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Archive for September, 2008

A Dark Commentary

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

As a follow up to my last post, I was struck by Peggy Noonan’s opinion piece in The Saturday/Sunday September 6-7, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal. I would like to quote from a particularly pertinant part of this piece.
“We have had these old press fights in the past–– they were a source of constant tension when I was a child, when Barry Goldwater came forward as a conservative and the press scorned him as a flake, and later when Ronald Reagan came up and the press dismissed him as Bonzo.
“But this latest fight commences on a new and wilder battlefield. The old combatants were old school gentleman, Eric Severeid and Walter Cronkite; the new combatants are half-crazy cable anchors, the lower lurkers of the Internet, and the anonymous posters on the comment thread on the radical Web site.
“This new war on new turf is not good, and carries the potential of great harm. Everyone really ought to stop, breathe deep, and think.
“I am worried they won’t. A friend IM’d the day after Palin’s speech, and I told him of an inexplicable sense of foreboding. He surprised me by saying he shared it. ‘Calling all underworlds reporting for duty!,’ he wrote. ‘The bed is about to fly around the room, the puke is about to come out.’ He meant: This campaign, this beautiful golden thing with two admirable men at the top and two admirable vice presidential candidates, is going to turn dark.”

New writing

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

After the publication of my 3 books in April, I’ve been spending most of my time attempting to market them. So far, the results have been disappointing. However, I’m still trying. Recently, I’ve begun to write a new novel. Donovan’s Run,  a science fiction  piece with a strong  religious message. Stay tuned.

Cvility Doomed?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Our political system is now more chaotic and filled with venom than in any time in my life, going back to my first election in 1936. In almost every communications venue, hatred is being spewed out:  the President of the United States has been called “Hitler,” a “War Criminal,” “an incompetent imbecile,” with a wish that he be killed; Michelle Obama has been dragged through the press as hating her country; Barack Obama’s citizenship has been challenged, as has his religion; John McCain has been called senile, and his gallant war service deemed as nothing to commend him to be commander-in-chief; and now Sarah Palin’s credential’s as a mother (as well as her religious convictions) are being derided because of her daughter’s pregnancy, while her daughter’s name is at the same time being besmirched by reporters running around Alaska looking for “dirt” to throw on the Palin family. Journalism––print, radio, TV, and cyberspace––is no longer a profession. It’s become a blot on the American landscape. Can’t it return to a level of civility? Can’t it once more become a profession? Can’t we eliminate the ad hominem attacks and focus in a civil manner on who is the best to lead this country.

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