Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Are Far Left and Far Right Equivalent?

President Trump has committed the unpardonable sin of implying that the far left is as violent as the far right.  This can be a career ender.   New York Times Domestic Affairs Correspondent, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, may have learned this the hard way.  She commented, “The hard left seemed as hate-filled as alt-right. I saw club-wielding ‘antifa’ beating white nationalists being led out of the park.”   She was immediately set upon.  She had contradicted the progressive narrative.  Perhaps she can be forgiven because her comments were made early in the dispute.  The progressive narrative is that this was a demonstration by white supremacists, neo-Nazis and KKK protesting the removal of statues of slaveholders.  They were opposed by “civil rights protestors:” defenders of the American Way.  In Sheryl Gay Stolberg revised comments the protestors were “standing up to hate.”

Even Mitt Romney endorsed the progressive fairy tale, tweeting, "No, not the same. One side is racist, bigoted, Nazi. The other opposes racism and bigotry. Morally different universes."  Former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted simply: "There is only one side. #charlottesville."  This narrative has been repeated endlessly.  All demonstrators were hate advocates.  There was nobody demonstrating against the removal of monuments dedicated to their forebears or people aware of the left’s true agenda.  Perhaps they should have known that an event organized by Richard Spencer, a known white supremacist, would not be a tea party.

The President’s original statement was, "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”  This allowed critics to suggest he was drawing a moral equivalency between the right and the left.  After massive criticism he appeared to have capitulated.  On Monday he condemned the attack and specifically mentioned the KKK, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.  Unsurprisingly this did not satisfy his critics.  On Tuesday he appeared to revert to his original position with a vengeance.  He asked reporters, “When you say alt-right, define alt-right for me—what about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the alt-right? Do they have any semblance of guilt?”
Trump claimed, “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis.” 

He then touched on a problem few conservative commentators have mentioned.  The entire progressive exercise is based on one goal: the acquisition of power.  He continued, “Many of those people were there to protest the taking down the statue of Robert E. Lee.  So this week its Robert E Lee I notice the Stonewall Jackson is coming down.   I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after.  You really do have to ask yourself where does it stop.”  Al Sharpton has already targeted  Thomas Jefferson.

There is not a moral equivalency between left and right.  The left has repeatedly demonstrated that they are more violent than the Right.  The left is held to an entirely different standard.  Black Lives Matter (“Pigs in a blanket, fry 'em like bacon) can be invited to the White House by President Obama.  President Trump can not even criticize them.  Mayors often tell their police forces to “stand down.”  They give protestors  “who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”  Conservative demonstrations do no usually end with burned out liquor stores.  Leftist speakers do not fear being assaulted when the visit a college campus.  The left controls the establishment media.  It can therefore suppress or emphasize information that it believes will further its cause.  Che Guevara, Mao, Joseph Stalin and Pol Potdo not receive the attention they deserve.

President Trump’s exchange with the press at Trump Tower did not reflect well on the press.  The question, “Are you against the Confederacy?” was entirely ignored.  After condemning white supremacists several times a reported asked, “I didn’t understand what you were saying. You were saying the press has treated white nationalists unfairly.”  Reporters hear what they want to hear.  If they are incapable of listening they cannot report accurately.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Government’s Gonna Kill This Guy

CNN counterterrorism analyst Philip Mudd is retired from a long career in American intelligence.  He was in the upper echelons of the intelligence community and was a member of the White House National Security Council.  He was appointed by FBI Director Robert Mueller to be the first deputy director of the FBI's National Security Branch in 2005.  He was awarded the William Langer Award for excellence in analysis and several Exceptional Performance Awards.  He resigned from government service in 2010 and is presently the President of Mudd Management, a company specializing in security consulting.

There is nothing exceptional about Mudd’s career except for the fact that he was a high performer.  He obviously was a good fit for the intelligence community.  His specialty is analysis.  It is therefore strange that he could demonstrate such a lack of judgment when discussing the policies of the President of the United States.  On August 11 during the CNN program The Lead with Jake Tapper there was a discussion about Trump’s comments about the Russian expulsion of U.S. diplomats.  Mudd responded to the question “what was your response Phil Mudd?” with “As a former government official.  Government’s gonna kill this guy.”

Tapper had to interrupt to make sure Mudd was speaking metaphorically.  Mudd responded “obviously.”  It is unfortunate that members of the entertainment community can “joke” about the President’s severed head.  We should expect a great deal more from our intelligence professionals.  This is more than an example of poor judgment.  Rudd mentions the “deep state.”   Referring to this entity as the “deep state” gives it an air of nefarious mystery.  There is nothing mysterious about the “deep state.”  It is the enormous bureaucracy that has been built up over the years.  It has a mind of its own and is remarkably resistant to the interference of elected officials.  Philip Mudd is an excellent example of a member of that bureaucracy.

Trump is a threat to this “deep state.”  He will attempt to rein it in.  However, funding for government programs has not been seriously reduced.  Congress (Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell) is still funding wasteful programs and leftist organizations.  Republican leadership claims it cannot make progress because that is how government works.  Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid never used that excuse.

While Mudd spoke approvingly of the government “killing this guy,” Richard Higgins, former NSC Director for Strategic Planning, wrote a memo describing the process the “deep state” is using to remove the President.  Higgins paid for his memo with his job. In his seven-page memo he warns of a concerted information warfare campaign designed to remove the President.  His memo states, “The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the president.”  “For this cabal, Trump must be destroyed.”  Were something happen to the President, Mudd’s irresponsible remarks will come back to haunt him.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Brain is a Terrible Thing to Wash

Published by American Thinker on Aug 14, 2017

Nazi propagandist Joe Goebbels reportedly said, “A lie told once remains a lie but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth.”  Everyone knows that the Russians interfered in the U.S. election.  When it is discussed on TV it is mentioned without qualification.  It is a known and accepted fact.  It is on a par with saying the earth is round.  However, ask for evidence.  There is none.  There is a dossier.  This dossier was so poorly created that even Vice President Joe Biden believed it was bogus.  If you can’t fool Joe Biden you can’t fool anybody.  After months of investigation by thousands of researchers eager to make a name for themselves the result is zero.  However, this does not prevent the assertion from being a “truth.”

Goebbels had undoubtedly read Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, book on propaganda.  Bernays contended that, “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.  Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed , our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."

The power of the media cannot be overestimated.  An early example of the media’s power was provided by publisher William Randolph Hearst.  Hearst sent the artist Frederic Remington to Cuba in 1897 to cover the insurrection against Spain.  Remington cabled Hearst, “Everything quiet.  There is no trouble here.  There will be no war.  Wish to return.”  Hearst responded, “Please remain.  You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.”  A short time later the U.S. was involved in the Spanish-American War.

Perhaps the most dramatic illustration of the effects of propaganda is American attitudes towards all things sexual.  Bernays wrote," We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of."  In this case we have the names of the architects of a considerable part of this transformation. Around 1985 social activists Marshall Kirk and Dr. Hunter Madsen began developing a plan to make homosexuality acceptable.  They wrote an article entitled The Gay Agenda outlining their strategy to make homosexuality appear narmal.  They have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  In many locations they have made homosexuality fashionable.

When the elite is preparing the public for war the suffering of children is widely publicized.  Following the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq Nayirah al-Sabah testified before Congress that she witnessed Iraqi soldiers taking babies out of incubators leaving them to die.  It was later revealed that she was the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States and was unlikely present in Kuwait at the time.  Her testimony was couched by PR firm and “inflamed American public opinion against the Iraqis.”

European attitudes about the flood of migrants reaching their shores have been influenced by photos of Aylan Kurdi, a Syrian toddler whose body was washed up on a beach in Turkey.  A British paper asserted, "If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?"  The tragic death of this child was used to encourage the entry of thousands of migrants that were far from innocent.   

In the Syrian conflict Omran Daqneesh is the child star.  His village was allegedly bombed by pro-Assad forces.  “Activists and aid workers hoped the story would boost international support to help bring an end to the suffering and fighting in Syria.”  Instead of immediately tending to his wounds, Omran was positioned in an ambulance chair for a photo op.  “Television news anchors fought back tears as they broadcast the video.”  This was a direct appeal to peoples’ emotions.  The implied solution to bring about an end to the suffering in Syria is to overthrow the Assad regime.  This would be followed by a chaotic situation similar to the situation in Libya.

Economist Stuart Chase suggested, “Theoretically a society could be completely made over in something like 15 years, the time it takes to inculcate a new culture into a rising crop of youngsters.”  He warned, “Prepare now for a surprising universe.”  Baby boomers have witnessed four of these 15 year periods.  The transition has been extremely gradual and therefore difficult for some to recognize.  However, for those paying attention the transition has been truly surprising.