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Government gains power through the ignorance, rather than the consent, of those governed


The mainstream media’s declining influence is motivating the federal government to regulate the Internet because controlling information is the most powerful way to control the public.

The U.S. mainstream media, which is predominantly owned by six corporations with close ties to the government, is used by the establishment to control public opinion, but for the past several years it has lost influence as the public seeks alternative sources of information.

“Just a handful of global news corporations can, in one day, make billions of people around the world simultaneously aware of something that was completely unknown the day before,” Joseph Plummer wrote in Tragedy & Hope 101. “With this kind of power, the Network [the establishment] can choose to spread any lie, or withhold any truth, that it chooses.”

“At the end of the day, if people aren’t looking beyond the Network’s instruments for their information, they cannot expect to know what the Network doesn’t want them to know.”

And that’s why the government is targeting Internet-based independent press: to reduce the mainstream media’s competition.

The establishment media’s decline has been nothing short of legendary.

From Nov. 2012 to Nov. 2013, for example, the ratings for CNN and MSNBC in the 25 to 54-year-old demographic dropped 59% and 52% respectively, and in 2013 the combined median prime-time viewership of CNN, Fox News and MSNBC dropped 11%.

“Mainstream media executives appear to be optimistic they can reverse these declines at some point, but they simply don’t realize there has been a fundamental paradigm shift when it comes to the news media in the United States,” social commentator Michael Snyder wrote. “The general population has lost a tremendous amount of faith in the mainstream media.”

“They are increasingly becoming aware it is deeply controlled by the establishment.”

This has raised concerns among establishment insiders, who gain power through the ignorance, rather than the consent, of those governed, and recently the federal government announced its plan to explore ways to regulate free speech on the Internet.

“A key Democrat on the Federal Election Commission called for burdensome new rules on Internet-based campaigning, prompting the Republican chairman to warn that Democrats want to regulate online political sites and even news media like the Drudge Report,” Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported. “Democratic FEC Vice Chair Ann M. Ravel announced plans to begin the process to win regulations on Internet-based campaigns and videos, currently free from most of the FEC’s rules.”

Simply put, this is a power grab designed to destroy individual rights in favor of subordination to the ruling elite, which is exactly what the Meiji oligarchy did in 1889 when it returned to power in Japan.

“Like all ruling classes, the Meiji maintained control by indoctrinating the masses in an ideology that served the oligarchs’ interests,” Joseph Plummer also wrote. “Specifically, they propagated the Shinto ideology, which called for subordination to the emperor.”

“The Japanese people accepted this Shinto ideology, and as a result the Meiji oligarchy was able to ruthlessly exploit them in the emperor’s name.”

And if the American people accept this attack on free speech, they too will be ruthlessly exploited in Obama’s name.

People Have Accused the Late Chris Kyle of Being ‘Racist’ — They Clearly Haven’t Talked to This ‘Iraqi Muslim’

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by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

I believe Chris Kyle referred to Islamic militants in Iraq as “savages,” because that is what terrorists are. It doesn’t matter what their religion is, what their skin color or political bent is. Kyle’s interpreter, Johnny Walker, saved his life and the lives of other SEALs by accurately letting them know what was going on. Kyle shared his meals with Walker and thought of him as a brother and a hero. Good men recognize good men – just because you hate terrorists and you take them out to save others, does not make you a racist. It makes you exactly what Chris Kyle was – America’s greatest sniper and a hero of epic proportions. He was also a husband and a dad. The way he has been attacked before and after his death is cowardly and despicable. Kyle gave his life for all of us, the least we can do is honor him and his family for his sacrifice.

From TheBlaze:

One of the repeated allegations made against legendary Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle is that he was “racist” because he referred to radical Islamic militants in Iraq as “savages.” Just on Tuesday, MSNBC’s foreign correspondent claimed that “some” people believe Kyle was open about his “racist tendencies” as he went on “killing sprees” while serving in Iraq.

But on Friday, IJReview reportedly spoke to “Johnny Walker,” who apparently worked with Navy SEALs, including Kyle, as an interpreter. The self-described “Iraqi Muslim” hit back strongly against claims that Kyle was a “racist” hellbent on killing Iraqis.

Walker claimed Kyle once told him that he trusted him with his life and later invited him to one of his book signings in La Jolla, an affluent suburb of San Diego.

“When Chris saw me at the event he left everyone and just came up to me and hugged me. Because he hadn’t seen me since 2007 and thought I could have died and had no idea where I was,” Walker told IJReview. “After he signed the book, he was going to speak. Ten seconds into his speech, he said I am not an American hero. Johnny Walker is the American hero and then he made me stand up.”

“Then, he said that I saved more SEALs’ lives than him. Pointing at me, and I am an Iraqi Muslim. So how is this racist?” he added.

From IJReview:

Sometimes I would forget to bring an MRE to a sniper mission. Chris would share his MRE and he would talk about family. If he was racist towards Muslims why would he share intimate details of his life with a Muslim? I don’t see that in any way as racist. I think the ones calling Chris Kyle racist are racists.

If you’re going to call Chris Kyle racist, then call me a racist too. At times we were on the base, Kyle would laugh with the other Iraqi soldiers and joke with them. Again, why would a racist engage in that behavior?

The insurgents had a $50,000.00 bounty on my head. Every time Chris Kyle killed an insurgent he saved my family, and the innocent Iraqi families too. Why would a racist man protect me and innocent Iraqi families?

Is it so strange that a white, Christian Navy SEAL and an Iraqi Muslim were friends? That Kyle would protect a brother in arms like Johnny Walker? Exactly who is racist here? In fact, we aren’t even really discussing race, we are discussing religion and terrorism. We are also talking about two, good, brave men who did all they could to save innocent people from the worst of those who prowl humanity. Let Chris rest in peace and respect him for what he did for us and respect his family who have had their world turned upside down. Chris did a job he had to do – it was no random killing spree. That is what terrorists do.