Monday, August 14, 2006

"The only security of all is in a free press. The force of public opinion cannot be resisted when permitted freely to be expressed. The agitation it produces must be submitted to. It is necessary, to keep the waters pure." --Thomas Jefferson to Lafayette, 1823

7 comments:

sobinator said...

I think one of the biggest flaws in American politics is the party system. Even if the press is allowed to circulate, a paper will always be either "left leaning" or "right leaning" or related to some political organization and that prevents a more open sense of criticism. Again, thats just what I see as best, obviously it doesnt suite some others. If Washington didn't need parties then neither do we.

Paddy said...

Hmmmm...seems to me that this view has only surfaced in the American mind after the appearance of FOX-News and its shameless assault upon all media outlets (and its even more shameless blind support for the GOP), except FOX of course, as left-wing tools.

sobinator said...

I've never watched fox news, doc, so I wouldn't know. What I get more of is, well NPR is too liberal so I'm not gonna listen to it, or The Wash. Post is too left leaning so I read xyz paper or something of the sort. And it just seems to me that people like to be led without having to put much thought into the journey as far as making political decisions (and I'm refering to non politicians). So all political parties do is make people even more narrow minded. It encourages them to choose between Fox and CNN in a more permanent sense, instead of hearing 2 sides to the same issue (if there aren't more) people just like 1 side because that makes life easier-thats what is frustrating to watch. I can't vote so I haven't experienced it first hand, but it appears to me that so many people (of the few who actually vote) are guided by some innate notion of "well I'm Conservative so I vote republican no matter what" and I think the funneling of our media outlets into channels of single party allignment not only abets that line of thought, but really does this country a diservice on a more macro level. So if we could just move beyond political parties (like what Washington asked us to do) we would be forced to be a more educated country. Or would that be too much to ask.--excuse my rant.

A Wolfe In Sheep's Clothing said...

Didn't Washington CLAIM that he had no party, but ended up siding with Hamilton on everything, leading to Jefferson's resignation?

It is my belief that there will always be political parties of some sort, just because there are always people at two drastically different places in how they view society, and then there are those in between who make the smaller parties.

sobinator said...

this is turning into a hogwarts gov club "debate", lets all be the most patriotic, make ourselves feel good about the system in place, and whatever mommy and daddy tell us is the way things should be, especially when it comes to politics!!!

Paddy said...

seems like that's just what YOU'RE doing Sobes. How did you come to the conclusion that NPR and the Washington Post are both too liberal? Is it because they don't tow the administration's line? Or perhaps because they reflect the views and opinions of ALL Americans and not just the few that attempt to control the country (and the media - whatever that monolithic concept is)?

sobinator said...

i guess my point was lost when I hastily wrote out my comment, but I was trying to criticize those who make comments about NPR or the Post, not to criticize them myself.