A three-part series by Oleg Atbashian published in the American Thinker this week:
This series, in its turn, is also a part of a larger series, tentatively titled The Mind Games of Manipulative Illusions, which recently appeared in various places:
The Socialist Mind Game: A Brief Manual - The American Thinker
Obama's media to Romney: You lost, now play our game or else - The Washington Times
Obama’s Tax Cuts: The Sucker at the Table - PJ Media
This is a terrific primer for low information drones. Thank you Red Square. I've Twittered it everywhere. Well, not everywhere.
We are winning.
Shovel 4 UDemonizing the Non Compliant. Check.... We are winning. Yes. Arrest first, figure out the crime later. The later the better. If there is no "law" yet, make one, or make one up (by Executive Order if necessary). I little time in cuffs & behind bars will soon show these non-compliants the errors of their ways. If not, there are other "strategies."
Thank you so very much for this 'education' and taking the time to craft these outstanding articles. I thoroughly enjoyed them and now feel I'm moving out of the 'low-information' arena of non-ideas.
Nevertheless - extremely well written! And its residing on American Thinker is appropriate.
Say, has anyone seen Emmanuel Goldstein lately?
SARAH PALIN CONTROVERSY: Rips Opponents as Terrorists and Hostage-Taking Anarchists Using Homophobic Rhetoric
Did I say Sarah Palin?
I meant Democrat politicians and power-brokers who resort to the most disgusting rhetoric imaginable.
• White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer likened Republicans to suicide-bombers, saying the White House would not be "negotiating with people with a bomb strapped to their chest."
• Pfeiffer also said that the House, in exercising its Constitutional duty known as "the power of the purse", was acting like a pack of arsonists threatening to "burn it [the nation] down."
• President Barack Obama accused the GOP of political "blackmail", implying that they are kidnappers holding the nation hostage.
• White House spokesman Jay Carney went a step further, call the tactics "extortion, tanking the economy and crushing the middle class."
• Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) called Republicans "anarchists" who want to bring down government.
• Finally, Barbara "Jabba the" Mikulski (D-MD) employed vile, homophobic rhetoric to tar Americans opposed to Obamacare as "Tea Baggers in [Cruz's] Tea Party."
"...at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized -– at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds..."
--President Barack Obama, January 12, 2011, speaking in Tucson after the shooting that critically injured Rep. Gabbi Giffords
Gabbi Giffords, of course, immediately spoke out against this sort of extreme, divisive rhetoric.
Oh, wait: no, she didn't.
Anyhow, the unveiling of the police state and the increasingly open demagoguery, lying and lawless nature of DC seems to have hit another gear. I'd also like to be clear that I think the two-party system is a sham. There are two sides to an establishment coin and both are statists that play a divide and conquer game.
The scope of this transition from a constitutional republic didn't hit me until the middle of Obama's first term. The mechanisms by which we are rocketing with ever greater velocity toward Next Tuesday hit me with such clarity and in such succession that I alienated some folks in an effort to have them convince me I was wrong.
I pay too much attention to facts and not what people say I suppose. It's funny, when you get labeled a conspiracy theorist by the non-thinking it is an effort to protect the world as they know it, like a child covering their eyes at a horror film. Some who seek to discredit also say the allure of conspiracy is rooted in having some kind of secret knowledge that is tantamount to ego masturbation.
The truth of the matter (in my case at any rate) is that I'm desperately wanting someone to explain to me in rational terms using reason, logic and facts, why I am wrong. I want to be wrong!! Please Gawd, let me be wrong.
Then I come across little gems like this where I'm reminded that Orwell wasn't too far off about my namesake being the way of the future:
I'd also like to thank Oleg for operating the site. It is an oaisis for myself in a sea of madness where you can just laugh at it all as opposed to stewing on it. This approach hits the truth in ways that other more combative or hostile approaches never could. I think this place and your work is important.
My political growth is also rooted in Russia. As a good prog in my early 20s I was able to visit Moscow over a number of weeks in 1995. It was a transformational trip for me politically. Being able to expierence the ruin first hand of every aspect of Russian society discredited most of what I thought about the world. It was an experience every American should have had. It would have been the one government subsidy I would have supported whole heartedly. The return on investment would have been unlimited.
I spent some time on Twitter last night, on the #1 hashtag for several hours, #ShutdownTheGOP, only I added another: #ShutdownTheGOP AND #ShutdownTheDems. I proceeded to post numerous tweets about the shell game, the revolving Good Cop / Bad Cop game, and the fact that it's really all about Freedom and not parties.
Yet again, as I read the 20 or so new #ShutdownTheGOP tweets that posted every 10 seconds or so, I felt as though I was banging my head against a wall.
One point I tried to make was that if we don't wake up soon, there won't be a generation left who, as a whole, remembers what freedom even is. Frankly, we're already pretty much there.
A long time ago, when I was a lot more politically active than I am today, I asked the Lord WHY He seemed to be pushing me so hard to try to wake people up, since it was looking more and more like the sheep really didn't care and weren't listening. Many years before then I'd actually led a Christian ministry - a rock group - wherein I'd felt the same drive from outside myself to do what I was doing, so I recognized the feeling.
In a nutshell, He told me He was more interested in what I was becoming by virtue of doing what I was than whether I won or lost. Which was a bit of a shock. I didn't "hear a voice", but I KNEW that was what he told me.
I, too, periodically thank Oleg for providing this site - for a number of reasons. One, it helps me to let off some steam by being darkly creative., which is probably a Very Good Thing. Two, it may just wake some people up - I suspect it already has. And third, much like how Twitter has become, it reminds me that I'm not the only one who understands what's happening to this country.
Thanks for sharing your heart, and I hope I haven't over-shared mine. We're living in VERY interesting times, very sad times, actually, and I'm afraid that America is about to get precisely what it deserves.
I hope I'm wrong.
Although I've been here in Cube-land for just a short time, I too have come to appreciate the opportunity to mock and create, and to see the creative mockery of all the regulars. I really was a red diaper baby ... in the 1940s and onward, until gradual revelations in the late 1960s made me not only abandon my leftist activity but actually (gasp) join the Air Force in 1970. It was during our evacuations of South Vietnam at the end of the war that I had another revelation: these refugees weren't running from us, but to us -- to freedom and away from the "agrarian reformers" that my old comrades on the left had helped to win the war. This wasn't just another theoretical proposition or political stance; it was a matter of life and death. More revelations followed: social, economic, philosophical. I even became a Christian.
Since then, I've taught for 30 years at a so-called research university, and I finally retired when I realized that I could no longer speak the same language as our students -- and I was hearing similar things from colleagues in other departments and colleges (all of them old-time and old-fashioned scholars, of course). In the past I'd had to teach students how to construct a logical argument, how to examine an opponent's argument, and how to evaluate evidence objectively. It wasn't that they didn't want to; they just didn't know how to. Once they learned, they were able to do it. But suddenly -- almost overnight, it seemed -- they no longer saw the point in doing it, and in fact they'd been taught that wanting to do it was a Bad Thing. Phallologocentric. Bowing to the heteronormative patriarchy. And so on. And we were teaching them all this in our own courses (other than mine, obviously). Whoever screamed in outrage loudest, or sobbed in victimized hurt loudest, won. Period. All others were evil. End of argument.
I, a newcomer here, apologize for baring my own soul, but I do want to express my appreciation for the venue to vent, as it were. As my alter ego the cat said in a previous thread, I'm not an artist and can't match the brilliance of the work here, but thanks for letting me join in.
RedDiaperetteI, a newcomer here, apologize for baring my own soul, but I do want to express my appreciation for the venue to vent, as it were. As my alter ego the cat said in a previous thread, I'm not an artist and can't match the brilliance of the work here, but thanks for letting me join in.
Nice soul you got there, Comrade!
Your addition to the Collektive has been appreciated, and I will (eventually, perhaps Next Tuesday) put you in for a commendation. Or at least an extra helping of potatoes. Or at the very least an occasional extra beet vodka.
INGSOCRed, no need to apologize! We are all on this boat together. I'm just happy that there are others who can make rational arguments on why we need to bail. The automatons are the ones who trouble me. You are spot on in your assessment of the college kids. Cheers!
Yes, INGSOC...the drones...the drones are growing in number - multiplying, reproducing, replicating - moving straight from education courses to teaching positions only to repeat the cycle. It's like a dreadful horror movie but with real people. Soon we will be overrun - drowning in drones, as it were. Then what? I can see it now....small bands of anti-drones, "loners" hiding deep in the forest, living on wild berries and trapped squirrels! Gasp! It's horrible, but I can't change the channel or leave the theater. I must think on this further...
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