that damn liberal media doesn’t strike again in charlotte, nc

Es­ti­mated reading time is 3 min­utes.

IN A PIECE ti­tled “Charlotte-area res­i­dents join thou­sands to take to the streets of Raleigh for mas­sive march” in The Char­lotte Ob­server back on Feb­ruary 8, 2014, local re­porter Joe De­Priest wrote of the back­lash to con­tinued re­gres­sive con­ser­v­a­tive policy-making by Tea Party-oriented of­fi­cials. He noted that these “Moral Mon­days” had begun last spring in re­sponse to leg­is­la­tion passed by the state’s Rep*blican-led Gen­eral Assembly.

“The protests are de­signed to keep a spot­light on what or­ga­nizers view as re­gres­sive poli­cies, par­tic­u­larly on Med­icaid, un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits, abor­tion, voting, and education.”

Two days late, an ar­ticle ti­tled “Na­tional Media Blackout Of Sat­ur­day’s Huge Moral March In Raleigh” by davej for the Daily Kos (Feb­ruary 10, 2014) ad­dressed the near com­plete lack of cov­erage by the cor­po­rate media in America of that rather large rally:

“A crowd es­ti­mated [to] ex­ceed 80,000 showed up to protest Re­pub­lican poli­cies in Raleigh, NC. But you wouldn’t know it if you live out­side the area. Sat­ur­day’s big march, or­ga­nized by the North Car­olina NAACP along with more than 160 partner or­ga­ni­za­tions, was called the His­toric Thou­sands on Jones Street Peo­ple’s Coali­tion. There were few re­ports in any na­tional news out­lets. US­AToday did carry a re­port saying there was a crowd of be­tween 80,000 and 100,000 people.”

I re­ceived this ar­ticle among my daily mail­ings of liberal/progressive newslet­ters: “De­moc­rats Me­thod­i­cally Strip­ping Re­pub­li­cans Of Im­mi­gra­tion Ex­cuses.” The ‘teaser’ in­tro­duc­tory para­graph on the newslet­ter’s first page stated:

“Throughout the im­mi­gra­tion de­bate, Re­pub­li­cans have run phony ex­cuses for delay, De­moc­rats keep strip­ping them away, and the process keeps moving for­ward . . . The only ques­tion is: How many more ex­cuses do Re­pub­li­cans have to cycle through be­fore this kabuki dance ends?”

Need­less to say, there has re­ally been very little cov­erage of this and, when there is, it’s al­ways dis­cussed as a bi-partisan issue, not yet an­other Re­pub­lican ob­stacle to progress and the will of the people. [And nothing has changed in the in­ter­vening months since I wrote this piece but you can check out their Face­book page . . .]

Which is why a De­cember 2011 poll found that 67% of His­panic voters in the US said they were De­moc­rats, and 20% said they were Re­pub­li­cans. (Wikipedia)

It is lit­er­ally one of hun­dreds of such is­sues where one party is willing to ne­go­tiate while the other has no such in­ten­tions. Yet that is NOT how it is pre­sented in that damn lib­eral media of ours.

Also, I hope to Wholly Grommet that the “only ques­tion” is meant to be rhetor­ical, be­cause of these folks don’t know the an­swer yet, I am not cer­tain that I need their newsletter.

All mean­ing­less! Here is what I want to read in my email: “De­moc­rats Uni­lat­er­ally Strip Re­pub­li­cans Of Fil­i­buster.” Until then, I am as tired of the Dems’ “kabuki dance” as I have been of the Re­pub­lican dance for a long long time.



An appearance of conflict

We read the term kabuki dance with less and less fre­quency as time goes by, but it does ap­pear now and again and it does have a spe­cific meaning stem­ming from ac­tual events in Amer­ican history:

“In common Eng­lish usage, a kabuki dance is an ac­tivity car­ried out in real life in a pre­dictable or styl­ized fashion, rem­i­nis­cent of the Kabuki style of Japanese stage play. It refers to an event that is de­signed to create the ap­pear­ance of con­flict or of an un­cer­tain out­come, when in fact the ac­tors have worked to­gether to de­ter­mine the out­come beforehand.

It used by Amer­ican po­lit­ical pun­dits as a syn­onym for po­lit­ical pos­turing. It ac­quired this deroga­tory meaning after drawn out peace-time treaty ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the US and Japan which had ex­tended to 1960, and be­cause Japan, in an ef­fort to shed its image as a global ma­rauder, sent Kabuki the­ater tours to the US after World War II to sow the seeds of good­will.” (Wikipedia)




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