Beto Metro y Sus Rayos Negros

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Posted by betometro on February 7, 2011 at 1:41 AM
12 November 2010 
                                                                             Santa Ana, CA

So the new rift dividing the informing class and those who are informed by them is the 
  making and refuting of comparative equality between information outlets - left and right, 
  and what passes these days for information-as-a-commodity whereby this citezenry is 
  to be either wisened or worsened. One side is handing out grapes in a bowl (some are 
  plump and juicy and some are spoiled and overripe if not rotten) but the other side is 
  handing out pits, stems and dirt clods. The true distinction is between news and 
  propaganda. Information is neither good or bad, wrong or right - it is either false or it is 
  true. Those who rely upon truth may use it to their benefit or ignore it to their own peril 
  when called upon for citation. Those who rely on falsities which reinforce their prejudices 
  and ignorance deserve only ridicule and shame.
  The flash-point for the current debate is The Daily Show's Jon Stewart and how he sees 
  little if any difference (as an example) between a nationwide tea party town-hall 
  disruption campaign against Democratic representatives, [motivated by organized 
  lobbying groups], and a series of Code Pink direct actions against a sitting President 
  (prosecuting illegal wars and propagating illegitimate legal theories for their justification) 
  and against his wars admittedly because he wanted to be a 'war president'.
  Of course the nation is polarized. Both of the above instances were cited to illuminate the critical issues over which there 
  would be rational debate in a civil society, but they are in no way equal as to tactical 
  efficiency, severity of what is being protested and the necessity of such action in this 
  country at this time given these circumstances. Code Pink was pointing out that the man 
  sitting in the White House was contemporaneously prosecuting an illegal war, torturing 
  prisoners of that war and lying at every turn about it - they were putting themselves at 
  risk of arrest and prosecution to end a series of practices which if done at all constitute 
  serious criminality at the highest levels of government. Tea baggers were protesting the 
  government's attempt to provide them (indeed all citizens) with a health care program 
  which if done correctly would have cost them very little or even save them money once 
  enacted - they vehemently opposed the state's well-meaning legislative act and militated 
  against their own best interests.

  These weren't the only similarities that Mr. Stewart saw in such dim light, but indicative 
  of how, in the search for truth, one can hold a lamp out, appear to bear light that others 
  may see, and remain, (on this issue at least), in total darkness himself. George W. Bush 
  was and is a war criminal and needs to be (if not prosecuted for it) - reminded of it at 
  every given occasion. Code Pink has only helped to illustrate that fact. Health care 
  coverage is a necessity of modern life and the costs - if left unchecked - threaten to 
  bankrupt us all including the healthy. Tea baggers, because they were organized and 
  brought to a boil by persons, media and political institutions whose only interest was in 
  maintaining the status quo on behalf of big money donors to the GOP, only illuminated 
  their own stupidity and the nation would have been much better served if they weren't so 
  blissfully ignorant of what they were protesting and whose interests would be served 
  should they be successful.
  If a soldier fires on both sides in a war, a player puts the ball into the goal at both ends 
  of the court, or a runner cuts across the field and claims victory by crossing the 
  starting line last, good order and discipline would have that soldier, player or runner off 
  the team as a rule because he cannot be relied upon to perform the mission to which he 
  has been assigned. True, you get your comedy from one guy, your news from another 
  and your vitriol from yet another, but, just because those lines have gotten blurred in 
  today's media culture is no justification to have them muddled in your own mind. The 
  standard deviation is between those who would move us all forward (or at least say they 
  would) and those who would have us all retreat to a time when only a select few could lay 
  claim to the promises of liberty, equality and justice (even while denying that that is 
  what they are up to).

  If a man is being knifed by a masked asailant, it is reasonable to assume a crime is being 
  committed. The one with the knife is not being victimized by the one who is being 
  stabbed. There is no moral or legal equivalency demanding anything other than that the 
  crime be stopped and that the criminal be prosecuted. The man being stabbed need not 
  appeal to the better nature of the slasher nor is it not a sign of intellectual integrity to 
  give credence to the side doing the bloodletting, while the other side is still being bled.

  Mr. Stewart has been on television for close to thirty years off and on, comparatively 
  well paid and does not deserve to be hailed as a hero or derided as a scoundrel unless 
  that is the role he chooses to play at the time. He is, after all effecting a portrayal of 
  whatever role his writers have crafted for him. When he is not 'acting' he then is 
  submitting his words and efforts to popular evaluation and critical analysis. At his rally, 
  he sought to "restore sanity" by speaking of that which we as citizens have in common 
  with each other regardless of political affiliation. On his show, he seeks to coax laughter 
  from his audience over the parodied 'newsiness' of the show's format and the 
  absurdities as he sees them of our public discourse. But, as a cultural 'player' he cannot 
  claim neutrality and ideological purity at the same time. For his rally, he should be 
  applauded. For his show, he should be commended, but for farting in the elevator while 
  bemoaning the foul atmosphere, he should have his ass plugged for lack of humility, 
  decency and honesty. That would be true equivalency being objectively and subjectively 
  consistent showing neither fear nor favor. - Beto

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