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May 21, 2007--
End or Win War in Iraq, some say "the buck stops here" (with George Bush), but Miller
insightfully says "the buck STARTS here" (with us).
Dennis Miller's 20070520 "The Buck Starts Here" video, which needs to be watched by the
"independents/middle-roaders" who watch "The Daily Show," the "Colbert" report and similar fare for
"insights" into the news, will be appreciated by those of us who watch those shows for insights into
the minds of defeatists and moral dilettantes. The link to that video is here.
(Hat tip to HotAir here.)
However, unless we who understand the stakes find ways to get the attention of the "independents/middle-roaders" who actually draw insights from such shows, from the skin-deep,
"if-it-bleeds-it-leads" mentality of the traditionally dominant news media (a.k.a. MSM), and from Creative
Coalition "insights" regularly planted in entertainment, the defeatism crowd will win because they've
influenced "independents/middle-roaders" enough to cause polls on support for the war in Iraq to nose-dive and thereby influence weak-kneed politicians who worship polls to abandon, or flirt with
abandoning, the effort in Iraq.
Between now and the 2008 election, the only mean for influencing such politicians is to
influence "independents/middle-roaders" in order to influence the polls in order to influence the weak-kneed politicians. How can we do it? We don't have a "Creative Coalition." We don't have
meaningful influence in the "MSM." We don't have Soros' money. No "Swift-Boat" version of a truth-squad media campaign has emerged. Too many non-defeatists foolishly think the solution is to
be "harder" on "conservatives" in the next election on every "conservative" issue (spending, entitlements, borders, etc.) except, of course, Iraq, which will, by then, be lost if defeatists continue
getting their way. That approach will succeed only in closing the barn door after all the horses are out.
We need to figure out a way to reach the minds of "independents/middle-roaders" in order to
change the results of polls so that they reflect a determination to succeed rather than fail in Iraq in
order to influence weak-kneed, fence-sitting politicians, who worship the results of polls, to support
success rather than failure. Who can/will step up to the plate and organize an effective, nationwide,
professionally crafted truth-squad campaign to educate "independents/middle-roaders" in order to accomplish this result?
Many of us say (convince ourselves?) that we're "already doing all we can do," but most of what
we're doing is the equivalent of "preaching to the choir." A common phrase that pre-dated baby-boomers coming to power in the wake of the 1970's began with the words "If I don't do it ...." The
pre-baby-boomers-in-power version of that phrase (especially during World War II) ended with "someone else will have to do it." The baby-boomers-in-power version is "someone else will." We need
to restore the sense of moral responsibility reflected by the former phrase or else our legacy to our
posterity will be the amoral, self-serving, narcicistic, rationalistic standard reflected by the latter.
Isn't that the real point Miller is making? The "buck" starts here-- i.e.,
with us. It focuses us on our need to counter the latter by recognizing that if we don't figure-out how to do it and then do it,
no one else will. Let's get started. Those of us who have any contacts with any anti-defeatist in any facet
of the media must cajole, beg, plead with, and persuade them to join in a collective effort to craft and
implement a media campaign to defeat defeatism. Now!
Jim Wrenn, Editor at WrennCom.Com; Editor at PoliSat.Com.
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