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Jesse Ventura book rails against party system and — surprise! — media

A new book from former Gov. Jesse Ventura that rails against the political party system will hit the shelves on June 11.

It's called "DemoCRIPS and ReBloodlicans: No More Gangs in Government."

The reference is to the Bloods and Crips street gangs.

It's published by Skyhorse Publishing, which also published Ventura's conspiracy theory book "63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read."

Both books say they are written "By Jesse Ventura with Dick Russell." 

Publicity for the new book says it:

"...exposes how the two major parties have allowed corporations, lobbyists, wealthy individuals, and Super PACs to manipulate elections, bribe elected officials, and silence the average American voter. Through analyzing historical documents such as the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and letters of forewarning from the Founding Fathers, Ventura uncovers the development of the two-party system and unravels the ineptitude and gang-like mentality of both parties."

Ventura also, as is his wont, takes on the media:

"Otherwise known as slaves to their advertisers, the media cares more about ratings than covering the important issues. They have no incentive to report reliable, unbiased news when their corporate sponsors advocate the idea that there are only two sides to politics."

Some other tidbits from the book publicity:

"The average representative makes $174K a year, while the average American household makes $50K. In 2009, 261 of the 535 members of Congress were millionaires. In short, our federal lawmakers are nine times richer than the average American. They vote on their own raises, healthcare, and pension plans, and we are left with the bill. If government-run healthcare is good enough for Congress, it should be good enough for the rest of us."

"The Tea Party is funded by Koch Industries, or Big Oil. The Koch brothers gave over $55 million in bribes to scientists to say global warming is a hoax. They are a vast political network, sponsoring Christian conservative rallies and funding political ad campaigns nationwide. They are instrumental in busting unions and they pushed for the Citizens United/ ‘corporations are people’ law."

Ventura says he wants to abolish the party system of politics:

He now calls for the abolition of the party system.

"It is my hope that this book is a step toward winning back our country. I can’t be an advocate for third party politics anymore because parties don’t run on ideas, they run on funding from sources interested in only amassing more power."

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Once a publicity hound, always a publicity hound

Jesse Ventura's constant berating of the media is a classic example of "biting the hand that feeds you." His entire career--from prancing in the ring to serving as Governor--was made possible by the media (remember how KSTP turned its newsroom into the Jesse Ventura Fan Club?). If it weren't for the media willing to give him publicity, he would be--what? The world's only 60-year old strip club bouncer?

Ventura and the Media

How is this criticism of Jesse Ventura logical or coherent?

Mr Ventura has not said that news and information media should not exist. Isn't criticism of the overly cozy relationship between many media owners and party politicians legitimate? Check the current Murdoch enquiries in the UK for some of the details. Why would it be less legitimate because the critic is also interdependent with information media? A critic with experience of media and information management should be in a better position to highlight dangerous practices.

Let's try a metaphor. Pretty much everybody is dependent on medical care at some point in their lives. Would that disqualify them -- us -- from criticizing questionable healthcare practice, service or policy?

Would a public figure be more qualified to criticize the news industry if he had received only negative coverage?



Isn't it refreshing to hear some commentary that is hard hitting, aimed at fundamental issues in the society, and supports a value system that is rapidly vanishing? Bravo Jesse Ventura.

Parties to Destruction

The most damaging activity of political parties is their instilling of group-think in their adherents, when a healthy democratic system demands open minds and individual action.