The 11th Doctor: (screwdriver buzzes moving frantically ) It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…

Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

The Doctor, Obama & the Press Corps, 2012

The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which

George Orwell Animal Farm 1945

The Master:  there is no human race. There is only the Master race.

Doctor Who:  The End of Time Part 1  2009

Four years ago in December of 2009 The End of Time, the last episode of the David Tennant run as Doctor Who came out.  It was released in two parts.

The climax of episode was the fruition of the Master’s plan to take over the world.  It took place at the same time as a press conference where Barack Obama was going to announce a secret plan to solve all the world’s economic problems.  All during the episode before that point people in the story spoke with anticipation of this event.  From the break truck lady:

SarahAnd don’t forget tomorrow night. The Christmas broadcast. President Obama.
Tommo: Oh?
Sarah: He’s promised to end the recession. Bad times will soon be over, Ginger.

To Donna Noble’s Husband to be Shawn

 Here are the presents. I’m sorry, I couldn’t afford much, but not for long, if President Obama ends the recession tonight.

To the self-confident villain Joshua Naismith who was trying to secure eternal life for his daughter:

  But it’s time for the broadcast. The President’s grand initiative. You might want to see this, sir. Proof that the human race can mend it’s own problems.

Oddly enough Russell T. Davies writing actually reflected the real life opinions of many in the world after the Obama victory.  After all less than a year later a few months earlier Obama would win a Nobel Peace Prize for not being George Bush.

But the bit of writing that catches my eye the most also interesting was how they wrote the reaction of the fictional reporter Trinity Wells who opened the presidential press conference with this:

And now, anticipation is rising as we go live to Washington. Here, on Christmas Day, the President has promised an instant and radical solution to the worldwide depression. Barack Obama will lead us all into a new age of prosperity!

Remember this is supposed to be a fictional reporter but it brings to mind this declarative statement from Mary Katherine Ham about Mark Halperin:

WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOU, MARK HALPERIN?

who supposedly is not.

What is the  source of her frustration?  This interview with Laura Ingraham subbing for Bill O’Reilly where she asks Mr. Halperin this:

Forgive me, but I don’t think Time Magazine was doing cover stories on a lot of concerns that were raised back then that were routinely dismissed by many in the media, ideological, as just mean-spirited, turns out most of the Republican concerns about Obamacare were right.

and he answers with this:

Laura, there is no doubt that the press failed to scrutinize this program at the time of passage and during the context of the president’s re-election. Any reporter who would argue otherwise would be putting their head in the sand. As we write in “Double Down,” the problem for the Republicans in the re-election context was you nominated, Republicans nominated Mitt Romney, a guy who was not very well positioned, to say the least, to make the case against Obamacare because he passed the healthcare plan in Massachusetts.

Seriously it’s an actual real reporter and saying this?  Ace Marveled at his words:

MKH immediately points out the inconvenient fact that there was no presidential election in 2009 to early 2010, when Obamacare was rammed through the Congress, and Mitt Romney was not the nominee of anything yet, except as the first name in Jen Rubin’s Crush Book.

as I did earlier concerning Tom Brokow:

But neither my question nor Ace’s wistful wish:

If only we had some kind of institution whose primary mission it was to scrutinize the claims of politicians , contact experts, and report the major facts about major new legislation to the public.

can change facts.

Stacy McCain may have seemingly had it pegged:

“Liberal bias is not a matter of unfairness, but rather a matter of dishonesty — deliberately ignoring some facts, and misrepresenting other facts, in order to misinform the public by portraying to them a politically falsified view of events and personalities.”

Particularly when you hear stories like this:

Fox News’ Ed Henry tweeted the announcement: “MSNBC hosts relocated to West Wing today: @WeGotEd @Lawrence @ezraklein arrived for apparent meet w/President (Fox’s @TheJuanWilliams too).”

He was referring to a private chat with Mr. Obama that included Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, from MSNBC, Ezra Klein of The Washington Post and Juan Williams, of Fox News.

But to understand how far modern journalism has fallen the master’s plan in the End of Time illustrates it best, He operates the device he is captured to repair but he re-programs it sending a pulse throughout the world so the entire human race…becomes a copy of him.

After former Barack Obama, now a copy of the Master announces that he’s President of the United states the newly altered press room reacts thus:

From Doctor Who The End of Time Part 1
From Doctor Who The End of Time Part 1

and looking at that picture five years later and listening to the words of Mr. Halpern and seeing stories like this:

A left-liberal magazine’s publication of an article titled “The Republican War on Competence” would have seemed unremarkable at just about any point in this columnist’s adult lifetime. But this article, by Jeff Shesol for The New Yorker, was published yesterday–with a Democrat in the White House presiding for the 51st day over the most stunning display of governmental incompetence since Prohibition, maybe since Nero. In that context, it’s like a dispatch from a different planet.

I can only conclude that the only difference between the Master Race in fiction and the Reporter race of reality are the faces.

Here is the sequence if you want to see it

Update: Corrected the timeline on the Nobel Prize

THE GOP & THE AMERICAN BLACK VOTER

Perhaps no other phenomenon has perplexed the Republican political establishment as to why it is that in every Presidential election of recent memory that upwards of 90% or more of the Black vote always seems to go the Democratic aspirant for President.

For years the Grand Old Party (GOP) has wondered what it must do to increase its share of minority voting participation.  There was one time in which the (GOP) was the natural home of the Black American voter.

Perhaps a historical analysis would be helpful at this juncture.  Let us take a brief look at American during the midst of the Civil War.

The year was 1863 and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the blacks living in the Confederacy from perpetual bondage and servitude.  Blacks – or Negroes as they were referred to back them were elated and proclaimed that Lincoln was mightily used by “Divine Providence” to set them free.

Over the next few years, the Republican controlled congress would pass landmark legislation which included sweeping changes to our national character:

  • The Republican controlled 38th Congress that passed the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery; the Republican controlled Congress passed the14th Amendment that granted freedom to the former slaves; and the Republican Controlled 40th Congress passed the15th Amendment that conferred the voting franchise on Black Americans.
  • Furthermore, from the end of the Reconstruction Era of 1877 to 1932, Black Americans identified the (GOP) as the party of Liberty, Political Freedom, and Economic Growth.

What happened to change this political paradigm within the Black American community where they left the Republican party and defected to at that time the party of the Ku Klux Klan and States Rights?  This writer suggests that the Black vote was lost to the (GOP) due to three watershed Presidential elections – each sixteen years apart – from a 32 year period from 1932 through 1964 ( Presidential elections in 1932, 1948, and 1964).

1932 – America was in the midst of the “Great Depression.”  The incumbent President was the Republican Herbert Hoover.  Mr. Hoover was bewildered over why the economic downturn which began on Black Tuesday in 1929 was so persistent.  President Hoover offered America a “balanced-budget” and Governor Franklin Roosevelt of New York offered America an unbridled optimism later to become known as his New Deal.  For the first time in history, many Black Americans abandoned the party of Lincoln and cast their votes in large numbers for a Democrat for President.

President Roosevelt created his “ Black Brain Trust” which was an early harbinger of a “Black presence” in a Cabinet position and he signed an Executive Order 8802 in 1941 which banned discrimination in the Defense Industry.  The order also established the Fair Employment Practices Commission to enforce this new policy.

1948 – The incumbent President was Harry Truman.  Many political observers thought that the 33rd President of The United States was in over his head.  Mr. Truman did not possess the natural charisma of Mr. Roosevelt.  However, President Truman did several things that forever endeared him to Black Americans:

  • 1947 – President Truman became the first sitting president to ever address the convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); this was an unprecedented step by an occupant of the Oval Office;
  • 1948 – President Truman signed an Executive Order desegregating the nation’s military.  Again, in Ancient Rome, one of the quickest way for a person outside of the empire to gain citizenship and credibility was by serving in Rome’s legendary army.  President Truman knew that as Whites and Blacks served together in the military that the walls of Jim Crow segregation would eventually come tumbling down;
  • 1948 – President Truman signed another Executive Order outlawing discrimination within the Federal Government

These bold moves by the 33rd President of the United States enabled him to gather 80% of the Black “Negro” Vote on Election Day in November of 1948.

1964 – Sixteen years later, President Lyndon B. Johnson was running for the office of the Presidency against Senator Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona.  In the summer of 1964, President Johnson signed the historic Civil Rights Act which was one of the most sweeping pieces of “human rights” legislation passed anywhere by any government in history.  The Civil Rights billed outlawed the remaining vestiges of “Jim Crow segregation” in both the North and the South and it prepared the way for Black Americans to fully participate in all aspects of American Political, Economic, and Social Life.

Unfortunately, while 80% of Republicans in both the Senate and the House voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Senator Goldwater opposed the bill on “Libertarian / Constitutional grounds.”

[This writer is a lifelong admirer of the late Senator and notes that Mr. Goldwater’s devotion to “Constitutional principles” was unassailable.  However, while Senator Goldwater was “legally correct,” he was both “politically and morally” on the wrong side of this historic issue.  In his native state of Arizona, Senator Goldwater worked tirelessly to desegregate the military and to integrate many of the institutions in his home state.  Liberals often forget that Mr. Goldwater despised segregation, but his chief concern was the unwarranted accumulation of power by an overarching Federal Government (was he an early proponent of “Tea Party” convictions?  Smile!).

On election night in 1964, President Johnson received 94% of the Black vote and the final nail in the coffin took place – Black American voters now solidly identified with the “Democratic party.”

If the GOP is to make inroads into both the Black and Latino constituencies, then there must be a carefully laid out and concerted long-term strategy – similar to the one carried out by the Democrats from 1932 through 1964 – that enables the GOP to stay true to its beliefs in “limited government,” but at the same time expressing to politically displaced minorities that the GOP – to quote former President Ronald Reagan – is a “big tent” that welcomes ALL PEOPLE who subscribe to the vision of our founding fathers in Free enterprise, Religious Liberty and Limited Government.

Darth Vader:  I am altering the deal, pray I don’t alter it further

The Empire Strikes Back 1980

Former slave: (selling his captors to slave traders) Do unto others before they do unto you, that is survival and economics!

Groo:  (drawing swords) Groo will do unto you!

Groo the Wander #5 slavers Epic Comics July 1985

Davros: Never forget, Doctor, you did this! I name you forever: You are the Destroyer of Worlds!

Dr. Who Journey’s End 2008

One aspect of this Senate rule change is how it makes everything more extreme.

One of the reasons why a this republic works is the respect for the rights of the minority. The Senate is the perfect example of this.

Thanks to the (old) rules of the senate a party even if they had no power elsewhere, with 41 votes in the Senate could still have an influence on government. This restraint was critical

1. It meant that a party had to hold a large super majority 60 votes to push through people unchecked. That assures that a nation would be strongly united behind such decisions before taking them.

2. It meant there was a brake on the extreme of a party could not push through a radical, even with a majority, because if they went too far the minority could stop it

3. It decreased the incentive for fraud, as long as there was a minority able to check them there is less on an incentive to take large risks or skirt illegality to gain a majority

And there is one other point that is very important to consider in a country as well armed as ours.

One of the reasons why we have had, with one exception, a history of peaceful transfers of power is that even an armed minority no matter how upset,  could always count on their rights as a minority to be respected due to our shared culture of such respect.

Today the “United” States is a country with two different cultures growing ever apart and at the same time (or because of it)  we are dealing with polarization and distrust at levels we haven’t seen in dozens of decades.

What does such move, in violation of promises made,  say to a people who already distrust the word of those in power and no longer share the same cultural values?

The left will no doubt argue, this change is limited, it doesn’t involve the supreme court, it doesn’t involve legislation.  That argument is meaningless.

Ask yourself, if there was a supreme court opening pending, if there house was held by the left rather than the right, do you REALLY think Harry Reid, who promised not 6 months ago that he would not do what he just did, would have excluded such people from the rules?  And given that Sen Reid had promised not to make this change what is the basis to assume that this will not happen again if circumstances change?  Who is foolish enough to believe this is where this is going to stop?

This change is going to have horrible consequences, it will give strength to the party extremes, it will make the stakes even higher for those seeking to use government to obtain power or wealth and it will inflame the passions of those who feel their rights are being violated, not something you wish to do in a land as well armed as ours.

Unless the senate reverses itself and I mean fast, within a few weeks, this will lead us further down a path that will be so destructive to this country that future historians will marvel that the leaders would have been so foolish as to take such a step.

Update: Reason (via Glenn) nails it

Update 2: That didn’t take long:

Thursday, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) called for more reforms.

“This has been escalating for a long period of time and it was time to stop it and that’s what we did this morning,” Harkin said. “Now we need to take it a step farther and change the filibuster rules on legislation.”

1st Romana: But you can’t just spent the fifty years fishing.

4th Doctor: Well, of course not. I’d get bored.

Doctor Who, The Androids of Tara 1978

Irving C. Saltzberg: Just because I have an idea it doesn’t mean it’s great. It could be lousy.
Writer: It could?
Irving C. Saltzberg: Yeah! What d’ya think?
Writer
It’s lousy.
Irving C. Saltzberg: There you are, you see, he spoke his mind. He said my idea was lousy. It just so happens my idea isn’t lousy so get out you goddam pinko subversive, get out!

Monty Python’s Flying Circus 1969

Most people understand the concept and appeal of the “Yes man”.

“Yes men” demonstrate power. By forcing others to conform to your opinions you Demonstrate your power generating fear from those beneath you.

“Yes men” create conformity: Because of fear yes men tend to gather together in a group each simultaneously trying to blend in for safety while trying to please the master at the top of the chain.

“Yes men” feed ego: People love to be told they are right, Yes men by definition constantly affirm the leader of the pack thus feeding the ego of the leader.

If there is one this a yea man is not, it’s interesting. Continue reading “Wanted a Reasonable Liberal for the 4th Bob Beckel Chair”