Can we, will we, even want to recognize it?
Not long ago a poll was done that showed many, many Americans get their news from the late night televisions shows rather than from actual news broadcasts. The likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman, John Stewart, Craig Ferguson, Jimmy Kimmel and others are always making fun of the established and unestablished political movements. Of course they often concentrate on the fringe movements of the right and left, which not only makes for funny television, but also skews the idea that there are some of us left in the middle of the road.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone thought of us for a change?
I really am tired of everyone on the fringes running things. Remember Nixon's silent majority? I never thought I would be one of them, but I guess I am. Nixon made that up so that he could say he had the support of the American people on the Vietnam War and so he could ignore the squeaky wheels.
Personally I think what would solve the problem would be for all Americans to quit listening to AM talk radio and watching cable news channels. We all know that AM is filled with entertainers who are making lots of money on their broadcasts, not credible news sources. When somehow, someway I get caught somewhere where I need to listen to one of the jokers on the AM dial, it is almost as funny as listening to Letterman's top 10 list or Leno's headlines. The different is that at least Leno and the gang of late night laugh makers admit they are comedians.
Cable network news is a mess too. Gee, why don't we concentrate on important things instead of talking about Michael Jackson's death for a year after he died or worrying about Paris Hilton not being able to go to a foreign country because she is considered a drug addict. Fox is as biased as it gets against anything liberal; in fact they have just about given up on the pretense that they cover both sides of things. CNN pretends to be fair minded and moderate, but look closely and you will often see an agenda there too. As for MSNBC, it is outwardly as liberal as they come.
Then there is public radio. NPR has a liberal slant, but I will admit at least they try to get in both sides of issues, sometimes.
It all leaves me rather cold and feeling left out. Admittedly I never completely agreed with the left or the right. But it used to be you could be a Democrat, own a gun, and not be considered a hick or a junk yard dog with no scruples when it came to life. On the other hand you could also be a a Republican and also believe in a womans right to choose without being told you will go to hell for holding such a view.
This brings to mind the Take Back America set. They say they are a collection of Americans who are tired of the way things have been run in the last 40 years. They envision a different America, one, it seems by their description, that would reside in a good time, such as America was when they were kids; you know, like in the fifties.
Well I know the fifties were good for me. My wonderful parents took care of me and basically shielded me from most of the problems of life. It was fun having no worries and not having to be concerned about adult realities. My father worked his tail off to support us, worried constantly about the price of milk since he made his living off our dairy farm, encroachment of subdivisions on our farms boundaries, where the water would come from to irrigate the crops in drought years and whether radioactivity would show up in the milk we took from our cows every time Eisenhower let the military explode an H-Bomb in the Nevada desert. Yeah it was good for me, but I doubt it was that great for him.
It's easy to look back and think things were better then. But if you were black (or largely any other color than white), female and on the lower end of the economic scale, it was probably worse than now. And it ain't so great today.
Yes these people would like to return to the day of apple pie, mom and Chevrolet. They want a simpler time when we could tell our enemies from our friends just by looking at where they went to church, what language the spoke and when we could control what kind of people would be moving in next door. All they are asking for is order in the world.
Sinclair Lewis, a great American novelist and the first American to win the Nobel prize for literature once wrote "When Facism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carry a cross."
The problem is, can we or even will we want to recognize it when it shows up?