by Adam G. House
You’ve just gotten home from work, settled in with a belly full of dinner, and decide to turn on the evening news. You tune in to your news station of choice and watch the old familiar news anchors muddle through their list of stories from the day. As you watch and listen…..
“A group of about 500 active duty and veteran Russian military personnel marched on Moscow today, supporting a marginalized political candidate for President, and symbolically turning their backs on the current political leadership in power. This small Army of Russian soldiers observed about eight minutes of a silent salute for their comrades who have taken their own lives under the Russian government’s recent foreign policy, and another 21 minutes of silent prayer for their other fallen comrades. The formation of marchers was joined by several hundred supporters, loudly shouting opposition to the current regime, the corrupt banking system, and abuses of human rights and civil liberties.”
The video clips of the event reveal well over a thousand supporters holding many various signs supporting an opposition candidate for Russian President, and critical of many government agencies and institutions they claim are abusing government authority. The demonstration footage shows people from all different backgrounds and walks of life, standing in support of the soldiers who are marching to the drumbeat of cries for a revolution. Average folks take turns on stage, chronicling the abuses of power by their own government and condemning the illegal actions of the Russian government, which they say have infringed on the rights of the people.
If this were a breaking story about Russia that was being shown in the United States, what would you think was happening in Russia? What would you think was about to happen in Russia? What if you found out that the Russian media barely mentioned it on their own news channels, and the Russian people only had social media via the Internet or a single American news outlet to find out about the story? What would you think?
Imagine if the shoe was on the other foot…..
On President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 20th of 2012, approximately 500 active duty and veteran American soldiers DID march on the Obama White House in the U.S. capital. Several hundred other supporters DID join us as we marched to the cadence of Legalize the Constitution, End the Fed, End the Wars, and President Paul, etc. We DID turn our backs on the Obama administration in front of the White House to pay tribute to our fallen comrades who have died under the failed foreign policy and lack of leadership of the Obama regime. There WERE multitudes of signs condemning government abuses of power, regarding everything from the tax code, the TSA, and the ATF, to Obamacare, endless world policing /nation-building militaristic imperialism, and the Federal Reserve Bank. There WERE lots of common folk who took to the stage and microphones to chronicle the abuses of power by our current federal government, and to condemn the illegal actions of America’s current political aristocracy.
Did you catch this event on CNN, FOX, NBC, or any other mainstream media outlets? No. They apparently didn’t find it newsworthy. But, of course, if it wasn’t shown on tv, it didn’t really happen, right? Is that okay with you? The only references this writer has been aware of in anything even closely resembling mainstream coverage came in a blurb on The Drudge Report which was only posted for about half of one day, and a botched blip on the internet by an ABC source, which grossly misreported the numbers of attendees as minimal. They later did retract their report of “dozens” of supporters to the true “hundreds” who were actually there. This, in spite of the fact that the event was announced with less than two months to prepare, and open warnings by the U.S. military for service-members not to participate in the event. In fact, it was the Russian Television station that did any kind of real coverage of the event at all. Imagine that…..
If you were a Russian citizen aware of the Veterans for Ron Paul march on Obama’s White House, what would you think? If you knew that, furthermore, only a Russian tv news station had picked up the story as the American media ignored it, what would you think was happening in America? If the shoe was on the other foot, what would you think?
“The Revolution will not be televised.” – Gil Scott-Heron
“But, MAYBE it will still be streamed on the internet.” -Adam G. House
Adam G. House served with the famed 2/503rd Infantry Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade, including a deployment to the infamous Konar Province of Afghanistan.