Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura has hit out at a now entrenched
culture that "cannot handle the truth" when it comes
to the events of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the devastation that has
been wrought on the economy and the "failed political leadership"
of the last eight years.
Ventura spoke exclusively to the nationally syndicated
Alex Jones Show yesterday, in an hour long interview that allowed
the independent governor to divulge a great deal more than in
his later appearance on CNN.
Ventura would go on to announce on Larry King Live
that he would not be running for Senate because he was not comfortable
with the furor that would encompass his family should he take
on such a commitment.
However, Ventura had already given more of an insight
to listeners of the Alex Jones show, stating that he had to speak
to both his children separately before coming to a decision and
that his apprehensions stemmed from previous instances of harassment
from the mainstream media during his time as Minnesota Governor.
Asked why the Senate run story had
been concocted in the first instance by ABC last
week, Ventura answered:
"Because they make everything up, they are
in the business of ratings and so if they can beat all the other
networks to the punch, they're gonna do it and accuracy is a secondary
Ventura had more scathing words for the corporate
media, as it became clear that his past experiences with the press
were going to play a major role in his decision whether to run
"I think our country now is paralleling Rome.
I think we're heading right down the same path, and that is entertainment
is the most important thing in our lives now, not our jobs...
The media says that is what we want. Is it true that the public
wants National Enquirer journalism on the evening news every night?
I mean the news today I think would make Water Cronkite want to
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Ventura went on to decry the two party system and
hit out at what he described as the misguided belief that change
is just a vote away:
"I don't believe the Democrats are against
the war, they just pretend to be, they are for it too. You notice
now that Barack Obama is now even hedging, at first he was saying
'I'm gonna pull us out as soon as I get in there'. Well, now all
of a sudden it's hedge time, because he's been told by the powers,
I guess, that you can't do that." Ventura, a former Navy
"You're not going to see change with a Democrat,
you're not going to see change with a Republican, the only way
you're going to see change happen in this country is to elect
an independent and this country won't do it, they are too entrenched
with the two party system... Not only does the two headed snake
control our government, but they also control all the rules and
it's very difficult to beat anybody when they can change the rules
at half time." he continued.
Ventura first appeared on the Alex Jones show earlier
in the year to reveal his questions and concerns over the official
government version of events surrounding the 9/11 attacks. In
this return appearance the former governor reprised the subject.
"I simply asked questions that to me have not
been adequately answered. I consider myself a demolition expert
because I spent four years on active duty in the Navy on the underwater
demolition team, I was trained by the best demolition men the
United States has and every time I watch those buildings come
down now, over and over again, and I look at a building that has
been demolished, they're identical. Yet if you bring that up or
state that, right away you are considered crazy." Ventura
Ventura described his concern that everyday Americans
are operating in a waking form of sleep, which has promoted a
culture where people would rather not know the truth because it
is easier to accept a system where you accept as gospel what the
government and the media tells you.
However, he also stressed that the current economic
downturn may force people to shake themselves out of their slumber.
"The problem with this war from day one has
been that it took five years for the pain to get here. But now
the pain has arrived because this war plays a big part in the
horrible shape that our economy is in today."
"Maybe it will wake them up and tell them that
war is not a good thing, that war is not a profit maker, that
it doesn't help your economy, in fact it does the opposite, it
destroys the economy."
"A war is the result of failed political leadership,
it is that simple." Ventura blasted.