Let the revolution begin

War, Winston Churchill said, is too important to be left to the generals.

True enough. It can also be said that war is too important to be left to Presidents…or Congress…or to politicians.

While we're on the subject of what should be left to whom, let's conclude that politics is far too important to be left to either politicians or journalists.

Thomas Jefferson saw a free press as a necessary check and balance to the arrogance of government but that check fails when the press itself is not free.

Today's media is, for the most part, corporate owned, bureaucratically-controlled and intellectually dishonest. Even today's so-called "independent" web-based media is mostly driven by business plans, fat cat venture capitalists and philosophical constraints.

The left-wing Huffington Post is a business with some 75 paid employees working out of a loft in SoHo. The right's NewsMax is backed by billionaire conservative Richard Mellon Scaife.

When business controls journalism, business concerns control the news. A handful of media companies control the nation's newspapers, television stations and radio outlets.

Time to change that. Time to put news back in the hands of ordinary citizens who are fed up with the status quo. Time to take "citizen journalism" off the table of panel discussions and put it into the hands of, well, citizens.

That's why Capitol Hill Blue this weekend opened up its web site to any reader who wants to blog and become a citizen journalist. You don't need to agree with the philosophy of the owner of this web site. I own this place and I don't subscribe to any party or philosophy anyway. You don't have to belong to any political party or subscribe to any particular philosophy. You just need to be a concerned citizen who wants to take part in a revolution against the status quo.

Our blogs are open to Republicans, Democrats, lefties, righties, independents, liberals, conservatives or political agnostics.

We want to spark discussion – open, honest discussion – into the many problems this nation faces as we head into the November Presidential election.

We want to know what's going on out there in America – not filtered through a television newscast or a pundit's column but from you – the citizen in the street, the person most affected by what happens in the voting booth in 11 months.

Will it work? Heck, I don't know. I'm reminded of a quote in the movie, Citizen Kane, when Kane's guardian, frustrated by the millions Kane is willing to lose in his newspaper "whim," asks: "Charles is this any way to run a newspaper?"

To which Charles replies: "I don't know how to run a newspaper. I just try anything I can think of."

Some warn me that this idea will fail because opening the site up to the masses, they say, is "doomed to fail because it will turn into a mob instead of a movement."

Perhaps. I'm hoping it doesn't and I'm willing to gamble it won't.

The end result depends on you – the readers of Capitol Hill Blue.

Join us. Let's prove the naysayers wrong.

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17 Responses to "Let the revolution begin"

  1. DejaVuAllOver  January 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Back in the founding days of our country, there were some interesting battles between Ben Franklin, who ran a newspaper, and his mostly-ally Tom Jefferson vs. Alex Hamilton and the Federalists, the GOP of the time. Hamilton thought the “little man” was incapable of making good decisions, so power should be left with the wealthy and elite. T.J. and Franklin disagreed, and fortunately democracy won, last time. Let’s hope it doesn’t flip-flop…..
    I’m a Buddhist and wouldn’t be surprised if Hamilton walks among us, again.

  2. dobro2837  January 14, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Mr. Thompson,

    you are correct.

    To all the readers, including you I say: Enjoy the wonder of Al Gore’s internet for as long as you can because; the internet is one of the biggest threats, if not the biggest threat the federal government has.

    The internet is a threat far larger than the private ownership of firearms because the internet is knowledge, which is something the federal government would rather you not possess.

    The internet has been on borrowed time since its first day of operation. I only needed a few days online to figure it out.

    So folks: WAKE UP !!!!!

  3. Sandra Price  January 14, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Dobro. I happen to agree with you. Our greatest threat is the Patriot’s Act. They can close down the ‘net at any time. I wish people had more respect for the internet and would stop promoting porn before the Congress calls a halt to it. My own emails are so filthy I’m changing my address again and again.

    I realized this amazing tool for information 13 years ago and found so many abused it with threats to others and spreading terrible rumors about people just for the hell of it. My question to you is “How do we wake up?”

  4. Cobaltkid  January 15, 2008 at 12:54 am

    Don’t look now, but…….our wonderful government is already planning ways to monitor evrything in cyberspace. See Wall Street Journal 1/13/08 article on Mike McConnell wanting to “tap into cyberspace”. Sorry, I was unable to link article.

  5. ekaton  January 15, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Here ya go, Cobalt.
    I read this story just before I checked in here.

    http://rawstory.com/news/2007/US_drafting_plan_to_allow_government_0114.html

    – Kent Shaw

  6. Sandra Price  January 15, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Here’s another issue to ask our candidates! I think we can assume that the Republicans will absolutely go for this intrusion; except for Ron Paul. I know that Google has my name on 3 pages of information but they are not all me! If Google can follow me around, I expect our government can as well. I wrote a blog on a possible war with Iran here and it was on Google the same day. A couple of years ago I had an article of mine sent to a site and it was followed up with another article, using my name, with information that was false. That’s the internet. I would fight to keep it open and away from the government.

    I have a new website ready for use under an assumed name. After the election, if there is any hope for any freedom left, I will change my age, my sex, my name and keep fighting for individual freedoms. I am one pissed off old lady!

  7. pollchecker  January 14, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Good for you Doug. You are right about the press. They are NOT impartial. People forget they are owned by RICH FAT CAT CORPORATE TYPES who are receiving big benefits under GWB’s tax cuts.

    And it’s easy to see their prejudice in the coming election by just watching the news.

    But I won’t be blogging though. I’ve had enough personal attacks to just say NO in 2008!

  8. LurkingFromTheLeft  January 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Steve Earle said this

    …back in 2004 -

    http://www.steveearle.net/discography/revolution.php

    …let’s get it started –

    …better late than never -

    LFTL

  9. anthny  January 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

    anthny:I have noticed in the past couple of months that regluar people who thought that Bush was on the right path have changed there minds. Most now can see through the deception of the one party system and the canadates who are running for office. And the regular people have seen through Congress and the Senates partisanship relations with Bush and his Neo-Cons.
    The people have always been a little slow to wake up to reality, but the tide is turning in favor of a real republic with more than just the regular two parties.
    We need to run these so-called professional politicians out of town and have them charged and arrested for crimes againist humanity, should be a start to get them out of the District before they completely turn us into a police state.
    There are not a lot of people happy about the new drivers licence with the chip inside it, brought to you by homeland security and Chertoff, who holds dual citizenship between US and Isreal. Where is his and the many who are in Bushs regime, where are there alligence? You can’t serve two countries at the same time.
    This revolution starts within your own mind………….

  10. ekaton  January 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    There must be a way to hack those chips, or to out and out destroy them without obvious damage to the license. Monkeywrench the system wherever you can whenever it encroaches upon your constitutional rights.

    – Kent Shaw

  11. Sandra Price  January 14, 2008 at 10:08 am

    It seems that the voters in 2006 told D.C. they wanted the war to stop and the Conservatives to stop agreeing with Bush.

    Yet our Republican candidates are running on a possibility of staying in Iraq for many years and electing a new President who will continue to take us into more wars for oil.

    The people spoke and D.C. ignored their actions. I believe that the results of 2006 were the push to bring Ron Paul into the election and apparently I was wrong. Americans love war!

  12. ekaton  January 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    I believe the same could be said of Clinton, Obama and Edwards in regard to your second paragraph. They talk about partially ending the Iraq occupation but leaving troops for “training” purposes, etc.

    I don’t believe “Americans love war”. I do believe that the leaders of the military-industrial-congressional complex love war for profit. (Ike’s first draft included “congressional” but the political correctness squad, even back then, convinced him to drop mention of the third pillar of the program.)

    – Kent Shaw

  13. CheckerboardStrangler  January 14, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Is there room for multimedia?
    I’m certainly well equipped and I play well with others and know how to take direction!

    JeffH in Occupied TX

  14. Flapsaddle  January 14, 2008 at 11:32 am

    “News” is a manufactured product targeted to a particular demographic. It always has been and probably always will be so.

    Today’s media is, for the most part, corporate owned, bureaucratically-controlled and intellectually dishonest. Even today’s so-called “independent” web-based media is mostly driven by business plans, fat cat venture capitalists and philosophical constraints…When business controls journalism, business concerns control the news. A handful of media companies control the nation’s newspapers, television stations and radio outlets.

    All of it contains some element of truth, the raw material to be conformed to the target audience. Editoral policy really decides what the “news” is, or else a reporter who understands what his/her editors want to see. Independence goes only as far as not affecting the old bottom line.

    Thus, when someone talks about the “liberal MSM”, they are describing one manufacturing facility – just as someone refering to the “right-wing MSM” is doing nothing more than refering to another manufacturing facility. Each takes the “truth” – just like Ford and GM take the same steel and aluminum – and constructs its alternative narrative of what is happening. Like two lawyers looking at exactly the same set of facts, each tries to spin them in a manner that will convince a judge and jury that the facts describe a glass that is half-full or half-empty.

    Most respectfully,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  15. remoran  January 14, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    “Never stop questioning.” Einstein

    Right On!!!

  16. ekaton  January 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    “When business controls journalism, business concerns control the news. A handful of media companies control the nation’s newspapers, television stations and radio outlets.”

    And, in the case of broadcast news, the FCC has not only allowed this to happen but actively promoted it. This is one more example of the fascist turn this country has taken.

    Any time you read of “business-government partnerships” or “public-private partnerships” you are reading of one more step toward fascism.

    – Kent Shaw

  17. DejaVuAllOver  January 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Bravo, Doug. But the revolution has been going for quite a while, now. And as someone who formerly worked in the TV biz, we’re up against some big money, big power and an ideologically and racially driven agenda. And the race is against time. IMHO we could be driven to war with Iran any minute, by the same racist and corporate forces who control the media. At that point, THEY win, we lose. And the planet loses BIGTIME.
    So, fight any way you can, before it’s too late. Thanks for doing more than your fair share, Doug.
    Here’s a link to a good site that sends email petitions out to readers, and has been very dilligent about fighting the recent consolidation of media networks, etc.

    http://www.usalone.com/in.htm

    Sign up for their newsletter….. I don’t think anyone ineterested will regret it.

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