Tuesday, October 25, 2005

District 21/23/25 Newsletter

The trick or treat for this month is that we're not going to have the usual monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday at 6pm at the Hawaii Republican Headquarters, 725 Kapiolani Blvd. Many of our regular attendees will be off the island, and others are "too busy," so rather than swim upstream, trying to generate interest when people are anticipating the holidays, we'll wait for Bob Kessler's return in November, as the driving force behind these meetings, before we convene again.

Generally, people get very busy during this last quarter of the year, and don't get politically involved again until the campaigns become more apparent and organized -- and the districts meetings merge into the individual campaigns -- after the district, county and state organization conventions early in the beginning of the year. As usual, many of the districts without an elected incumbent, are wide-open to the possibilities -- so feel free to come up with some.

The Democrats, on the other hand, have only the big problem of deciding who among them to sacrifice for early retirement by running for governor against Linda Lingle. The major deterrent is that nobody cherishes the prospect of getting on the same stage and having to debate her -- because as good as she was in the last election, she's become much better, and there's nobody on the horizon, in the same category as a public speaker and debater, with her mastery of government issues and concerns.

In the past, many just got up and faked it, and since their opponents faked it too, nobody knew the difference. But now we know what authenticity sounds like, the standards have been raised. Rather than get too hung up on specific issues and outcomes, what is important is that we have a higher level of integrity, expectations and performance from our elected officials -- and if we think we could do a better job, that's what this country is all about -- the freedom to participate and even be the elected official.

What I think is most important is maintaining a constant intellectual and moral presence -- that is not controlled, as it has been in he past, by one political party and its accomplices, presumptuously speaking for the people, but not allowing the people to speak for themselves. That was the control by the old media hierarchies. Appeals to rectify these biases fell on deaf ears and so people everywhere realized that with the Internet, it is now possible to create alternative publications, often referred to as "blogs." That's probably where the major battles of the 2006 elections will be fought and won. In the past, they've popped up around the elections to provide misinformation, disinformation and confusion -- that gets picked up as fact by the mass media.

So I suggested that we create and sustain a blog that transcends this lifetime of political expediency -- that establishes and maintains a Republican voice throughout the year -- at http://hawaiirepublican.blogspot.com/ . It's open to anyone's input and comments. Many say they check on it regularly but so far just lurk -- as readers often do for a while before contributing. There's a link to it on the Hawaii Republican homepage -- http://www.gophawaii.com/ , as Blog! Publish your input as a comment and I'll repost it as a new entry -- if it merits more attention. But I allow all the comments without censorship -- which has long been the problem with most moderated forums in Hawaii. Freedom of expression seems to be a very difficult concept for the Island culture to embrace. Somebody is always claiming the right to speak for everybody else.

The real beauty and strength of this country is the inviolable right of each individual to speak for themselves. That's what this blog is about. I'm not claiming to speak for anybody else. That is the new blog style and why it is so effectively powerful. The power is not claiming to speak for everybody else; the power is speaking one's own truth for ourselves.

That's the shift with profound implications. We don't simply all stand around powerlessly telling the president or governor what to do; we provide our own insight that the mass media doesn't have room for, or isn't on their agenda. We can create our own media -- to ensure that our message gets out. We can't leave that to the kindness of others anymore -- especially now that we can provide that for ourselves. Even if we don't, the others assuredly will -- and have. Republicans are just naturally communicative and articulate, and should leverage that advantage. Change can come only when the underlying culture and society has a predisposition for change; otherwise, it will defend the status quo, increasing the resistance against change, and nothing can be done.

6 Comments:

At October 26, 2005 2:51 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

Perhaps the most urgent and pervasive problem of these times:

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October, 2004: 'POISON PRESS: How the big media's death throes are heralding a stunning information revolution'

The scandalous pre-election hucksterism of CBS News and other "big media" organizations – their usual facade of objectivity worn thin by their zeal to elect John Kerry – doesn't even begin to reveal their monumentally destructive influence on America, according to the newest edition of Whistleblower, titled "POISON PRESS."

"This amazing issue on the news media literally begins where other exposes of the press leave off," said Joseph Farah, founder and editor of WorldNetDaily and Whistleblower.

That starting point, of course, is that the "mainstream press" is very far out of the mainstream. In fact, a poll of 153 national journalists at the Democratic convention showed three times as many supporting Kerry for president as Bush, while the 50 or so Washington-based journalists surveyed favored Kerry over Bush 12 to one.

"However," said David Kupelian, managing editor of WND and Whistleblower, "this issue of Whistleblower is not about how the press is too 'biased' or 'liberal' or 'left-wing.' That's old news – very old.

"What this Whistleblower issue does is document how the 'old media' are literally the creators and sustainers of what many Americans perceive as reality, very much like the malevolent computer program in 'The Matrix' film trilogy."

That is, the issue reveals dramatically how, in issue after issue – the presidential race, the Middle East conflict, abortion, "gay rights," the terror war and others – the "virtual reality" created in the public's mind by the establishment media is profoundly and provably at odds with reality.

Much has been made of the CBS News scandal in which Dan Rather and that network's executives stonewalled the entire world – even the rest of the press – defending the obviously bogus documents Rather and "60 Minutes" had featured for the intended purpose of bringing down a U.S. president.

"But that was just the time they got caught," said Kupelian. "What about the other thousands of news stories that form the fabric of confusion, cover-up and deceit that passes for 'political analysis' in the establishment press?"

"POISON PRESS" unplugs the media matrix program and helps readers view the world through fresh eyes, and not those of agenda-driven manipulators in the major media.

But that's only part of what's contained in this special Whistleblower edition dedicated to the news media.

Fortunately, "POISON PRESS" also documents conclusively that the "Old Media's" decades-long monopoly on the news is slowly but inexorably coming to an end. At the same time, the inspiring present and awesome future of the Internet-based New Media is laid out as never before.

Contents of "POISON PRESS" include:


"The way back to a free press" by Joseph Farah, a fascinating and prescient look at the future of American journalism, and proof that "the old days" of lockstep print and TV news are gone forever.

"The collapse of America's media elite" by Hugh Hewitt, an upbeat, inspiring and fact-based piece on how the Internet is causing a true journalism revolution.

"The media matrix" by David Kupelian, a groundbreaking look at how the press creates a virtual-reality world most people think of as real.

"Castro, good. Reagan, bad" – how a classic and in-depth poll of students at America's premier journalism school showed their preference of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro over President Ronald Reagan.

"Impartial" editor blasts pro-lifers" – about how a Reuters editor lashed out at National Right to Life after receiving a routine press release from the pro-life organization.

"The poll was wrong" – showing how when U.S.A. Today's post-Democratic convention poll didn't show the desired "bounce" for John Kerry, the pollsters extended the polling period until the poll came closer to reflecting the newspaper's intended outcome.

"They're terrorists – not activists," by Daniel Pipes, who asks, "How many ways can the media avoid using the word 'terrorist'?" See the long list of almost two dozen preferred terms – including "perpetrators" (New York Times), "gunmen" (Reuters) and "radicals" (the BBC) – used by the biggest news organizations, all to avoid using the "T-word."

"Hillary's enemy list" by best-selling author Richard Poe, a revealing, behind-the-scenes look at how Hillary Clinton led a "secret war" against Internet journalists, one of the central and most persecuted figures being WND's own Joseph Farah.

… and much more.
"I guarantee, no matter what you've read about the news media, you've never read anything like what's in this issue of Whistleblower," said Farah. "This is Whistleblower at its best – so insightful and thought-provoking that it literally changes the way you see the world."

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At October 28, 2005 1:03 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

The Republican Party has been disappointing. I have attempted numerous times to assist and have gotten no feedback. They are the reason why we could not build on the momentum of Lingle in '02 and Bush in '04. I am also disappointed with the leftward shift of this party to accommodate middle of the road voters who are more liberal. Government and spending has grown under this supposed Conservative President. It is disheartening to see our party assimilate the Democrats. The Republicans are beginning to alienate the Conservative Base, maybe the Conservatives need to break away from the Republicans to send a message.

My opinion.

JMD

 
At October 28, 2005 1:09 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=47084

Public has had it
with both parties
Battleground poll reveals Americans disillusioned with government

Posted: October 28, 2005
1:00 a.m. Eastern

A just-released political survey by George Washington University contains bad news for Democrats and Republicans because it lays bare a public seemingly disenfranchised with both major parties.

The Battleground poll – unique for its inclusion of top Democrat and Republican pollsters – shows a definite slide in support for President Bush and the GOP. But the survey contains little good news for Democrats as a viable alternative.

The poll found just 44 percent of the public is satisfied with President Bush's job performance – a figure well below his two-term average but still slightly higher than other recent polls showing his approval at all-time lows.

"The mounting casualties of American troops in Iraq, the higher gas prices certainly put a dampening on any of the good news about the economy, and you had the surfacing scandals with Republicans in the House, the Senate and the White House, potential scandals," said GOP pollster Ed Goeas.

While a Republican retreat in the polls normally means good news for Democrats, there is little evidence Americans are enamored with the opposition party, survey results indicate. On a host of issues – Iraq, homeland security, the economy – Democrats don't fare much better, the poll indicated.

"There is a real void right now in terms of what the alternative is. And right now, Democrats suffer from the fact that Americans are disillusioned and distrustful of government in general," Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told Voice Of America. "They tend to be feeling more negative about the Republicans, but not particularly positive about the Democrats."

Goeas believes Democrats' inability to capitalize on Republican weakness is actually encouraging.

"But the Democrats, whether you look at the image of the Democratic Party, whether you look at Democrats in Congress, not only did not gain anything, they actually had their negatives go up some during this period of time," he told VOA.

And, the survey noted, Republicans continue to hold an edge in the public's eye on issues related to taxes and terrorism. Democrats, meanwhile, fare better with health care, jobs and education.

The mid-October poll surveyed 1,000 registered likely voters nationwide. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.

 
At October 28, 2005 4:24 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

JMD,

Unless you’re willing to run for elected office yourself, you’ll never find a public official who will articulate your point of view as forcefully as you’d want them to. That being the case, we have to decide from those willing to run -- with a likelihood of winning, who will best represent us in these affairs we’d rather not tend to ourselves.

There are appropriate places for carrying on the discussion of what the “more perfect society” would be, now that whole worlds of forums have been created by the Internet, most notably. They exist largely because individuals take it upon themselves to make it happen.

Likewise, the Republican Party, as well as the Democratic Party, only exist as far as individuals make it happen. If you are a Republican, then you are the Republican Party, and nobody else is -- doing all the neat things you think somebody else ought to be doing. That is just the simple fact of the matter.

I’m actually one of those people you talk about who used to be on the other side; for most of my life, I was organizing the counterculture and alternative views -- rather than being an establishment, conservative Republican. But like many of the former stalwarts of out-of-the-mainstream culture, I saw a disturbing takeover by the radical and irresponsible left, that made me realize those were not my peers, but largely anti-social impulses -- rooted in the ideology of perpetual division and conflict, always creating the divisions in society, arguments, and class warfare.

Leading thinkers were beginning to realize there was no resolution in constantly creating these divisions -- of the left and right, liberal and conservative, even Republican and Democrats -- but that the more perfect society subsumed all these differences -- and that is really what is happening everywhere, but not reported in the mainstream media because that is their whole reason for being anymore -- reporting on these conflicts, and if there are none to report, creating them in their editorial pages.

They are the root of the conflict in society -- pitting one against the other. They have no language and sensibilities for reporting society in harmony, working things out, making fantastic discoveries daily. They need to create and promote the controversies to keep the interest of those dwindling few who grew up in that age of conflict -- and don’t know how to deal with a society quietly and relentlessly evolving to a better society, if it means they no longer have a central role in the distribution and control of information. The world they can report on, no longer exists.

We are the living.

 
At October 28, 2005 5:41 PM, Blogger Mike Hu said...

In Hawaii, I think the line of demarcation is those who are defenders of the status quo and those who are for change.

Those who are defenders of the status quo, say they are for change -- as long as everything stays the same.

 
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