Inside Outside

Rush Limbaugh is right, it is the media. Of course, he is a very consequential piece of the messaging system of the corporate and power elite. Call it the advocacy media. My good friend, Sid Yiddish, differs with me on just how much influence Limbaugh actually has. But there is a reason media corporations, like Salem and Clear Channel/iheart media gobbled up radio and television stations following Reagan’s abolition of the Fairness Doctrine and Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996. Limbaugh makes over $40 million annually, speaking for the regular folks. Despite being a ratings drag. KEIB in Los Angeles is 37 behind 4 college stations and a Polish language station, WABC in New York dropped from 3rd to 22nd in the market and KFI dropped listeners in droves the instant he hit the airwaves.

It isn’t about ratings, though. It is about saturation. Salem overseas a media empire of more than 2500 stations, including affiliates. Clear Channel owns 800 outright and affiliates to over 3000 others. There are almost 8000 rightwing and conservative stations out of 15300 overall in the nation. There are fewer than 200 so-called progressive stations, despite often high ratings for shows such as Thom Hartmann and Stephanie Miller. It’s called Return on Investment. Limbaugh is not a charitable contribution. Keep that all in mind for the time being.

Many of us make the same mistake, depending upon political orientation, that the media is either too liberal or too conservative.. It is neither. It is a function, a tool, the messaging component of a much larger system comprised of many people who have no idea they are actually part of that system. That system survives and thrives on maintaining the illusion of the team sport of Right and Left politics. The consumer is necessary to maintain that system. Understanding the function of the media is critical to understanding what is befalling electoral politics in America, A neighbor resisted that notion. Her resistance is likely more a sense of betrayal over a part of American lore she held as sacrosanct. Fundamentally it is as simple as any business plan. Scott Walker’s dropping out of the race suddenly only supported what I have been saying since February.

There is no actual Right or Left in US politics. There is only insiders and outsiders. Insiders may be nominally republicans or democrats, though their ultimate function is in selling the game to the rest of us outsiders. Outsiders are partisans who rarely understand the backroom deals while they are scrapping out on the field. Evidence the distractions in the media of this celeb or that scandal or sudden media alarm over the high price of yogurt, only to discover that a key treaty or trade deal or law had been passed to the benefit of the 1% and the detriment to the average American while everyone was distracted.

When attempts to co-opt Occupy by the DNC going into the 2012 election failed the group was targeted, marginalized and attacked. By contrast, the Tea Party was created by Insiders like Dick Armey and Karl Rove. It was then franchised out to give the illusion of grassroots, while serving and affirming, either directly or indirectly the hegemony of the power elite. Occupy was scattered. The Tea party serves a function.

Trump and Sanders are outsiders, to a degree. Trump is more of an outsider. Sanders has been in those circles of power and speak directly to more of them than most others. Because he knows, and rails against what he knows he is ignored almost completely by the corporate media. Bernie, in the present system, will not be the Democratic candidate, not without massive outrage and action. Insiders will not all that to happen. Trump serves a far different function. He is not a man of the people, but a man to control the people. Trump is for sale to his ego, which the Right has fed. He is a better tool than talk radio to inject rightwing policies directly into the mainstream. Rightwing policies are a means of control to protect the corporatist centers of power controlled by the Insiders. Trump is far more effective in messaging than Limbaugh these days.

Scott Walker was never intended to be the nominee in 2016. He has shown that he is for sale to the highest bidder, and will pander if power and prestige are the goal. He was being vetted, gaining experience for 2020 or 2024. The others are functionaries as well. Carson, Rubio, Fiorina and the rest are intended to dominate the message in the media against any true discourse of pressing and critical topics(Hint: immigration and ISIS are not Critical). The other purpose is simply to generate vast sums of cash to feed the media machine. FOX has made it a cyclical industry.

Jeb Bush will be the candidate. He is the consummate insider. He knows too much about the theft of the election of 2000 and the disenfranchisement efforts of millions of voters. Like Hillary, Bush wants the job and he will have it. The rest of us a just living in his family’s country. The media, as it did with McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, both deeply disliked candidates, will consolidate and persuade voters of the necessity for supporting Bush. Bush’s abysmal poll numbers are meaningless.

On the Left, so to speak, Hillary’s ascension has likewise been decided. She also assumes the presidency is her Right, the voters a means to an end. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, reportedly deeply invested in corporate prisons, is running interference for Hillary by tightly controlling debate schedules. If Hillary’s liabilities prove too great the DNC is already teasing the idea of a Joe Biden run, with Liz Warren as the running mate meant to bait and switch Bernie Sanders supporters, and to soothe the betrayal of Hillary fans. Despite being clearly the strongest candidate on the Left, the refrain in the halls of the DNC remains, “Bernie who?”

In the end, which ever candidate ultimately steps into the presidency, they will pander on token issues to partisan constituents. Both will continue the same incremental corporate takeover of the nation and the government begun under Reagan and continued unabated by every president since. Still, hopeless as it sounds there is always one way to beat this corrupted system; Voting and activism. They both go hand in hand. The Question is whether the American people will show in sufficient numbers, taking over events like the Black Lives Matter, Code Pink and Immigration and LGBTQ activists have done while also showing up as never before to the polls.

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Revolution and Beer Reactionary of the week: Dis-elected representative, and ideological masturbator Joe Walsh.

Joe_WalshIt is easy to understand why the unseated right wing former representative-turned-blowhard on AM560 Joe Walsh dislikes Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor. For one, she supported the Madison protests against Governor Walker’s bullying of teachers, fireman, garbage men and cops. Two, she’s African American, in fact the only African American woman in the Wisconsin senate. And three, she was reelected, unlike the loud Mister Walsh, who inserted himself into American politics, unfortunately via the faux wave of the Tea Party. And when that wave crashed and was gone, so too was ole Joe’s political career.

On his basis-for-lack-of-reality radio show Monday night he took issue with Taylor regarding comments on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” with Ed Schultz, in which she likened the actions of her Republican State counterparts to the Taliban during last week’s fiery abortion debate in Madison.

The comments came after Senate President, Republican Mike Ellis abruptly cut off debate on the issue while another democrat Senator Kathleen Vinehout read aloud letters from female constituents concerned over a bill that would make ultrasounds mandatory for any woman considering an abortion. It is a pattern repeated time and again by Republican controlled legislatures around the nation as they seek to roll back the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that made a woman’s right to choose the law of the nation. Unable to overturn that decision, republicans have opted instead for harassment as a means of ending a woman’s right to make choices regarding her own life, future and health.

Walsh, the great moralist, who uses the right wing radio station as a propaganda tool to deflect criticism regarding allegations he failed to pay child support, regularly and vehemently defends policies and cultures of misogyny. Though he claims to be pro-life, his penchant for the cowardly conceal carry initiative essentially mandates a death sentence for petty crime, and places all of us in far more danger. Those who demand the “right” to carry a weapon everywhere are in the opinion of this writer, clinically afraid of their own doughy shadow.

But Walsh took issue with Taylor’s statement’s condemning the tantrum by senate President Ellis. Walsh did not take issue with a grown State Senator throwing a tantrum, however. Taylor told Ed Shultz that. ”Anti-women legislation has been their priority. Not creating jobs. We were silenced that day. The president broke his gavel. The women in the assembly were escorted out.” She went onto say that the current legislation, “…is no different than what I experienced when I went to Turkey and heard of what the women in the Middle East are experiencing with the Taliban, trying to silence them for being at the table.”

Walsh was unhinged, or at least played the masterful part of the pretend unhinged, like any theatrical lawyer. Playing to the lowest common denominator nightly to his lowest common denominator audience, Walsh bitched that he was “Sick and tired of (Democrat’s) war on women claims. I’m not going to stand for it anymore!” In a frothing rant that was about as fact based and coherent as the dad on “The Family Guy” cartoon, Walsh went on to accuse senator Taylor of insulting Muslim women with the Taliban comparison.

Truly heartfelt words from the man who appeared to have called The Council on American Islamic Relations terrorists in the preceding segment. And Walsh is well known for his empathy for both Muslims and women alike. His latest perversity on the issues facing our nation is to organize a small number of reprobates in his continuing pornography of gun proliferation he’s dubbed freedom fighters. Our bellicose friend here is keen on the prodigious misuse of the word “liberty,” which apparently only refers to Christian White women who self-police themselves into their husband’s cultural and selectively moralistic constraints.

But why should any of us care why an ideological wanker like Walsh even exists? He is a panderer on the super highway of base emotion and ignorant self-interest. But where the danger lies in “men” like Walsh is that they legitimize hate. For such men, their railing against so-called political correctness, is what the rest of us call manners and culture. I don’t walk into a room full of women and say, “What’s up…?” with some derogatory refrain about women, not because of political correctness, but out of politeness and respect.

I am told again and again by friends on the Right that the Reactionary pieces sound bitter. No, they are meant to strike at the heart of the reactionary in question. This is not the lawyerly sparring of an issue. I am not like so many in the mainstream media with limited issues to speak on. There isn’t enough time in 10 lifetimes for all the topics I want to explore, issues to follow, injustice to battle or stories to tell.

We aim to get at the heart of the matter, which was a challenge for this particular piece. Search and search was we might, Brian and I will be damned that Walsh doesn’t actually appear to have one.

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