The Choom Gang
Vol: 128 Issue: 29 Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The First Amendment does something found nowhere else in the Constitution or any of its amendments. It protects one particular for-profit industry. In return for this protection, the press was expected to remain separate from the government. (In much the same way that the press insists on ensuring that church and state remain separate).
The Virginia Declaration of Rights enshrined the press, proclaiming;
“the freedom of the press is one of the greatest bulwarks of liberty and can never be restrained but by despotic governments.”
Benjamin Franklin is often referred to as the father of the uniquely American view of the media. In his Apology for Printers, he wrote:
“Printers are educated in the Belief, that when Men differ in Opinion, both Sides ought equally to have the Advantage of being heard by the Public; and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter…”
Franklin’s assumption that a free press would remain dedicated to the truth was rooted in his faith in America’s free enterprise system.
Breaking a big story would increase circulation, which would encourage newspaper owners to hire editors that would send out reporters to investigate and report, which in turn would keep the government honest.
Franklin’s faith that the press would seek the truth was rooted in his faith in the “open marketplace of ideas” concept. In an open marketplace of ideas, the good arguments prevail while the weak arguments are exposed.
Franklin, like the rest of the Founders, believed that for an individual to use his God-given ability to use reason to distinguish what is good from what is bad, the individual must have unlimited access to the open marketplace of ideas.
The First Amendment was the FIRST Amendment because it enshrined the rights the Founders believed were paramount to American freedom.
The Founders, revolutionaries having just emerged from a bloody, but successful insurrection, put these five freedoms above the right to bear the arms that won that freedom in the first place.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, the right to assemble and the right to seek redress from the government — without those freedoms, the right to bear arms would guarantee generations of lawlessness and failure.
Without enshrining the freedom of the press in the Constitution, the government could coerce the press into presenting only one side of an issue and deprive the citizen of his ability to reach a reasoned opinion.
What the Founders failed to come up with was a way to guarantee the press wouldn’t voluntarily sell out its Constitutional mandate to the truth and impose its preferred ideology.
Of course, the Founders could never have imagined that the power of the press could have been concentrated into the hands of so few. As we reported almost ten years ago:
‘Viacom owns CBS, UPN, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime,Sundance Channel, VH-1, King World Productions, Infinity Broadcasting and Comedy Central. Viacom’s holdings also include Blockbuster Video, the world’s largest video rental chain, and Blockbuster Music; book publishing, including Simon & Schuster, Scribners and Macmillan; film, video and television production, including Paramount Pictures; a 50 percent interest in United Cinemas International, one of the world’s largest movie theater companies.’
‘The politics of the big networks is no secret. The companies that own them are equally brazen. Remember who owns them — Viacom, GE, Disney and Newscorp.’
‘The long-term strategists at Disney/GE/ News Corporation/Viacom/AOL Time Warner have a pretty clear vision of how they want their companies to expand and to exploit their synergies, but the public is clueless about this revolution that’s going on largely outside its view.”
THAT is how Barack Hussein Obama managed to make it all the way to the White House without anybody outside the realm of connected political junkies ever seeing this picture of Candidate Barack Obama puffing on a joint while giving lessons to fellow potheads about how to obtain “TA” or “total absorption.”
I’ve never seen these pictures. I didn’t read Barack Obama’s autobiographies, (although it fascinated me that a guy not yet forty would have written not one, but two personal memoirs.)
I consider myself to be pretty well-informed about such political inside information and I confess that I knew that Obama admitted to smoking pot when he was a kid and a somewhat less overt admission he may have ‘tried’ cocaine.
I thought it clever, at the time, for him to inoculate himself against being exposed as a drug abuser by admitting early on that “I inhaled” — but the press dropped it so quickly that I, like most everybody else, assumed it was because there was no “there” there.
Indeed, when a new book by David Maraniss forced the Los Angeles Times to discuss Obama’s past drug abuse, the first sentence attempted to re-inoculate him, but I don’t think it will work a second time.
“Just in case there are any voters out there who don’t already know that the incumbent president smoked marijuana as a teenager, several websites Friday revealed details from David Maraniss’ soon-to-be-released biography about the young Barry Obama and his “choom gang.”
Like I said, I didn’t know about Obama’s “choom gang” — and I bet a lot of other folks didn’t either. But instead of crediting David Maraniss for doing the job the press failed to do three years ago, Times columnist David Lauter noted that Obama admitted smoking pot in his memoirs “but left many details unsaid.”
Actually, the mainstream media left those details uninvestigated and unreported. In what version of the Constitutional free press model does a presidential candidate get to vett himself?
Even though forced by circumstances to hold his nose and report some previously unknown facts about the president, the LATimes did its best to minimize the story’s impact — and even hailed the fact that it would probably remain under-reported because of the story’s timing!
“The marijuana passages are a few pages in a 571-page volume. No word on who leaked the excerpts that first found their way into the blogosphere. From the White House’s standpoint, it’s probably convenient that the news, such as it is, was broken on a Friday afternoon before the long Memorial Day weekend.”
And he was right. The story is in the media, but it is already being suppressed by the mainstream propagandist press. I was able to Google the story by using keywords, but got only a handful of hits. There was NO mention on Google’s US News page.
TIME Magazine played the whole story for laughs, but had they run this exact same story in 2008, I doubt that Obama would have been laughing.
The point here is not that the President of the United States is a pothead. Instead, I wanted to demonstrate the power of the press to control or change the course of history, by using a real-world example.
Had the alleged free press pursued Obama’s drug use with the same passion with which they pursued John McCain’s wife’s ownership of beer distributorships, or George Bush’s 1985 drunk driving conviction, it is unlikely that Obama would have made it to the White House.
Had the alleged free press pursued Obama’s refusal to release his birth records, college transcripts, passport records, baptismal records, his parent’s marriage license, etc., with the same passion that they pursued John McCain’s potential ineligibility because he was born on a US Naval base in Panama, it may have changed history.
According to the Bible, when the antichrist is ready to ascend to power, he will do so through what Paul describes as a strong delusion. (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
The Apostle John says the False Prophet will use the power of deception to advance the worship of the antichrist. But before all that must first come the conditioning process.
We had to get used to the fact that, like mushrooms, the public is fed manure and kept in the dark – and then the public had to be conditioned to prefer it that way. And it demonstrates — in a big, big way, how incredibly easy it is for those that stand for nothing to fall for anything.
It is fair to argue that strong delusion masquerading as news has come of age in this generation. Indeed, the purveyors of the delusion cheerfully admit it and even chortle about how they pull it off, (like releasing damaging news on the Friday before a holiday.)
It isn’t that Obama is the antichrist — I don’t believe that he is. But Obama demonstrates beyond any question the power of the mainstream media to shape reality and the willingness of the public to subscribe to any delusion, no matter how obvious, if it is properly packaged.
Now, to return to the issue of Bible prophecy, Christianity, politics and the last days and whether or not political discussion and opinion is appropriate to the mission of the Omega Letter, the answer is also found in Paul’s second letter charging Timothy with his responsibilities before God.
“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2nd Timothy 4:3)
That time has come and gone and all that remains is to “watch in all things, endure afflictions and do the work of an evangelist” until He comes.
That includes sorting out truth from fables so that we can witness the awesome power of God in action together. As bad as things look, as scary as they actually are, the fact that God told us this would happen means that everything is going according to plan.
So the rest of the world can worry and fret and panic and cast about for a new messiah to replace the tarnished one invented by the ‘unbiased’ journalists they trust so much.
We know that our side is winning and God has the enemy right where He wants him. Even if we don’t quite have it all figured out, we know where to put our trust.
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)