Liberals Dominate The Media: What You Might Not Know

FRANK CAMP

Marcus Aurelius said: “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

 
Conservative Americans are living in a fool’s paradise. Every day, Conservatives go about, believing that they have some semblance of power in this country, when the reality is much the opposite. You see, there is a difference between power of ideas and simple power. Conservative ideas–social and economic–have a power in and of themselves, because they are inherently strong. Conservative Americans aren’t nearly as strong as the ideas they espouse. This is because the Left controls the media. The media, be it television, radio, commercials, movies, Hollywood or books, is a powerhouse. A massive percentage of these entertainment outlets are dominated by Liberals. Because we are surrounded by it, we often don’t realize how strong an influence Liberal propaganda has in our lives.
 
This twisting and stretching of our perspective could not be better represented than on HBO’s The Newsroom. In a recent episode, Occupy Wall Street was featured. In the episode, a leading Occupier was quoted as saying “The mainstream media has been making us look like idiots since this whole thing started.” The scene goes on to mention how the media wasn’t fair to Occupy. What BS.
 
Let’s break this down. The writers of The Newsroom are using their media platform to propagate something that is patently false. Not surprising, but there’s more to it than that. Because The Newsroom is well thought of, and is a decently popular show, people watching–even Conservatives–will fall victim to its viewpoint. 
 
We all know that the mainstream media fawned on the Occupy Wall Street movement, saying it was the true Tea Party movement that this country needed. This TV show is using its influence to sell the exact opposite of the truth to its viewers. This is just one example of Liberal media cultural dominance.
 
The Left uses TV, movies, books, celebrities, and music to tell us one thing, when the opposite is actually true. Unfortunately, many Conservatives fall into this trap. It’s so easy to fall victim to this tactic, because we are being so entertained by what we are watching and reading, we don’t recognize the propaganda being pushed into our brains. 
 
Perspective is a dangerous creature. It moves ideas around our minds like brain janitor, replacing truth with fiction. It is insidious. So, how so we beat this? How do we fight this beast? Simple: keep a keen eye on what you are watching and reading. It’s ok to be entertained by a show like The Newsroom; it’s ok to follow celebrity news, so long as you are very aware that what is being pushed on you is often the opposite of the truth. The way in which you process what you watch and read is how you prevent the unnatural twisting of your perspective. Because once your perspective is twisted and pulled, it tends to stay that way.
 
Keep a keen eye, be on the lookout, don’t be an idiot. The fact is that the Left dominates the media, but that doesn’t mean we let them dominate us.  
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Military Chaplain’s Assistant Threatened By Superior Over Her Expression Of Christian Faith

FRANK CAMP

As society progresses, we lose small pieces of what made us human. We replace these little pieces with dangerous facsimiles of what originally filled us. Above all else, we lose our sense of moral integrity. What comes with a loss of moral integrity is an animus toward others who still hold values which many have left behind. We reach a certain point–which I fear we are quickly approaching–when that animus evolves into hostility, and that hostility into tyranny. Once we have reached tyranny, we cannot go back; we are trapped behind a glass wall, only able to see in our minds what once was possible, and who we once were. We are no longer humans, but animals, fighting for territory and scraps of food.

 
As we have progressed, we have lost tolerance. The Left will tell you that they are the most tolerant people the world has ever seen. That is, of course, a lie. The Left is only tolerant of those with whom they agree–which isn’t tolerance at all.
 
According to Town Hall, a Army Chaplain’s Assistant is being targeted for her religious beliefs. After watching a documentary in which a Pastor was condoning homosexuality, telling his gay parishioners to embrace who they are, the Chaplain’s Assistant posted a response on her personal Facebook page. This is the response in full:
 
A lot ticked off, now to all my gay friends you know I care about you so don’t think otherwise. I’m watching this documentary and this gay guy went to a church and the Pastor was telling him that he needs to embrace his way and know that it is not a sin. Ok umm wow, dude it is. I’m sick of people making Gods word what it’s not. Yes God loves you as a person but He hates the sin. Tired of hearing about Pastors being ok with homosexuality.
 
In response, her Commander told her to remove the post, or face demotion, and a salary decrease. Her Commander said that she was creating “a hostile and antagonistic environment in the unit.”
 
The Assistant says that she will not remove the post, and that she will not be intimidated into hiding her beliefs. “I haven’t taken it down, and I won’t take it down…I’ve never gotten in trouble for anything. And there’s nothing hostile or antagonistic in the post…Where does it stop? If they are going to silence me on Facebook, where will it stop?
 
Todd Hudnall, her Colorado Pastor, came to the defense of the Assistant, saying: “I read what she posted and there was absolutely no trace of animus, disrespect or hostility. Instead, she expressed love for her gay friends but insisted that biblical values should not be compromised. Her issue wasn’t with anyone who is gay but with pastors who refuse to acknowledge scriptural teaching about homosexual behavior…I was struck by the fact that the military was denying her right to privately exercise her freedom of expression and freedom of religion.
 
Where is the tolerance on the part of the Military? I can guarantee that if someone of a faith besides Christianity posted something similar to what the Assistant posted, the response would not be the same. That, right there, is intolerance. Tolerance–in a sense–means dealing with the world around you; it means seeing people for who they are, not what they are. Tolerance means that although you may not agree with someone, you respect them as a human being, and treat them as you would want to be treated.
 
The Military cannot violate freedom of speech. The Assistant has every right to express her beliefs in a way that doesn’t create an uncomfortable environment for her peers. She did that. She respectfully addressed her biblical understanding on her private Facebook page.
 
Finally, what the Chaplain’s Assistant said is correct. If the Military silences her on Facebook, where and when will they act next? If they can reach their arms into the personal lives of soldiers–specifically and deliberately targeting religious beliefs–what is stopping them from going further? The answer is nothing. Nothing is stopping them. Animus will turn into hostility, and hostility into tyranny.
 
I don’t care if you agree with the Chaplain’s Assistant or not. I don’t care if you think her beliefs are wrong. If you care about our country, if you care about the future of our liberties, you will stand with her. 
 
With this case, a small, fragile piece of our collective freedom is teetering on the edge of a cliff. If it is allowed to fall, it will shatter into a million tiny pieces which we will never be able to put back together. It will be just one more piece of humanity lost, pushing us further toward tyranny.
 
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It’s Time To Talk About Car Control

FRANK CAMP

“This guy had an intent to create mayhem and massacre a lot of people.” – Dave Blackburn

“It was horrific…It looked like something out of a movie.” – Elizabeth Adams
 
“People being brought out on stretchers. I saw people with blood all over their legs.” – Louisa Hodge
 
If you had to guess what the previous quotes were describing, what would you say? Most people, including myself, would assume that the tragedy being talked about was a shooting of some kind, or perhaps a terrorist attack. Those assumptions would be incorrect. The event being talked about was certainly an attack, but not with a gun; it was an attack with a motor vehicle.
 
On a quiet, beautiful Saturday evening on the Venice boardwalk, a man drove a car through a crowd of pedestrians, killing one, and injuring eleven. Following the attack, the driver left his car, and ran. He is currently at large, and is facing felony hit and run charges.
 
I think this conversation is long overdue. We have talked repeatedly about gun control following the recent spate of shootings. We have done as much as we can to control the weapons responsible for those shootings, but what about vehicles? We have these 2000 pound metal monsters shooting around at up to 100 miles per hour, and we have not heard a single word about car control.
 
According to Walking Info, approximately 4000 pedestrians are killed each year by motor vehicles, and another 59,000 are injured. According to Bloomberg, 32,800 people died as a result of car accidents in 2010. As if that’s not bad enough, here are some more statistics from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving):
 
1. Over 1.41 million drivers were arrested in 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. (Federal Bureau of Investigation, “Crime in the United States: 2010”)
 
2. In 2010, 211 children were killed in drunk driving crashes. Out of those 211 deaths, 131 (62 percent) were riding with the drunk driver. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Traffic Safety Facts 2010: Alcohol Impaired Driving” Washington DC: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011.)
 
3. Adults drank too much and got behind the wheel about 112 million times in 2010 – that is almost 300,000 incidents of drinking and driving each day. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 2011)
 
What we have here is a 2000 pound weapon being abused by unqualified individuals. Because of all the death and injuries, I think it is time we take control of the situation. I have some ideas for car control:
 
1. Background checks need to be run on every person who has the intent of purchasing a vehicle. If they have any criminal history, violent history, or history of narcotic and alcohol abuse, they will not be permitted to own a motor vehicle.
 
2. Cars need to be made much more expensive. If cars are expensive, fewer people will buy them. With fewer cars on the road, there will be fewer car-related deaths and injuries.
 
3. We need to set limits on vehicle speed capabilities. If a car can only drive at a top speed of 30 miles per hour, vehicle related deaths and injuries will decrease significantly.
 
4. We need to set a 3 day waiting period for those intent on purchasing a car.
 
5. We need to reinforce government funded public transportation as a better option.
 
6. We need to limit the amount of gas purchased by car owners. It could be a standard, government set limit, or gas prices could be increased dramatically. Either way, with a limited amount of gas, people will use their cars infrequently, reducing the possibility of fatal accidents and deaths.
 
Certainly, it is not the people driving the vehicles that are at fault here, it is the vehicles themselves. If we can simply make it more difficult for Americans to purchase vehicles, we can reduce vehicle related deaths and injuries significantly. And in time, perhaps we can eliminate cars altogether. Once cars are out of the picture, we can truly have a safe America.
 
Car control is absolutely crucial in protecting the American people. Prior to the invention of cars and guns, human beings were a peaceful race, never resorting to violence, and never killing. With car control, we can go back to those glory days. We can live in peace and safety once again.
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Innovation–Not A Bleeding Heart–Will Save Education

FRANK CAMP

Alexis de Tocqueville said: “I cannot help fearing that men may reach a point where they look on every new theory as a danger, every innovation as a toilsome trouble, every social advance as a first step toward revolution, and that they may absolutely refuse to move at all.” 

Human beings enjoy the status quo; people are afraid of change. This is the case for many reasons. First, change can bring about truly terrible results. A change to the way something is traditionally done can wind up being disastrous. Second, change can force people to learn; it can make people climb up out of their living graves and move. Finally, sometimes change can hurt the bottom line, financially.
 
One of the areas in which there is considerable opposition to change is in the educational system. The American public educational system is failing at a comically fast clip–except it isn’t funny for the kids who aren’t getting the education they deserve. The reason–in my opinion–that we are failing is because we refuse to innovate. We refuse to dig ourselves out of the rut we’ve created, and do something to help out our kids. This is mainly the fault of the Left.
 
Let’s be honest, there are morons on both sides of the aisle, but in terms of education reform, the Left has taken the cake, then eaten the cake, then lied about there ever being a cake. The old methods of teacher tenure, old-school evaluation, unions, and layoff structure are killing our schools and hurting our kids.
 
That’s why I am particularly impressed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He has initiated reforms to the educational system that are not only beginning to work, but are aimed at helping children, not teachers.
 
According to Town Hall: “The state of Louisiana is already well known for its evolving approach to public education, but Governor Bobby Jindal is looking to make it even better. The city of New Orleans already has 80 percent of students in charter schools and the state has one of the most extensive voucher programs in the country. But Governor Jindal is looking to take it a step further by including the private sector in the education process.”
 
What Governor Jindal has done is put into place a system for evaluating teachers called COMPASS. According to Louisiana’s department of education website: 
 
Compass is the state’s educator support and evaluation system. The system is designed to provide all teachers with regular, meaningful feedback on their performance and aligned supports to foster continuous improvement…Under the new system, every teacher and school leader in each public school is evaluated annually using a four-tiered rating – highly effective, effective: proficient, effective: emerging, and ineffective…For teachers, half of the evaluation is based on student learning and half of the evaluation is based on observations by principals or their trained designees using the state’s Compass teacher rubric.”
 
According to Nola: “StudentsFirst [education reform group] has named Louisiana #1 for ‘putting students first in its education policies,’ commending in particular the state’s new teacher evaluation system.”
 
What drives the success of the system is performance, not seniority. Every teacher is evaluated by COMPASS, and this system determines layoffs, and raises. 
 
All of these reforms seem to be working, as Louisiana rocketed from 23rd to 15th in Education Week’s “quality counts” report card. There is a ways to go in terms of achievements in math and reading, but the reforms are making a difference. The United States holds rankings from 69.3 to 87.5; Louisiana stands at 79, up from last year’s score of 77.2. That’s quite an achievement in one year.
 
What Bobby Jindal has done as Governor is what this country should be all about: innovation. If this system continues to work–and it seem only to be getting better–the entire country can implement it. The only problem is the Left.
 
The Left in this country–specifically the unions–want things to stay the same. They want to throw more and more money at the problem, close their eyes, and hope it goes away. They will tell you that voucher programs hurt schools and teachers. They will tell you that evaluating teachers in a new way is dangerous, and can lead to unnecessary firings. They will say so many things because they are afraid; they are afraid that reforms will work. And if reforms work, the unions will eventually die out, tenure will be a thing of the past, and the greedy union mobster bosses will loss all their power and money.
 
That’s what it comes down to: power and money. The Left hates innovation because it means they may lose power. They have no care for the children–despite their constant blood-spilling over education–they just like to appear to care. Ultimately, the unions do what’s best for the teachers’ bottom line. They don’t aim reforms at helping children succeed, because they don’t care.
 
Watch out for this. The Left says that they are the party of education. They are not. They cut open their hearts and bleed for education as a show; it’s not real. Conservatives are leading the charge with vouchers, assessment reforms and pure innovation. I am glad to see Bobby Jindal moving forward so brilliantly in the name of true education reform.

 

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