Sometimes just sitting here looking at the blank page, wondering how to fill it is the most relaxing part of my day. I close my eyes and think about a hundred things I would like to say, but most of them are thoughts too trivial to share, or best kept to myself. I am under no pressure to write, it is done purely for my enjoyment, and to leave for my children, and others, a record of things I think worth sharing.
Unfortunately for our society there are far too many media types who are under a deadline, and who apparently feel no such compulsion to self-edit. Yesterday I was reading the blog Legal Insurrection, a conservative political blog I like because it does stay pretty low key in its approach, it has a regular feature on Saturdays called “Saturday Night Card Game” that deals with someone who has used race for political purpose. This past Saturday’s posting was particularly inflammatory [here]. In this video Ms. Finney points out that Mr. Cain is only a feel good candidate for the racist Republicans and a “black man who knows his place.” It is an interesting observation from a liberal Democratic strategist, whose sole purpose is to destroy the opposition, not to build a nation. Unfortunately she is not alone in the media, and the same inflammatory rhetoric is apparent on both sides.
When you have so many channels and so many hours in a day to fill up, reasoned thought does not seem to be a consideration for most media political discussion.