Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

The Acosta Dance-Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely-

The Power of the Press –

 The Reluctance to Serve the People over Power –

The Political Divide –

And the Power of the People

It has been claimed, by one outlet of the Main Stream Media, that the rights of the press, herein protected under the First and Fifth Amendments, has been infringed. If ALL press had NO opportunity to be informed by the White House; that situation would indeed, be infringement. The logic that a singular reporter can present as a sycophant, acting-out like a tired toddler at a toy store in this most venerable method that the White House presents, yet continue to have the PRIVILEGE of holding 1 of 49 seats at the White House Press Conference would entitle anyone who writes and has a venue to report, to acquire and bear a White House Permanent Press Pass to attend at White House Press Conferences.

News reporting today has many venues with much more far-reaching capability; world-wide reach and immediacy, than was capable when the Framers wrote 1A. The INTENTION of 1A was to assure the press had a method to facts and valid information and to report that information to the People. It insures that the PRESS retains access to accurate and timely information. It was NOT set up to condone the total lack of decorum on the part of individual reporters.

A White House Permanent Press Pass is, and must remain, a PRIVILEGE which must not become a method for personal venue when in attendance at the White House Press Conference. A holder of such a Press Pass is a GUEST who is part of the select group of reporters CLEARED to be in the WH Press Corps and as such, it is a privilege granted to the individual who, in turn, bears the responsibility of decorum and respect to the Presidency, the speaker reporting, and to all other privileged reporters in attendance during the WH press conference.

Protocols that make the WH press conference different from a mob in pursuit of their own agenda must be maintained to keep the privilege as well as the ability of the White House to report and the ability for all members of the press in attendance to also report.  A Press Conference is not a place to grandstand or make public statements focused upon what an individual reporter wants to put forward; their opinion to be adhered to by the President or to inject as the focus of the Presidential reporting of the moment – less he waste the time of his fellows, of the President and all other attendees, only to be told that the White House must address separately, if at all, on that reporter’s personal focus.  Neither does the holder of such a pass have the right to be called upon – but instead of making proper use of the opportunity and time to ask pertinent questions to then proceed to orate or inject personal opinion at a White House Press Conference. Doing so takes the time available away from all other reporters who have pertinent questions to ask but may not get the opportunity due to such orations.

Proper Protocol calls for the reporter to relinquish the floor when so directed, and not pose rebuttals better suited to a personal interview than a Presidential Press Conference, for the sake of permitting other members of the Press to have the opportunity to voice their questions.  A Permanent Press Pass does not allow for individual reporters to be guaranteed a right to ask a question nor to orate. It is the onus of the individual reporter to be aware and bear the responsibility to the other reporters in the room by individual adherence to protocol and decorum.

The granting of the Press Pass is a privilege and must remain a privilege for each individual to whom it is granted.  If Protocol and Decorum are not adhered to, the nation loses all value in the process.  Without these, all individuals who are able and so choose, can report and, as well, would be entitled to a Press Pass.  If a reporter bearing this coveted permanent press pass is incapable of the restraint and adherence to simple, non-infringing protocols, for the benefit of all, they have no place being in the White House press corps.

The demeanor of the press corps has become an outlet for anger born of opinion, rather than the gathering, ascertaining and reporting of facts.  It is a statement of sad fact that many in the press regard the reporting of opinion to hold as much weight as the reporting of fact.  The White House Press Conference is no venue to muddle fact with opinion, and doing so, in fact, defies the entire purpose of the First Amendment protecting access of facts to the press at large.

Most reporters at a WH Press Conference report the facts.  Many do not report by the Journalist’s Credo to report the facts, all the facts and only the facts.  This is all that’s needed for a free and educated People to make their own opinions based upon unvarnished facts – all of the facts available.  The White House Press Conference is in direct alignment with the purpose and the spirit of our First Amendment.  Quite simply, it is a venue made available for the press to gather and present factual information to the People for their edification and their reactions to FACTS, free from the personal sway of the reporter’s opinion.

The people deserve, and the First Amendment guarantees that they receive – through the press  – facts – all the facts as unaltered by the coloring of the reporter’s opinion. The White House Press Conference is not a venue of Opinion Editorial by the reporting press.

Just the facts, Ma’am…

Op Eds are a venue of their own, properly held separately, even if derived from the facts.  Instead, what we see in our Main Stream Media (MSM), is that we are being presented with their “truth”.  Any first year journalist knows that TRUTH is SUBJECTIVE, and FACTS are not subjective. For this very reason, the Journalist’s Credo does not purport to provide the truth, as the reader/viewer, with the facts, will find the truth.  The People will find the truth as subjected to their own experience and opinion – and should be free to do so, knowing that they are in receipt of all the facts in which to base that opinion.

Subjective reporting which allows the reporter’s truth to become the focus of the report and is presented as though it were factual and inclusive of all the facts, has created a divide which has been used to direct, in an attempt to control the opinions of masses of the People.  It is the People who believe this reporting to not only be purely FACTUAL, but to include ALL KNOWN FACTS that were available to report on.  Therein lies the problem.

We all must make the personal leap to see what’s happening. Few are happy with the divide in this nation, and few know that the presentation of what the Media presents, and openly admits to as truth, is the largest contributor to our divide.  We will always have our own opinions, and are free to seek our own truth; but to do so and be secure in the knowledge that we are basing our opinions -our truths- upon all the facts available is not forthcoming through our MSM.  Though facts are available by some who are respected in the media, personal diligence must be the scale by which we weigh what MSM feeds us as truth.  Here, we have come into an era when the power to control the flow of facts to the People becomes self-governed, and yet, instead, that time is not currently in the here and now as long as our MSM keeps leading with the narrative to replace their preferred truths and so obscure the hard facts.

Our trusted source, our respected news media, has defied their own true purpose and instead replaced the facts with convenient truths to an end which they prefer.  The fact is that a MSM business is suing the White House over 1A and 5A rights because of a reporter whose objective was not to report on what was being addressed by the Presidency, but instead to inject his personal opinion on other matters of his own focus in an attempt to hold the current POTUS to his standard and solutions to that opinion.  We cannot allow the POWER of the PRESS to become the group that the Presidency is answerable TO.  The press as well as the POTUS, must answer to the PEOPLE.

The responsibility is now on us to make an effort to put aside some of the emotionally power-packed opinions – many of which are based on facts but are irreconcilable due to our own personal truths – to take that first solid step into ending the divides between us.  We cannot afford to allow it to continue, as this is what the power of control over the People surely is.  Our nation was never set up to control us as currently is in evidence now.  Many, convinced entirely by truth over facts, will never be able to fully reconcile; nor should they give up their truths except to agree to disagree. To address the purpose of this article, there is more to prove the title of this article than to argue against it in these matters listed herein:  Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

Here, in this article, I have given opinions based on facts, and clearly state it. It is my hope that those who read it will consider seriously and find their own path to the FACTS on which they can base a secured Truth to be founded solidly on those facts, and so, too, that we approach a time when we can take the first steps to mend the torn fabric of our political powers in our Congress. Our elected officials have become a weapon against those who disagree – hence, adding to the divide.  We must be wary, ever vigilant; to keep and maintain our freedoms and demand our representatives serve the People above their party or personal gain.  The evidence points in the wrong direction when it comes to many of our elected and appointed officials. It is my personal truth that this problem arises from many of those who were elected to serve the People, but have instead become more self-gratified and more powerful by serving themselves.

-Lin Cava, CC



No Skin In The Game: Barack Obama Becomes Democratic Frontman For Midterm Push

“To have ‘skin in the game’ is to have incurred risk (monetary or otherwise) by being involved in achieving a goal. In the phrase, “skin” is a synecdoche for the person involved, and “game” is the metaphor for actions on the field of play under discussion.” (Wikipedia)  Continued…

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Opinion – These Political Days have Prompted Theodore Roosevelt –

From June 2016

Theodore Roosevelt –

Teddy ceased to walk this earth, benefactor to his beloved Nation, valiant in his service to his country, his family and the family of Americans, on January 6, 1919. 

During his remarkable life he never wavered in his support of America – these United States, and Americans.  Were it not for Teddy, there would be no National Preserves or parks.

He had much to say.  So sage was his insight that it retains universal relevance to this day. 

Sadly, we have no modern day Teddy to set things right; there is so much to address, and so little time to meet the challenges.  I fear we have adopted a timidness of heart that would be a foul countenance for this President to see. 

What follows are some of his words.  See if you do not agree that they remain relevant words of wisdom, to this day.  Teddy is gone for 96 years.  How I would love to see another like him at the helm.

“Any man who tries to excite class hatred, sectional hate, hate of creeds, any kind of hatred in our community, though he may affect to do it in the interest of the class he is addressing, is in the long run with absolute certainly that class’s own worst enemy.”

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of today.”

“Our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. Exactly as the special interests of cotton and slavery threatened our political integrity before the Civil War, so now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics.”

What turned out to be one of the last heartfelt patriotic opinions he penned:

“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.  But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”

-Theodore Roosevelt – January 3, 1919 – Publicly read on January 5, 1919

Roosevelt passed the next day, January 6, 1919

In this, Teddy repeated and expounded upon what he had written before:

“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American. We have room for but one flag, and that is the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

“Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”

About our natural land:

“Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”

“Leave it as it is. The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it.”

He loved the United States of America; put his life on the line to defend it, lost his son in the service of the United States DEFENDING America.

“In foreign affairs we must make up our minds that, whether we wish it or not, we are a great people and must play a great part in the world. It is not open to us to choose whether we will play that great part or not. We have to play it. All we can decide is whether we shall play it well or ill.”

“In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans.”

Presidential thoughts, and on leadership…

“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him insofar as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth, whether about the president or anyone else.”

“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss … The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first and love of soft living and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

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Yes, he had a lot to say.  Not everyone can agree on everything.  As for my perspective; I am sure that Teddy would have rather a person support their position, firm in the knowledge of the situation, when not in agreement, than go along meekly, unwilling to effect change.

Our Politicians, by and large, have become what our founders intended that they NEVER become – De-facto Royalty.  They are becoming and, indeed, have become our nations royals, holding themselves above those they are purported to represent.
They have positioned themselves so much so above us that they exempt themselves from laws of the land that we must abide.  They refuse to represent the people in seeking solutions for the good of the country and obscure that with making ovations to “be inclusive” of special interests.  What is good for one, is good for all – no longer matters, as our representatives have taken the power we gave them and twisted it.
Far too few to make the difference, those who would not conduct themselves as if a class above the People are unable to overcome.

I grew up on Long Island, not far from Teddy’s house.  My son and grandsons call it just that – Teddy’s house.  They have visited, played and learned there.  Though I was born long after he left this world, Theodore Roosevelt touched my life – in fact, all of our lives.  Strange that I should so miss someone I never knew.


“Real” men; “Real” women…

Real” men; “Real” women…

Remember those books…”Real Men…”

Does anyone read anymore, or has unqualified opinion all but replaced books with not, progress, but with the cheapest in trade of the written word?

Too often we hear that we are all entitled to our opinions.  Are we; really?  Opinion is a cheap excuse, in these “thrill of the moment” times, for posting blunt, unworthy, Neanderthal essay blogs which are not only unqualified, but disdainful of our fellows upon this earth, and daunting to the progression of any good, whatsoever.  At their best, blogs can stir in one the will to accomplish positive change.  At their worst, they become the slings and arrows – not of outrageous fortune, but rather, of our times.  The internet media is the new mud-pit, and slinging mud has become a by-product of the nature of those who take delight in doing it.  What a pity that such an eloquent stage has been festooned with muck and mud to no purposeful end save for some kind of sickness that thrives on the discomfort of others. 

This place, ah, but this place can serve us so well, and with benefit offered in abundance, more so than with any other venue.  Instead, it has become cheapened by those who would, in a rather self-appreciative, self-fulfilling way – compose written posts that are posted only to hurt; and then to strut over the pain of the writer’s victims.  Education can teach one how to write, but cannot teach that which should be common sensibility. 

I marvel, daily, at the massive following those who would throw the first stone carry with them on social media.  Their bravado in posts on the internet provides them with a picture-window to their childish deeds, like the boys who call the undertaker to come to an elderly neighbor’s house.  It also provides them with a smoke-screen, a modicum of protection, the ability to hit-and-run, and lastly, and more so, fairly the lowest attribute of such writers, the ability to be confrontational without facing their victim.  These, my friends, are folks who cannot look one in the eye and say the same things that they feel free to write, to their intended targets.  These are the very same people who, before internet social networks, spread rumors, talked dirt and falsely about their friends and relatives – but could not look them in the eyes to voice their opinions. 

It is easy to voice an opinion online.  Volumes of folks will “like” it.  It fires-up the malign in them, and gives them easier venue of their own, rather than becoming educated and involved.  If we could see beyond the persona, beyond the false-faces and clever turn of a phrase, I believe what we would find are those weasels, never quite fulfilled in their own chosen lives, never quite successful at anything, but oh, so opinionated.  An old-school journalist will tell you – there is no way to post anything but blind, uninformed opinion in the kind of volume we see on “social” sites.  It takes effort and work to take the time to QUALIFY one’s opinion. 

Real men and women?  Yes, we all have opinions.  Some have the benefit of deeper insight than others, and I so value that in a person – whether a post or a face-to-face conversation.  It teaches me, it opens my own eyes, and more so, it creates an interchange between the participants that carries with it a dynamic that goes beyond the conversation.  Real men have opinions, and they are not shy about stating them.  Real men and women admit when they are wrong.   Those who don’t, well, they’re just pretenders, caught in a world of their own creation.  They live the life of those who speak in make-believe tongues, and live through alternate universes – usually created by others; others with true talent. 

Why do I opine?  I have seen those I care for hurt.  Hurt by those who are all grins and giggles at their own self-fulfilling posts, happy to see them paid for in pain, and prospering by the kudos of their followers. 

Real women and men invite your comments – may disagree – but are always open to a legitimate point of view we may have missed, or misconstrued.

Real men – real women, the invitation is extended.  You all see the same things as I do – so what are your thoughts?


Newspeak, And Control Over The Masses

Who among us does not consider that the language of “texting” is not Newspeak? Those in constant exchange with this simplified, lack of structure language may not even understand the reference.

Big Brother has been watching, for many years – and in 1984, there were watchers already in place. The standard has only gotten more sophisticated since. This – WordPress – is a site with many writers, many bloggers and many opines. Though we are all entitled to our opinions, the world is rife with replacing common sense by unqualified opinion. Our facts are not hard facts, they aren’t even soft facts – they are revisionist information that folks are allowed to presume are full and accurate portrayals of fact.
Though many personal opinions can be complete with true and honest fact, to the best of the person’s ability to determine them, the majority of blogs, and opinion, are not. It is difficult to say that opinion is without merit – for surely as a part of our culture this is not entirely so – it is easy to find that most opinions are based upon little or no truth.

The damnable thing is this: Once upon a time in America, the press, the media, provided us with journalists complete with a moral code to keep their opinions out of their reporting. The facts, only the facts and ALL of the facts were reported in a non-emotional, non-opinionated work. Opinion in the press – regardless of its medium – was limited to Editorials/Commentary and the occasional “Human Interest” piece. The press has come away from all that, relinquishing the chains of propriety and replacing them with emotionalism, opinion and a presentation which is meant to sway a reader from making an informed decision to making decisions based upon their wish to perpetuate the reporter’s own determination of the way things should be. If nothing else, we homo-sapiens are very opinionated. It is unfortunate that the press, in a positon of power through their contact in the media and social networks, have chosen not to present the facts, only the facts and ALL of the facts, they have chosen to manipulate the opinions of others by presenting the sensational, their opinions on the sensational, and only the facts that support their personal ideologies.

It has diminished us.

Yes, the language of texting has moved us into the Orwellian future. We were, my dear readers, forewarned. We just chose not to learn that lesson, not to acknowledge that a work of fiction portraying what might be, what could be, and what we might prevent, should to any degree be taken seriously. Though fiction – it is all about Truth.

Big Brother is watching. Newspeak is the language of the people, and opinion is the tool of both the press and the government. Without revolution, of any kind, including standing up for the rights guaranteed to us by the Constitution, there will only be change which will degrade society and keep the power of our future, of our children’s future, and of all the lives of the citizenry ever forward under the well controlled, extremely structured Socialist mores of those already staunch with power; and not to the benefit of the People, but to the benefit of the Political and Power machine.

Revolution does not need to be “Johnny get your gun and storm the White House”. Revolution can be just as effective when done quietly, with fact and determination, and by the masses. We must not allow government to determine how we should be controlled. This is precisely the reason we declared our independance. We must demand that government represent the People and does what it does FIRSTLY in the interest of the PEOPLE, and not in the interest of what has become the Defacto Royalty of the United States of America. We must vote, all of us. We must become active in our pursuit to keep the government “of the people” and “by the people”. We must NOT allow our Congresspersons and Senators to exempt themselves from the law – ANY law. And we must, as distasteful as we may sometimes circumstantially find them, protect and defend our Bill of Rights. For as sure as the sun rises, if we allow that well constructed, well perceived document to be tampered with, we lose all grounds as citizens of what was, and can still be, the best government, the best country for mankind. This, the protection of our Bill of Rights, and this alone, will bring us back to prosperity. Buried within that document is the key to overcoming the mess that our non-representorial representatives have brought the condition of this country into.

Alan Dershowitz – whether you like him or not, was correct to defend the Constitutional rights of those citizens for whom we may often find hatred and loathing. If we do not apply our Bill of Rights and the premise of our Constitution equally to all citizens, we open a doorway to diminish our own rights.

And so I leave you with this thought – Change starts with the simplistic, indeed, Control over the society starts with the basic, simple and saturating acts for which all mankind is prone to. The whole of what I have written might one day show up in our social Newspeak as: OMGWTF!

By then, it will be much too late.


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