Jan 30, 2013
Right here, babe.
As one who has worked inside major political campaigns and also worked in broadcasting, media publishing, the recording arts and theology since 1978, I have a composite view.
As The California Blogger, I deal daily with California, a place that is not an unheard-of land by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, imagination is a marketable and exploitable commodity here in this fabled land of gold.
Los Angeles, where I have lived for decades, is this society's cultural epicenter and its most famous community is Hollywood, the global capitol of image-building, archetypes, illusions, dreams, fantasies, and blatant lies dolled-up to extract money, power and control from the masses.
Washington, DC has learned quite a bit from Hollywood, a creative community that has long been a welcoming haven for folks who couldn't get work elsewhere for various reasons, such as immigration status, a criminal past, addictions or a same-sex preference.
Hollywood attracts and employs high-strung creative types, like writers, directors, producers, musicians, camera operators, makeup artists, special effects technicians, fashion consultants, stylists, reporters, TV anchors, set designers, graphic artists and narcissistic "stars."
Hollywood is a place where everyone involved works together toward perpetuating a myth, storyline or highly-fictionalized version of reality. Thus, Hollywood is a place which attracts a disproportionate amount of liberally-minded people, or liberals.
Liberals, like any other like-minded group, enjoy promoting their own kind in order to justify and legitimize their philosophies, lifestyles and goals in the public arena, where they wish to advance.
That's Hollywood, though.
Washington, DC is completely different because it affects the public's civil rights, cost of living and availability of opportunities in The Pursuit Of Happiness, right?
Politics and showbiz have nothing in common, allegedly.
Going with the theory that Hollywood and Washington are as far apart as the East is from the West, how can one describe today's Washington, DC as opposed to Hollywood, CA?
Washington attracts and employs high-strung creative types, like writers, directors, producers, musicians, camera operators, makeup artists, special effects technicians, fashion consultants, stylists, reporters, TV anchors, set designers, graphic artists and narcissistic "stars."
Washington is a place where everyone involved works together toward perpetuating a myth, storyline or highly-fictionalized version of reality. Thus, Washington is a place which attracts a disproportionate amount of liberally-minded people, or liberals.
Liberals, like any like-minded group of people, enjoy promoting their own kind in order to justify and legitimize their philosophies, lifestyles and goals in the public arena, where they wish to advance.
I dare anyone to disprove that point.
It is no secret that, for quite some time, the Democratic Party has been attracting liberally-minded voters. Conversely, the Republican Party has long attracted conservatively-minded voters.
Never mind the fact that the Father Of Our Country, President George Washington, hated political parties, advised against joining them, and insisted that such parties would lead to the division of America, and thus our national doom.
In a nation which has long espoused the political philosophy of the separation of church and state, both parties appear more like religions in today's America.
Today, some will tell you the Republican party is the party of Jesus, and the Democratic Party is the party of Satan. Others will tell you the Democratic Party is the party of Ghandi, the Dalai Lama and Lennon, and the Republican Party is the party of Hitler, Stalin and Lenin.
Who's right? Who's wrong? Who cares?
Perhaps such a pointless ongoing debate is simply polarizing theatrics designed to shift focus away from whether weapons of mass-destruction or weapons of mass-destraction are more destructive to the Union.
Chew on that for a minute.
Yes, there is liberal media bias at work, but conservative media bias is still alive and well. Both induce vomiting.
Joining a political party should be neither the act of joining a religion nor the act of coming out of the closet but, apparently, that's where it all appears to be heading, needlessly.
"Good Christian boys and girls" are not pursuing careers in entertainment nor its support industries en masse, so the liberally-minded creative types dominate the showbiz aspects of Washington politics. Add to that the Democratic control of the Senate and the White House, and voila'...
Liberal bias on crack.
In a state like California, which has the appearance of a liberal one-party monopoly on the political process, most individual voters claim to be more conservative in their personal decisions and private lives, ironically.
Some might say it simply proves how powerful the media has been allowed to become in this Media Capitol of the World.
Whom should be blamed for such an imbalanced predicament? The Media, or We The People who continue to buy the cheap crap being doled-out by corporate-owned media shills?
Perhaps the bias, manipulation and steady encroachment on the psychology of the populace is a good thing, and it should be encouraged to escalate exponentially, if not just to force an inevitable breaking point.
Then, perhaps, we can all get back to the days of a political candidate humbly saying, "Hi, I'm so-and-so. I'm asking for your vote. Here's why I deserve it, and here's what I intend to do with it" without cattle first being herded into one of two ideological pens.
Political parties be damned.
Political tabloids be damned.