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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Access to facts

I have discovered a paradox. Facts or access to truth, is all that is needed for most to move toward wisdom. For others, even being in the business of investigating, researching and sharing facts doesn’t hinder their willful foolishness at all.

Busy Americans do not have time to search for, or equal access to, facts. Many must just scan the newspaper and watch the evening broadcast news, supposing that they are reliable. But, the more they learned about the “health care” takeover, the more they turned against it.

It is the same with Obama’s (never ending) presidential campaign and most pronouncements by Dems, as they get more frantic. With every added speech by Obama, the takeover bill lost points. It seems now that only limited access to the internet and reliable (cable) news channels slows the education and wisdom of the people. Independent voters’ views, newspaper readership and TV ratings have already swung to the conservative side. Tea Party support has mushroomed despite liberal smear campaigns. Pro-Progressive numbers continue to shrink, now near the 20% that call themselves “liberal”

On the other hand, media is in the business of accessing and researching information. Yet most outlets conceal, twist and falsify facts, imagining that they are convincing someone. Beyond the well known and painfully obvious "climate" fraud and "health care" lies, here are some examples from the 4-24-10 Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

On page 1, “GOP fails to gain ground” focuses on a lack of increase in GOP registration in California. To coin a phrase, “Duh”. 1) few people think to go change affiliations in their busy schedules; 2) enough GOP “representatives” have followed Progressive violations to make “Independent” at least as attractive for now; and 3) many are abandoning recklessly Progressive California with their families and earnings. Do not doubt whether votes will go left or right in November.

On page 11, an article reports that GOP Gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is supported by well-respected conservatives and is wildly successful in fund-raising. The focus, however, is on unions (a few protesting “nurses” are mentioned, Socialist S.E.I.U. is not) opposition rather than her huge poll lead, and it is entitled “Whitman faces Ire”.

Not all reporters are insensate. Page 13’s “Arizona OKs controversial immigration law” mentions Obama’s comments (interfering in states’ rights) and busloads of out-of-state protesters. But it also states the huge problems that illegal alien criminals and welfare recipients cause while feds ignore them. It points out, despite Obama’s, “undermine basic notions of fairness”, that the law will “protect every Arizona citizen”, since the 4th Amendment still requires warrants, other violations, or probable cause, not “just looking illegal” as Progressives allege.

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