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Op-Ed: Whoah, This Is Officially Scary…

JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN

Perhaps it is fitting that this frightening story broke on All Hallows’ Eve – and on Fox News, of all places (even scarier!) – but nonetheless, it sent a cold shiver down my spine and should be a matter of, ahem, “grave” concern to all loyal Americans, good Democrats, and especially Kennedy supporters. It’s ghoulish, it’s ghastly, it’s disturbing beyond words…and on this night of frights, it’s not a trick or a treat.

With this latest news breaking so close to the election, it is imperative that this blog (which endorses no candidate in the 2008 race) inform voters before they go to the polls about a developing story which raises serious questions about the Democratic nominee for president – at least in my mind – and may in fact be a dealbreaker for many of us who had high hopes that Obama would be the next best thing to another Kennedy in the White House.

After what I learned today, I’m not so sure about that anymore. This news stopped me in my tracks, and now I’ve got to tell you that I’m having major doubts about Obama’s judgment, his choice of friends, and (as RFK Jr. referenced Sarah Palin in a recent Huffington Post piece), his “reading list.”

The story came out on All Hallows’ Eve that longtime Obama friend and former Weather Underground leader William Ayers published a sort of communist manifesto back in 1974 called Prairie Fire. Okay, fine – we all knew he was a radical who plotted an overthrow of the U.S. Government and planned strategic acts of terrorism which put the lives of innocents at risk. That’s old news, and besides, we hear he’s feeling much better now. Supposedly, the sickness passed long ago and he’s mellowed out in his old age. These days, he’s a respected professor at Columbia University. So, why all the brouhaha over a book he published 34 years ago?

The problem is that Ayers dedicated the book to Sirhan Sirhan, alleged assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.

Upon first hearing the news, I tried to dismiss it as outrageous right-wing propaganda, cooked up in a desperate last-ditch attempt to score points for their man McCain. After all, coming from the likes of Sean Hannity, it surely must be nothing but a big fat lie, a terrible smear with no basis in fact.

But I was wrong. After investigating this story for most of today, and examining a copy of the now very-rare book, I have to tell you that I am deeply troubled by what I read. There’s just no logical explanation for this – it is an out-and-out endorsement of Sirhan, lauding him as a “political prisoner” and egads, a hero!?!

Dedication to the book Prairie Fire, dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan

Dedication to the book "Prairie Fire," dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan

READ IT AND WEEP

Only a couple of weeks ago, on October 17th, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. offered up a strong defense of William Ayers on CNN’s Larry King Live. From the official transcript:

KENNEDY: “OK. You know, this is an issue that the media has completely distorted. Not only, you know, Bill Ayers is a guy who was the — Illinois made him Man of the Year, the Illinois legislature. He’s been — he’s — but let me just say this. John McCain has had close associations with G. Gordon Liddy, who six years ago advised shooting taxpayers in the head.”

True enough, but wait a minute…what about Obama’s close association with Bill Ayers, who 34 years ago praised the man who allegedly shot your father in the head?

Kennedy went on to say that:

“Sarah Palin has spoken this year, four months ago, to the Alaska Independence Party, whose head was blown up making plastic explosives in 1993. She gave the keynote address there in 2006.

These are people who are extremely anti-American.”

This is also true, but what about Ayers’ Weather Underground, who set off more than a few explosions themselves back in the day (and plotted to set off many more)? Isn’t any act of terrorism against our nation “extremely anti-American,” regardless of whether the group is radical left or radical right?

Radical is radical, in this blogger’s humble opinion – and had Ayers and his group attempted these horrific acts during the Kennedy administration, I’d be willing to bet that Attorney General Robert Kennedy (an avowed anti-Communist and patriotic American who had a strict no tolerance policy against disruptions of law and order) would have left no stone unturned in prosecuting and convicting Ayers and his WU comrades.

Therefore, we can only conclude that Bobby Jr. has never read Bill Ayers’ book Prairie Fire – for if he had ever laid eyes on that creepy dedication, we seriously doubt that he would defend this disturbed whack job.

He attacked Sarah Palin recently for quoting Westbrook Pegler in her RNC Convention speech, and rightly so. Pegler, a fascist and a bigot, had unapologetically called for “some white patriot of the Southern tier” to assassinate Senator Robert Kennedy in 1965. Scary, scary stuff, indeed. But is that any less disturbing than Bill Ayers heaping praise upon the man who actually did pull the trigger in 1968?

All conspiracy theories about whether or not Sirhan Sirhan’s bullet actually killed RFK aside, the fact that Sirhan emptied his gun into five other innocent victims that night is not in dispute. Nor is the fact that Sirhan came to the hotel with the intent to murder Senator Kennedy. Whether or not he succeeded in his twisted mission is a debate for another day, preferably in a fair re-trial before an impartial jury. But this man is no patriot, no hero — at least, not to me. Not to those who loved Bobby Kennedy. And yet, he was apparently one of Bill Ayers’ heros.

Some might say, “ah, but that book was published nearly 35 years ago, surely Ayers doesn’t feel that way about Sirhan Sirhan anymore.” If that be so, then why has Ayers never apologized for his praise of Sirhan, nor retracted his own words on the matter? I don’t know, folks…you tell me.

“ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR EVIL TO SUCCEED IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING” — M.L.K.

Why has Senator Obama not denounced this man already? Where is his sympathy, compassion, and loyalty to RFK’s brother Ted Kennedy who, despite battling terminal brain cancer, continues to be one of Obama’s staunchest supporters? One can only surmise that Senator Kennedy has not seen Ayers’ book, or else he would probably be burning up the phone lines right now, demanding that Obama cut all ties with Ayers. And how does this make President Kennedy’s daughter Caroline Kennedy, feel? Or Bobby’s widow, their nine surviving children and numerous grandchildren?

Now that this story is known to the public and their family as well, I wonder why they would still blindly support Senator Obama if he insists on maintaining his association with William Ayers. The candidate positioning himself as “the next JFK” and who has drawn so many comparisons to RFK (from the Kennedy family themselves, no less) is treading very murky, dangerous waters here with Ayers. The Kennedys should insist that Ayers be kicked to the curb right away, regardless of whatever cabinet posts may be dangled before their eyes as carrots, or whatever the eventual fallout may be.

Doing so will not cost Senator Obama the election. He’s already pulling away in the polls, and victory on November 4 seems to be all but guaranteed, barring any election night shenanigans from the GOP. If anything, a strong public denouncement of William Ayers will only help Obama with voters, few of whom, I’m sure, have any good feelings towards Ayers. Obama will come out of it smelling like a rose, just as he did when he wisely distanced himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright earlier this year.

As for me, my first loyalty was, is, and always will be to the Kennedys, particularly to the memories of my martyred heroes Jack and Bobby. And as much as I would like to give Senator Obama my vote next week, I simply cannot in good conscience until he stands before the American people and tells us in no uncertain terms that Ayers is GONE. I don’t mean gone-til-after-election-day, either. I mean GONE GONE.

You may now resume your regularly scheduled Halloween activities, having been duly advised of this frightening and very inconvenient truth. Do your own research and make up your own minds. But whether it’s a nightmare on Elm Street, a nightmare on Wilshire Boulevard, or a nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue, it’s still a bloody nightmare.

I’ll give the last word to another martyred hero, John Lennon, who got it right in 1968 when he sang:

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be all right
all right, all right

You say you got a real solution
Well, you know
We’d all love to see the plan
You ask me for a contribution
Well, you know
We’re doing what we can
But when you want money
for people with minds that hate
All I can tell is brother you have to wait!

Revolution by the Beatles, hereby dedicated to dangerous fools like Bill Ayers and those who follow him

* For further study and supporting documentation, please see below:

Video of RFK Jr. defending Bill Ayers on the Oct. 17th CNN broadcast. (The Ayers portion of the debate can be found near the end, at appx. 4 minutes into the clip):

* Read lengthy excerpts from Prairie Fire here courtesy of the aptly-named ZombieTime blog, who originally broke the story on Halloween. While their reporting is decidedly far to the right and should therefore be taken with a few grains of salt, the scanned book pages presented on their site are of high-resolution and free to download. After comparing them side-by-side against an original copy of Prairie Fire, they are also no doubt, authentic.

Also, here’s a link to the video as reported exclusively tonight on Hannity and Colmes. Never thought we’d actually be posting a link to Fox Noise on this blog, but folks, this isn’t a matter of left and right. It’s about RIGHT and WRONG. And this is just wrong on so many levels, it defies all reasonable logic. It wouldn’t matter to me which news organization broke the story, so long as it is accurate. And unfortunately for all who loved Senator Bob Kennedy, it is.

 

(* DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this editorial are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the Kennedy family, or the owners of this website.)

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Poll: How Worried Are You About Election Fraud in 2008?

Please take a moment to vote in this poll and let us know how worried you are about the possibility of being disenfranchised in this year’s election. Unlike some election officials, we promise to COUNT YOUR VOTE!

Protect yourself! Check out “7 Ways To Steal Back Your Vote” by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Greg Palast at our sister site, RFKJrNews.com and also be sure to download a copy of the FREE voter guide sponsored by RFK Jr. and Palast at http://StealBackYourVote.org.

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Is Your Vote Safe?

KENNEDY WARNS OF MASSIVE ELECTION FRAUD SCAM IN 2008

RFK Jr. with Sen. Christopher Dodd (D)

RFK Jr. with Sen. Christopher Dodd (D)

 

*This is a transcript from the September 20th broadcast of Ring of Fire, the weekly Air America radio show hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Mike Papantonio.

 

This week, Bobby and Pap outlined many of the tactics already being employed by Republicans to steal this election – and asked why Democrats aren’t doing anything to stop it.

Bobby: “There are about 30 scams the republicans are deliberately using, particularly in the swing states to get democratic voters off the rolls. These scams originate in the so-called Help America Vote Act which was passed after the Florida debacle in the year 2000. It was originally suggested by democrats and republicans but it was passed by a republican congress with a republican senate and a republican president. And instead of reforming what happened in Florida it basically institutionalized all the problems that happened in Florida. And institutionalized a series of impediments that make it very difficult for democrats to register, for democrats to vote and then for democrats to have their vote counted.

“One of these requirements under HAVA is called “the perfect match” and what that does is little known but it is devastating. A quarter of the voters in Colorado have just been removed from the rolls because of this–just this one scam. And what it does is they use a computer system to compare your registration application to all other government records of you in the state. So they’ll look at your social security records, your motor vehicle records and any time you’ve had any interaction with the government and if there is any information on your voter registration that is different than the information on another government record that they find they remove you from the voting rolls.

“For example, if I registered as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and yet my motor vehicle license said Robert Frances Kennedy Jr. I’d be removed from the rolls. If your initial is different, if you leave an initial out, if you leave a “Jr.” out, if you leave a hyphen out in your name. And what they’ve done is a study in New York that said 80% of the errors are errors that were done by state clerks who are taking down this information. And particularly immigrant communities that people tend to vote democratic, people have names…spell Muhammad with an “o” instead of a “u” (crosstalk)

Pap: “Are the democrats suing to stop this?”

Bobby: “No, the democrats are doing nothing to stop it. In New Jersey, which is a swing state, 300,000 voters in New Jersey were just sent letters saying that they are now ineligible to vote. New jersey is nice enough to actually notify them–most states will not even notify them. And New Jersey intends to send out 870,000 letters so that is three quarters of a million people off the voting rolls in a state that could decide this vote by 50,000 votes. And these are democrats that are being pushed off the rolls.

Bobby: “Let me tell you about one other of these scams people should know about. If you’re a newly registered voter–and of course the democrats have done these gigantic registration drives–12 million people on registration–if you’re a new voter you MUST include your license or some other state I.D. when you come to vote. What that means is that if you’re a college kid (and college kids now–they’re sending in absentee ballots–they’re not going to the voting place, they do everything online or they do everything remotely–they don’t dream of going to the precinct house voting on election day and waiting in a long line) so if they send in the absentee ballot and they don’t include a color copy of their license their vote is going to be thrown into a trash can. And none of these people know this because you have had to read the law in order to know it. So there is no notification for when you fill out your registration form, so all of those 12 million people that the democrats have registered: those ballots are going to be just thrown out.

Pap: “And if democrats won’t talk about this how the hell’s anybody gonna know about it? I’m involved with this kind of thing every day–I didn’t know that until you just told me. The media is not talking about it. How in the hell is somebody gonna find this out? It’s just incredible.

Bobby: “Hopefully–Obama is getting 66 million dollars a month–hopefully somebody in the democratic organization is going to pay some attention to this before election day!”

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RFK Jr. on the 9/11 Truth Movement

What made these towers fall? Inquiring minds want to know...

What made these towers fall? Inquiring minds want to know...

RFK JR: WHERE HE STANDS ON 9/11 TRUTH

In the wake of the 7th anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Ralph Nader’s well-timed call for a “real investigation,” and this blog’s week-long series of features on independent, third-party and true maverick candidates like Jesse Ventura, Nader, Ron Paul, and Cynthia McKinney all who question the official story, many of our readers have been asking us where Robert F. Kennedy Jr. stands on the question of 9/11 Truth.

Some have pointed out that Kennedy’s uncle, President John F. Kennedy, often warned against such an “inside job” happening in America, citing 1962’s Operation Northwoods, his famous anti-secrecy speech (see video clip below), and even a fascinating doodle by Kennedy from late 1963 in which he scribbled “9” and “11” and the word “conspiracy” as proofs that he must have been either incredibly psychic or else knew something we didn’t 45 years ago.

In To Seek a Newer World, Robert F. Kennedy wrote these controversial and perhaps telling words which some have interpreted as a warning to mankind:

“All of us will ultimately be judged and as the years pass we will surely judge ourselves, on the effort we have contributed to building a new world order and the extent to which our ideals and goals have shaped that effort.”

Does this mean RFK saw exactly what was happening and refused the Electric Kool-Aid that was being passed around in the late 1960s? A lot of folks sure seem to think he was blessed with second sight!

Others point to the assassinations of both Kennedy brothers as inside jobs, and openly question how any member of the Kennedy family could fail to see that 9/11 was another coordinated “hit.” How could the Kennedys, of all people, know of this tyranny and not speak out against it, they ask?

So, to put the question to rest, here is what RFK Jr. has said on the record about 9/11 Truthers, the Pentagon plane mystery, bombs in the Twin Towers, and all that jazz.

These comments were made during an interview Bobby did with Philip Shenon, investigative journalist for the New York Times and author of the book The Commission, about the 9/11 Commission. The date of this interview was May 10, 2008, and aired on Ring of Fire, Kennedy’s weekly Air America radio show.

Below are direct permalinks to the interview on the official Ring of Fire and GoLeft.tv websites, so you don’t think we’re making this stuff up! Direct from the source, folks!:

AUDIO LINK – (Interview segment begins about halfway into the hour)
VIDEO LINK – (9/11 Truth issue is raised around 14:20) 

We encourage our readers to take 20 minutes out of their day to listen very carefully to this interview and understand where Kennedy stands on the 9/11 issue.

Many of RFK’s supporters are openly skeptical of the government’s official story about the events of September 11, and the 9/11 Commission. But in the interest of presenting the facts, we want Kennedy’s supporters to know what they are. We do not want any one putting words in Kennedy’s mouth by saying he stands for 9/11 Truth when he clearly does not.

You might think he’s wrong – and feel free to disagree with him – but at least you now know what his take is on the 9/11 Truth movement. We do not censor comments on this blog (avoid personal attacks, and you’ll be welcome here), so 9/11 Truthers are encouraged to express themselves in this forum. Let’s have an open, honest debate. Bring your evidence, bring your facts, and let’s get into it!

Before anyone turns this into a flame war, keep this in mind: Kennedy openly admits in the above interview that he hasn’t taken the time to really look into the evidence. Maybe he should. So our readers who hope to convince Mr. Kennedy can be most helpful by pointing out where he can find the info he needs. Post external links to reputable sources and documents online, or better yet, print out a stack of documentation and mail it to him (that’s the stuff he’ll actually look at – he doesn’t have much time for websurfing). Or call him up on his radio show and ask him about specific 9/11 facts. Perhaps you’ll bump into him at a booksigning and have the chance to talk to him in person. Respectful disagreement is what America is all about, with an emphasis on respectful. At least that’s our motto here.

It’s a tough issue, this whole 9/11 “inside job” thing – one that divides my own family and even this blog’s own editorial staff argues amongst ourselves as to whether “the gubberment did it” or not. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Kennedys themselves are divided over what really happened on Sept. 11. What about RFK Jr.’s supporters? Where do you stand, and do you think Bobby is right or wrong? Let us know…

Example of the JFK/911 Connection perpetuated by many conspiracy research groups across America today, this one in Portland, OR.

 
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Don’t Start the Revolution Without Ron Paul

What, no flag pin?

This week, Rep. Ron Paul refused to endorse McCain and encouraged his supporters to vote third-party in 2008

RON PAUL LEADS CAMPAIGN FOR LIBERTY, CALLS FOR THIRD-PARTY UNITY

WASHINGTON — Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the libertarian-leaning Texas lawmaker who attracted a devoted following in the GOP primaries, held a news conference Wednesday to present a united front of minor-party presidential candidates.

“Presidential elections turn out to be more of a charade than anything else,” said Paul, adding there was no difference between the major-party candidates, Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Barack Obama.

“We represent the majority of the American people,” Paul said, referring to the 60% of eligible voters who don’t cast a ballot.

With Paul at the news conference were independent candidate Ralph Nader; former Georgia Democratic Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party candidate; and Chuck Baldwin, the Constitution Party candidate. Bob Barr, the Libertarian candidate, was invited but said at his own news conference later that he declined because Paul didn’t endorse one candidate.

“We need today, now, 55 days before this election, bold, focused, specific leadership and that is not the amorphous kind that says any of the above or none of the above,” Barr said.

Earlier, Paul called the presidential elections a charade and said voters are faced with the “lesser of two evils.”

The majority of Americans are unhappy with their choices in the race, Paul said. He urged the three third-party candidates to bring all their supporters together to vote against the “establishment candidates.”

Paul, 73, a former doctor, ran for president as the Libertarian candidate in 1988. He is unopposed in the November race for his congressional seat.

Nader derided news media focus on what he called “lipstickgate,” referring to the bickering between the McCain and Barack Obama campaigns over whether a phrase used by Obama was a sexist comment against Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

Nader, a consumer protection advocate, acknowledged differences among the third-party candidates such as government regulation of health and safety standards. But he added that he shares Paul’s support for more opportunity in the political process for third-party candidates.

Nader and the others complained about the difficulty of getting into the debates, which is determined by the Commission on Presidential Debates — created by the Democratic and Republican parties.

“Why are we rationing debates in this country?” Nader asked.

The Commission on Presidential Debates limits debate participants to candidates who have a 15% standing in the polls.

Paul also said he rejected a request from Phil Gramm to endorse John McCain’s presidential bid. Gramm is the former McCain adviser and ex-senator whom the campaign jettisoned after he said the country was a “nation of whiners” about the economy. Gramm defeated Paul in the Republican primary for the Senate in 1984.

Paul said Gramm called him this week and told him, “You need to endorse McCain.” The Texas congressman said he refused.

“The idea was that he would do less harm than the other candidate,” Paul said.

Story from the Detroit Free Press.

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No, They Wouldn’t Dare Steal Another Election…Or Would They?

STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!

*Will the 2008 election be stolen? You’ve GOT to see this video! (Might as well have a laugh, eh?)

But seriously…they did it in 2000, 2004, and may have a plan for this November, too. So be informed and ready to fight back! Be sure to check out Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s article, “Was the 2004 election Stolen?” and learn how he’s trying to prevent it from happening again in 2008.

Bobby is also working with investigative journalist Greg Palast on a separate voting integrity project called Steal Back Your Vote. RFK Jr. appears in the video with Palast below:

Both of these projects, NoVoterLeftBehind.net (a byproduct of the Democratic party), and StealBackYourVote.org (totally nonpartisan) need your support right now! Please consider making a financial contribution to help fund these very worthwhile efforts.

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The “Fearless” Kennedy

(No caption necessary. This photo speaks for itself.)

THE “FEARLESS” KENNEDY

If RFK was the so-called “ruthless” Kennedy, you could call his second son the “fearless” Kennedy.

Considering what the conversation on this blog has been centered on for the past couple of weeks (freedom from fear), our readers may find this week’s Huffington Post article about RFK Jr. particularly interesting.

Reading over this and other coverage around the blogosphere lately, it seems like we’re all basically wrestling with the same questions and thinking the same thoughts that people in 1968 did. There’s plenty of frustration, anger and bitterness to go around this election year, too. Demands for dramatic, sweeping change. Talk of revolution in the air.

Perhaps we experienced some kind of collective “A-ha!” moment when the 40th anniversary of MLK’s murder came around recently (did we suddenly remember what a real hero was?). 

Could it be that Americans are finally starting to realize that we must make a choice — to fear or to fight — and that we can’t have it both ways?

Like any good soldier will tell you, nobody can fight worth a damn if they are consumed by fear. Nor can one feel afraid when they have the courage of their convictions. 

When you’ve been to the mountaintop, you’re not fearing any man. You know the difference between fighting and violence, and that “peaceful revolution” is not an oxymoron.

It’s time for us to lose the fear which has held us back for far too long and to get mentally, physically and spiritually prepared for the fight of our lives. Because we’re in it now, and there’s no turning the other cheek this time. We must understand that We, the American People, are in a defensive (NOT offensive) position – we’ve been pushed to the wall and have no choice but to fight our way out of this.

If we don’t fight now, it simply means we have decided that America is no longer worth fighting for.

I refuse to accept that. And I doubt that Mr. Kennedy would ever choose defeat by default, either.

It’s time for all of us to make that critical choice — and soon! — to choose courage over cowardice; patriotism over partisanship; duty over dissuasion; information over infotainment. It’s time to choose bravery over Britney, and America over apathy.

— Ed.

AMERICA THE ENTERTAINED: ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR. AND THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY

By Alison Rose-Levy

“Most Americans know more about Britney Spears than we do about global warming,” Robert F. Kennedy told the thousands people gathered at last weekend’s annual Being Fearless conference, hosted by the Omega Institute.

Forty years ago when the boomer generation saw its heroes gunned down one-two-three (JFK, MLK, RFK), many hung up the marching shoes and turned towards the inner journey. If we couldn’t face a scary world, at least we could control our own minds. Like Big Sur’s Esalen, the Omega Institute served as a safe place to escape the modern maelstrom, find community, and rediscover inner resources.

But as third generation self-help advice proliferates on the internet, many maturing seekers recognize the it’s not enough to heal ourselves, we have to face the fear, and take action to heal the world that is.

“This is the worst administration in American history–it’s put the worst polluters in charge of all areas of government” Robert F. Kennedy Jr told the conference attendees. As Kennedy, Valerie Plame Wilson, and others modeled a caring, balanced, and integral activism, they nudged the self-help movement out of its chrysalis and into the us-in-action movement. The recurring message was: “You have to speak truth to power. You must act.”

Back in my parent’s day, Kennedys in their prime were entrusted to lead, due to their rare ability to marry hope with competency and offer an accurate diagnosis and cure for our national ills.

In today’s harsh world, the Kennedy warrior of this generation is critiqued, maligned, ridiculed, and often censured by the mainstream news media when he offers an accurate (though discomfiting) analysis of environmental rollbacks, public health care policy, and their attendant health impacts. When Kennedy gave New York Times’ editors an array of DNA, animal, epidemiological, and biological studies that document the link between mercury and neurological disorders, they were so “hostile and antagonistic it was like talking to a brick wall,” Kennedy reported. In the past, the news media looked for investigative pieces. Today they look the other way, uncritically accepting government studies.

“The US has privatized safety research and by extension, the regulation of toxins. Expecting objectivity under these conditions is naïve at best,” says Kennedy, one of the few to connect the dots as:

• Campaign contributors are given posts in oversight of the industries they represent, where they
• Rewrite governmental regulations to protect their industry rather than the public good, resulting in:
• Environmental pollution, misuse of resources, and health care polices harmful to childhood and adult health

“We need to protect the environment not because we love trees–but because we love people,” Kennedy points out. A believing Catholic he questions those who thump the bible, and go on to plunder and pollute the Creation for cash.

“MISINFORMATION UNDERMINES DEMOCRACY” – RFK JR.

The multiple crises we face all occur because vested media conglomerates have replaced a watchdog press, Kennedy says.

Goodbye to investigative journalism, foreign news bureaus, and fair reporting. Hello to misinformation, one-sided spins and cheap entertainment, appealing to the reptilian brain.

What happened? As part of the right to use public airwaves, network television was formerly mandated to provide news coverage even at an economic loss, Kennedy reminds us. But that ended in 1988, when Ronald Reagan abolished the Fairness Doctrine, which permitted broadcasters to cut back their news divisions and abdicate their responsibility to inform. Today, the CBS news bureau which formerly boasted Edward R. Murrow and others, is rumored to be seeking to outsource its reporting to CNN.

“We’re the most entertained, and least well informed country on earth.” Kennedy told the crowd. “Misinformation undermines democracy,” as 30% of Americans get their information from biased talk radio.

The boomer generation has to face facts: on our watch, this country took a very bad turn. The time has come to second activists like Kennedy and make our numbers count. In the allied areas of the organic food movement, integrative health care, health care policy reform, environmental activism, food and agricultural policy, media reform, election and judicial activism and other key arenas, many are carrying the meditation cushion into activism.

 

Story from The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-rose-levy/america-the-entertained-r_b_97000.html

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