Thursday, May 26, 2005

Two GOOD Stories to Pass Along

Remember Freedom Fries? Two plus years ago, the Republican propaganda machine ginned up American nationalism to convince us to send our boys and girls to die in Iraq. The cynical process was bizarre on so many levels, but one of its strangest aspects was manifested in this little episode. A North Carolina Congressman got the House of Representatives cafeterias to change their menus, turning French Fries and French Toast into Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.
It was an intentional slap in the face of the French, who refused to be bullied into supporting the invasion of Iraq. How dare those funny-talking French have their own opinion! So a pair of US Congressmen indulged in bald-faced jingoism in order to fan the coals of the efforts to convince Americans to allow invasion.
It was a really really dumb American episode, at which the world laughed uncomfortably. Who could be comfortable as the world's biggest power prepared to invade a country which hadn't so much as issued a threat to harm America?
Ah, but here's the good news: that North Carolina Congressman now doesn't support the war. He obviously feels a little foolish about his footnote in history, and now distances himself from the I Hate The French movement. I love it when people finally come around!
Remember this: it's never too late to do the right thing.
Speaking of coming around, maybe just maybe Fox News viewers are starting to wise up just a little bit. And since the best way to wise up is to stop watching, you should be encouraged to know that that's exactly what they're beginning to do.
This article details how their ratings in the key demographic--the people their advertisers want to watch Fox News--have been dwindling for the past six months.
"April '05 marks "the sixth consecutive month where FNC declined versus prior month in M-F, primetime P25-54 (every month since Nov '04),""
Since the more you watch Fox the less informed you really are, this can only be good for liberals, Democrats, and truth, and bad for Republicans, the Right wing, and our esteemed President.So as you look around the bleak political landscape and wonder at the future of our country, note this: there are measurements which suggest that all is far from well for the powers of ignorance. These folks are getting tired of their own bull, and it's not a moment too soon!


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