Deprogramming Ourselves from the Extreme Right Media

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The other night, at a party my parents were hosting, I was talking to a few of their senior friends.  They are living in a world of FOX News, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck induced terror.  It is elder abuse. The very real problem is that the senior citizens aren’t the only ones who are being literally brainwashed.

“...In reality, however, the so-called 912ers were summoned to D.C. by the man who changed Beck’s life, and that helps explain why the movement is not the nonpartisan lovefest that Beck first sold on air with his trademark tears. Beck has created a massive meet-up for the disaffected, paranoid Palin-ite “death panel” wing of the GOP, those ideologues most susceptible to conspiracy theories and prone to latch on to eccentric distortions of fact in the name of opposing “socialism.” In that, they are true disciples of the late W. Cleon Skousen, Beck’s favorite writer and the author of the bible of the 9/12 movement, “The 5,000 Year Leap.” A once-famous anti-communist “historian,” Skousen was too extreme even for the conservative activists of the Goldwater era, but Glenn Beck has now rescued him from the remainder pile of history, and introduced him to a receptive new audience…”

Back in October, The Pink Flamingo began to become fed up with FOX, and the usual conservative sources.  I’ve been told that I’ve changed.  My attitude has changed.  My politics are basically the same, but I turned off FOX, most of CNN, and don’t listen to any talk shows.  I get my news from Bloomberg’s financial.  I get my politics from The Hill and Roll Call.

I dare Pink Flamingo readers to turn off Rush, Sean, Laura, etc. for a month.  If you read a conservative blog, read a liberal blog.  Don’t read or watch anything owned by Rupert Murdoch.  Leave off MSNBC, CNN (except for real news), and get your politics through the financials on Bloomberg.  Don’t read anything associated with Breitbart.  Don’t read anything associated with anything Rand.

It has taken me six months to deprogram my brain from the far right.  It was like going off an addictive. It is also quite dangerous.  When you finally do, you won’t like the world you see.  I am  as utterly repulsed by the right as I am the left.  There is no difference.  I have come to believe anything that began via Rand is as detrimental to society as anything that came from Marx.

If we don’t turn off the talkers, the far left and the far right, and don’t start questioning everything, every fact and figure, we’re going to lose our country.  I’ve learned that Obama is not evil, not a socialist, but a liberal incompetent.  From everything I can find, and I have researched it, Romney is no different, only he’s now pandering to the Randians.  If he had his way, with the latest idiocy to come out of his mouth, no more firefighters, cops, USDA, or forest service, where I live would now be a smouldering ruin with thousands of homes burned, including mine.  That, in my estimation is a fool.

The problem with conservatives, with the GOP is that we were the underdog for so long, we would grasp at any media straw.  Today, what we once believed is very popular.  Now the outlandish among the media have used and manipulated it to go far beyond what is rational and logical.  Because they are considered “conservative” we, the gullible, we the previously abused, we the battered will snuggle up to anyone or anything that uses the right language.

We are accepting.  Because we’ve been put down for so long, we believe anything those “trusted” sources, such as Rush, Sean, Bill, Laura, etc tell us. We take at face value anything Michelle Malkin writes.  If it comes from CNN it must be evil and biased.  If it comes out of the SPLC, it is evil and biased.

The late Andrew Breitbart is being turned into a tin-plated god.  Those who once worked for him and are continuing his “legacy”.  They’ve become cruel, vicious bullies who don’t give a damn about accuracy.  All they want to do is to further a cause that is becoming increasingly unrecognizable.

The Pink Flamingo refuses to be a part of this. I’m not a follower or a joiner.  I am my own person, quite capable of making my own decisions, without the input of Rush Limbaugh.  I don’t need the little bimbos on FOX News to tell me what to think.  I’m have a brain and I know how to use it.

Liberation from the conservative media is quite – well – liberating. When your eyes are finally opened, as have been mine, I see a whole different world out there.  It is not all black, white, or even gray. It’s a world. There are good Republicans and bad Republicans.  There are good Democrats and bad Democrats. Barack Obama is not all bad and I regret the things I once wrote and said about him.

No, I’m not voting for him.  Then again, I absolutely refuse to vote for Mitt Romney.   I don’t vote for people who are obsessed.

I found a rather fascinating tale that has absolutely nothing to do with the situation we are in politically. Yet, it has everything to do with it.  It is about obsession.  Michael Prescott tells the tale of Sir. Arthur Conan Doyle who became so obsessed with spiritualism that he eventually destroyed his reputation as one of the world’s great writers.

“…How could Doyle’s rational faculty deteriorate so badly? Critics suggest that he was never much of a thinker, but I’ve read a great deal of his work, as well as Daniel Stashower’s excellent biography, and my impression is that Doyle had a more penetrating intellect than his detractors admit. Trained in medicine, he traveled around the world as a ship’s doctor, acquiring a range of knowledge and experiences that made him far more intellectually interesting than his closed-minded Victorian colleagues. He resisted prejudices – women and minorities are generally treated with respect in his work – and had an appreciation of exotic cultures and variant points of view. In short, Doyle was a sensible, astute observer of the world around him – until he got caught up in his obsession with mediums. At that point his mental and emotional stability began to suffer, and he became increasingly fanatical, blind to any interpretation of the evidence but his own…”

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Mitt Romney is a man obsessed.  If you turn off your conservative sources, and start using some critical thinking, you will be able to see the problem we are having.  We are Republicans, not liberal followers designed to go over a cliff if that is what they are told to do. Start acting like it.

Start using the brain the Good Lord has given you!

 

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4 thoughts on “Deprogramming Ourselves from the Extreme Right Media

  1. My sister, who is in her nineties now, became so upset when Glenn Beck was on Fox that my niece had to get the cable company to ban that channel, just like you do when you don’t want kids to see certain channels. I think the Pink Flamingo is maturing. Throughout life, ideas and ways of thinking change. This is normal and really the way it is supposed to be. When familiar patterns of thinking no longer fit, they need to be changed or discarded.

  2. you’re in that “pong” after the “ping” phase where you’ve bounced into far left land… not healthy

    you’re missing some quite remarkable things unfold

    you sound far more obsessed about Mitt Romney than he is obsessed about anything… except maybe results… he means to free the free market and I am completely psyched about that!

    you’re working way too hard to convince people (or yourself?) that Romney is the devil incarnate… he’s just not.

  3. Actually, you’re where I was after the Harriet Miers thing. One by one I began to drop the people I listened to and read.

    And people don’t get how hard it is, honestly because while I’ve never been particularly political, I always knew how different I was to most of my Blue State associates and collegues. After 9/11, I suddenly found myself with people who thought as I do–and it was like living in a foreign country and finding a nice American town where everyone actually understood not just the words but the sentiment behind the words!

    When I started to disagree, it wasn’t a case of “oh you know how she is” that my collegues have learned to tolerate after a few debates with me…no, among “true” conservatives, my disagreement was tantamount to treason and ungodliness!

    It took a very long time but I finally came up with these few, for me, basic truths:

    1- Principles mean nothing without loyalty. Loyalty is NOT a dirty word, nor is being United. Both are necessary for survival.

    2- Politics is a game. You cannot win if you don’t play. You cannot play if you don’t make the team.

    3- Liberals will ALWAYS win the race and class war as long as Conservatives stupidly allow them to play it.

    4- Voters would believe that Conservatives actually believed in LEGAL immigration and securing the borders IF “illegal” didn’t automatically mean Mexican and Conservatives were just as upset about the White Northern border with huge communities of Muslims and a Canadian government that would provide an accused terrorist with a lawyer instead of sticking him in some Mexican prison and throwing away the key. (see 2 & 3 for reasons why this is particularly important.)

    5- You cannot accuse politicans of being corrupt and power hungry–then be disappointed when they are not perfect. For me, I am just amazed to find a GWB or locally, the late Mayor Fasi.

    6- I do not want to live in the world of the Foundering Fathers where unless you were White, Male, and rich, you had no rights. I want to live in the world the Foundering Fathers ENVISIONED, where there is no slavery, where there is gender equality, and where there is an internet that can challenge anything written or said…an ability to keep the media in check.

    It took a long time for me to call myself what at first glance, seemed solitary, but I know and the people who’s job it is to know, that I am the majority. It is people like me that make or break a race.

    I am an Independent who leans right…and it is up to the GOP to make sure that people like me remain that way.

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