The Business and Media Institute — Guarding the news of our Free Enterprise System

The engine of America’s freedom and prosperity (yes, they go hand-in-hand) is our system of free enterprise. It is under attack now more than ever in a steady march toward facism. No, I don’t think I’m being an extremist in stating that.  That march has become a rush and it is fueled to a great extent by the so-called main stream media.

Want to find a source of credible information about attacks on our system of free enterprise?  Here is a bit about the Business & Media Institute:

Before the Media Research Center (MRC) launched the Business & Media Institute (BMI) in 1992, there was no entity in America devoted solely to analyzing and exposing the anti-free enterprise culture of the media. With the BMI in operation, that void has been filled.

The mission of BMI is to audit the media’s coverage of the free enterprise system. It is our goal to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media. Providing resources for journalists, such as connections to sources who can speak intelligently about the economy, is one way we pursue this end. BMI is the economics division of the Media Research Center, and it is the only organization in the world dedicated to the unique challenge of correcting misconceptions about free enterprise in the media.

BMI has produced numerous pieces of research, many of which received critical acclaim in the national media. BMI focuses on the culture of the free enterprise system. Analysts research and assess material concerning taxes, regulation, government spending, the environment, Social Security, and business.

via About BMI – The Business and Media Institute. http://www.businessandmedia.org/about/about.aspx (accessed 11/18/2009)

They have a nice newsletter to which you can subscribe here.

Networks Ignore Alliances, Thuggery and Lobbying of SEIU

Members of the self-proclaimed fastest-growing union in North America have started fights at town hall meetings, share office space with ACORN and spent over $60 million to elect President Barack Obama.

via Networks Ignore Alliances, Thuggery and Lobbying of SEIU, By Julia A. Seymour
Business & Media Institute, 11/18/2009

That ACORN is still allowed to run amuck with our tax dollars and, according to many sources and reports, commit voting fraud, is NUTTY.  Read the above-mentioned story.  It tells two tales.

The first tale is one of yet another organization that is having a heavy, and (according to some) possibly illegal role in influencing the Whitehouse and federal policy in general.

The other tale is the continued turning-of-the-head by ABC, NBC and CBS to critical allegations that the public has the right to know — matters that are much more newsworthy than digging dirt on Sarah Palin.  Allegations that if true, and if constructively covered up by the so-called main stream media could amount to no less than a conspiracy further damage these United States of America.

The lesson? Find trustworthy alternate news sources, seek out this information, and share with your friends. I just did. Will you?

WHERE are the voices for freedom?

A battle for freedom is being fought half-way around the world in Iran, and on every communication medium in existence from cell phone videos on You Tube, to Twitter, to Facebook, and beyond. The rebellion for freedom and fair elections rages and blood flows in their streets. Highly visible personages risk their lives by openly opposing tyranny. The parallels to our own American Revolution are not lost … except here in America.

Where are our voices in support of the fight for freedom, in Iran and elsewhere? Is it not ironic that the American Revolution was bred, fostered, fought and won by “radicals” — by people whose social and political agenda was not unlike liberals of recent years?  The liberal factions in the U.S. for decades have touted themselves as the real freedom-fighters.  I don’t agree that they’ve had any exclusive right to claim that badge, indeed they have not (witness our civil rights legislation passed by the conservative party), but the liberal faction has indeed claimed it.

So where are “they” now? Where is our President’s voice? That of our usually-quite-vocal Secretary of State Clinton? Why do we (the corporate “we”) not learn the lessons of the past, the lesson that you can’t play footsie with regimes such as that in Iran and North Korea?

This morning on Bill Bennett’s show, he had a marvelous guest who spoke with great knowledge about the Middle East and the Obama administration’s lack of understanding of that part of the world and the utter failings of it to address the Iran crisis intelligently. Fouad Ajami is the Director of the Middle East Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University and he argued persuasively against the hedging approach of pretending to be with the current Iranian regime in case it prevails, and our failing to openly support the dissidents. Good reading includes the following piece by Professor Ajami in the Wall Street Journal online:

President Barack Obama did not “lose” Iran. This is not a Jimmy Carter moment. But the foreign-policy education of America’s 44th president has just begun. Hitherto, he had been cavalier about other lands, he had trusted in his own biography as a bridge to distant peoples, he had believed he could talk rogues and ideologues out of deeply held beliefs. His predecessor had drawn lines in the sand. He would look past them.

via Obama’s Persian Tutorial – WSJ.com.

The article is a good education about Iran and the naïveté of our current diplomacy there. His most salient point is:

The president has to choose between the regime and the people in the streets.

I agree, do you?  America stands for something — individual freedom. We need to speak out for freedom and liberty whereever the battle is being waged.  Perhaps we need to start at home.

CNSNews.com – Obama Taking U.S. in ‘Descent into Marxism,’ Soviet-Era Newspaper Commentary Says

(CNSNews.com) – A commentary published in the once-official newspaper of the Soviet Union heralded America’s “descent into Marxism” citing the United States’ takeover of General Motors, poor education standards, and the election of Barack Obama as president.

via CNSNews.com – Obama Taking U.S. in ‘Descent into Marxism,’ Soviet-Era Newspaper Commentary Says.

The lead sentences in the article explaining how the descent will be (has been?) accomplished:

  • “First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system….
  • Secondly, “their faith in God was destroyed,….
  • “The final collapse,” said the Pravda article, “has come with the election of Barack Obama.  … spending and money printing …  If this keeps up … America at best will resemble the Wiemer Republican and at worst Zimbabwe.”

And if anyone doubts that Marxism is to be avoided, take it from someone who should know:

Russian “Prime Minister Putin, less than two months ago, warned Obama and UK’s Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster,” the article said.

DID THIS GUY GET IT RIGHT OR WHAT? – de Tocqueville

In “Democracy in America,” Alexis de Tocqueville anticipated people being governed by “an immense, tutelary power” determined to take “sole charge of assuring their enjoyment and of watching over their fate.” It would be a power “absolute, attentive to detail, regular, provident and gentle,” aiming for our happiness but wanting “to be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness.” It would, Tocqueville said, provide people security, anticipate their needs, direct their industries and divide their inheritances. It would envelop society in “a network of petty regulations — complicated, minute and uniform.” But softly: “It does not break wills; it softens them, bends them, and directs them” until people resemble “a herd of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

via DID THIS GUY GET IT RIGHT OR WHAT? – Nealz Nuze on boortz.com.

Wow. Prophetic? Read more. Not a partisan comment at all, but does any of this sound like what we hear from government circles today? I’m looking for my copy of Democracy in America now.

The preceding is an excerpt from a column by George Will,

“Upside-Down Economy”  via George Will : Upside-Down Economy – Townhall.com.

And another view/description:

“Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.”

Ayn Rand

All of the focus in the national discussion, outside of conservative talk shows, is about the national deficit and debt (a bit of discussion about those terms in another blog entry). The real discussion should be about the loss of liberty. Truly, our freedom is at stake in the current federal government trends, not just our pocket books — our fundamental freedom.  That the government would be so attentive to our every need is … ludicrous … and quite dangerous. It would then “be the only agent and the sole arbiter of that happiness.” (Tocqueville as quoted above).  Not you, because you have abdicated your personal responsibility and placed it in the hands of others.

Thank a Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine

(this ‘piece’ was originally written on my church website, but I thought I’d start a place to discuss it here, given the timeliness of these events).

These comments are in no way intended to be political, but merely on
the occasion of the successful elections in Iraq to repeat the
oft-offered appreciation for those who serve in our military and other
national and foreign services. I say the successful elections
in Iraq because they happened. That alone is success as were the
formative steps of our own country’s liberation from tyranny in the American Revolution and the march to the Declaration of Independence and a Constitution, culminating in the mightiest protector of freedom in the world.

I’m watching Fox news at the moment and there is a terribly wounder soldier — horribly
maimed and scarred — who is touting the success in Iraq, stating that
“this is what the soldiers who have died have sacrificed for.” The news
article was featuring the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes.

their site wrote:

Every day a  wounded veteran and their family must struggle to overcome the loss of
a limb, significant burns, or even the reality of being in a
wheelchair. Our mission is to help them overcome these obstacles and
resume a productive and fulfilling life.

I hope we will take a moment to think of, pray for, and thank those who
serve and who have served, including our own Corporal Matthew Matula
(a member of Trinity Episcopal church) who, among others, gave his life so that others — in Iraq and beyond — could have the opportunity to live freely as do we. I’m confident
that even in their daily grief, Matt, Toni and Anthony know that
Matthew contributed to something that exemplifies what America is all
about.

Even as I write this, the news channel has video of Iraqis
going to the polls in numbers and in spite of the terror and threats of
consequences of doing so, stepped out in public, showed their faces and
even had their hands stamped with the blue ink “brand” as one who
voted. Facing guns, bullets and bombs, the Iraqi people may have voted
in higher turnout than do we in this country — initial reports are of
a 68% turnout. And it wasn’t easy, they had to walk to the polls since
the roads were shut down.

That this is happening in Iraq (click here for background on Iraq) is not what’s important.

The point is that it is happening anywhere.
Iraq is not the first country that America has liberated, but it’s the
first one in a very long time. We’ve given them the opportunity and no
matter the end result, we gave them our best.

So, my God-fearing and worshipping friends, it being my opinion that the religious segment
of this country is what keeps freedom and democracy alive, I just
wanted to share these thoughts with you. As one who does his little
part for freedom and democracy by the daily dispensing of justice, I’m
proud to worship at Terrific Trinity (my euphamism for the great place where Jennifer and I are privileged to worship) with each of you. What we Trinitarians do is important and indeed is part of this world-wide
reverberration of freedom.

As I close, please pray for all military personnel and especially for those from or with ties to Trinity:

Clint
Barkley, Will Barkley, James Barrineau, Paul Bogert, Michael Cobaugh,
Robert Eaton, Jr., W.A. Fisher, Joseph Fletchel, Tom Garven,
Christopher Hernandez, Dawn Hernandez, Serena Hokkanen, Marlin Horton,
P.C. Hudson, Andrew Hyde, Tucker Lewis, David Little, Yancey Loyless,
Craig Normand, Mark Roberts, Thomas Searle, and Tommy Sharp.