Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Everyone else is doing it, so why can't I?

Driving to work this morning, I was listening to NPR as usual. Carl Castle (sp?) reported that Sandy Berger had resigned from John Kerry's campaign. He continued on to report that there were concerns that Berger had supplied the Kerry campaign with insider information concerning the 9/11 investigation. This was followed by a sound clip of Rep. Dennis Hastert saying that he certainly hoped there hadn't been improper activity. Of course, Hastert made no direct allegations, but the insinuations were there. Hmm... It's a day before the 9/11 report will be released; Cheney goes to the Hill to meet GOP leaders just before the news is leaked; Kerry's campaign is outfundraising the Bush campaign; Bush's approval ratings are in the toilet; the Berger investigation has been going on since October; the Democratic Convention begins in a week. The timing, however, is still a complete coincidence, right?

How much of this must we endure before public outrage spills over and people actually take action?

Of course, when even the NYTimes and NPR jump on the spin bandwagon with the choicest soundbites, there seems little chance that the U.S. public will ever get an accurate enough picture what is going on. And an uninformed people is an easily manipulated people.

That said, my goal (call it a mission if you want) with this blog is to point up the news stories and corporate messages and how dangerously we the people are being manipulated on a regular basis. Why? Because I want to do whatever I can to make the world a better place for my daughter Anna who turns two tomorrow.