I am reminded of a story I was extremely interested in and wrote a couple of articles about a few years back. A couple in New Hampshire, Ed and Elaine Brown, were summoned to court to answer charges of tax evasion. They didn't believe there was a law requiring them to pay income taxes and as much as said so. The court refused to allow them to present over thirty different defenses for their actions to a jury. At that point, the couple figured the court system to be unjust and corrupt and so refused to take part in their own railroading. At that point their house came under siege by federal agents. I wonder if the same thing will happen to Barack Obama. Wouldn't that be something, to see the White House surrounded by federal agents as Mr. Obama refuses to surrender? I very much doubt that will ever happen. Perhaps if he decides to become a tax protester? Maybe not.
This isn't the only time that what should be a major news story is all but completely ignored by the corporate mainstream media. An interesting example is the Ron Paul phenomenon that's been going on for quite awhile now. It seems that when people wake up to the message of freedom they feel empowered and many will do what they personally can to help spread the message. That's why one sees so many Ron Paul supporters actually becoming involved while supporters of other candidates simply sit in their chairs, watch the tube and huff and puff about how "crazy" those Ron Paul people are. They prefer to sit in denial and vote for politicians that have proven themselves corrupt rather than look into a candidate who has a verifiable record of honesty, or they'd just as soon vote for a continuation of the criminal status quo for fear of what real change might bring to their personal lives.
Here's something that made me go "hmm." There was a special late night caucus in Nevada involving orthodox Jews and other religious folks who couldn't vote on the Sabbath and had to wait until past midnight. These are folks you would figure would be voting for anyone other than Ron Paul because they would disagree with his stances on foreign policy. Somehow he managed to capture 58% of their votes. I wonder if that had anything to do with the fact that they counted the votes, on paper ballots, right there in front of everyone so all could see. Complete transparency makes it very difficult to rig an election. Just saying.
Well, I guess that election fixing isn't really all that important to Americans, at least not if you ask the corporate mainstream media. If it was, maybe they'd pay more attention to Bev Harris at Black Box Voting who's been investigating such accusations for years. Seems that maybe our elections aren't so fair and honest as the corporate media would have you believe. But, hey, the people of the United States aren't raising that much of a stink about it and most people line up on election day every four years to cast their vote for president and slink away for another four years believing they've done their bit to maintain a free society. Why get any more involved than that?
One might ask the questions, "Why would the press not want to report such important stories? Wouldn't breaking such news stories help increase their circulation or viewers? Wouldn't that lead to more earning potential for them?" These are valid questions and the answers would be "I don't know" and "yes" if we had a truly free press in this nation. The problem is we haven't had a free press in a very long time, if we ever truly had one at all. The most watched networks and the most read newspapers are owned by a very exclusive group of but a few people. These people are very wealthy and very powerful, and they certainly do not want to easily surrender that power. If you think any of these corporate news entities are going to honestly inform you, think again. Sure, they might report honestly on some stories of no real consequence, but anything that has to do with issues that will be truly important to the way the world works and how that affects your life, forget it. They are going to either ignore such issues and hope you do too, or "spin" (a code word for lying or disinforming) them in such a way to help their friends and colleagues benefit.
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