"A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings. The term is derived from the Middle English bellewether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram (a wether) in order that this animal might lead its flock of sheep," according to Wikipedia. Egad. Castrated rams leading flocks of sheep. Could there be a more perfect metaphor for the MSM shaping the "opinions" of the clueless among us? (Pictures of Spain photo)
We "heart" Cardinal Park, who co-blogs at TigerHawk. His words speak for themselves and make our heart sing:
I have held rather tenaciously to the view that the war in Iraq was 1) well chosen; 2) noble; 3) well fought and 4) won.
That has elicited some wonderfully amusing and sometimes nasty criticism, primarily from the left. I happen to believe -- completely smugly and to the utter annoyance of my critics -- that they will eventually come around. I draw the historical parallel to the Reagan administration's diplomatic approach to the Soviet Union and its abandonment of the language of detente, which was detested by and critiqued aggressively by the left and which today is almost universally acknowledged by left and right as responsible for the collapse of the USSR . . .
Eventually, the left must come to embrace what we are doing and achieving in the Middle East. Defeating tyranny and genocide is the raison d'etre of liberalism, is it not?
Yah. That's what's kept us keeping on during these long days and weeks and months and now years of "polls" taking the "pulse" of our fellow citizens. What is the citizenry's cotton-candy "opinion" made of other than the relentless anti-American, anti-Bush, anti-war gloom-and-doom spoutings of the navel-gazing media itself? Where else do Americans get their "news"? Fortunately, some of us get our news and sometimes report our news via the internet, but it seems the majority of the mushy middle are still answering the call of the bellwethers [castrated rams] of the MSM.
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