Bread & Circuses

A young student friend e-mailed me on Tuesday night.

“Have locked myself in my room because the place is full of little idiots — who cannot spell Barack Obama’s name and could not name one of his foreign or domestic policies — running around screaming obscenities about George Bush, conservatives and how Sarah Palin is a bitch. I love democracy!”

Even so, the people spoke. A victory for the hysterical Oprah Winfrey, the mad racist preacher Jeremiah Wright, the mainstream media who abandoned any sense of objectivity long ago, Europeans who despise America largely because they depend on her, comics who claim to be dangerous and fearless but would not dare attack genuinely powerful special interest groups. A victory for Obama-worshippers everywhere.

A victory for the cult of the cult. A man who has done little with his life but has written about his achievements as if he had found the cure for cancer in between winning a marathon and building a nuclear reactor with his teeth. Victory for style over substance, hyperbole over history, rabble-raising over reality.

A victory for Hollywood, the most dysfunctional community in the world. Victory for Streisand, Spielberg, Soros and Sarandon.

Victory for those who prefer welfare to will and interference to independence. For those who settle for group think and herd mentality rather than those who fight for individual initiative and the right to be out of step with meagre political fashion….(Source)

I’m growing in my appreciation and admiration of Michael Coren.  He is one of the few contrary and courageous journalist/columnists in Canada.  These are the ones (along with some AM radio talk-show hosts, bloggers and web pundits) that the new statist governments infecting the West, and their lagdogs in the Mainstream Media (MSM), are trying to silence through intimidation via Human Rights Tribunals, anti-hate laws, and endless complaints or threats of suits to their publishers and editors.  Statist group-think does not suffer independent thinking and dissent.  The leftist faceless bureaucrats want to do the thinking for you.  And all you have to do is just pay and obey.  And truth is, most of the masses – from university students to the public “intellectuals” – willingly do.  They are either too caught up in feeling good about themselves (i.e. feeling more “open,” “intelligent,” and “tolerant” than the redneck bigots to the right) or are happily distracted with contemporary societies equivalent to bread and circuses (i.e. shopping, sex, and socializing).  To be fair I guess many people are simply preoccupied with their own careers and families to take much note of the world sinking into a moral and spiritual morass.

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