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A Way Around the Mainstream Media
Changing the Journalistic and Political Paradigm in America

-by Scott Rohter, February 2012

How smart is it to keep raising hundreds of millions of dollars to support Republican candidates, and then turn around and hand it over to the liberal mainstream media in order to try to get them elected?  Frankly I think it’s just a waste of time.  It's a waste of our money too. If you are a conservative you should know that all of this money will only be used against you in the General Election, and it will only be used to elect more Democrats and liberals who will continue to over tax you, over regulate you, and generally make your life more miserable. Isn’t it obvious that we are following the wrong paradigm?  It is an unproductive paradigm which will never yield the results that we want. So then why do Republicans keep on doing this year after year after year?

Let me offer a plausible explanation for what is obviously a behavior that is as inconsistent with reality as it is with conservative principals and goals. It is the idea that we can continue to use the liberal media to promote Republican candidates without suffering any adverse consequences. One of the definitions of insanity is the notion that we can continue to do the same thing over and over again and expect to get different results. The reason that so many Republicans keep using the liberal media is because the Republican Party is controlled by progressives. Ronald Reagan encountered such fierce opposition when he ran for the nomination in 1976 that he didn't win, but he wasn’t the first or the last conservative to experience a backlash from the progressive wing of the Republican Party which is determined to maintain an iron grip on the Party leadership.

Richard Nixon was not really a conservative, but he was at least marginally better than his liberal opponent in the Republican primary. His Republican opponent in 1968 was Nelson Rockefeller. Nixon experienced resistance from the progressive east coast establishment of the Republican Party who supported Rockefeller. These progressives refused to relinquish control of the Republican Party to someone they considered to be an outsider from California,  but Nixon being the practical man that he was made the necessary concessions to the east-coast plutocracy in order to win the Republican nomination in 1968. The only thing that even remotely resembled conservativism about Richard Nixon was his strong anti-Communist positions, but he even abandoned that in the end in order to open the door to trade with Communist China.

On the other hand Barry Goldwater was a real conservative, at least when he ran for President, and he definitely experienced a progressive backlash from fellow Republicans when he ran for the top spot on the Republican ticket in 1964. His opponent in the Primary was also Nelson Rockefeller who was one of the key Establishment figures within the Republican Party, but Goldwater was an exception. He actually won the Primary in spite of the fact that he was a real conservative.  Nevertheless the fierce resistance he experienced and the very open hostility against him from the Republican Establishment was the reason that he lost the General Election. He was soundly defeated by Lyndon Johnson with the help of Republican progressives and liberals in the media which collaborated and refused to support Goldwater in the General Election. The mainstream media portrayed Barry Goldwater as some kind or a right wing nut who would endanger the peace of the whole world if he was elected.

The perennial resistance to conservatives within the Republican Party goes a long way back, even farther back than Barry Goldwater. It goes all the way back to the election of 1952 when Senator Robert Taft, the son of former President William Taft and his erstwhile running mate, General Douglas MacArthur were sidelined in the Republican primary by the progressive wing of the Republican Party because of their fierce anti-Communist views.

It’s actually hard to know whether it was their fierce anti-Communist views or whether it was really their overall reluctance to take orders from the progressive east coast establishment which are the real powers behind the Republican Party that angered the plutocracy so much.  In any event “The Establishment” got behind Dwight D. Eisenhower who then picked Richard Nixon as his running mate. That is how Richard Nixon eventually became President. That was also pretty much the end of Taft and MacArthur.  Neither one were ever heard from basically again. The real conservatives in 1952 were obviously Taft and MacArthur who enjoyed broad popular support from the American people and the conservative base of the Republican Party. It was thought that they were a shoe-in to win the General Election, but that didn’t take into account the fierce opposition from within the Republican Party Establishment and their determination to commit all the necessary resources that they could muster in order to defeat them. “The strategy of the progressives has always been to get the two most liberal candidates nominated in the Primaries and then to elect the most progressive candidate in the General Election.”

For a long time real conservatives in the Republican Party have been given the short end of the stick so it came as no surprise when Michele Bachmann decided to ditch her House seat and run for President that her Presidential aspirations went absolutely no where in 2012. Along with Congresswoman Bachman, Senator Rick Santorum and Congressman Ron Paul have also been the objects of scorn and ridicule, and their Presidential aspirations were also largely ignored and overlooked by the GOP Establishment and the media, but there is a way around this perennial and perplexing problem. There is a way around this stranglehold that the mainstream media has on the Republican Party and our elections.

I have been writing articles about politics for a long time and I keep focusing on the flawed mechanics of how we in the Republican Party nominate our candidates... These are what I call the three M’s of electioneering:  Money, Madison Avenue, and the Mainstream Media.  Electioneering only serves to enrich and empower the liberals who own the mainstream media.  Our elections have become nothing more than a big cash cow for the networks.... a boondoggle, a political golden calf to be milked for all its worth. ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX News all raise huge sums of money by broadcasting political advertisements. So what can we do about it?

When Ross Perot ran for the Presidency he referred to "a great sucking sound" which was the noise of millions of American jobs leaving our country and going south to Mexico, but he was only partly correct.  It is also the sound created every four years by all of the money being drained out of our pockets and being deposited into the bank accounts of the campaign finance committees for all the candidates running for office and then being re-deposited into all the bank accounts of the New York liberals who own most of the television networks and the radio conglomerates like ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, Cumulus, Clear Channel and Bicoastal Media. There is nothing more counter productive than this. Is there anything we can do to put an end to this corrupt system that controls our elections and empowers our opponents?  I believe there is.

I believe there is a way around the mainstream media and the choke hold that it has on our news and politics in America. Conservatives can be heard and we can get our message out without relying on the mainstream media, and we can educate and inform voters without depending on their talking heads.  We do not have to drop any more dollars into money pits that are openly hostile to our values. 

The realm of politics has been taken over by very greedy people with very small minds.  As the great 18th century Irish statesman, Edmund Burke remarked, ”A great nation and little minds go ill together."  The greatest nation on earth is worth saving. Freedom is worth passing on to the next generation, but too many Americans expect too much from government. They put too much trust in government to solve too many of their problems. That is why government keeps growing and taking more of our money. Washington wasn’t created to solve the everyday problems that we all face. It isn't going to be easy to preserve what remains of our freedom without rapidly returning to the principles of limited government upon which our country was founded, but we can win the hearts and minds of the many misguided Americans and we can win elections too. It just requires a new way of thinking. It's requires the kind of thinking that will not be forthcoming in the media, nor from our public and private colleges and universities because too many of them are controlled by the same liberals who own the media. You can bet that we won’t be getting any help from them.  We will never win the long term battle by continuing to spend massive amounts of money to advertise in the mainstream media. They will only continue to take our money and use it to publish hit pieces against us or to produce fake news stories designed to marginalize us.

"The truth, the political truth, and nothing but the political truth.
A journalist has no better friend than the truth."
- Scott Rohter

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