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John Kerry's Fairness Doctrine, Harry Reid's Pomegranate trees and something Nancy Pelosi ate

Updated on August 6, 2011

In a world filled with ceaseless opportunism, real class warfare is unraveling in America. The players are of several different varieties and none as described by media pundits or political talking heads. No, the class warfare we are witnessing is among throngs of Americans trying to hold onto values they desire or by way of reinventing new ones. All sides contain guilty members of false accusation and bitter resentment. Then there are those in the middle crying for civility, but equally taking pot shots when they think no one is looking. It is all just a matter of complete and utter disagreement.

What cannot be confused are the words of former Presidential hopeful Senator John Kerry. Here is what John had to say on Friday morning’s MSNBC “Morning Joe.” “

And I have to tell you, I say this to you politely. The media in America has a bigger responsibility than it’s exercising today. The media has got to begin to not give equal time or equal balance to an absolutely absurd notion just because somebody asserts it or simply because somebody says something which everybody knows is not factual.

It doesn’t deserve the same credit as a legitimate idea about what you do. And the problem is everything is put into this tit-for-tat equal battle and America is losing any sense of what’s real, of who’s accountable, of who is not accountable, of who’s real, who isn’t, who’s serious, who isn’t?

I mean, we literally, I mean, everybody’s talked about it, yes. The Congress was taken hostage, the country, the economy was taken hostage. You had people there who were literally ready to cut the baby in half. I mean, I’ve heard a lot of criticism of the President, and frankly, the President had no choice here. Congress had no choice here. We did the same thing the President had to do, which is save America from default.

Because a default would have been far more disastrous. And what we had were a group of people who were completely unaware, or didn’t understand, the consequences of their actions, who were actually arguing for a default.

I highlighted John Kerry’s first statement in bold because of the importance of its implication. Plenty is said about Governor Perry in Texas, but how does Senator Kerry think he can talk out of both sides of his mouth and not be caught. Let’s revisit the Fairness Doctrine: this was a policy introduced in 1949 requiring licensed broadcasters to present controversial topics in fair, balanced and equitable means. Moreover it had to give equal opportunity for opposing views. Sound innocuous enough, right?

It sounds down right imprudent if administered via Democrats like Kerry or Pelosi. Here we have a group of elitists who live in a bubble, telling the American media whom already fauns over them “your not biased enough.” “We know what is absurd Senator, it’s a multimillion dollar Democrat chiding anyone and everyone who doesn’t play along by your rules.”

One doesn’t have to like what the republicans or tea party members say, as a matter of fact, it is down right normal for opposition to hate their values. What one has to respect is that democracy was in full effect this past week and the democrats didn’t like it. Harry Reid whined about his Pomegranate trees blooming without him being present. This is from ABC news “I have a home in Nevada that I haven't seen in months,” a tired-looking Reid said. “My pomegranate trees are, I’m told, are blossoming and have some pomegranates on them. I have some fig trees and roses and things that I just haven't seen. So I have constituents that I’m anxious to see, friends I need to visit with, relatives I need to visit with.”

So Reid said as soon as the Senate completes their work he’d like to move “as quickly as I can to the summer recess period.” Can you fathom a founding father fighting a in the revolutionary war complaining that fighting British rule has sequestered him from pruning his rose bushes? And tea partiers are terrorists; I suppose the silver lining is we own a tougher resolve than this wimp.

Next, let’s deal with the “Satan sandwich I ate yesterday.” WTF is that? Nancy Pelosi actually uttered these words referring to the newly signed debt bill as a “Satan sandwich with Satan Fries on the side.” I would like to say that I have never heard of anything so ridiculous, but we are gearing up for another election cycle. Please, bash Michele Bachmann some more, or remind us of how unintelligible Sarah Palin is, but by God, do not tell us what an intellectual San Fran Nan is.

I am for equal punishment of bone headed representatives via media embarrassment. If a tea partier or republican says something outlandish ala our tea party candidate Christine O’Donnell, we expect to sport the dunce cap. It’s called growth. I am regularly taken to task by my detractors as I regularly take them to task on their hubs. Its called human development and sharpening ones own opinion. Try not to forsake the idea behind the democratic philosophy of debate, conjecture, bitter rivalry and fact checking. Let’s also remember we live in a country where past Presidents and office holders partook of pistol duels, a nasty tweet is far less hazardous.

Okay Christine, wave to the crowd, okay, now go away...for good.
Okay Christine, wave to the crowd, okay, now go away...for good. | Source


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    • Jason R. Manning profile image

      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California

      @Sheri Sapp, hi Sheri, its been a while, hope all is well. Keep fighting the good fight. Thank you for leaving the comments.

      Silver Poet. Howdy, thank you for the nice compliment and the follow. When did it become a crime to disagree? It is disconcerting that we as a populace are not given room to choose sides without being demonized, oh well, lets blaze away. Thanks.

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      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      A very sensible hub which I enjoyed reading. Glad someone's paying attention!

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      SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

      I cringed when I saw Prince Harry lamenting his absence during the pomegranate tree blooming. There are so many Americans out of work and suffering deeply that I personally found his pontificating repulsive and insensitive, seems to be the way of the modern demoncrap party!

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California


      I read your piece and I have to say it’s very offensive, you sir are lumping what looks like White Supremacist values in with tea partiers. You are trying to paint tea partiers as white supremacist, shame on you. What the heck does Latinos have to do with what we are talking about? That’s how you plan to answer me, I read you hub about being racist and a corporate shill?

      The last thing I want is a corporation running my life, or speaking for me. The tea party represents a few million people who are tired of unmitigated government expansion and power, which does not mean we are turning our back on corporate power. The poor and those looking to save a buck have made Wal-Mart the giant they are. I hate what Wal-Mart stands for. I despise Bank of America, AIG, Chase, American Express and so on and so forth.

      Go post your diatribe on American Romances site, he is all but out of the closet, which is the only reason he hasn’t been kicked off of Hubpages. You have come just short of calling all tea party leaning conservatives racist, how exactly do you think you can engage us rationally by doing so? Not one of my 47 hubs has anything remotely close to how your hub has described right of center folks. You sir are chasing bigots which you can do on your own time, do not bring that crap to my comment section. Good Day!

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      I'll give you a great example. Go to my hub 'Way To Respond', and click on the link to the podcast of a recent broadcast of 'Equal Time Radio'.

      As for Beck's Rally--take a look at 'The Only Thing'.

      And I have two more 'Crash' pieces that should be posted over this weekend. . .

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      Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California


      I think you need to reach out for Senator Kerry for clarification, he says they are getting too much air time and you say not enough…interesting.

      As far as you believing they do not get covered for their gaffes, do you not remember all of the manufactured stories the media foisted on the tea party during Obama and McCain’s presidential race? The media had several black eyes from reporting false stories about tea partiers hurling racial epithets at rallies. Then there is the embarrassing fact of how civil and clean the Glenn Beck D.C. march was, the comparison to leftist rally’s is stark.

      You are entitled to hate our values, you are entitled to dislike the way we want to live, but do not think for a minute that we will be silenced by elitists bigots like Kerry, Pelosi and Reid. You cannot bait and switch this one…

      You came to my hub to continue anti-tea party statements without addressing the facts of what your side said. I am more interested in your take on Kerry, the other two talking heads are nothing more than empty suits. Hundreds of thousands have perished fighting to maintain freedom of speech, no matter how inane or vile that speech may be. Once again we have a Senator openly calling for cencorship – you ignore this?

      Big John,

      Thanks for stating the facts and nothing but the facts. One cannot make up what Kerry, Reid and Pelosi said, I will give credit to some of the leftist media, even the Huffington Post was embarrassed by Harry Reid’s whinny speech. Then the Washington Post was equally disturbed by Pelosi and her bizarre referencing. However, it was much more difficult to find what Kerry had said in full, the left was covering that one up. Thanks friend.


      I suppose the nice thing about being a regular person is my idiotic statements are not regularly thrown back at me and I therefore do not see myself as being so dense…lol. Good comment, those BP executives didn’t do themselves any favors, the difference being they could be angels and the media would still rip them apart for belonging to Big Oil. The double standards are alive and well in America. Thanks for reminding me of British Petroleum. I appreciate the support.

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      James W. Nelson 6 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Thanks, Jason, for bringing out what those three said. Sorta like what the CEO of that British oil company said during the oil spill down in the gulf: "I want my life back." He can definitely "want" his life back but it's pretty dumb to say it where some media hears you.

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      WhatBigJohnThinks 6 years ago

      Don't detract from the sentiment of this article. The article states a valid point. Senator Kerry should be held to task for his statements. ALL government officials should, but there is a swaying by the media to only represent and report those mis-steps by Tea Partiers and Republicans. Any elected official that has sworn an alligence to office should not then take to the floor of the Senate and ask that the job at hand be sped up so as to release them to go home and tend to their pomegranate trees and rose bushes like Senator Reid. Had a Republican made this statement the media would have castrated him over his duty to the country.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      The problem is, IMO, they gaffes of the 'Tea Party' don't get enough attention from a corporate media that likley lives in fear of a 'FOX Effect' or might take heat from advertisers.

      The real reporting on the 'Tea Party' comes form sources like 'Democracy Now', 'Equal Time Radio', etc.


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