“This Machine Kills Fascists”

Falling through the Universe at the speed of life

By David Glenn Cox

Everyone likes to talk about media bias; the media is this, and the media is that. But the one bias everyone likes to forget about is, sell more newspapers! From Faux News to the Papal Newsletter, it’s all the same. Freedom of the Press doesn’t mean freedom from the bank or freedom from rent. So there has to be exciting news, because otherwise, the men in the suits start frowning.

ABC News / The Washington Post published a poll showing Republicans with a strong advantage, a year out from the congressional elections. Polls cost money, and the poll better say something interesting to sell more newspapers. Otherwise, you’re due for a meeting with the boss.

Now, this poll showing a strong Republican preference, were these specific races? Or were these generic races? Ah huh, so what they were asking is, do you like what you have now or would you like the hypothetical “Better.” We’ve all watched enough “Let’s Make a Deal” to know that no one is ever satisfied with what is in the box, and always want what’s behind Door #3. The voters expressed displeasure with Biden’s economic performance.

Are you kidding me? I mean, are you fucking kidding me? The largest economic upheaval since the pandemic of 1918, and the economy is a lot bigger now. One year is barely enough time to judge a Presidential Administration under normal circumstances. The poll basically devolves down to “Whaa! I’m not happy!”

NEWS FLASH! 51% of voters prefer Republicans! That will sell some newspapers and keep the boss off your back!

Years ago, while living in Alabama, the local newspaper liked to commission polls. They were as obvious as a three-dollar bill. Asking skewed questions and cherry picked the Zip Code map. If the question was gun control and they wanted to be for it. They would poll urban neighborhoods, and if they were against, they’d poll the country folks. Perhaps, we could do our polling outside the Chamber of Commerce dinner? Are your taxes too high?

The message from the big Reich wing noise machine is that the sky is falling. Worst inflation numbers in years. It’s all true, imports costs were up by 1.1% this month, a record. After being down .4% last month, but you can’t sell newspapers by talking about last month. Just give them the exciting number and make them put their Hot Pocket down. Don’t tell them 68% of the inflation is from motor fuel. Make them think, that it’s everywhere! Think doom!

Record low interest rates are driving up home prices. Nobody better dare touch interest rates, because a $200,000 house is worth $225 or $250 with low interest rates. Damn you Joe Biden, our housing market is soaring, and people are making a killing, and you haven’t done a thing to stop it. Don’t you know that’s inflationary? During the height of the Pandemic, wholesale oil prices sank below a dollar a gallon as storage tanks filled, due to weak demand.

Now the flip side, after a summer of motoring and a reviving economy, have drained off that excess and left supplier’s short. The annual change over from summer to winter fuels has begun, which always raises prices and shrinks supply.

I’m genuinely curious about those polled. They don’t seem to reflect my opinions in anyway, yet they are labeled as from my Party. I also just find it so peculiar, that these voters are ready to run from the building with their hair on fire into the arms of seditious, criminal Republicans. I worry more about societal Amnesia.

Apparently, 51% of the voters have forgotten about Republican attempts at sedition and treason. I bet this question wasn’t in the poll, “How likely would you be to vote for a candidate willing to overthrow our Democratic form of government?”

Hang Mike Pence, is just common sense, right? “How likely are you to support candidates, calling for the murder of other elected officials?”

“How likely are you to support local book burning?”

“True or False, corporations already pay enough taxes.”

“Do you support the Republican Party in their goal of destroying American Democracy and replacing it with a Fascist Police State?”

“Do you think that Rand Paul and Margie Greene have all the answers for America? Should Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell show us the way?”

“How willing are you to support a candidate, willing to let thousands die to score personal political points?”

Mark Twain lamented writing for the newspaper. The demands being such, that it was sometimes necessary to create the story out of whole cloth. Due to the unpopularity of blank pages in the newspaper. Editor’s will grade blank pages harshly. It’s the reason why God created Crossword Puzzles and Doonesbury.

So, when Faux News hosts a special report on Joe Biden euthanizing puppies for fun. Or The Washington Post posts a generic poll, asking generic questions about sometime in the future with devastating results. They aren’t partisan, they’re addicted to money. The name of the game is to get you to buy that newspaper or click on a website, to put that sponsors ad in front of the consumers eyes. “World to End Tomorrow!”

There was a reason why Franklin Roosevelt gave his famous fireside chats. The radio and print press were staunchly Republican, and all you would have heard about was how horrible FDR’s policies were otherwise. Food riots were caused by red agitators and not by hungry people. Billionaires are your friends, wealthy people pay enough taxes, you should really pay more. You don’t want government health care. You want private healthcare, even if you can’t afford it.

The major media outlets are big businesses, and report the news as big business would like it reported. Say anything to sell that newspaper. The editor expects zowie excitement!

I say what I say, because I think it. Not because someone tells me to write it. Plenty of jobs out there, writing about toasters or losing weight or what Joe Biden’s done wrong. Fleas latch on to dogs, not the other way around.

Winston Churchill famously said, “I fight for my corner, and I stay until closing.”

“I hate a song that makes you think that you are not any good. I hate a song that makes you think that you are just born to lose. Bound to lose. No good to nobody. No good for nothing. Because you are too old or too young or too fat or too slim or too ugly or too this or too that. Songs that run you down or poke fun at you on account of your bad luck or hard travelling. I am out to fight those songs to my very last breath of air and my last drop of blood.

 I am out to sing songs that will prove to you that this is your world and that if it has hit you pretty hard and knocked you for a dozen loops, no matter what color, what size you are, how you are built, I am out to sing the songs that make you take pride in yourself and in your work. And the songs that I sing are made up for the most part by all sorts of folks just about like you.

 I could hire out to the other side, the big money side, and get several dollars every week just to quit singing my own kind of songs and to sing the kind that knock you down still farther and the ones that poke fun at you even more and the ones that make you think that you’ve not got any sense at all. But I decided a long time ago that I’d starve to death before I’d sing any such songs as that. The radio waves and your movies and your jukeboxes and your songbooks are already loaded down and running over with such no good songs as that anyhow.”
― Woody Guthrie

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