GOP convention was something plucked straight out of the old sixties satire, That Was the Week That Was. When I read their 2014 platform, I thought I was reading The Onion…but it was real.
Deleting the words, freedom, freedoms, liberty, liberties, family values, true conservative, makers, takers, control spending, we-the-people, patriot, and patriotism, here’s the Spark notes version:
Republican politicians are experts in the art of empty rhetoric. From the VA crisis to Benghazi, the GOP is playing politics for personal and political gain, milking these problems for all they are worth. Now they have another political cow to milk: the rescue of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.
The day after the primaries, a number of journalists commented that Dan Patrick’s victory signaled a shift to a more conservative Texas.
Geez, how much more conservative can Texas get? The answer is a bit frightening.
The early voting for primary run-offs began yesterday; a short cycle akin to the lifespan of a housefly and just about nasty. Ho-hum…
These races are far less than underwhelming, they’re nausea-producing. Examine the slate of candidates holistically and you must conclude: Corruption, lying and deception is a prerequisite for political office in Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas, even the unethical political behavior.
In just a few hours or even a few minutes, India will have its day of electoral reckoning; the results of a month’s worth of speeches, roadshows and endless queues of voters. The question of who will be the next PM of India and who will represent citizens in the Lok Sabha will soon be answered.
Why should Americans care about India’s elections?
I’ve been following the activities of Lubbock’s Oil and Gas Committee and was rather underwhelmed to see that the committee rejected the health and safety recommendations of the more community-minded individuals on the committee.
There’s conservative political gold waiting to be mined in the 116 mile stretch of the Red River that defines the border between Oklahoma and Texas and just like the prospectors of the California Gold Rush, political hopefuls rushed to seize the treasure by joining in the controversy.