Demonizing the Opposition

The Collectivist Mind Game Part 2

By Oleg Atbashian  January 22, 2013
(Part 1: Demonizing the Non-Compliant)

Most modern-day leftists in Western countries have abandoned the idea of a violent revolution, having replaced it with “the long march through the institutions” as part of the culture war to transform the society through cultural hegemony.  Instead of commanding firing squads, they play mind games of manipulative illusions, in which the demonization of dissent plays a crucial role.  The basic premise hasn’t changed: as much as the statists want you to love them, they want you to hate their opponents even more.

Until a time when political opposition can be eliminated completely, having opponents can still be useful: you can steal their ideas, take advantage of their desire to help the economy, and blame them for any of your own failures.  In the meantime, certain rules must be followed to control the public opinion and, through it, the opposition itself.

Maintain the perception of being constantly under attack.  Don’t examine the opponents’ beliefs, nor answer their arguments.  Discredit any media channels that offer them a platform.  Enforce the following media template: the opposition is evil, treasonous, unfathomable, and psychotic.  They can’t be reasoned with.  They are inspired by fascism and financed by a conspiracy of shady oligarchs.  Defame their donors.  Whatever the mischief you’re planning to pull off, accuse them of doing it first; then proceed as planned, describing your actions as a necessary intervention.  And ridicule, ridicule, ridicule!

This is what made it easy for Stalin to purge his opponents: by the time he charged them with treason, the orchestrated media coverage had already made them universally hated.  Having purged all of his enemies, Stalin continued to manufacture the evidence of their presence.  There came a time when even the true believers were being rounded up and forced to confess publicly about one or another fabricated “crime” against the people and the Party.  Some did it to avoid torture, some to save their families, and some even cooperated out of the altruistic desire to support the illusion and keep everyone else’s beautiful dream alive.  Unfortunately for them, that beautiful dream required human sacrifice.

At the same time, Stalin used the only remaining high-ranking Jew in his government, Lazar Kaganovich, as a perpetual scapegoat.  Himself a ruthless henchman who organized a number of purges, Kaganovich ended up serving in the capacity of an unpunishable bumbling idiot, a “token Jew,” and a darkly comic relief.  Implicitly blamed for one government blunder after another, this Joe Biden of Stalin’s regime was moved from ministry to ministry only to be blamed again and reassigned to yet another top-level position.  As expected, the people’s reaction was a universal loathing and bewilderment: how can Comrade Stalin be so soft and trusting of this evil Jew? Kaganovich outlived them all; he died in 1991, among friends and family, at the age of 97.

Across the ocean, years later, the same rules still apply.  The perception of a relentless struggle with the opposition must be permanent and persuasive.  Even in the times of calm and prosperity the people must think that the opposition is holding them hostage and only the firm, wise guidance of the People’s Leader is saving them from imminent ruin.  When the opponents are too few, too weak, and too disoriented to put up a real fight, their power and influence must be exaggerated.

Ever since “crybaby” John Boehner became the GOP House Speaker, the media grotesquely overstated the effectiveness of his fruitless, anemic leadership.  Among other things, this patent exaggeration allowed Obama to maintain his saintly image while shifting the responsibility for the staggering economy onto “Republican obstructionism.”
The following quotes by “citizen journalists” exemplify the public outrage created by the media template of demonizing the opposition.  Unlike the honed professionals who can mask their agenda with superficial objectivity, these amateurs let their emotions run wild without realizing that they are being played.  Like children, they connect the preprinted dots and eagerly tell us what they see:

Opposition is anti-American: The Republican leaders have remained consistent with their agenda of obstructing the President clearly putting their party ahead of the American people.

Opposition is racist: How far do you think Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and his cohorts in the House will go in their campaign to defeat America’s first black President?

Opposition is grotesquely absurd: The clowns – Boehner and McConnell –  ignored the needs of the nation to do what they thought was best for themselves . . . to solidify their positions of power and secure their own political futures by tearing down President Obama and America in the process.
Opposition is deceitful: In their effort to make President Obama look weak, Republicans played a dangerous game with the debt ceiling and in the process threw away America’s triple-A credit rating… Those Republican obstructionists really know how to twist the facts to support the anti-Obama political campaign.

Opposition is undemocratic: They have essentially fought to block anything and everything the Democrats have proposed and offered nothing in the way of alternatives.  So egregious is their barricade of democracy that they have no defense against charges of deliberate sabotage at the expense of American citizens.

Opposition is mind-boggling: Missing from President Obama’s acceptance speech in Charlotte last Thursday is one potent argument: An attack on obstructionist Republicans in Congress. … It’s a mystery because a major reason the economy has not done better under Mr. Obama is that Republicans have blocked virtually every initiative he has proposed, even when the president, especially in the early months of his administration, tailored many of his proposals to attract Republican support.
Opposition is guilty of treason: If an enemy declared war on the American economy, the United States would spare no effort to remove that threat to its prosperity and national security.  So it was with Osama Bin Laden… But when the Republican Party threatens … to sabotage the U.S. economy if its debt ceiling demands are not met, the media instead calls that treason a “debate.” … And that’s not politics as usual.  That’s treason.

Just like painting by numbers doesn’t make one an artist, actors or singers who are good at articulating prepared lines don’t automatically become articulate thinkers.  Being in the business of selling emotions rather than rational arguments, they connect the same old media dots as any other amateur — but do it with extra flair and aplomb.  Extrapolating the lines allows them to see horns on the head of the opposition.  Voilà! They can’t shut up about such an amazing insight.

Harry Belafonte even went as far as suggest that Obama should “work like a third world dictator and just put all these guys in jail” — because, obviously, since the Republicans “are violating the American desire,” the “only thing left for Barack Obama to do” is to pull a Stalin: praise Barack and jail the opposition.

Even if he said this in jest, Belafonte’s call for political repressions is a logical extension of the ideas shared by many celebrities who have been swayed by and are now promoting the leftist cultural hegemony.  That includes Woody Allen, who said this in an interview to a Spanish-language magazine: “It would be good… if [President Obama] could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly.”

This begs a question: if Obama is not a socialist, why do his supporters interpret his reelection as “the American desire” to establish a totalitarian dictatorship — and think this would be a good thing? So much for “socialism with a human face.”
No wonder the “hegemonized” Hollywood filmmakers (starting with Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator), can never truthfully depict either the Soviet or Nazi totalitarian regimes.  Unable to fathom the motives of their fictional villains, they wind up supplanting the collectivist realities of socialism (be it national socialism or international socialism) with grotesque caricatures of improbable monsters, uncultured brutes, neurotic sociopaths, or sadistic, sexually repressed perverts.  It never occurs to them that unspeakable crimes could be committed in the name of “the common good” by very ordinary, altruistic people — out of an all too familiar desire to “do a lot of good things quickly” through dictatorial powers.  Such a notion would be too terrifying, of course, because they might just recognize their own reflection in the mirror.

Though many of them may have seen this quote by C.S. Lewis, it is doubtful that their conditioned minds are capable of grasping its meaning: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive… [T]hose who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”

Their young audiences, deprived of adequate education and learning about history and current events from Hollywood movies and TV shows, will not recognize the symptoms of an encroaching totalitarianism either.  Upon hearing a dissenter who disparages the benevolent guidance of the state, they will immediately recognize a stereotype that is being relentlessly demonized and dehumanized on their screens: the ignorant, close-minded, right-wing nut job.  Chances are they will smugly ridicule him with the jokes they heard from their favorite media personalities.  In another generation, they may as well feel morally obligated to report the dissenter to the authorities — and be thrilled at the chance to partake in the historic mission of crushing the remnants of the evil reactionaries, even if they happen to be their parents.
Today’s American intellectuals are retracing the steps of their Soviet predecessors in the early days of the socialist dictatorship.  Having had hopes to see the workers’ paradise in their lifetime, many came to regret their misguided enthusiasm, as they themselves fell victim to the popular illusions they helped to induce, when a mere slip of a tongue, a drunken remark, or an accusation by someone in the new generation of socialist intellectuals who wanted to take their job, wife, or apartment, led them to be lumped with any of the large assortment of the thoroughly demonized and dehumanized “enemies of the people.”
There is only one way to redistribute wealth: human sacrifice, with optional variations of manipulative mind games to ease the pain and maintain control over the population.  All those who claimed they can do it differently were doomed, sooner or later, to retrace the same path.

~Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, “I hope everyone reads this book.”  In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity.  To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of “progressivism” that was arresting true societal progress.  American movies, TV, and news media reminded him of his former occupation as a visual propaganda artist for the Communist Party — a job he reluctantly held, as he knew that no intelligent person would take such art-by-numbers agitprop seriously.  Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as “a Stalinist version of The Onion.”

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“When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” - Mark Twain - Politicians and diapers - change 'em often, for the same reason. "Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other." Ronald Reagan "Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views." William F. Buckley, Jr. “The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” - Bertrand Russell The people are the masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert it. Abraham Lincoln “Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” - George Orwell “Satan will use a lake of truth to hide a pint of poison”.
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3 Responses to Demonizing the Opposition

  1. arnash says:

    ~Oleg Atbashian, a writer and graphic artist from the former USSR, is the author of Shakedown Socialism, of which David Horowitz said, “I hope everyone reads this book.” In 1994 he moved to the U.S. with the hope of living in a country ruled by reason and common sense, appreciative of its freedoms and prosperity. To his dismay, he discovered a nation deeply infected by the leftist disease of “progressivism” that was arresting true societal progress. American movies, TV, and news media reminded him of his former occupation as a visual propaganda artist for the Communist Party — a job he reluctantly held, as he knew that no intelligent person would take such art-by-numbers agitprop seriously. Oleg is the creator of a satirical website ThePeoplesCube.com, which Rush Limbaugh described on his show as “a Stalinist version of The Onion.”

    alogger
    “In my youth, I was sure none of the horrors of communism could ever occur in America” Myself having turned 15 in 1980,Reagan shaped the same impression.The thing that wiped that out was Waco.A purely politically motivated slaughter in Texas of all places.

    At the core “leftism” is evil once again arriving as a shiny beautiful lie, vacuuming up the weak and those who have discarded their moral compass outright.

    Mike6
    You are correct that the ultimate expression of leftist political supremacy is mass murder and Hollywood types talk about it openly. How blunt they are about jailing Tea Party Members!
    I remember a story about Vania, the fine Red Army Tank Officer being interrogated by a polite NKVD Commissar. The Commissar asked Vania if he wanted a cigaret and perhaps a glass of strong/mint vodka. Vania should relax and think about something nice, and that this will not take forever. The NKVD man knew about his fine reputation in the Red Army. The NKVD man assured Vania that his family will be allowed to keep their nice apartment, their generous pensions, and their daughter Masha will keep her stipend. Most important the Vania’s reputation as a Soviet patriot and Socialist will not be questioned.
    Smiling, the Commissar then took out several documents and asked his victim to sign them on the bottom. This is how communism works. If you do not believe me you are just fooling yourself.
    MaxEntropy

    In America we don’t do such things — yet. If you are a dissident or troublesome voice to the left here you just get a late night phonecall from a stranger advising you that your pet cat is on your front lawn in a state of rigor mortis. Before hanging-up he inquires about the welfare of your two lovely children. For some reason the name of Kathleen Willy came to mind when I mentioned cat.
    Mike6
    You are correct about Kathleen Willy, because her cat has hanging from her porch and all four of her tires were puntured. Vince Foster committed suicide with his right hand when he was right handed, and the Whitewater papers dissapeared, after the FBI told Hillary’s secretary not to touch anything in Vince Foster’s office. I also read about an Arkansas State Trooper who drove girls to Clinton’s hotel rooms who shot himself in the back of the head with a shotgun, several days before calling the press as he said he would.

    ThePeeledEye

    Max Entropy:
    We are all aware of the two outed “gay” men in “Rev” Wright’s church, one of whom was said to be a friend of Obama’s. Before Obama ran for the presidency in late 2007, both were shot in the back of the head in their respective apartments. The same thing happened to a young man in Washington DC as he sat in his car. He was going to testify about his association with someone who knew about the breach of Obama’s passport records. Coincidences? Perhaps. Perhaps not.

    Ranger+Joe

    Signing a confession was a death sentence. In her harrowing memoir ‘Journey into the Whirlwind’ gulag inmate Eugenia Ginzburg tells of a loyal Soviet official…like the Commissar… who had been arrested as a ‘right wing deviationist’ yelling at the top of his lungs to his fellow prisoners as the guards were dragging him down the cellblock corridor to his doom “Sign nothing! Sign nothing!” before they silenced him.

    physicsnut
    First of all, Lenin was not about ‘redistributing wealth’, and was all about The Red Terror of 1918, and from the outset. They lied about everything. In fact they seem to be a latter day version of Ghengiz Khan. Lying about redistributing wealth was merely one trick.

    physicsnut
    I know more about Stalin, Mao and others than I care to admit.
    A partial list of References:
    * Engineering Communism, How two americans spied for stalin and founded the soviet Silicon Valley. Steven T. Usdin; Yale University Press, 2005 (re Barr & Sarant)
    * The Secret World of American Communism, Klehr, Haynes, Firsov; Yale U, 1995
    * The Soviet World of American Communism, Klehr, Haynes, Anderson, Yale U, 1998
    * The Crown Jewels, West, Tsarev; Yale U, 1999
    * The Haunted Wood, Weinstein, Vassiliev, RandomHouse, 1999
    * Perjury, the Hiss-Chambers case, Weinstein, RandomHouse, 1997
    * Bombshell, Albright, Kunstel, TimesBooks, 1997
    * Dossier, The secret history of Armand Hammer, Epstein, RandomHouse,1996
    * Hollywood Party, Billingsley, Forum, 1998
    * Commies, Radosh, Encounter, 2001
    * Red Star over Hollywood, Radosh, Encounter
    * The Venona Secrets, Romerstein, Breindel, Regnery, 2000
    * Venona, Haynes, Klehr, Yale 1999
    * Venona, the greatest secret of the cold war, Nigel West, HarperCollins,2000
    * Clever Girl – Elizabeth Bentley, Lauren Kessler, HarperCollins, 2003
    – and anything by Richard Pipes – eg The Unknown Lenin. etc.
    – plus the Black Book of Communism –
    and a few dozen more.

    Mike6
    You are correct. Obama like Lenin is an Impostor. Lenin dragged Russia back into the dark ages and his CHEKA started a rule of terror that Russians have not seen since Ghengiz Khan and the Tartars of the Golden Horde. Russia never recovered from the Tartars and America will never recover from the Kenyan Marxist. Pray for America.
    MaskedKayakMan
    excellent essay. Depressing and alarming, but excellent nonetheless.
    I’ve been philosophically conservative as long as I can remember. It took me all of 15 minutes of what passes for research nowadays to determine The W0n’s ideological outlook way back in 2007. The W0n had baggage.
    Now there is so much more known about The W0n that you have to be willfully blind not to see. How many books have been written about The W0n over the past 5 years? How many radio shows have been dedicated to revealing The W0n behind the curtain? How many blogs, tweets, articles, essays?
    And yet my co-workers carry on like nothing has happened. They talk endlessly about sports, or beer, or both. Mostly both. I suspect many Jews in Germany engaged in such conspicuous self-delusion in the early 1930s. Am I the one who’s crazy? It sure feels that way.

    I feel like Ray Milland in “The Man with X-Ray Eyes.” I can see what others plainly cannot, or perhaps choose not. But I can’t do it. I see what’s happening. It’s like watching a train wreck in slow motion. In a nightmare.

    MaskedKayakMan:

    Intellectual honesty and independent thinking, together, are more rare than common. Sometimes people are too busy to be able to take the time to understand what is happening. Often, they think that It is someone else’s problem, not theirs. Many others have something to gain from Obama being in the White House. In this, I think they are thinking only about the short term, as well as their own personal interests. Others, especially youth, are moved primarily by sentiment which is being manipulated by the Left. Some need other persons to “validate” their own opinions. Others simply refuse to accept the truth, even when it is squarely in front of them.
    Lack of imagination is also a factor; imagination to appreciate the consequences of their thoughts and actions. Some lack the imagination to truly empathize with another when it is not popular. I think that this, in part, is how a mother can destroy the unborn child she is carrying. A nobel laureate I knew thought that imagination was the single most important aspect of intelligence.

    AvgDude
    The left isn’t going to inherit much once they’ve achieved victory in their culturally based war. Because, in order to win power via cultural destruction and indoctrination, they’ve destroyed our society’s capacity for rational thought. They’ve got people believing the proper things, and the proper thing is that if the democrats say that 2 + 2 = 5 or 8 or 4 or 21, then that is what it is equal to. Communist societies always fail because they use power to destroy rational thought. They can get 100s of millions of people to believe the most idiotic things out of pure fear of what will happen to them if they don’t believe them. From that point on, it doesn’t matter how many subject matter experts you have working on a problem, because they will all know there are certain things they can’t say without losing their job and having their reputations ruined.

    How many economics professors now are willing to say that a $16 trillion growing national debt is unsustainable?

    How many physicists are willing to state on the record that there is no statistically valid evidence to conclude that catastrophic, man-made global warming nee climate change is real?

    How many social scientists are willing to point out that the best predictor of crime in a given region of the US is the percentage of blacks or Hispanics living there?

    The left has already destroyed our ability to think rationally. Therefore, no problems will ever be solved from here on forward until the public breaks free of this insanity.

    ThePeeledEye

    The Radical Left’s “long march through the institutions” has been going on for decades. The Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) of the 60s (they have emerged again in recent years) proved to be fertile ground for the “New Left”, and many have positions of influence in politics, elementary and secondary education, academia, and the unions. It is now known that members of the SDS had active ties with Soviet Russia and Maoist China.
    Bill Ayers, a glaring example, turned away from “violent revolution” and focused on education. Ayers, whose wealthy father had influence in Chicago, was chosen by a professor at Northwestern to run a program funded with Millions of dollars by the Annenberg Foundation. Ayers chose Barack Obama to join him to “improve” Chicago’s schools. Later, Ayers, Obama and a very radical Communist, Mike Klonsky, worked together in Chicago. Ayers began the Small Schools Workshop, which is now run by Mike Klonsky. Their stated goal is to reduce classroom size. Their real purpose is to teach “social justice” to America’s youth; otherwise known as Indoctrination 101! Bill Gates has funded the SSW with at least $1 Billion. Bill Ayers will be giving a keynote address next month at the annual meeting of The Association of Teacher Educators.
    A protege of Ayers and Klonsky was Jose Rico. Recently, Barack Obama appointed Rico to be Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The Communist, Klonsky, expressed great pleasure with this Obama appointment.

    Remember Tom Hayden? He held elected office for nearly twenty years in California. He now is on the advisory board of Progressive Democrats of America which works to promote the “progressive” agenda in the Democrat Party.
    Wade Rathke, another former SDS member founded ACORN and a branch of SEIU. He has “organized” new immigrants and is active internationally. Rathke was a frequent guest of Obama’s at the White House. The examples of Infiltration by the Left are widespread. They are funded by Soros and others. The Radicals’ approach is Obama’s: Pretend to be something you are not. Fool the people with Lies and Surreptitious activities, and couch everything you do with “good intentions”. And, perhaps, most of all: focus on the Youth.

    chocopot
    I am still puzzled by the simple fact that documentation exists to verify the massive fraud that took place during the election in November, but neither the Republicans nor any independent organization issued so much as a single legal challenge (other than Allen West in Florida concerning his own election battle). Why? My only conclusion is that they are all a part of it.

  2. arnash says:

    Cogit8
    Perhaps persons in positions to challenge voter fraud have received notification that significant physical harm might befall family members should they be so imprudent as to initiate investigations into such matters.

    chocopot
    Funny you should say that. I have had the same thought myself. I can’t help but wonder if that is why John Roberts voted the way he did on Obamacare. Also, it has been reported that literally dozens of people who represented a threat to the Clintons either disappeared or died quite unexpectedly while Billy Boy was in the WH.

    Tomas
    If this is so, then our struggle is no longer political. If there is evidence of this type of action where would we find it? Covert actions and threats of physical harm are acts of guerilla warfare. The silence is deafening.
    I’m beginning to believe we don’t know anything.

    Adrien Nash

    Only unmarried, childless, only-child judges whose parents are deceased, who are courageous and unintimidatible could manage to expose the most massive covert conspiracy to foster fear and silence in American history.
    Only an Eliot Ness on the bench has the power and authority to blow the man down and expose the fraud that passes as the U.S. President and the fraud that has put him there, kept him there, and allowed for and produced his reelection.
    Everyone else is either a part of the silent conspiracy, or is too ignorant to even grasp that there is one. Both groups will result in the demise of our republic since none of then in either party will adequately challenge, expose, or attack the charlatan in chief.

    ThePeeledEye

    You may be right, Tomas. Obama, however, is a SNEAK and LIAR of the first order. We have to be vigilant. I do not think it is necessary that a majority of Americans push back. An informed minority of citizens can accomplish a great deal. Remember, the majority of Americans in the late eighteenth century did not support the American Revolution.

    RedStater

    Maintain the perception of being constantly under attack. Don’t examine the opponents’ beliefs, nor answer their arguments. Discredit any media channels that offer them a platform. Enforce the following media template: the opposition is evil, treasonous, unfathomable, and psychotic. They can’t be reasoned with.

    This is exactly what happened to the Repubs and conservatives in the past 5 years. It has been going on for a long, long time to a lesser degree, but the 2008 candidacy of Barack Obama brought it out in full force. Sarah Palin was the first to fall under its crushing weight. She would be the first of many.

    This past election, we got to be the victims of a concocted ”war on women”, and a fabricated “rich white elite” who were against Obama (they voted for Obama more than they did Romney). Fox News was was an arm of the Aryan Resistance, according to the left, and any criticism at all of Obama or his policies was all because of racial hatred. Charges leveled at conservatives were tantamount to asking if they still beat their wives or torture animals- there is no answer that will satisfy those making the charge.

    In another generation, they may as well feel morally obligated to report the dissenter to the authorities — and be thrilled at the chance to partake in the historic mission of crushing the remnants of the evil reactionaries, even if they happen to be their parents.

    Matthew 10: 17“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;18 and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.19“But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say.20“For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
    21“Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.22“You will be hated by all because of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved.

    Just like painting by numbers doesn’t make one an artist, actors or singers who are good at articulating prepared lines don’t automatically become articulate thinkers. Being in the business of selling emotions rather than rational arguments, they connect the same old media dots as any other amateur — but do it with extra flair and aplomb.

    It is not just actors and celebrities selling emotions. Watch the Nightly news with Brian Williams or any of the other mainstream outlets and see how many times they use emotional arguments and present stories with skewed language to influence thought and emotion. Look for catch phrases and buzz words applied to their enemies, things like “but critics say” (really? who?) or “many say” (how many? Two? Ten? A million?) or “it seems” (to whom?) The list is long. In the gun debate alone, terms are interchanged and confused so as to make all guns suspicious.

    Thus, the now-pejorative “assault rifle” is applied to any black squirrel gun with a pistol grip. A magazine is a clip, and semi-automatic is now just “automatic.” If some kid goes on a shooting rampage, the focus is on where he got the gun and how easily he got it, what type of gun it was an how many rounds it held, and not on any circumstances that might have led him to commit the act in the first place.

    In politics, insinuations are added, such as ” the panel, made up of mostly well-to-do white males over 50, will meet to determine the cost/benefit ratio of public assistance to the inner city poor.”

    alogger
    Thank you again Oleg.
    What you post here to help us understand where we are at,is iconic AmericanThinker material.The intentionally distracting outer layers are shed and truth and light are the only way.We are not tripped up by the freshest political taboo fad in conversation.An example would be “you shouldn’t use the word communist, because it paints you as an extremist”. That is concession born of a culture that has been made vain to suit those who wish to tie puppet strings on us.

    ThePeeledEye

    The infiltration of the Left has continued, decade by decade. When Eric Holder was 20, in about 1971, he, along with other black radicals at Columbia, “took over” an office at the university. They claimed to have a gun, or guns, and demanded that the office be turned into a place devoted to Afro-Am. activities. This bit of news came out fairly recently. Holder denies he had any weapons, but at the time, he and his compatriots claimed that they did. Holder’s activities continue in the same vein in his position as U.S. Attorney General. I would guess that Holder’s activities as a black radical student made it far more likely for Obama to choose him to head the U.S. Justice Dept. The result: A perversion of Justice in America.

    Pavan

    Hillary Clinton expressed in 2003 what many of us are now feeling: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”
    If you want to listen to it, Google “Hillary sick and tired”, then email it to your liberal friends. Of course, good liberals know what Hillary really meant. She meant any republican administration, not a Liberal administration. There is a double standard whereby Liberals can say anything they want about conservatives, but conservatives are hateful if they criticize Liberals.
    Jederman

    I like Mr. Atbashian’s article. Another good article about the lefts methods. My question remains. Where is the right’s response? Does the right really exist beyond talk radio?

    I keep reading about the left’s decades of infiltration. How could they possibly have gone undetected? No one connects the dots. No one detected an organized and coordinated effort. No one identified the players and the support elements. Or if so did or said nothing. The right was too complacent, uninterested in pushing back. Is that it?
    Even at this late stage they can be fought and reversed, but I hear crickets. I don’t see an ORGANIZED resistance. Mr.Atbashian and others have described what they see happening but I’m to believe that there is no “right”, no rallying point, no plan and there are no “operators” on our side resisting.

    RedStater

    I keep reading about the left’s decades of infiltration. How could they possibly have gone undetected? No one connects the dots. No one detected an organized and coordinated effort. No one identified the players and the support elements. Or if so did or said nothing. The right was too complacent, uninterested in pushing back. Is that it?
    All I can give you is my take on it. As to it being right or wrong, I’ll leave that to others. But here’s what happened, in my view:
    We on the right assumes that everyone thinks like we do. We like to think we are rational, logical and reasonable. Our opinions are based upon conclusions that are easy to verify. We like to call it ”common sense.” Surely, we think, no one can really believe that taxing the rich alone will pay down the debt, can they? No one can possibly believe that a 28 week old fetus, who is viable, should be aborted, can they? Cannot everyone see the sacking of the black community due to dependence, lack of education and fatherlessness subsidized by the government?

    Well, guess what? The other side does not think the same way we do. not only do they not think like us, but they believe it is we and our ideas that are responsible for their ills. We ceded the institutions of thought because of our unwillingness to admit that liberalism and conservatism really are oil and water until it was too late. We focused on political solutions to social problems. Even Christians, who ought to have taken a cue from Jesus and sidestepped politics as a voting bloc, fell for it and became just another conservative PAC, abandoning personal responsibility in ministering to the culture in favor of trying to get Caesar to fulfill the Great Commission for them through the ballot box.

    We were tricked by Ronald Reagan-not by the man himself, but by the idea that he was the standard in the Republican party, the leader that we should find time and again. What we have yet to admit is that Reagan is not the norm. He was an anomaly, an accident that got through the tightly controlled Republican Moderate Machine, and one they are committed to making sure never happens again. It is no accident that since Reagan, we have gotten Bush 41, Dole, Bush 43, McCain and Romney. See a pattern here? It is design, because it is who these people are.

    Like a child who ceaselessly begs for candy from his parents because they relented just once, so we keep thinking politics is going to bring us another Reagan. Even though it has been 25 years since Ronaldus Magnus left office, we keep hoping the next election will bring us another. We are waiting for Godot.
    Meanwhile, the left has been studying their heroes Marx and Lenin and Mao. Over a 60 year period of gradually taking over the institutions that shape thought- the press, entertainment, academia and education, and even mainline churches- they quietly purged them of ideological heretics. And once they succeeded in that mission, the political became easy. We now have a population that is the third generation of this indoctrination. This population now includes more godless than religious, more takers than makers, more moral relativists than objectivists.

  3. arnash says:

    Adrien Nash

    What your prognosis fails to take into account is the principle of the anomaly. As in The Matrix, “something is different”, -the destiny of the past will not be the destiny of the future because something is very different, and that something is the American spirit and American Constitution. It can and is ignored by the government, but it can’t be completely ignored by the high court because it is the intended source of their judicial opinions. None of the other failed states that went down the path that the marxists want to follow in the U.S. had a history and written constitution equal to ours. We are unique and an anomaly in the realm of world governments and citizenry. We have unalienable rights that can be abridged only so far and no farther because the courts will say “no” or the people will via the ballot box or the bullet box.

    Jederman

    My mind still rejects the hopelessness or sense that it’s a done deal. The left’s system doesn’t work. They may worm their way into power but at some point enough people realize it’s nowhere and that they prefer freedom.

    It sounds like drama but I’m not ready to throw in the towel. Not for something like socialism and one world gvt.

    juliebray
    “We on the right assumes that everyone thinks like we do.”
    Bingo!
    I finally learned in 2008 that many of my so-called “friends” based their political views on emotion rather than fact. For example, I mentioned to a friend that I was excited about attending the VP Debate rally for Sarah Palin, and she looked at me coldly and said, “I hate her.” I asked why, and the response was “I just do.” I was confused and crestfallen, because I couldn’t understand how someone I thought was a reasonable person could feel such hatred for no reason she could articulate. We haven’t been friends since.
    physicsnut

    Ever heard of “None Dare Call it Treason” ? Ever heard of Whittaker Chambers ? Or more lately – David Horowitz, and many others. Do you think that nobody paid attention when the Soviet Archives were opened by Yeltsin ? What do you think the Yale University series on communism was about ?
    We could have solved the problem and spared the younger generation the left wing disease. IF we had the knock-down evidence about commies in 1960 we would have them exposed and discredited and marginalized. They would not be doing their “march thru the institutions” including the Education System. There would not be any sixties radicals, or they would be too ashamed to show their face in public. There would be no Che t-shirts, nobody chanting ‘ho ho ho chi minh’, nobody waving little red Mao books. Noam Chomsky would be doing linguistics instead of politics. Whittaker Chambers and Joe McCarthy and Birchers would not have been demonized because they would have facts and evidence to go up against the NY Times and that bunch.
    Americans would be aware that there are totalitarian tendencies in the Left. So, at worst you would have to deal with midwest style populists.
    But why didn’t that happen ? Because Venona was top top ultra secret. Too bad the KGB already knew about it, but we didn’t know that. Besides, it would not have been sufficient. You really need the Soviet Archives together with Venona, to make a knock down argument that commies are totalitarian creeps, rather than ‘liberals in a hurry’, and make it stick. Remember – there was no Rush. There was no Levin. There was no Talk Radio. There was no Right Scoop. There was no Ann Coulter writing ‘Treason’ because her book was based on Venona and the Soviet Archives ! Nobody really knew how utterly creepy these totalitarians are until Richard Pipes wrote ‘The Unknown Lenin” and other works exposing what the commies did, based on the archives. There WAS Robert Conquest, but he said that ‘after the archives’, the history of the whole period has to be re-written.
    The upshot is that the Left got a free ride for nearly 40 years – the Abbie Hoffmans, Jerry Rubins and SDS and Bill Ayers, Angela Davis and Kathy Boudin – all doing their best to turn the educational system into what you complain about, and libs were giving them the benefit of the doubt, because there was no knock-down expose of their totalitarian crap. Libs were making excuses for the Left. That began to turn around in the 90s. It STILL needs turning around.
    Now, I want you to appreciate this: How did we get the evidence we needed ? Give thanks to Dimitry Volkaganov. He was a historian and went to Boris Yeltsin with this idea of exposing the Bolshevik secret archives. Americans theoretically decide about Venona, but we have no influence over this sort of thing. And how many countries make any such thing available ? It might as well be an ‘act of God’ . What if Yeltsin thought it imprudent to open the archives ? It makes me very nervous to think that
    history depends on such a slender thread. We would be in the dark, and the commies would be re-writing our history with impunity.

    SethWatt

    At it’s most basic I think the problem in the Republican Party is that they accept the same premises as do the Democrats: it’s the governments job to *run* the economy, it’s each citizens *duty* to care for their neighbor (like them or not), it’s dangerous to allow business to operate independent of government, the States and the general citizen are not competent to run their own affairs, etc, etc, etc…

    These premises result from an underlying philosophy of Altruism and Collectivism which have been foisted on children from their first contact with government schools. Unless we can introduce the alternative early in life, the die is cast. Leftists understand this and will never willingly let this happen. K-12 and even pre-school is the battle ground where we can make a difference, all be it decades in the future.

    We either need a huge movement to home and private school, or we need to get some control over the curriculum in K-12 first so that children are receptive to Individualism and Free Markets when they are old enough to understand them. Else, as you say, they will write the ideas off without consideration when they are presented.

    I’d say organize with the schools in mind. Enter (or encourage young thinkers to) the Schools of Education at the university, teach at your local high or K-12 school, run for school board, or get involved in text book selection.

    MaxEntropy
    This may help: http://www.americanthinker(dot)com/2011/05/gop_what_gop.html

    E.+Goldstein

    The model for Progressive politics is WWII, which was the first war Progressives had control of America. Total surrender was their policy then and is now, nothing less is acceptable. There is no negotiating with them, even terms of surrender as the GOP is attempting. They have the full intention and will to make us obey. Force is their method of choice. Only the squeamishness of the mob that gives them power restrains their actions. Their propaganda machine is working to overcome that.

    rover33

    It just seems like a lot of hand wringing and complaining on the part of conservatives. This is just what the Left does. There should be no surpirse. What is the point in complaining about it? Conservatives don’t or won’t understand that there is a war going on in this country. Either recognize that fact and fight fire with fire or be soundly defeated.

    SethWatt

    I was thinking more along the lines of changing the Republican Party to respect individual rights. I know its discouraging when the new members are marginalized, but you have to keep up a sustained effort until you reach critical mass. That is why I referenced the Democrat Party, they, the New-Left, slowly, but surely took over the party. It took a long time, but from Kennedy to Obama is a rather dramatic change wouldn’t you say?

    ThePeeledEye

    Mr. FreeMarket:
    It is time to call the “Racist” charge exactly what it is: The last refuge of a useless mind that has no real point to make. It is a bugaboo trotted out as a last resort to shut up white people. Let’s call it what it is, and not be placed on the defensive.

    ThePeeledEye

    Obama is in league with some of the wealthiest Americans. And he is all about granting them favors for their support and business activities that will benefit his “transformation of America”.

    It is unprecedented for a president to use Billions of American Tax Dollars to support those who have funded his campaigns. One of Obama’s major activities has been to give his crony Millionaires and Billionaires our tax dollars to start “green” companies. A large number failed but his cronies did not have to pay back the American taxpayer. Rather, he condoned a number taking millions in bonuses. The two Google billionaire owners are an example. Even the Billionaire Soros seems to want ever more wealth. He continues to profit as a result of his connection with Obama. Is one of his hundreds of organizations paying you to be a shill for Obama? Time to open your eyes and think for yourself, instead of behaving like a “Useful Idiot”.

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