August 9, 2014

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This broadcast is all about a rallying cry to action. Mike begins by relating a story about Major Hutchinson and the Populist Party and their platform in Texas in the late 19th century. One of the Party’s aims was to reduce the salaries of public servants but they also addressed the banking system of the day. Lou then sets the theme of the broadcast by asking his listeners, “Are you frustrated?” and “What can we do?” He suggests one way: get involved in local campaigns and also announces that all indications are that Betsy Summers will not have to repulse a petition challenge to remain on the ballot for PA’s 121st District.

Segment II
Mike claims that trust in the Independent Gazette is a key to its appeal. Lou mentions some game changers for the publication: the expansion into Carbon County, plans for a 40-page, 50k run ’14 election issue, and the 20–30 sidewalk distribution boxes that should be rolled out over the next few weeks. Mr. X speaks about the US’ post-WWII boom and the division of the populace today into two groups, one of which is intent on voting itself largess from the government. Ed Bogan calls in from Philadelphia to recount some of his efforts to promote parental rights within the court system.

Segment III
Lou warns about regurgitated media . . . X cites an an example of media manipulation of perception its portrayal of the Million Man March a few years ago. Mike refers to the many forms of intimidation endured by the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania over the years from which Lou segues into a clip of Gazette editor John DiLiberto being threatened in the course of investigating the claims of a newspaper informer, one who’s been greeted by deaf ears for many years. “when do you say enough is enough?” Lou asks in exasperation.

Segment IV
Lou returns to the audio clip of threats against John and notes that there comes a time when good people must stand up. The “Muckraker” court observers are a prime example of this. Frank Sorick says that simply chowing up at meetings is often sufficient to restrain public servants from questionable actions. Lou wants to see the original enthusiasm of the Tea Party movement re-awakened and X encourages his listeners to take action themselves, not rely on someone else.