When the BLM protests broke out at the end of May, at first Dems, the media and most Republicans bought into the George Floyd narrative that BLM, Al Sharpton and the media were selling. It’s become apparent that some details were left out of there “totally peaceful arrest” and the effort to spin George Floyd as an upstanding citizen. Geroge Floys had a lengthy criminal record and the story of Floyd offering no resistance during his arrest, likewise appears to be untrue. While these details still don’t justify the police officer holding Floyd down with a knee to Floyd’s neck for over 8 minutes, those details assuredly might weigh into the charges the police officers are facing. Andrew McCarthy at National Review explained:
“Defense lawyers will certainly note that the new theory may have led to some sleight-of-hand by Ellison in drafting the charges. In the original complaint, prosecutors more forthrightly acknowledged that Floyd, while he did not threaten the cops, was uncooperative. For example, the original complaint states, “Mr. Floyd actively resisted being handcuffed”; in the amended complaint, that allegation has mysteriously vanished — we are now told simply that “Officer Lane handcuffed Mr. Floyd.”
Why the change? Because Ellison has changed the direction of the prosecution since taking it over. Originally, prosecutors were not concerned about accurately describing Floyd’s resistance, since their theory was that, no matter what Floyd may have done, the recklessly excessive manner in which he was restrained — with his ability to breathe impeded — established depraved indifference. But now, Ellison is alleging that the arrest and accompanying restraint of Floyd was felony assault from the start. To pull that off, he realized he needs to soft-pedal Floyd’s resistance. Otherwise, physical restraint by the cops may appear to have been reasonable, at least at the start; Ellison wants it to look unreasonable through and through, to the point of assault.
Living in a world where our media and political culture, totally corrupted and committed to running scorched earth spin information warfare 24/7, makes finding reliable, vetted information time-consuming, frustrating and often like trying find the proverbial needle in a haystack… or to use some JK wisdom, learning to be a crow;
“There’s a somewhat useful methodology label analysts occasionally admit to using. The Crow Method. Don’t know you ever spent much time in barnyards/feedlots. … Next time you find yourself where bovines and crows are gathered, pick one crow and keep eyes on that one crow. If you’ve chosen a smart crow, the crow’ll be following a big bull and every time the bull drops a load, the crow’ll swoop down and swirl around the bovine waste looking for the few nuggets of undigested golden corn kernels. The crow will take the corn leaving the remainder of the bullshit for the worms.”
“Better to be a Crow. Dirty work but not so dirty as being a worm. Worms’ll swallow anything.”
I still fall for some spin narratives, only to realize later that I got sucked into them (see my totally buying into the Schiff spin narrative about Marie Yovanovitch). Taking a deep breath and waiting to see what other information comes out before reacting tests my patience, but that’s my goal when it comes to information – don’t trust any first reports from the media and all political news should be treated as “potential spin propaganda, until more information is available to lend credibility to the reports.
In the midst of the media/political spin outrage over George Floyd’s death, we were led along and lulled into letting down our guard. We placed our trust in spin narratives sold by BLM activists and race hustler, Al Shaprton.
Many Republicans jumped right on board the “police reform” bandwagon, being peddled by the left, except rapidly many Dems and far-left radical activists quickly pivoted from “police reform to “defund the police” to “reimagine (disband) the police” and the protests spread globally, while the social justice causes grew into a massive shog(fecal fog). The real objective the BLM movement centers on completely is changing our economic and political systems in America into some, as yet vaguely defined, neo-Marxist Utopia. Their goal most certainly isn’t “police reform.”
What seemed to get lost in the massive fog of spin war was the BLM movement sounds very much like the violent Black Power radicals from the 1960s, even though BLM mouthpieces insist their movement doesn’t endorse violence. Instead, this movement led by radical black female activists working with their allies (predominantly radical feminists) intend to con Americans into buying into their revisionist history projects and other “reimagining” our political and economic systems, all based on massive spin operations, extreme emotional blackmail and public shaming spin operations and by stealthily encouraging their more violent “allies,” like Antifa to engage in street theater vandalism, statue-toppling, looting, arson and physical assaults. BLM organizers will keep their hands clean and stay distanced from the violence, all while politically benefiting from the mayhem.
All of this radical leftist chaos seemed so familiar, so it was no surprise to find out Bill Ayers and other 60s radicals have been advising and offering their expertise to BLM organizers.
What’s even more disturbing about the media, pundit class and political class and their instant jumping on board the BLM/Sharpton outrage train is Republicans, like Nikki Haley, Mitt Romney and many others, jumped on board, trying to be noticed and seeking praise from the liberal media with their virtue-signaling. They completely bought into the entire BLM/Sharpton spin narrative the mainstream media presented as 100% vetted information.
Even if these Republicans did not remember the 1960s-early 1970s radical protests and Black Power movement or recognize the political messaging, you would think they’d remember back a few years when the BLM movement began and gained national attention.
The collective amnesia about past events happens in days now with these rapidly churning spin cycles, so perhaps Republicans rushing to virtue-signal their racial sensitivity and fawning all over the Marxist-tinged radical BLM movement shouldn’t surprise me, but it did disgust me.
The radical left has stuck to their culture war since the 1960s, relentlessly. They took over American colleges and universities, by becoming the tenured professors and administrators. They tirelessly work to control K-12 education in America. They control the media, except for a few news outlets and some successful talk radio programs. And they developed, advanced and controlled spin information warfare, until Trump came along and learned how to spin. Trump’s clunky one-man spin show has begun to inflict more damage to Trump in the past year than it does on Dems and his media targets, so it’s hard to tell if he will be able to hold onto the presidency in November.
And here’s the thing that bothers me about conservatives and Republicans – those who cling to Trump as the only person who can “save America” from the far-left onslaught, that’s assuredly coming if Biden wins, have not a single other plan other than to place all their energy and trust in Trump, a fraud, who pretends to be a Republican and who keeps the right divided and engaged in constant in-fighting. The Left has remained committed to their culture war since the 1960s and worked to advance their political goals through all of America’s institutions (including American churches, where many Protestant churches are more bastions of leftist political dogma than Christian theology.) Republicans placed all of their energy in hysteria over the Supreme Court and who sits in the White House. That’s the right’s entire plan to defeat the Left’s aggressive culture war.
I’ve been spending time brushing up understanding the 1960s protest history, ideology and organization of radical groups. My reading list also includes reading more about the French Revolution and Mao’s Cultural Revolution. I’ve read a good deal about Soviet history, but I might start brushing up on that too.
I just finished rereading Robert H. Bork’s, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline.
I’ve started reading Roger Kimball’s, The Long March: How the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s Changed America. and also, Alexis de Tocqueville’s, The Old Regime and the French Revolution.
My list also includes Amity Schlaes, Great Society, Jonah Goldberg’s, Liberal Fascism, and Kevin Williamson’s, The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking In The Age of Mob Politics, Mao’s, The Red Book on Guerrilla Warfare.
Republicans trusting in Trump to “save America,” by winning the election in November, should realize that Trump has offered no coherent plan on anything during his first term, only chaos, more Twitter fights than most of us can even count, chaotic program roll-outs, endless palace intrigue battles among his staff inside the White House, non-stop leaking from his White House, and endless whining about his victimhood. None of that will change if he is reelected.
Yes, he nominated a lot of judges, so that has been a positive, but does that outweigh the negatives?
In googling, I came across a 2014 Mark Steyn essay on our culture war and he wondered about America in 28 years, but eerily, we’re already almost to his nightmarish vision:
“If the culture’s liberal, if the schools are liberal, if the churches are liberal, if the hip, groovy business elite is liberal, if the guys who make the movies and the pop songs are liberal, then electing a guy with an “R” after his name isn’t going to make a lot of difference.
Nor should it. In free societies, politics is the art of the possible. In the 729 days between elections, the left is very good at making its causes so possible that in American politics almost anything of consequence is now impossible, from enforcing immigration law to controlling spending.
What will we be playing catch-up to in another 28 years? Not so long ago, I might have suggested transsexual rights. But, barely pausing to celebrate their victory on gay marriage, the identity-group enforcers have gone full steam ahead on transgender issues. Once upon a time there were but two sexes. Now Facebook offers its 1.2 billion patrons the opportunity to select their preference from dozens of “genders”: “male” and “female” are still on the drop-down menu, just about, but lost amid fifty shades of gay — “androgynous,” “bi-gender,” “intersex,” “cisfemale,” “trans*man,” “gender fluid” . . .
Oh, you can laugh. But none of the people who matter in American culture are laughing. They take it all perfectly seriously.
Supreme Intergalactic Arbiter Anthony Kennedy wields more power over Americans than George III did, but in a year or three he’ll be playing catch-up and striking down laws because of their “improper animus” and wish to “demean” and “humiliate” persons of gender fluidity.
Having done an impressive job of demolishing the basic societal building block of the family, the ambitious liberal is now moving on to demolishing the basic biological building block of the sexes.
Indeed, taken in tandem with the ever greater dominance of women at America’s least worst colleges and, at the other end of the social scale, the bleak, dispiriting permanence of the “he-cession,” in 28 years’ time we may be fairly well advanced toward the de facto abolition of man, at least in the manly sense.”
The Left’s determined culture war will rage on, unchecked by any organized, coherent plan on the right to fight against the radical Left’s final charge to victory. The energy within far-left activism now seems to gravitate from radical feminists, like the BLM movement and MeToo movement. Here’s a feminist activist explaining their big picture goal:
No one on the right has any plans, only lamenting about how bad these far-left radicals and their agenda are. Trying to get more Americans moving toward the center and working together might counter some of the extremism of the left. And as the far-left extremism spirals further out of control, their extremism may begin to alarm and alienate more Americans, who don’t want everything in their lives politicized.
The motivation, organization and planning of the Left’s activists speak to activists, who have spent years (some since the 1960s) working tirelessly to wage their culture war. The far-left culture warriors have now fully-mobilized to finally win their culture war, while the right’s asleep at the wheel.
Mobilization among the right relies on trying to energize millions of Americans to chant “Trump, Trump, Trump!” at sideshow rallies, where Trump rambles on, hurls insults, engages in juvenile name-calling, then gets on Air Force One and tweets crap about the “crowd size” at his rally. There’s a seriousness to the Left’s culture war, that is entirely missing on the right. No one on the right has any plans other than, “In Trump We Trust!’
This lack of any plans to counter this latest, very aggressive far-left culture war assault worries me a great deal.