A lot of people think there’s a real problem with Political Filtration (PF). PF is the way political discourse is filtered through differing layers of what’s called “Vetting”. Vetting is when you make a careful, critical examination or investigation of somebody to thoroughly ensure they’re suitable to speak with a politician so as to NOT cause embarrassment to the politician by speaking in opposition to the politician’s stance. It sucks the air out a conversation when a politician is “hoist with his own petard” or is injured by the device he intended to use to injure others.
Take “Joe the Plumber” as an example. Joe was an un-vetted person who approached Beaurat Obama during his first presidential campaign. Joe Wurzelbacher (during the 2008 U.S. presidential election) was videotaped during a campaign stop in Ohio when he asked Obama about his tax policy which Wurzelbacher felt would punish him if he bought a company earning between $250.000 to $280,000.
Obama responded; “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance at success, too… My attitude is that if the economy’s good for folks from the bottom up, it’s gonna be good for everybody. If you’ve got a plumbing business, you’re gonna be better off […] if you’ve got a whole bunch of customers who can afford to hire you, and right now everybody’s so pinched that business is bad for everybody and I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.”
This created what Dr. Who, Fictional Time Lord of television fame would call a: “Fixed Point in Time”. This is an event having such a long-standing impact on the time-line not even Time Lords dared interfere with their natural progression. To interfere with a “Fixed Point in Time” would result in a damaged reality paradigm. In essence, failure to properly vet the audience could damage the storyline and destroy the audience’s ability to suspend their disbelief. This would cause the politician grave embarrassment because of particularly pesky attributes such as truthfulness, candor and recognition of the lack of integrity in the politician. Exposing a charlatan could be most aggravating, as was noted by Obama every time John McCain pointed out his socialist tendencies. Unfortunately the American public failed to note the problem indicated by Obama’s statement.
Consequently, “The Fixed Point in Time” became noted as never, ever allowing an unknown element (interrogator, questioner, citizen with a grudge etc.) access to the politician where a truthful but “Freudian slippage” could be recorded and used against the politician at a later time. The idea is to assure only those people not antagonistic to the politician may have access to him. The phenomenon of grass roots “Town Hall Meetings” springing up throughout suburbia created a hostile environment for politicians to attend.
It’s virtually impossible for the average American to gain access to the President or Vice President. The average American cannot address questions to these people. They cannot gain follow-up questions to seek clarification to the initial question rejected in the first place. Obama and Biden assure the microphone is handed to the favored questioner. Watch a White House press conference and see who get the questions. Pay attention to the fact campaign appearances are all so severely and tightly orchestrated so as to assure there’s no audience participation beyond the head-count and the thunderous applause expected because the mighty have deigned to descend to the level of the masses to acquire their deification.
True, there is jeopardy when a politician attends gatherings. There are nuts with agendas they want to push violently. But, the politicians salting the audience and selecting only those correspondents the politicians find acceptably in alignment with their positions and stances on issues creates a veil of deception hiding the siren’s flaws. No truth comes from the interview, only that which the speaker seeks to project. And that’s not a constructive way for government or government servants to work.
Like Political Correctness, Political Filtration is a ploy used to assure only the doctrine of the damned is presented to the righteous.
Thanks for listening.