Today on Morning Joe I was reminded why I critique this show -- it reflects the emptiness and atrophy of old, left-leaning, biased media. The guests were the same tired guests they've recycled for awhile --John Heilemann, Mark Halperin, Eugene Washington, Ed Rendel, etc. Their talking points this morning were designed to trash Romney regarding his tour of Britain, Israel and Poland. Some of the guests bemoaned how Obama and Romney don't seem to like politics, and how the campaigns aren't motivational, but, but, of course, Romney's campaign is much much worse. We all know how Romney answered a question in England about potential problems with the Olympics, and how this really hurt the feelings of Cameron, and how Romney should have known better. Oh my, what was Romney thinking? Speaking like an adult to emotionally stunted, egotistical political animals! Doesn't Romney understand how petulant and petty foreign leaders can be, and how snotty the political class becomes when you speak your mind without doublespeak and layers of bullshit? Romney even dared mention the name of a secret British organization! You are supposed to be mum about this secret, secret, really secret, double-naught spying stuff. Has Romney never seen a James Bond movie? This spy outfit is so secret you can't even mention the name, unless you are a reporter reporting on someone mentioning the name. Shhhhh!
In Israel, Romney had the gumption to praise the culture of technology, innovation, democracy, peaceful trade, entrepreneurship and productivity! The Palestinians took this as a slight. Doesn't Romney know relativity tells us that Israel's culture is no better than one in which tyrants control the minds and actions of the people, homosexuals are rejected/punished/killed, women can't show their faces in many places and are treated as possessions rather than independent human beings. In most of the mideast, outside of Israel, if oil had not been discovered, the people would be wandering in deserts with many starving -- they aren't doing much better with the oil. The reason for the stark difference is culture and ideas, and Romney praised the Israeli culture which moves closer to liberty and open minded, peaceful existence. Both cultures have their problems, but Israel is advancing and the other countries, like Lebanon, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc, are not advancing. The northern African countries nearby are still in turmoil. The mideast started a downhill slide since the Byzantine empire was destroyed, and to recognize that Israel's culture is strikingly successful in the region shouldn't be controversial.
Media, represented by shows like Morning Joe, are determined to destroy Romney and reelect Obama. This reflects atrophy in the political class. What the Morning Joe crowd said this morning is that political manipulation, propaganda, perceptions and double-talk are superior to honesty, that we must play political games rather than address real problems. The political class has been revealed and the public doesn't like what it sees, so the political class is striking back, attempting to destroy its enemies. Statists sense they are losing control, and they are protecting their positions, afraid of dynamic change. When someone like Romney comes along and represents the dynamism of innovation and creative destruction, the status quo protectors react -- they howl that all institutions are under attack. They yell that no one in the private sector would have anything without the State. They cry that the Post Office is going under. They start wars and encourage jingoism. The scare senior citizens by telling them that people like Romney will take away their retirement benefits. They scare women by showing how the evil private sector doesn't care about women's issues and will make them second class citizens. They scare minorities by claiming rich white men own the economy and if left alone will keep minorities down and in poverty.
The political class is desparate because they are losing control -- they are losing their protections -- they are being forced to show results -- they are being audited and they don't want any light shed on their incompetence -- they don't want the rigged game to end.
Oh my, what will Romney say in Poland?