Ave Atque Vale (Hail and Farewell)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotosprecate/ Dear Media Rostra Community, Thank you for reading, sharing, and discussing the essays published here on Media Rostra. The site went inactive following the 2012 election, but please feel free to browse the archives, since much of the content here is “evergreen” and remains relevant to American political culture today. At Media Rostra, our […]

Elections and Loyalty to Jesus: A Refreshing & Thoughtful Perspective

Mark Schloneger recently penned a thoughtful & refreshing perspective related to the elections. The community that he is a leader of came together last night to declare their  allegiance and loyalty to a Monarch whose name was not pre-printed on any ballots.  The community that Schloneger is a leader of is a church and the […]

Closing Statements: 25 Thoughts on What’s Wrong with American Politics

1) The Circle of Strife: Politicians raise money from rich people. Rich people gain speed dial access to politicians. Campaign war chests are used to purchase, produce, and run television ads. Media consultants, agencies, and stations are happy. Television ads cast doubt, twist facts, and manipulate impressionable middle-class viewers. American television audiences become American voters. […]

Republican Turncoat?

There’s been a lot of chatter in the insane right-wing media about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie making a few statements praising the Obama administration’s quick response to devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.  Some Republicans are calling him a traitor:  http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2012/11/01/is-chris-christie-a-gop-traitor-for-praising-obamas-response-to-hurricane-sandy What would it take for the Limbaugh/Hannity part of the right-wing reactionary media to […]

Frontline Documentary: The Choice 2012

I know liberals will think they didn’t make this hard enough on Romney. Conservatives don’t trust anything on PBS other than “Antiques Roadshow.”  But I found Frontline’s “The Choice 2012” to be truly “fair and balanced.”  Like most Frontline documentaries, it was very well done, and they got interviews with key insiders. I learned a lot about both Obama […]

Protestants Are Now A Minority in America

According to a fascinating study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Protestants now make up only 48% of the US population.  This marks the first time in history that the majority of Americans have identified with a religious affiliation other than Protestant denominations or no affiliation at all.  According to the Pew […]

Sunday School Logic in American Politics

I recall sitting at a bierhaus in Germany in March of 2004 and trying to explain to a group of appalled German graduate students why George W. Bush would be re-elected later that year. At that time, many, many Europeans loathed Bush as a corncob-piped simpleton with a unilateral, shoot-first-aim-later foreign policy. These Germans were […]