The media in America is to blame for the rotting core of America. Nowhere is it more apparent than with the quick coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Across social media and even right before Friday’s misguided overturn of a woman’s right to choose, mass media has enabled this path for the justices to go against the will of the people.
So one would think. In Showtime’s Vice special on the Roe debate, the Guttmacher Institute’s map of states likely to “trigger” banning abortion shows that 26 of 50 United States are far from united. The country has fallen into the “Oligopoly Trap.” One where a few companies control each industry. In politics, this has become 3 branches of power with 2 primary parties and 2 nationally oriented news stations. Sure there is the White House Press Conference. As most know, that is a controlled messaging beacon for the President to say “as the executive branch wishes.” Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms have given select content power, to the extent that more users are reached than those governed in one’s own country.
In our economy, Tesla has been a shining example of American ingenuity and success. Apparently, not enough to force a Democratic administration into full support of a pioneering and transformative American company. The Democrats would rather embrace old guard politics like inefficiencies found with misguided unions than with the free will of the worker to find a new career if the employer was unfair to its own workforce. As with a job, healthcare is not a guaranteed right. Performance is what matters. Performance is what gets rewarded. If the employer does not value that performance, the worker has a right to find another job – and should.
In America, if we were smart, the cost of healthcare would be driven by demand, the economic incentive to supply that quality care at a price that the consumer can afford. Instead, political pandering has added to the actual cost of the care. In America, if we were educated, the consumer would find the right provider to aid in the consumer’s need for healthcare. However, the consumer absorbs ads on TV and on social media. The consumer trusts friends over facts when choosing what to do. The consumer finds out that they did not have the right information when making a choice which was due to the fact that American healthcare has been laced with political posturing around “regulations” for years.
Roe vs. Wade is overturned today because overeducated hubris and elitism have not successfully reached the core uneducated in the middle of America. The states, not the union, have been favored for local decisions on how each community will enact its laws. If you believe this is a stone-age gesture, you are right. The lack of faith in elected officials is now on full display. The political pandering found in every aspect of American society has reared its head. The 5 misguided justices, blind to reality, have allowed Constitutionality over Humanity and Civility to prevail. The 50 United States, those that other fools, like former President Donald Trump, envisioned as great and united, have exactly what they need to ride off into the wind on a stagecoach vs a fuel-efficient, technologically advanced, and scientifically proven solution to human peaceful co-existence with one another and our environment.
As for Roe, the legal system is set to put certain pictures into perspective. When Alfred Eisenstaedt shot the 1945 V-J Day photograph of the one sailer kissing the one nurse, the intent was clear. To document the happenings in the streets upon Allied victory. It was the editors at LIFE who picked the image. It was found on the inside of the magazine. It was not the cover and to Eisenstaedt, who immigrated to the United States after foreseeing the rise of Nazi Germany, he found no time to document who the sailor or nurse were. He only did what his camera captured. To distort the fact, to change the reality on the ground, was not his point of view.
In 1996, the editors of The New Yorker, felt compelled to artistically present Barry Blitt’s interpretation of that “sacred” moment of victory. Eisenstaedt’s photojournalism has been creatively interpreted for many reasons by many others including in film and by other photographers, David LaChapelle’s Diesel Jean’s image is a clever example.
Creativity is not at hand in the American legal system. The American Supreme Court is set to do its own revisions on history. They will apparently succeed because of the apathy of the voting public and the friction found in American Democracy today.