On The Record
Dr. Skip Myers
Registered Sex Offenders for Edgefield
PO Box 972
State and Federal
Local Political Parties
Chamber of Commerce
The Jail Report
New York Times
New York Post
Los Angeles Times
past articles please visit our Archives
Writer Senses Nation Becoming "too democratic and mob-like"
web posted November 14, 2011
I sense that our nation is becoming too
democratic and mob-like in judging people and situations seen in the
news media. We believe our armchair opinions are more important
and valid than the constitutional due processes of justice. We
are allowing television and news portrayals of people’s character to
mean too much.
We’re stereotyping people and assessing guilt when they are only
accused of wrong doing. We’ve turned ourselves into witch
hunters…the hands of God; it doesn’t matter whether the accused is
really guilty—they look guilty, and since we’ve been treated unfairly
at some point in our lives—somebody should be punished. “Damn the
torpedoes; full speed ahead”—“Off with their heads”—“Guilty!”
Stop and think. The news is a business. Business must
market itself and draw in customers. These 24/7 news shows are
paid for with advertising dollars. Who owns the companies paying
the advertising dollars? Will the news agency deliver accurate
news if it is not in line or “acceptable” to their financial
backers? I suspect not. How can we fairly judge a Joe
Paterno or Herman Cain when we’re hundreds of miles away? How can
we really determine guilt or innocence—or even understand circumstances
surrounding their situations? The business of marketing the news
knows we crave salacious gossip and scandals. Gossip gives us
conversational fodder and makes us feel important—our opinions matter.
One thing is for sure—we’re turning into an angry mob and we’re
dangerous to one another in this mindset. We’re blogging;
whipping ourselves into a furor and righteous anger. We’ve taken
gossip to a global level via our internet connections. Who
cares if what we repeat is true—it feels true. These “people” are
guilty and shameless and need to be punished! We’re doing more
than throwing rocks into glass houses—we’re demanding to crush the
houses. We’re mighty with our keyboard “pens”!
Seriously, how can we judge what’s in a man’s heart? How can we
gauge the measure of a man’s lifetime of work? How can we
determine the balance of good vs. bad that one man’s life has had upon
others? Is a man or woman fatally “bad” before or after one
deed? Can a man or woman be redeemed, repent, and turn toward
doing good? If so, it is definitely too late to rebuild a
lifetime of character after the “court of popular opinion” has
assassinated a reputation.
The only rational answer lies in examining our own hearts. Would
we want people judging our lives on so little actual firsthand
information—or on an accusation? If we work in the public, we can
be accused or sued. If the accusation is reported in the news,
the public judges us as guilty whether we’re guilty or innocent.
Shame on us.
Is our next step as a society to assassinate everyone’s character—a
veritable free-for-all, Salem Witch Trial of the 21st century? We
may become the next victim and ultimately no one will be safe from the
murderous, French Revolutionary-like angry democratic mob rule.
Why don’t we all take an hour to re-read the U.S. Constitution to
understand the protections our Founding Fathers put in place to protect
us from such mob rule. They witnessed the French Revolution and
the murderous effects of unbridled democracy; they gave us a rational
republican form of government for good reason.
So—be careful how quickly you believe the news media and set your
blogging fingers flying across the keyboards. You could be the
next witch being hunted and drowned!
Ashley Whitlock Burns
© Copyright 2011 All material is property of
EdgefieldDaily.com and parent company and
cannot be reproduced,
redistributed without the expressed written permission of Edgefield Daily.com
We still need recipes for Cooking Section
WEBNEWS – Send in your favorite or
favorites. There is no limit to the number of recipes you can send in.
Help create an exchange of local favorites, home cooking,
grilling, sauces, and deserts! Send in your submissions here.