What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
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Yesterday was a great day for liberty. Supporters of presidential candidate Ron Paul rallied together to donate $6 million. This was done without any direction from or support of the campaign itself.
The donation record set last month—$4.3 million donated online in one day—was shattered. Also surpassed was the previous record held by John Kerry for the highest amount donated (not just online) in a single day: $5.7 million.
With the records being broken like this, you’d think that Ron Paul would garner more attention from the media. A perusal of the websites for the main media moguls shows an absence of recognition. Some news blogs have covered the story, but their companies have offered no official press.
The bias continues to be made apparent.
Even worse, political items that pale in notoreity are being promoted ahead of this story. Take, for example, the widespread story of Joe Leiberman endorsing John McCain. One commenter posted a response that merits repetition:
So, let me get this straight: You’re putting Joe Lieberman’s endorsement of McCain *ahead* of Ron Paul breaking all political fundraising records? I think 50,000 people endorsing Ron Paul is more important than one second-tier candidate in 2004 endorsing a current second-tier candidate.
Clearly the establishment is not a fan of Paul, who would drastically reduce the size of government and bring our troops home. Many people grow increasingly disenchanted with the mainstream media, as the news they cover fits their pre-conceived desires of what should be passed on to the public.
Newly set records like yesterday’s fundraiser blitz clearly deserve media attention (especially considering the apparent fact that were it any other candidate, the media would be having a field day), and the fact that silence prevails instead shows the utter bias saturating the mainstream media.
He who ignores such grassroots support and fundraising does so at his own peril.