C-SPAN: Public Telesthesia?
by Don Harkins
C-SPAN is very dilligent about televising congressional hearings--no matter how
embarrassing they may be to the federal government. Panels of people testify before
House committees, Senate committees and before the entire country. They tell
believable, documentable stories of government abuse, corruption, conspiracy and
lawlessness. Some committee members appear aghast and horrified and disgusted by the
often tearful testimony of people who have been brutalized, by a government that has
obviously overstepped its Constitutional boundaries and moral authority, to ruin
their lives, take their property or murder their loved ones. Other committee members
question the veracity of the testimony in defense of the government in what is
nothing more than a good cop/bad cop routine to create the facade of representative
Millions of people have seen the Waco hearings, the Ruby Ridge hearings, the Gulf
War "Illness" hearings on C-SPAN. More recently, millions of people have religiously
pointed their remote controls at C-SPAN to watch the IRS hearings and the campaign
Though evidence clearly indicates that illegal, unconstitutional, immoral and
despotic government actions executed the Branch Davidians and their innocent children
without a trial, no action has been taken.
Though the general public is convinced that the government illegally and
unconstitutionally entrapped Randy Weaver into a silly firearms violation and then
invaded his remote mountain home with the intention of murdering him and his family,
government employees were given medals for their bravery and valor.
Though it is horrifyingly evident that the government covered up troop exposure to
chemical and biological contagions in the Gulf and possibly infected our Desert Storm
troops with an experimental "antidote," nothing has been done to hold anybody
accountable for lying to the public and experimenting upon our young men and women.
Now we have congressional hearings into the IRS' activitities. Now that Congress
finally knows that the IRS has been using tax-collection tactics that would make
Midas smile, are we going to see the IRS and federal income tax exposed for the
unconstitutional fraud that it really is? Not bloody likely.
Now that the whole world knows, through documentable testimony, that American politics
are bought and paid for by the rich and that the Clinton administration accepted
campaign contributions that allowed the communist Chinese government to have access
to American soil and secrets, is "our" president going to be held accountable for
what most intelligent people would define as treason?
The track record established by C-SPAN televised congressional "hearings" would
indicate that Hollywood Actor Senator Fred Thompson's Campaign Finance Committee's
investigation will turn up nothing--even though Clinton and Gore and Harold Ickes
have as much as admitted that the DNC broke campaign finance laws.
One can only conclude that C-SPAN's purpose is to telesthetize the American public.
If the entire world can be told through testimony before the United States Congress
that "our" government can lie, break laws, murder American citizens, invade their
homes, steal their money and their property and experiment upon them like lab
rats--and nothing happens to it, then we have little choice but to become indifferent.
C-SPAN is helping Americans to realize that it doesn't matter that the whole world
knows "our" Congress is allowing a handful of evil people to ruin our country and
that there is not a damn thing we can do about it.
© 1997 The Idaho Observer