Pointless Point Scoring

Nov 14th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News (Jang Group)According to a bold front page headline of The News ‘Citizens of 20 states seek separation from the US’. Is the great American Super Power on the verge of collapse before our very eyes? Will the UN have to intervene before another civil war? Actually, that’s nt likely.

The story is referring to “several petitions…requesting the Obama administration to peacefully grant the applied states to withdraw from the United States of America in order to create their own governments”. The report admits that “the likelihood of the current administration to even entertain the idea of allowing states to secede is almost non-existent”, but claims that

“What is sobering to realise though is that in less than 48-hours there have been tens of thousands of people who have quickly rallied behind this very grassroots approach to request change, autonomy, and a small measure of freedom.”

A little perspective. These “petitions” are actually created using a web form on the White House website accessible to anyone.

The following petitions have also been created using the online form:

Make Duncan Trussell the Emporer of Planet Earth

Peacefully grant the city of Austin Texas to withdraw from the state of Texas & remain part of the United States

Not Allow the FDA To Regulate Premium Cigars

The last one has over 32,000 signatures suggesting that Americans care much more about cigars than they do separating from the US.

While The News is busy elevating such pointless stories about Americans expressing unhappiness after their elections while in our own country, real stories about citizens being mistreated and turning against their country out of desperation are ignored or excused with silly conspiracy theories. Target killings continue in Balochistan and large parts of Khyber Paktunkhwa have seperated from Pakistan in all but name only.

Stories about unhappy Americans may give us a feeling of relief that we are not the only nation with unhappy citizens, but they will not end enforced disappearances, targeted killings, or the presence of armed groups fighting against their own military for independence. Media should serve a positive role in the country by informing the masses with facts that are relevant to their lives,not pointless point scoring.

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