Will The Audacious “It Isn’t What it is” Propaganda Assault By The American Left Succeed?, Part I

I wrote the introduction to this now three part post more than a month ago. It ended with this:

[T]he ascendant progressive movement has taken Yoo’s Rationalization to new heights (or depths) in ways that George Orwell would marvel at. Abortion is about “choice,” not the forfeited lives of the unborn. Defunding the police and not enforcing laws promotes “justice.” Discrimination on the basis of race and gender advances equality.

Most frightening of all, however, is the current effort to make the public believe that opposing single party dictated infringements of personal liberty and the Constitution is a “threat to democracy.”

That will be the focus of the second half of this post.

I confess that the post at hand, that “second half,” presumes what many in the thrall of LeftThink today deny: that the narrative about Republicans and Donald Trump especially creating an existential threat to democracy if they gain power is pure, unsupported, unsupportable Big Lie propaganda, part of a dangerous and divisive last ditch strategy to use fear to somehow avoid the electoral thrashing Democrats have earned perhaps more  spectacularly than any party in U.S. history that had succeeded in gaining control of both the White House and Congress.

After all, it isn’t Republicans who are holding an unprecedented, prosecution-style, single party investigation aimed at justifying criminal charges against the previous President and elected officials who support him. It is not the Republicans who have gone to unprecedented lengths to chill dissent, as the Biden Administration has with it the threats of legal action by the Justice Department against parents who are too vigorous in their objections to public school indoctrination. Nor are Republicans the party now devoted to loosening, seriously and permanently, security measures that promote public trust in elections and to make ballot manipulation that is difficult to catch more easier to attempt.

Republicans haven’t advocated packing the Supreme Court to ensure a permanent advantage, or repeatedly advanced policies that violate Equal Protection and the Civil Rights laws for the objective of favoring certain groups over others. Republicans haven’t co-oped the management of Big Tech, social media and 98% of the news media to ensure that their opposition’s message is squelched and reported negatively while their agenda is spared criticism as well as public reporting of inconvenient facts.

How can the Left, even acknowledging their huge advantage in controlling information, hope to persuade the public that up is down, and that it is the GOP that threatens democracy while the reality is that the opposite is true?

Well, one reason is that bias makes you stupid, and an awful lot of Americans have become hopelessly biased over the past decade. This letter was in the Times “Letters to the Editor” section this week:

To the Editor:

Former President Donald Trump was the catalyst for transforming the Republican Party from a policy-based party to one now focused on replacing our pluralistic democracy with one-party authoritarianism. But while Mr. Trump may be the titular leader of the Republican Party, he is not the future. He will serve only as the figurehead for the future revolution.

Others such as Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida are the emerging leaders, and they are building a one-party autocratic government. For their vision of America look at how Mr. DeSantis successfully enacted voter suppression legislation, is proposing ballot police to intimidate voters, has signed legislation to suppress political demonstrations and has suppressed academic speech at a state university.

The Trump Republicans have a national vision of taking the House and the Senate in 2022, and the presidency in 2024. When that is accomplished all three branches of government will effectively be in Trump Republican autocratic control, and the American experiment in constitutional democracy will be brought to an end.

Michael Abels
DeLand, Fla.

This guy really believes this. He also doesn’t believe that unconstitutional laws tend not to get past the Courts, as so many of the Biden administration’s abuses have proven. What the letter calls “voter suppression” according to his own link is provisions that limit voting by mail (You know, as with every other election before the pandemic coup), curtail the use of drop boxes (which are inherently ripe for mischief) and “prohibit actions to help people waiting in line to vote.” This last is my favorite, as it pretends that waiting in line is an ordeal comparable to the Bataan Death March. The point is that food and water bottles can constitute ways to influence voters on the way to voting. Calling the lack of access to refreshments “voting suppression” tells us just how dishonest the whole “Jim Crow ” narrative is.

A letter like this makes me wonder if people no longer know what an autocrat is. It is overwhelmingly Democratic governors and mayors who are dictating to citizens what they must wear on their faces and inject into their bodies. (It is also overwhelmingly Democratic governors and mayors who are being caught defying their own decrees, another tell-tale trademark of autocrats.

Well heck, let me expand on the earlier list, for I am quite sure no political party outside of wartime attempted or put in place so many measures hostile to democratic principles, in addition to other tactics redolent of dictatorship. By expand, I do not pretend that this list is exhaustive. Trump often talked like an autocrat, but he would be far down the ranking of most autocratic peacetime Presidents, with Biden well ahead of him based on the principle that actions matter more than words.

Well this is getting long. I’ll continue with the expanded list in Part 2, coming right up.

12 thoughts on “Will The Audacious “It Isn’t What it is” Propaganda Assault By The American Left Succeed?, Part I

  1. Politicians lie, but HERE is a big steaming serving of “it isn’t what it is” and other deceptions from our friend Nancy: https://dailycaller.com/2022/02/13/nancy-pelosi-midterm-elections-democrats-inflation/?utm_medium=email&pnespid=qeJ7Ej0WZaMBh.CQ.Te0GJfXsAu3VcF_ffjlxORwrANmTBt6LVOhsql.TIMtHOZbn7fdFIVc

    A sample, brushing away the highest inflation in 40 years, costing families an average of $275 a month: “““So our focus that unifies our Democrats …is the empathy that we have for America’s working families and the priority of meeting their needs. Lower cost, bigger paychecks, lower taxes, all paid for by making everyone pay their fair share with a great president.””

    Almost nothing she says is true anymore.

    • Nancy Pelosi has become completely unmoored from reality. The only way that Biden goes down in history is as the president who was both nominated and elected because of who he was not. He was nominated because he wasn’t Bernie Sanders and he was elected because he wasn’t Trump.

      • “The only way that Biden goes down in history…”
        What about Harris? I heard she has a history of going down. Oh wait, that’s not the same as going down in history.

        I know it’s crude, but what else can you expect from a deplorable?

        • What’s the difference between Harris and the WW2 Japanese battle fleet? The Japanese battle fleet only went down 10 times. I know that’s a little esoteric, but you get the point.

  2. Calling it now: Bookmark this for later.

    It took less than a year for Democrats to go from “Defund the Police” to “No one actually said defund the police” to Jen Psaki saying “Actually, it was Republicans that wanted to defund the police.”

    Start the clock on Democrats saying it was Republican’s fault that children were masked or out of school.

    • Well, sure it’s the Republicans’ fault for not going along with the stringent lockdowns. If they had, the children wouldn’t have been masked or out of school…or something.

  3. First they came for the right to bear arms, and you said nothing, because they said they were preventing violence and keeping weapons out of the hands of those who should not have them.

    Then they came for the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and you said nothing, because because they said they were just keeping a closer eye on potential domestic terrorists.

    Then they came for the right to practice your faith, and you said nothing, because they said certain faiths preach hate, and smart people don’t believe in that hooey anyway.

    Then they came for the right to due process, and you said nothing, because they said potentially dangerous people should be stopped before they shoot up a school or worse.

    Then they came for the right to free speech and a free press, and you said nothing, because they said they were just stopping hate speech, preventing the spread of misinformation, and reducing harm.

    Now they’re coming for you, and you are disarmed, cowed, silenced, and powerless.

    Is this the nation you want?

  4. Not only are these folks twisting everything around, calling what’s bad good, and what’s good bad, projecting their own actions onto their opposition, and re-defining terms or flat out inventing new ones to “explain” their lies, they are also doing one of the most unethical things anyone can do. They are, quite simply, using scare tactics to manipulate people into going along with demands that strip away their freedom.

    We’re told that driving a car, eating meat, producing our own energy, having a decent home, and so much more are “dangerous” things, bad for the environment, and that we’ll end up “destroying the world”. People are being brainwashed into believing that human beings don’t actually have a place on this planet. How often have we heard someone say that people were “encroaching on the territory” of this or that animal? How many wildfires have been caused in western states because some complained about proper forest management, so clearing undergrowth was stopped, and we now have larger, hotter, and far more dangerous wildfires as a result?

    Using fear to manipulate people isn’t just unethical; it’s downright rotten. That’s how we end up with people such as the writer of that letter to the editor, who truly believe the most ridiculous lies, because they’re afraid of something.

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