The current political and media climate drove me to read a little about the Machiavellian principle of “The End Justifies the Means.” Clearly, many Americans have concerns with the size and role of the federal government; as others had issues with the previous White House administration. To me, we enter the public policy arena fairly, state our points fairly and respect the decisions of the consensus…fairly. When someone feels the majority is wrong, what happens next? Do they educate the people and wait for the opportunity (elections) to change leadership or target the opposition now “by any means necessary…..with no holds barred?”
During American slavery, were revolt leaders justified in attacking women and children? What considerations were given to the slave women and children? Do two wrongs make a right? I relish the late night debates we had on these subjects in my Black college dorm. In the end, we will all answer for our earthly actions? These dilemmas were the central theme of the classic movie “Sergeant York” featuring film great Gary Cooper. Congressional Medal of Honor winner York considered avoiding military service in World War I until his pastor pointed out that killing or defense is in the Bible and necessary.
In my dorm, we talked about Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. The peace and love stuff was fine but if someone aims to kill innocent men, women and children while they are in church, it is rifle time. That situation is not violence; it’s self-defense.
Did William Randolph Hearst really push America into the Spanish-American War to sell more newspapers? Is the far-left and far-right media enjoying the current culture war for similar financial reasons? Can you blame them for getting paid? Has Hearst’s yellow journalism lead to a modern version called “yell” media? Don’t get it twisted: real concerns are valid but some stuff is laughable. Death panels….you can’t make this stuff up. All southerners are ignorant zealots. Sure, and that is the reason Atlanta and Charlotte are bursting at the seams with new arrivals from your wonderful cities.
I can’t call it but I catch Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Rachel Maddow, and Ed Schultz with my filters fully functioning. Should real political leaders set up and request a return to civility before some sick-minded individuals act tragically and trigger a mini civil war? The news ratings would be through the roof. If we had these news channels and the internet back in the dorm, it would have been on like Donkey Kong.