liberal ["liberalis" L - suitable for a freeman, generous; "eleutheros" Gk - free] (adj) generous, open-minded, not subjugated to authoritarian domination; (n) one who believes in liberty, universal suffrage and the free exchange of ideas. elite ["eslire" Fr -- to choose fr.L "eligere" -- choose] (n) the choice part; best of a class; the socially superior part of society.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Where are the media?

People convicted of notorious crimes such as attempted sodomy, seditious words, extortion, fraud, and perjury were punished publicly in the pillory as a way of destroying the reputation of the convict and signalling public distaste for the crime.
[T]he culprit (most were men) was placed on a platform with his arms and head placed through holes in the wooden structure. He was normally required to stay there one hour.

The pillory turned so that crowds on all sides could get a good view, and the crowd expressed their disapproval of the offence by pelting the offender with rotten eggs and vegetables, blood and guts from slaughterhouses, dead cats, mud and excrement, and even bricks and stones. Some died from the abuse, despite increasing efforts by constables to protect the convict, by forming a ring around the pillory.
In some cases of seditious words, however, the crowd applauded the convict, pelted him with flowers, and collected money to present to him after his release.

Below, Daniel Defoe is pilloried for dissent while a crowd of sympathizers
attempts to give him food and water

With the denials, exposees and facts issuing from sources -- mainly outside the mainstream media -- pertaining to our administration (see below, & c) Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Rice, John Snow (he's had it coming since the bamboozlepalooza tour), Gale Norton, Bill Frist, Rick Santorum, and most of all: Tom DeLay, should be getting pilloried from New York to Los Angeles, Miami to Seattle in the mainstream media.

Let's face it, these people are rogues. Shame on the American people for giving them power, for allowing ourselves to be deceived and trusting these no-goodnicks, but Americans are naive.

The press and the broadcast media have a RESPONSIBILITY to inform the public about our leaders in our government. Otherwise, the media are of no value and will be replaced after being pilloried along with the megalomaniacs they're protecting from the American public's justifiable outrage.


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