Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Daily Rant

Where do you go for the truth? Where do you go for the news? When you really want to know what is going on, where do you look? Is it The Fox News Channel or CNN, is it Bill O’Reilly or Al Franken, is it George W. or Hillary, or is it this website? I can assure you that although you will find the truth on this page you might find yourself lacking in the day’s events. Here lies the difference or problem, what is news is not always truthful and what is true is not always newsworthy. It takes a keen eye to tell the difference and it seems that not only do the people in general lack this keen eye, but those who give us the news and who make the news lack this eye as well.
The news is exactly that, news, but it is the truth what creates news. In the argument of the chicken and the egg, the truth is both. Those who report the news tell a version of the truth, it is not incorrect but it is not all correct either. You must always delve further into any story to find the real truth behind it, that is why I do not report the news, I only tell the truth behind it. And the truth is that this is a scary world and we live in and we need strong leaders who will lead us through these difficult times. The War of 1812 lasted from 1812 until the beginning of 1815 with the battle of New Orleans, the Mexican-American War lasted from 1846 to 1848, the Civil War lasted for 4 years from 1861 to 1865, the U.S. was involved in World War I from 1917 to 1919 and in World War II from 1941 to 1945, the Korean War lasted from 1950 to 1953, in Vietnam US combat troops participated from 1965 until the official withdrawal in 1973, and the first Gulf War lasted from August 1990 until February 1991. The Vietnam War lasted twice as long as any U.S. conflict since The American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783. In our more than 200 year history as a nation we have been involved in many wars but for never more than eight years and usually for four or less.
It is under general agreement that the War on Terrorism began September 11, 2001, more than four years ago and shows no sign of an end or ceasefire in the foreseeable future. Now is the time that we need leaders who will tell the truth that this is not going to be a short conflict nor will it be one that will end with a signed peace agreement by either side. In reality this is a fight to the death, death for either western and eastern modern civilization or a death to radical Islam. This is not a war against Islam, there are millions of Muslim Americans in this country and Muslims around the world who are peaceful and law abiding religious people, but these are also not the same people who are trying to kill us, just as we are not trying to kill them.
But, right now we are hearing too much news, news about rioting, news about troop deaths, innocents killed, surveillance practices, cartoons, elections, and about the validity of the Iraq War. What we need is the truth, and not from journalists or truth-sayers like me, but form our politicians. We need and we deserve to hear the truth that this is going to be a conflict unlike anything we have ever seen before and one that is going to last longer than anything we have ever seen before too.
The truth is powerful, the truth leads people, the truth is revolutionary, and the truth is what we need now more than anything. Show me a politician who tells you the news and I will show you a politician who is doing nothing, but show me a politician who tells you the truth and I will show you a politician who you should follow.
-Publius

2 Comments:

Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Amen!

The divisive nature of politics in America right now has brought out the ugly on both sides. I dont trust our own president or anyone he has appointed or works with, the opposing party is made up of mudslingers scrapping to come out "looking" as good as possible which leads to lies, propoganda, and again mistrust, and to top it all off, I get most news from blogs, liberal, conservative, and independent because the nuggest of crap called "the news" elsewhere is spun anyway.

Wed Feb 15, 02:19:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I will say the only good news out there is local news, and I say this having worked for a time in local news. But, even here you only get the most barebones of information and typically on local issues. On national issues the local organizations often get their information from larger organizations or the Associated Press which is then often filtered to relate to the local audience. The AP reminds me of the old television show Dragnet with Sgt. Joe Friday’s, “Just the facts Ma’am.” You want the news, go to the AP or read your local paper. You want lies and spin go find a politician.

Wed Feb 15, 05:20:00 PM  

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