For years now I have been very disappointed in the quality of the news coverage of The Hartford Courant. Once that newspaper was held in high regard by all members of my family; now, however, we think it is not worth the cost of the paper that it is printed on.
On Wednesday Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party’s candidate for President of the United States, was arrested in Philadelphia for participating in a sit-in at a local bank, protesting Fannie Mae’s housing foreclosures: she was charged and jailed for “defiant tresspassing”. Do you think that the Hartford Courant reported on that newsworthy story on Thursday morning? On Friday morning? Surely on Saturday morning?
Nope, nope, nope. On Thursday morning the featured item was about a woman hitting a patient in a group home. On Friday morning it was about a Groton firefighter who killed himself presumably because he was being investigated for sexually contacting teen boys. And on Saturday there was a front page spread on “Forming Families”.
Is this what belongs on the front pages of the Hartford Courant? Or is this the type of stuff we would expect to see on the front pages of the National Enquirer?
But, of course, no where could I locate an article on the arrest of the Green Party’s candidate for the Presidency, Dr. Jill Stein, for protesting housing foreclosures. Strange. Isn’t this national news, the arrest of a third party candidate for the highest office in the land?
So much for the Hartford Courant.
Since the Hartford Courant has failed to comment on the arrest of Jill Stein, I will do so. I applaud Jill Stein’s courage. She showed the stuff of real leadership, Wednesday, in risking arrest and jail in fighting tyranny. Yes, tyranny, since our governments are now controlled by Corporate America, by the Big Banks, by Wall Street, by the Multinational Corporations, by the 1%, who contribute to the campaigns, the lobbyists, and the Super PACs, funding the elections of members of Congress, the Presidency, state and local governmental offices.
She showed the stuff that is reminiscent of the courage of Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi in their fight against tyranny and oppression. Now it is our fight against the plutocracy in our land overtaking our lost democracy.
I thank you, Jill Stein, for your courage and leadership. Finally someone has emerged in our country to lead the masses, the 99%, against the tyranny of the 1%, when so many others have merely talked and failed to take any action. You acted and got arrested for your action: civil disobedience can work if enough of us follow your leadership.
It is time for us all now to follow Jill Stein. You have my backing, Jill. Thank you again.
I wonder if The Hartford Courant failed to run a print story on the arrest of Jill Stein protesting the Big Banks’s housing foreclosures has anything to do with the fact that the Courant is now owned by a large American multimedia corporation and therefore inextricably linked with corporate America? Is freedom of the press now gone, too?
And the police arresting a peaceful protester, not a threat to anyone’s safety: are police now just paid mercenaries of a corrupt, tyrannical government? Are they the hired thugs of corporate America? Remember their arrests of peaceful protesters who are exercising their constitutional right to free speech the next time the police union approach you for a donation for their policemen.