I hate to harp on the media, but Old Media sources are a sad and pathetic joke. I suppose an understanding writer could explain all the nuances regarding the media's fall from grace, but I believe the bottom line is that they fear for their existence, and they know that progressive policies will help them survive more than conservative or libertarian policies. Old Media depend on statist control, because a truly free market would soon eat them alive.
I don't really want to write about the media, but I'm wondering if this election is the end of their influence or if it'll take another four years, if we can survive another 4 years of rampant statism. I've read and heard all the rationalizations from Leftists and Centrists regarding the need to protect the integrity of the State. Anyone who denigrates our powerful State is now framed as an extremist kook, and, if the threat is very real, framed as racists, homophobes and misogynists.
We'll see in November if the public at large is ready to bury the Old Media and go forward with another defense of liberty. Every so often Americans are stirred to resist the over-reach of the State, although America citizens haven't fully resisted the encroachment, and now government has gained the necessary powers to allow State dominance if the power players so choose to use the power. I fear that 2012 is the tipping point. I'm always reticent to sound the alarm to the point of claiming we can lose our liberty completely, because, relatively speaking, Americans still possess a large degree of liberty. The only reason we possess relative liberty, though, is because the State has not moved to an extreme degree of control, but the structure is built for the State to do so, mainly through an interventionist government controlling the major aspects of the economy -- healthcare, finance, energy, manufacturing, education and so forth.
I can easily imagine civil liberties swept to the side as another terrorist attack gives the State the rationaliztion it needs to dominate completely. I'm tired of the argument surrounding Barack Obama -- in the large scheme of things, Obama is a bit player. What is at stake in 2012 is ideas -- the concepts of free speech, limited government, free markets, innovation, non-interventionism, free trade, peace through strength, freedom of religion, pursuit of happiness, equal opportunity, fair competition, creative cooperation. These ideas have little to do with government and a powerful State. As long as a minimal government can protect our rights, society can thrive from the influence of these ideas.
Opposed to the ideas above are the ideas of statism -- dependence, taxation, progressive narratives, central management, social engineering, social justice, equality of results, obedience, stability, uniformity, militarism, welfarism, etc. We'll know in November if enough Americans still value liberty, limited government and a free market. We'll know if Americans are ready to leave the mideast and stop intervening in the affairs of other nations. There are so many issues caused by a powerful State that we'll have to start now rolling back the power -- we're out of time. The Fed, the military/industrial complex, the bureacracies, the UN, the IMF and WTO -- the State is a Leviatahan and has to be beaten down to size or transcended by a vibrant private sector. In a couple of months we'll know. If Republicans gain control and fail to roll back government power, then we'll know the next step, and the next step will not entail either party.