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Left’s culture war planners mobilized to win

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.

New Floyd Murder Charges Will Be Tough to Prove and May Imperil Good Cops

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.”

https://nypost.com/2014/10/19/real-battle-for-america-is-over-culture-not-elections/

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.

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How do we begin changing America’s course?

President Ronald Reagan understood politics in terms of what ordinary Americans care about.  One of my favorite Reagan quotes came from his farewell address, which is in the video above : “And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”  My husband’s favorite Reagan “quote” was when Reagan, in a mic check, jokingly said, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”   My husband, being used to dark military humor, found that Reagan quip hilarious.

A few days ago, Reagan’s farewell address popped into my head, as I was pondering the recent aggressive statue-toppling and revisionist history demands. That speech contains a simple line about the good common sense wisdom of the American people, but sadly families sitting around the kitchen table engaged in family discussions isn’t the norm anymore.  Several years ago I wrote a blog post about 21st century American leadership.  I used this Reagan dinner table quote and even in 2013, family dinners seemed to be on decline across America:

” One of the saddest commentaries in recent years on the state of America, came from pop culture icon, Oprah Winfrey, who devoted an entire show to teaching American parents the importance of finding time for family dinners. Despite the statistics on divorce, out of wedlock births and the steady mass media messaging, the importance of the American family emerged on Oprah, with a host of “experts” on hand, to teach us about family dinner time.  Millions of Oprah followers, I am sure, began talking amongst their friends and just as they buy the books she recommends, most assuredly many started trying to fit family dinners into their weekly schedule. How do family dinners and the quest for American leadership fit together? In our fast-paced, multi-tasking society, few common threads strengthen the waft and weave of our national fabric, so perhaps the family dinner table emerges as the place to begin this quest.”

https://libertybellediaries.com/2013/01/04/the-quest-for-american-leadership-in-the-21st-century-a-few-home-truths/

Reagan, also issued a warning about how we need to teach American children our history and about freedom to foster informed patriotism.  He worried that the people who create our popular culture had stopped promoting positive American messaging.  And Reagan was right.

Here’s the entire passage about remembering our American history,  from Reagan’s farewell speech:

“Finally, there is a great tradition of warnings in Presidential farewells, and I’ve got one that’s been on my mind for some time. But oddly enough it starts with one of the things I’m proudest of in the past 8 years: the resurgence of national pride that I called the new patriotism. This national
feeling is good, but it won’t count for much, and it won’t last unless it’s grounded in thoughtfulness and knowledge.

An informed patriotism is what we want. And are we doing a good enough job teaching our children what America is and what she represents in the long history of the world? Those of us who are over 35 or so years of age grew up in a different America. We were taught, very directly, what it means to be an American. And we absorbed, almost in the air, a love of country and an appreciation of its institutions. If you didn’t get these things from your family you got them from the neighborhood, from the father down the street who fought in Korea or the family who lost someone at Anzio. Or you could get a sense of patriotism from school. And if all else failed you could get a sense of patriotism from the popular culture. The movies celebrated democratic values and implicitly reinforced the idea that America was special. TV was like that,
too, through the mid-sixties.

But now, we’re about to enter the nineties, and some things have changed. Younger parents aren’t sure that an unambivalent appreciation of America is the right thing to teach modern children. And as for those who create the popular culture, well-grounded patriotism is no longer the style. Our spirit is back, but we haven’t reinstitutionalized it. We’ve got to do a better job of getting
across that America is freedom — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It’s fragile; it needs production [protection].

So, we’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important — why the Pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, 4 years ago on the 40th anniversary of D – day, I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, “we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did.” Well, let’s help her keep her word. If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I’m warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let’s start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual.

And let me offer lesson number one about America: All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So, tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins. And children, if your parents haven’t been teaching you what it means to be an American, let ’em know and nail ’em on it. That would be a very American thing to do.”

https://www.reaganfoundation.org/ronald-reagan/reagan-quotes-speeches/farewell-address-to-the-nation-2/

To understand what happened, we need to go back to the turmoil of the 1960s and look at radical student activism that spread across American university campuses and the rise of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) .

“The Sixties were born at a particular time and place: June, 1962, the AFL-CIO camp at Port Huron, Michigan. (There were preliminary stirrings in parts of the civil rights movement and in the Free Speech movement at Berkeley.) Though most Americans have never heard of the proceedings at Port Huron, they were crucial, for the authentic spirit of Sixties radicalism issued there. That spirit spread and evolved afterwards, but its later malignant stages, including its violence, were implicit in its birth. Port Huron was an early convention of SDS, then a small group of alienated, left-wing college students. There were fifty-nine delegates from eleven campus chapters. One of them described their mood: “four-square against anti-Communism, eight-square against American culture, twelve-square against sellout unions, one-hundred-twenty square against an interpretation of the Cold War that saw it as a Soviet plot and identified American policy fondly.”21 In short, they rejected America. Worse, as their statement of principles made clear, they were also foursquare against the nature of human beings and features of the world that are unchangeable. That is the Utopian impulse. It has produced disasters in the past, just as it was to do with the Sixties generation.”

Bork, Robert H.. Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline . HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

In the early 70s the massive waves of college protesting had burned out and then those radical activist student leaders finished college, many earned advanced degrees and then they took up positions in academia, where they became tenured professors. They took up the task of radicalizing college curricula and American students ever since.  Just to give one glaring example of this transformation of higher-education in America, let’s look at Bill Ayers, co-founder of the violent, radical 60s, Weather Underground group:

“In June 1969, the Weathermen took control of the SDS at its national convention, where Ayers was elected Education Secretary.[8] Later in 1969, Ayers participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket affair confrontation between labor supporters and the Chicago police.[13] The blast broke almost 100 windows and blew pieces of the statue onto the nearby Kennedy Expressway.[14] (The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970, and blown up again by other Weathermen on October 6, 1970.[14][15] Rebuilding it yet again, the city posted a 24-hour police guard to prevent another blast, and in January 1972 it was moved to Chicago police headquarters).[16]

Ayers participated in the Days of Rage riot in Chicago in October 1969, and in December was at the “War Council” meeting in FlintMichigan. Two major decisions came out of the “War Council”. The first was to immediately begin a violent, armed struggle (e.g., bombings and armed robberies) against the state without attempting to organize or mobilize a broad swath of the public. The second was to create underground collectives in major cities throughout the country.[17] Larry Grathwohl, a Federal Bureau of Investigation informant in the Weathermen group from the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1970, stated that “Ayers, along with Bernardine Dohrn, probably had the most authority within the Weathermen”.[18]

After the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion in 1970, in which Weatherman member Ted Gold, Ayers’s close friend Terry Robbins, and Ayers’s girlfriend, Diana Oughton, were killed when a nail bomb being assembled in the house exploded, Ayers and several associates evaded pursuit by law enforcement officials. Kathy Boudin and Cathy Wilkerson survived the blast. Ayers was not facing criminal charges at the time, but the federal government later filed charges against him.[7] Ayers participated in the bombings of New York City Police Department headquarters in 1970, the United States Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972, as he noted in his 2001 book, Fugitive Days. Ayers writes:

Although the bomb that rocked the Pentagon was itsy-bitsy—weighing close to two pounds—it caused ‘tens of thousands of dollars’ of damage. The operation cost under $500, and no one was killed or even hurt.[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Ayers

From the same Wikipedia bio of Bill Ayers:

“Ayers is a retired professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, formerly holding the titles of Distinguished Professor of Education and Senior University Scholar.[3] During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, a controversy arose over his contacts with then-candidate Barack Obama. He is married to lawyer and Clinical Law Professor Bernardine Dohrn, who was also a leader in the Weather Underground.”

Ayers, now a retired professor focused on “education reform.”  Really, you can’t make this stuff up.  So, here’s a Bill Ayers endorsement of the BLM movement in a 2016 Frontier Lab research project, by Anne Sorock:

“There’s a lot of mythology behind Black Lives Matter, assuming the only reason this is happening is because of social media and because of the use of cameras. That is fundamentally false. What is exciting is that the Black Lives Matter moment comes after decades and centuries of the serial assassination of black people.

The driving force of Black Lives Matter is organized young people who have been mobilizing for years around a lot of issues. Black Lives Matter’s focus is state violence against black people. Its focus is also decent education, ‘stop closing our schools,’ jobs for everybody, health care, mental health, drug programs.
It is a comprehensive movement, and the folks involved in it in Chicago are long-time organizers.

Professor and Convicted Terrorist Bill Ayers
University of Illinois-Chicago (ret.)
Liberation Radio
October 30, 2015

https://www.newamericanfrontier.org/report-black-lives-matter

Jack Fowler at National Review wrote a piece, Black Lives Matter: A Thing of the Left Anchored on a Cop-Hate Strategy,  explaining the BLM movement that’s worth a read.  Fowler laid out BLM goals as follows:

“Here in sum are the report’s major findings:

• Black Lives Matter’s core message is built upon, depends upon, and has as its ultimate goal, the larger retelling of the American story as one of oppression and racism.
• The police, as representatives of the state, must be framed as exemplifying the Black Lives Matter framing by being themselves oppressive and racist.
• Black Lives Matter frames their cause as one against a systemic problem and necessarily utterly rejects the “one bad apple” counterargument
• BLM relies upon the elevation and equating of other underprivileged groups to a status “just as oppressed” as Black America in order to build a narrative of an America divided into the “Oppressed and the Privileged.” For this reason causes such as undocumented workers, LGBTQ, and women’s reproductive rights, are recruited and welcomed into the “Allies” category of supporters.
• Supporters of BLM, for the most part, have moved on from desiring to silence dissent through amending free-speech laws; instead, Black Lives Matter (1) pressures authorities to do it for them, (2) creates an atmosphere of intimidation through threats of violence and shows of force, and (3) incorporates a culture of self-censorship in which those with “privilege” have a lesser voice than the oppressed.
• While social-media and cameras are utilized uniquely and effectively to communicate with and recruit new supporters, it is the framework of organizing learned from past attempts and overarching magna-narrative that in reality gives Black Lives Matter its edge.
• There are three distinct segments of supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, each with their own emotional pathways to a deeply felt connection: Activists, Allies, and Operatives. These mental maps explain current reasons for support as well as provide strategic pathways for weakening that same support.
• Common across all segments is the emotion of fear of being ostracized from the left’s cultural community.
• The specificity of the cause – injustice toward the Black community – is both central to its appeal and also a window into an Achilles-heel weakness of the movement’s core positioning.
• The movement is at a critical juncture in its lifecycle, with maximum cultural influence but having failed to transition this influence into policy impact.”

America’s current radical leftist protesting began with demanding justice for George Floyd, but their demands and targets for “transformation” keep shifting and growing, while their new “rules” spew forth faster than most of us can even keep track of.  The main goal, beyond all the current target lists, really is all about erasing our American history, in order to “reimagine” an entirely different American future.  The goal of rewriting American history  underpins this Great Awokening.

Reagan was right.  We really need to start teaching our children about American history and why freedom matters, but we also need to work on trying to teach plenty of American adults that too.  The challenge America faces goes way beyond preserving statues or Trump’s building a garden of statues, it goes to beginning the long march back to wrest control of our institutions from radical leftists, who hate America and begin the arduous process of peacefully and cheerfully working to restore some pride in believing in America, as an idea that changed the world.  The idea of America has inspired a love of freedom and a belief in the limitless potential of free individuals to achieve their dreams since America’s founding and it’s an idea that can kindle that flame of liberty again.

The thing about Americans placing all their hopes in presidential elections to change the course of America misses the reality that unless we begin the arduous process of changing American culture, we will keep ending up with presidents who are corrupt, amoral and a reflection of our declining culture.  We can’t wave a magic wand and transform America into Reagan’s oft mentioned “shining city on a hill,” but each of us who is concerned about America’s future can begin the change in ourselves, within our own family and within our circle of friends and community.  Each little positive change, focusing on the good that dwells in the hearts of millions of Americans might add up to a transformed country quicker than any of us thought possible, if we just start believing in the spirit of America again.

It’s way past time to stop indoctrinating Americans to hate America and start humbly, but determinedly, steering America in another direction.  If we all put in our oars and row together, we can change course and achieve anything..

 

 

 

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The “beginning of the end”… again

Another anti-Trump spin attack launched this week, just as the latest Brett Kavanaugh smear attack started to implode (see my previous post – Gut journalism).   This latest anti-Trump spin attack began by being hyped as another of those “beginning of the end” level  Trump corruption stories, the media and Democrats spin up, accompanied with bellows of outrage that Trump must be impeached now.

This allegation asserts a former intel official went to the IG about Trump pressuring the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son during a phone call last summer.  Congressman Adam Schiff, pontificating Democrat, who hyped the Mueller Report as the magic bullet to takedown Trump, has been plastering the media with outraged diatribes about “protecting our democracy”… again.

I had pulled out some novels I’d had sitting here for several years and was caught up in a Charles Martin novel, When Crickets Cry, and only skimmed the news about this latest Trump corruption story, but figured it would be best to just go back to reading my novel.  And that’s what I did.  I also have been getting fabric strips ready to make another Amish knot rug, so despite all the media and Dem hysteria that “our democracy is under attack” and the Hannity counter-spin about the nefarious Deep State, well, here’s the thing –  everyone involved in this scorched earth spin information war – Trump, Trump defenders, Democrats, the media –  are all  “destroying our democracy” and all of the spin combatants inflict way more damage to our institutions than America’s hostile foreign adversaries could ever dream of.

Today, there’s a video circulating of Joe Biden, as vice president, bragging about pressuring Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s business deals in Ukraine, Trump claims he never says anything inappropriate (if anyone believes that they must not have listened to Trump for even 5 minutes), and here are two tweets that sort of form the demarcation line in this latest spin battle:

Sean Davis
@seanmdav
The latest media-manufactured faux scandal is that Trump needs to be impeached because he a told a foreign leader to rein in corruption. Oh, and Joe Biden, who *bragged on camera* about bribing Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating his son’s company, should be president.

And

David Axelrod
@davidaxelrod

It also obvious that with this Biden attack,

is trying to launch and give life to another conspiracy theory, like Birtherism, Uranium One and other phony memes that jave always been a go-to in his political toolbox and reliable red meat for right-wing media.

Frankly, it’s important to know who this former intelligence official is and if he/she has any personal animus toward Trump.  It’s important to know what exactly Trump said during this phone call.  But here’s the thing, Trump could have abused presidential power by pressuring the Ukrainian president to investigate Biden’s son and Biden’s son really might be guilty of  serious corruption in his business dealings in Ukraine – both things might be true.

Since we live in the age where everything everyone posted online or said in public now  floats  somewhere in our online trash heaps, so not surprisingly, today a video of Joe Biden bragging about getting the Ukrainian prosecutor, who had been investigating his son, fired emerged.  None of this exonerates Trump, if he pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Biden’s son, but it does speak to the rampant corruption, on both sides, in Washington and it speaks to the craziness of this scorched earth spin war.

I’m feeling totally justified in my decision not to vote for any of the 2020 Dem candidates and assuredly not Trump, who behaves just like the most corrupt Dem smear merchants.

Peggy Noonan wrote an excellent piece, Why They’ll Never Stop Targeting Kavanaugh, in the Wall Street Journal a couple days ago.  She explains several reasons why the attacks on Kavanaugh will never stop and here are a few:

“Because the authority and legitimacy of future rulings that are not pleasing to progressives (most prominently, perhaps, on Roe v. Wade) can be undermined through footnotes that say “the 5-4 decision was joined by a justice credibly accused of sexual assault.”

Because the steady drum of allegations diminishes not only Justice Kavanaugh’s stature but that of the court itself, which will be helpful when Democrats attempt to pack it.

Because the crazier parts of the progressive left increasingly see politics as public theater, with heroes and villains, cheers and hisses from the audience, and costumes, such as outfits from “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Because modern politics is, for the lonely and strange on all sides, entertainment and diversion. And one’s people must be entertained.”

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-theyll-never-stop-targeting-kavanaugh-11568933484?shareToken=st9bfbddd98d02450a9e3771cb2f96a188

The problem with Noonan’s analysis is it’s only half of America’s problem with smear campaigns and outrageous spin attacks.

Trump has become the spewing fire and brimstone spin televangelist for Republicans, embracing the same corrupt spin war as Democrats.  Trump revels in the Dem/media spin attacks against him, because they bolster his “victim” status and form the centerpiece of his tent revival martyr routine.  There is Saint Trump, the most maligned “victim” in America, taking all the hits just for his followers.  Trump tweets and engages in his impromptu pressers, where he unflinchingly faces the White House press corps… perfecting his “one man against the media mob spin optic”.

Trump, the one man reality show, replaced White House press briefings and Trump doesn’t bother with carefully constructed spin narratives or widely circulated talking points like Democrats, instead he delights in surprise shoot-from-the-hip, fact-free spontaneous smear attacks against the media, Democrats, even celebrities who tick him off.  Trump turned the GOP into a raging, seething tent revival scorched earth spin war against the Left that is as vile, corrupt and damaging to our  democratic institutions as anything Democrats, the media or far Left dish out against Trump, Republicans and conservatives.

Trump isn’t alone in the spin sideshows.  Elizabeth Warren has been garnering praise in the mainstream media for her dedication to spending hours working through lines of “fans” and doing “selfie” photos with each and every one…  Here’s a Slate piece gushing over Warren’s dedication:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “selfie line” may be a “political phenomenon,” according to CNN, but it’s also a misnomer, twice over: The photos that supporters end up with aren’t technically selfies—campaign aides snap them—and no one waits in a line, or at least they didn’t Monday evening at Warren’s rally in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. It was more of a blob.

“We were told that that was the line,” a rally attendee named Alanna, a therapist, told me, nodding toward a large crowd of people to the east of the Washington Square Arch. “And then someone told me that wasn’t the line. And then someone told me that was the line. So I’m not sure where the line is. But it feels like just a clump.” (She preferred not to provide her last name for professional reasons.)

Most of the attendees were happy to join the clump regardless. “If she can go through all these people and take selfies, I can wait it out for at least 45 minutes,” said Bri Held, an executive assistant. The wait time turned out to be quite a bit longer than that.

Addressing a crowd of 20,000 earlier in the evening, Warren implied at one point that she might forgo selfie hour, which has quickly become a campaign signature (and which, again, does not involve actual selfies) that night. But she was just kidding. “Some things we just don’t mess with,” she said.

And they truly do not. Warren’s staff estimated that she’s taken 59,000 of the photos thus far. (If all 59,000 people posted them, just imagine the social media impressions.) The campaign is even trying to build on the selfie momentum. On Monday, a campaign surrogate said to the crowd, “I want you all to take a selfie with a new friend you just made.” Selfie-takers were then instructed to tag their pics on social media. Many obliged.”

https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/09/elizabeth-warren-selfie-line-experience.html

So, Warren’s “selfie” lines aren’t really lines, but “clumps of people” milling about.  Her “selfies” aren’t really “selfie” photos, but campaign staffers taking photos and trying to recruit the clumps of people to post the photos online to amplify online attention.  From campaign bumper stickers to online groupie photos, I guess.

What America really needs is not more Republicans or Democrats.  Trump isn’t the last bulwark protecting America from the Leftist culture war zealots and Democrats aren’t the last bulwark protecting America from Trump, The Authoritarian.

We need more Americans dedicated to American principles rather than acting like slavish groupies clinging to spin kings and queens or culture and political warriors dedicated to partisan causes and personalities.  It’s time to wean ourselves off the celebrity politics and letting popular culture battles trample every bit of common ground we should hold dear.

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