If the Sept.10 Advocate editorial page is an example, I could not characterize our local newspaper as a minion of the “liberal media.”
First there is Billy Acrement, who goes all the way back to the Democrats of the 1960s to defend the racist philosophy of Republicans in 2012. The Democrats he mentioned, George C. Wallace and Robert Byrd, would have long ago switched parties, as many of their compatriots have.
Then Acrement goes over again the oft-repeated GOP rhetoric about how much universal health care will cost, and complains that Barack Obama is incompetent, while objecting to the simple truth that the policies of the Bush administration were the largest single cause of the current recession.
Meanwhile, Janis Schear seems to be saying that if we suffered during Hurricane Isaac it is our own fault, and that we, along with the desperately poor of the world, should take full responsibility for natural disasters, and that everyone should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Her message is that self-responsibility is the only way a person can be dignified.
So why do we pay taxes, if not to ensure that the government is there to help when disaster strikes or when we are too old, young or disabled to work?
Last is the column by Jordan Blum highlighting the congressional battle between conservative Charles Boustany and ultraconservative Jeff Landry. While the election of either candidate will not make a whit of difference in the Republican battle against Americans’ quality of life, he discusses at length the support for Landry and Todd Akin, of forcible rape fame, by Tony Perkins’ homophobic hate group, Family Research Council, without so much as an editorial opinion. To me, an endorsement from FRC should have the same effect as an endorsement from Al-Qaida. Yet Blum benignly refers to FRC as simply “socially conservative.”
All in one day’s Advocate: three opinions about how to make America a worse place to live. Now we just need another praise of Teach for America and a screed from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The conservatives will think they have reached Nirvana and never complain about the “liberal media” again.
Thank the Lord Jesus Christ this far-right annoyance does not happen every day.