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Happy Constitution Day, September 17, 2018

Words have always fascinated me, probably because speaking was such a long, hard struggle for me as a child.  Even now, in my late 50s, I still stutter sometimes when I am nervous or even more distressing, I begin to chatter on and on… kind of like how I write so many long rambling blog posts… only worse.

I wrote my Messages of mhere story in an annoying third person, with a snarky tone and pseudonyms, but it really is a true story, all of the characters are real people, but I have no way to prove what happened to me in 1998, so I live my life looking over my shoulder and trusting no one.  That’s the truth. I mentioned that story, not to rehash all that, but because I wrote a lot about my childhood fascination with words and how people use them there.

As a child I developed a lot of obsessive-compulsive behaviors.  One of them was a dedicated, pretty much daily habit of spending an hour or two reading the dictionary.  I loved to read books and I even developed a habit for reading from our set of World Book Encyclopedias too.  At first I used a paperback dictionary for my dictionary reading, but I guess I was around 11 or 12 years old when my parents bought a set of encyclopedias, which came with a large, lovely dictionary.

I’ve mentioned that dictionary in a previous blog post, I think.  When our parents died, I inherited that set of encyclopedias and this fantastic “encyclopedic”  dictionary, which is in need of repair:

From those childhood OCD habits, I still constantly google the definition of words and anguish over the words I choose when writing.  Words have meaning, some words have several meanings, but even the meaning of a word, with several meanings, can almost always be winnowed down to what that word means in a sentence, based on the other words and punctuation in the sentence.  We don’t need to meander to the Lynne Truss punctuation lamentations extreme to agree that how we use words matters.

The PC culture relies on Orwellian doublespeak tactics to impose their cultural dictates on all political discourse in the American public square and then throughout the other mass media avenues, like the entertainment industry.  It permeates our society from top to bottom.  The PC lingo isn’t slang or some sort of shorthand terminology, it’s specifically designed to corrupt and confuse American foundational principles, constitutional precepts and even common moral beliefs.

The other day on Twitter, several prominent journalists and political commentators, in their usual strident anti-Trump fashion, bashed Trump and waxed on that,  “diversity is what makes America great.”   Diversity isn’t what makes or made America great.  Diversity is just a bunch of people from different groups.

The fixation on “diversity” followed a progression of leftist efforts to divide Americans into seething groups, whom they could exploit with identity political efforts.  Americans embracing hyphenated identities became  a visible manifestation of this Leftist political effort, which advanced to our current PC fixation on “diversity”.

What made America great is our common belief in individual liberty, our foundational principles and The Constitution, which codified our individual rights.  The strength of America is that regardless of  your race, ethnicity, religion or sex, anyone can become an American.  It’s one nation united by these beliefs that makes America not only great, but also a unique country in the history of mankind.  Absent these common beliefs which unite us, America will devolve into a hot mess of factionaled fighting, of the type President George Washington warned about in his farewell address.

Among the right, there’s been a backlash to the PC diversity culture and President Trump plays to their xenophobic impulse, but even more disturbing to me is the belief gaining traction among some conservative intellectuals that America must dramatically decrease immigration to preserve traditional American culture.

Being a culture of people from diverse religious, racial, ethnic backgrouns isn’t the problem causing disunity or a fracturing in America society.  The disunity stems from an abandonment of our civic beliefs and a profound lack on commitment to any common values and a lack of American spirit.  It will take a concerted effort to quit the PC faux “diversity” identity politics fixated on factional alliances and work hard to rebuild a common American identity dedicated to uniting Americans to this common purpose:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Preamble to the United States Constitution

American culture has always been a smorgasbord of ethnic communities springing up, who maintained many of their home country habits, cuisine and lifestyle, but even when the first generation struggled with assimilation, the second generation became completely Americanized.

The U.S.military can serve as a role model at rapid assimilation efforts.  Our military is a true diversity soup and very quickly, through basic training, followed by advanced individual training for a specific military job, service members swear an oath to defend The Constitution, embrace a clear, concise set of values, eat, sleep and work together 24/7 and learn to work as one team committed to a common purpose.

The “common purpose” training in civilian life in America has been deliberately ground down in our schools and civic institutions and replaced with diversity worship, which was a deliberate, leftist political effort to erode traditional American values, confuse people, and fuel factional divides.

What America really needs is a rededication to good citizenship training, especially in American schools.  Instead of investing so much time to PC issues, American children would be better served if more time was dedicated to teaching them about not only their rights as Americans citizens, but also about their responsibilities.  Freedom isn’t free and each citizen really does a have a civic duty to embrace upholding The Constitution.

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Carly Fiorina explains zoomin’

All week, I’ve been intending to get a blog post written, but so far all I’ve got are some drafts that didn’t go anywhere.  So, for now here’s a very worthwhile bit of advice from Carly Fiorina:

Carly Fiorina: Between Trump and the media, ‘Who’s Zoomin’ Who?’

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“Houston, we have a problem.”  

Yep, I’m still on the scorched earth SPIN information war consuming America. I like doing timelines and then stepping back and looking at them, looking for patterns and trends that get lost in the rapidly shifting spin cycles in America.

SPIN information warfare began in America in the 1990s with the Clinton war room.

During the 90s, the constant spin back and forth escalated and America was enmeshed in constant Clinton scandals.

On the Right numerous media operations began to “expose the Clinton corruption” (the scare quotes in no way mean the Clintons weren’t corrupt, they mean that was the  “mission” (ends, if you will) of the operations.  For instance, Judicial Watch began and to me that looks like an American Wikileaks operation ferreting out every bit of FOIA info they can get their hands on and spinning it to the max against the Clintons & Dems.  Many long-established conservative news media outlets joined the “expose Clinton corruption” efforts, but the thing is there was a constant effort to spin wild conspiracy theories to prod the Right further and further toward grassy knoll territory.

By the time Clinton Impeachment rolled around, the American Right was in full Clinton Derangement Syndrome mode.  A couple of names come to mind as becoming overnight star agitation propaganda players on the Right.  Matt Drudge and his Drudge Report broke the Lewinsky scandal and Ann Coulter became a firebrand pundit on cable TV and penned a book on High Crimes and Misdemeanors.  Kellyanne Conway, back then Fitzpatrick, Laura Ingraham and the late Barbara Olson became pundit stars spinning against the Clintons.  Kellyanne Conway worked for Frank Luntz  (more of that polling kabuki inc. in America).

The Bush/Gore campaign was the entire hanging chad hysteria, followed by 8 years of Soros group-funded SPIN agitation propaganda, stirring Bush Derangement Syndrome.  The name, David Brock comes to mind as a big right-wing agitprop player from the 90s working for conservative The American Spectator, who then switched to becoming Soros’ right-hand man running a vast network of agitprop groups on the Left.

America has been played back and forth since the 90s – imagine some movement like Black Lives Matter, which agitates racial distrust and pits black Americans against the police – to discredit law enforcement in America.

Through the 2000s we had more agitprop and a full-blown right-wing effort emerged with the Tea Party movement sucking in American conservatives. And there was Obama Derangement with Birtherism. We’ve had non-stop hysterical SPIN info war working to tear America apart.

Ann Coulter has President Trump’s ear, Kellyanne Conway is in the WH whispering in his ear, and Laura Ingraham is on FOX talking at him too.  The  Murdoch/Soros efforts look to be the two biggest players working to tear America apart and I wonder if there are hostile foreign hands involved too.

Just for historical reference, the Soviets & East German Stasi loved using women to manipulate men.

I find it very interesting that Don Jr. now has a FOX News babe surrounding him.  The POTUS has Kellyanne, Coulter and Ingraham prodding him.  With Melania, I think it would be prudent to gather intelligence on Trump’s foreign business efforts and how Melania came into his orbit.  Her subtle “cyber-bullying” cause and that “I Don’t Care” jacket smack of deliberate agitprop efforts to create more Trump Derangement on the Left.  I liked her though and she seems so nice, so I hesitate to believe that, however I think a clear-eyed, unemotional investigative effort by our intelligence experts is long overdue analyzing this entire SPIN information warfare operation blowing across American media 24/7.

The Tea Party effort spawned a whole new cadre of agitprop operators on the right.  The Glenn Beck operation was another massive con job, probably the test run for using the large crowd rally format to con conservatives, which Trump is using to great effect.

George Stepanoplouslos, a former Clinton War Room Spin Commando sits as ABC’s chief news anchor.  The SPIN FORCES on both sides in America wield total control over American news media.

In recent years, I noticed that The Drudge Report began mainstreaming Alex Jones, featuring stories that were linked to Jones’s site.  This took place over several years.

Some liberals were writing about the right-wing media empire being nothing but grifters and they are, but I believe it’s way worse than just the hawking merchandise and non-stop book mill efforts.  Many of the commercials are geared to fan doomsday (Flight 93, anyone) hysteria.

We are getting close to Trump moving near impeachment territory and even America’s mayor is now so lost in the scorched earth spin info war that he said, “Truth isn’t truth”.

The POTUS and Don Jr. are being manipulated by women and even the State Dept spokeswoman is a FOX babe, who moved to the top of the food chain quickly there.

President Trump recently brought another FOX media pro, Bill Shine, into the White House as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, so I’ve been concerned all the pieces are in place to orchestrate a massive political and constitutional crisis in America.

Last night POTUS tweeted:

I have asked Secretary of State to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large-scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.”

Tucker Carlson’s show hyped this news and that tweet looks like someone other than the POTUS wrote it.   I suspect it was meant to jazz the white nationalist element of the President’s base, but even more than that it sent the Left and mainstream media into hysteria mode again.  In 2017 Trump retweeted an Ann Coulter tweet praising Jayda Fransen, a British far-right radical.  She worked to make sure Trump saw that.  This South Africa tweet, I believe someone else in the White House wrote that in coordination with FOX having Carlson hype that.  On the Left there’s the Steele dossier working to fuel endless hysteria on both sides, but most alarming is the effort to heighten racial tensions again.

Timelines, oh my, a retired COL is a gung- ho Trump Spin Force Twitter commando – insulting and name-calling non-stop, betraying his Army values -like RESPECT,  every step of the way.   He was recruited by Breitbart.  There’s a former military officer on the Left spewing non-stop Trump Derangement Syndrome too, much of it anti-military…

So many worrying signs all around in the America’s scorched earth SPIN information war and all our so called national security experts on TV do is join in the scorched earth SPIN hysteria.

Finding a way to peacefully and legally defeat America’s scorched earth SPIN information war is a grave national security imperative.   We are ripe for hostile foreign efforts to push us into a major political crisis or system breakdown and we have no means to unify America around anything.

Scorched earth SPIN information war blowing hot across America 24/7 is nothing less than a mutually-assured suicide pact.

“Houston, we have a problem.”

 

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The enemy within

This long, rambling blog post is just my opinion about “spin” messaging.  Although, I am sick to death warning about the dangers of our endless 2016 spin information war, I wanted to write one more post about this and then I am taking a break from writing about politics for a while.

I became interested in spin messaging during the 1990s, when I first noticed this new form of political messaging taking hold in America.  Sure, politicians have always relied on a soapbox and sloganeering, but spin messaging went way beyond that.  I’ve written plenty on this blog about our spin information war.

Despite decades of complaints from Republicans and conservatives about “media bias” and the mainstream media favoring the political Left in America, I have never read anything about spin being mass media information warfare, despite those engaged in it, infusing their spin efforts in militaristic terminology from its first appearance in America.

Over the years, I’ve pondered if there were hostile foreign intelligence operatives behind the birth of our American spin war and while I’m open to that possibility, it is clear the original spin messaging efforts began among politicos on the American Left.  During the Clinton years, starting with the Clinton’s “war room” is when I first saw mass media “spin messaging” efforts emerge in American politics.

Among the American Left, communism, Marxism and socialism hold great sway, so it’s very possible that our spin information war is a completely homegrown political effort, but it’s wise to be open to the possibility of foreign hostile hands in the opening salvos in our mass media spin information war back in the 1990s.   It’s also obvious that even if there weren’t hostile foreign hands in the beginning, after decades of our constant spin information war, hostile foreign intelligence operators assuredly are working for ways to ruthlessly fuel, interfere in, and escalate our spin war.

The American media and politicians talk and write about “spin” in terms of it being just some benign form of political media operations.  Encyclopedia Britannica offers this explanation:

“Political spin, in politics, the attempt to control or influence communication in order to deliver one’s preferred message.

Spin is a pejorative term often used in the context of public relations practitioners and political communicators. It is used to refer to the sophisticated selling of a specific message that is heavily biased in favour of one’s own position and that employs maximum management of the media with the intention of maintaining or exerting control over the situation, often implying deception or manipulation.”

https://www.britannica.com/topic/political-spin

For another explanation, Wikipedia offers this:

 “In public relations and politicsspin is a form of propaganda, achieved through providing a biased interpretation of an event or campaigning to persuade public opinion in favor or against some organization or public figure. While traditional public relations and advertising may also rely on altering the presentation of the facts, “spin” often implies the use of disingenuousdeceptive, and highly manipulative tactics.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(propaganda)

I don’t know exactly who developed American SPIN information warfare. I’ve never come across any literature that pinpoints in terms like, “Dizzy Spin developed mass media spin information warfare in 1990.”

Back in the 1990s, I became fascinated with watching the Clinton spin efforts, which then infected the entire Democratic Party and the Left’s political operatives. Their media efforts combined social psychology and aggressive repetitive mass media messaging to dominate the mass media battlefield.

Spin messaging weaponizes lies by packaging them in very deceptive language, but it also includes vicious, orchestrated mass media character assassination attacks, to bombard and bury political enemies under a mountain of dirt.  Vicious character assassinations are a feature of spin messaging information warfare, not just a bug.  However, spin information warfare is about more than partisan politics and winning elections.

The larger objective has always been to control public opinion in America. 

The Left wants to win a larger cultural war, by manipulating public opinion, waging spin messaging information warfare attacks against the American people.

Throughout the 90s, I kept trying to understand how spin messaging works and why it works.  Every strategy can be broken down into parts (the ways and means employed to achieve the ends).  As the political Right in America kept losing ground in the cultural battles, which were advanced through aggressive mass media spin messaging efforts, the political Right constantly railed about “unfair media bias” to explain why the Left’s spin efforts always succeeded.  This “unfair media bias” explanation is way too simplistic and benign to explain why the Left’s spin messaging always won.

Spin messaging in our free society can only work with constant, massive mass media collusion.

Spin often uses language that inverts the meaning of words and terms, to not only confuse people, but also to slowly erode people’s ability to communicate, think clearly and have the ability to counter the spin.  This is an old communist tactic to control people. The Left in America has relied on this tactic too and our culture is awash in PC-dictated terms, we are pressured to use.

Those actively engaged in SPIN information warfare efforts, both the combatants and their willing colluders in the media, always cast spin efforts in terms of benign, ho-hum, political media operations, never the sinister mass media brainwashing that it is, nor the fact that it is, in fact, information warfare.

Spin information warfare is waged against not only political opponents, it’s ruthlessly being waged against the American people.

The American people are the primary target of all spin information warfare.

It’s important to understand all of the components of this type of information warfare.

The most obvious component of spin messaging is the short, talking points messaging used.  This messaging must be relentlessly repeated by both the politicos and a large portion of the mainstream media.  This messaging builds messaging walls, which block out competing messaging and control the terms in which issues are framed.  A good example of the Left building a messaging wall was Hillary appearing before the Benghazi Committee in 2015.  For 11 hours the Dems on that committee resorted to shamelessly repeating two talking points messages to build a messaging wall:

“This hearing is a right-wing witch hunt” and

“This is costing the American taxpayers $4.7 million.”

The mainstream media carried and amplified those two spin messages and worked to present Hillary as a victim of a “right-wing witch hunt”.  The mainstream media then declared Hillary the winner and worked to discredit the Republicans on that committee.

Many media people and political people wrote about spin, but none of them ever explained that the secret sauce to spin messaging is not the ruthless repetition of spin messaging (lies) to build messaging walls, but the ruthless repetition of opinion polling to create the illusion that the spin messaging represents the majority public opinion. It’s a sinister mass media brainwashing operation to herd people to believe spin (lies) and quell dissenting opinion.

Spin messaging manufactures opinion cascades (often called information cascades).  Spin messaging from the Left, repeated by a wide swath of the mainstream media successfully monopolizes both the terms used in public policy discussions and constantly reinforces these manufactured public opinion cascades, by bombarding the public with polling data resulting from spin messaging campaigns.

Polling data has taken on an omnipotent power in American politics and all public debate.  Polling is used by politicos and the media to convince the American people that opinion polls reflect “the will of the people”.  Spin efforts manipulate public opinion and then that manufactured public opinion is used to convince the American people these polls represent the mainstream, majority opinion.  Opinion polls are just a sampling of opinions of a very small fraction of people.  They mean nothing in terms of the merits of any issue.

Americans love being “popular” and this drive to be “popular” above all else, feeds every social media platform, so it’s no surprise many Americans are very vulnerable to being manipulated by polling data.

A favorite media tactic to reinforce the spin-driven, manufactured public opinion is public shaming efforts, where manufactured opinion polling is used to marginalize dissenting opinions in the public square.  Through constant repetition of polling, the American people have been conditioned to being herded into falling into the spin-generated “mainstream public opinion”.  How many times have you seen a person on cable news being interviewed, expressing a view, then having the interviewer inform that person something along the lines of , “Polls X. Y, & Z show the American people don’t agree with you.” or  “Your view is way out of the mainstream according to all of the polls.”?  This tactic effectively marginalizes dissenting opinions, but it also works to create the illusion that the dissenting view is extreme, no matter how thoughtful the dissenting view is presented.

Trump and his media spinners, especially on Fox News, now effectively use this same herding public opinion by citing polls tactic against Democrats and non-Trump supporting guests.  For instance, yesterday, Harris Faulkner, a skilled polling data Trump-supporting spin herder, used this tactic against Jeanne Shaheen, a skilled Dem spinner.

Another good example of media spin herding was during the GOP primary when media spin herders constantly cornered Republicans with, “Trump is winning in all of the polls, so don’t you have to support the winner?”  Trump was winning in all the polls with the aid of billions of dollars in free media spinning him as the “GOP insurgent”, “great businessman”, and “the winner in all of the polls”.

Without this constant polling kabuki manipulation by politicos and the media, spin messaging would lose a great deal of its power.

Until Donald Trump, the American Right never made any inroads into successfully using spin messaging.  The Right successfully used talk radio, some online platforms and FOX News, but the mainstream media still is controlled by the political Left.  The 2016 election changed that dynamic, when Donald Trump began campaigning using the Left’s spin messaging tactics.

During the GOP primary, the mainstream media and FOX News gave Trump billions of dollars in free media to aid his “GOP Insurgency”.  The mainstream media was working to advance the Clinton Pied Piper strategy to promote the most extreme GOP candidate.  This effort was part of Bill Clinton’s old triangulation strategy, where Bernie served as the far-left kook, Trump was supposed to be the far-right kook and this cleared a path for Hillary to claim the middle ground, where American presidential elections are won.

Trump weaponized his personal Twitter account as a means to constantly lob spin attacks at the mainstream media, to influence his supporters and constantly bait both his political enemies and many of  the mainstream media (especially those who are dedicated colluders spreading the Left’s spin messaging).  He built a grassroots following using rally road shows around the country, to build on his reality TV fame.  He created a brilliant branding campaign around a few key slogans, with Make America Great America, being the most popular one.  Most importantly, when the mainstream media pivoted to running the Clinton’s dump on Trump spin attacks in late 2015/early 2016, Trump still managed to hobble together a mass media platform using FOX News and some conservative venues to combat the mass media spin onslaught from the mainstream media and Left (the Trump the fascist smear campaign).

The Left’s spin experts love to brag about their spin efforts and months before the 2016 primary season was over, I recall hearing Simon Rosenberg on TV during an interview bragging about how they were compiling massive amounts of dirt to unload on Trump later.  It’s important to realize that their “they” included large numbers of mainstream media journalists and news outfits, who sat on their mountains of dirt, until the Clinton campaign and Dems gave them the signal to release their Trump dirt.

Trump proved to be a brilliant self-promoter, but he’s a genius at spin messaging.  The word salad, used car salesman, rapid-fire way Trump speaks, both repeating and emphasizing his buzz words, makes him a world-class spinmeister.  Added to that he revels in outrageously and shamelessly lying.  He was the first Republican to break through the Left’s lock on spin messaging information warfare.  He even borrowed most of his damage control “witch hunt” spin messaging verbatim from the Clintons.

While the American Left and mainstream media see Trump’s overt, often sloppy media collusion with FOX News, they still don’t acknowledge their own media collusion spreading the Left’s spin messaging.

The Left and mainstream media constantly work to foment Trump hysteria and hype Russian interference “to steal our democracy” (that is a lame Dem spin message btw).  The truth is the Russians don’t have the power to “steal our democracy”.  Another truth is the deliberate hysterical Russian spin from the Left and mainstream media is damaging our democracy more than the Russian info war efforts ever will.

Here’s another truth, President Trump’s relentless spin messaging attacks on “fake news”, his petty character assassinations, and his constant shameless lying also are damaging our democracy more than the Russian efforts to interfere in our elections ever will.

The biggest threat to our democracy is our own escalating domestic spin information war, that has been blowing hot since 2016. 

Our spin info war continues to destabilize America, deepen partisan divides, leaves us very vulnerable to hostile foreign information warfare efforts and is rapidly destroying America’s credibility around the world.

Mass media spin information warfare is antithetical to our American free speech principles and should be discouraged and shunned by all Americans, especially those running for high elected office and those claiming to be journalists.  Ending our domestic spin war should be a top national security priority and a top priority for both political parties.  The news media should work to quell spin messaging, stop colluding with political factions to spread spin and quit selling polls as reflections of anything other than the opinions of a small sampling of Americans.

Our endless scorched earth mass media spin information war is our most potent enemy within.

Finding our way back to some common ground on valuing honesty and civic virtue offers the real hope to restore our American spirit and defeat spin information warfare.  In our degraded political climate and culture, often I wonder if I am clinging to a pipedream, but I will continue to hope.

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Divorce works as feminist cred builder…

Feminist ideology permeates our culture in ways that filter down into even the most personal, often in ways that surprise me. Although being a teenager in the 1970s, where strident feminist ideology rose to dominate American culture, I should not be surprised how completely even many (perhaps most) conservative women have been indoctrinated too.

The girl power dogma rules and has been everywhere from cute pastel-colored stickers proclaiming “Girls Rule” for young girls to colleges brimming with “women’s studies” selections, while military history was frog-marched off of most college curriculums.

Feminists have worked to shame and marginalize women who choose to be stay-at-home mothers and make their family the center of their lives.  Women who do not define themselves in terms of “careers” are relegated to the bottom of the heap and as one of those “just a nobody homemaker” type of women ( I could fill a book with personal examples).  This attitude so dominates our culture, where women blazing trails into traditional male-dominated careers are hailed as role models, cultural icons and symbolic of what women should strive for in their lives, that anything other than blazing career trails is deemed being a failure or settling for less.

Women are defined by most men primarily on looks, to a degree that often, I think, it’s hardwired into the male DNA to assess women as potential mates, but most men publicly spout the feminist dogma too.  Women define themselves and other women based on feminist-indoctrinated standards of career and politics.  Motherhood and family, although still central to many women’s lives, get dissected and judged on strictly feminist terms.  Most women, who decide to stay home to care for their children, whom I’ve known feel a need to defend the choice, but among  stay-at-home mothers  with a college education, they feel shame or express the choice in terms of being a failure.

Homemakers often caveat their choice as “temporary”.  It’s a rare thing for a woman to unapologetically state she chose to be a homemaker and is happy being at home.

The cultural status of being a homemaker devolved from being a respected undertaking, where a mother was seen as the central figure in the home, keeping order and nurturing her family to now an undertaking in need of apology and excuses.  Homemaking used to be considered real work, but the feminist revolution redefined it in Betty Friedan terms, as drudgery, misery, endless boredom and a total waste of a woman’s life.

Most conservative women in the punditry and political circles, claim to be feminists too and how they square these two diametrically opposing ideologies into their personal and political viewpoint fascinates me.  These conservative women will raise a ruckus when Hillary Clinton makes a dismissive comment about traditional homemakers, spouting about how she didn’t want to stay at home baking cookies, but at the same time these conservative women are very much swimming in the same feminist ideological pond as liberal feminist women, believing most of the same things.  They define themselves on feminist terms.

A few “rebel” conservative women have rocked the feminist cart a bit by suggesting women take the time to rock the cradle and stay home with their young children, as a viable option, but even there, feminist dictates creep in, with advice often urging women that they can later pursue a career.  The truth is children especially from lower-income families, where affordable quality daycare options do not exist, would fare better with a family member at home caring for them. Despite relentless leftist social engineering in our culture, many women still feel mothering instincts and find satisfaction in caring for their children.

Among some deeply religious families, you will hear some value placed on stay-at-home mothers, but these views get cast as trying to keep women trapped at home by the mainstream cultural mouthpieces.  This traditional defense of women being happy and fulfilled taking care of their families, as the central goal in their life, gets less than zero respect in our culture.

Marriage has also been redefined and diluted in meaning and form, where it’s relevance is now more useful as a term held hostage by leftists, who work tirelessly to politicize, litigate and pressure Americans into bowing down and accepting their constantly evolving definition.  So, it shouldn’t have surprised me to read an op-ed from a conservative pundit weighing in that Hillary Clinton failed women, by staying married to Bill Clinton and urging Melania Trump to divorce President Trump, to make a political statement and become a worthy feminist icon.

A couple of days ago, conservative commentator, S.E. Cupp urged Melania Trump to divorce President Trump in an op-ed.  Cupp wrote:

“What she does next is no small thing. It might seem just like tabloid fodder to the gossip rags, or political chum for Hill watchers. But for a generation of young girls, Melania’s next move could be formative.

It was for me. I was just 13 when word of Bill Clinton’s affairs hit the campaign trail and imperiled his 1992 presidential run. I had just “voted” for Clinton in my school’s mock primary, and I was paying close attention.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/melania-don-repeat-hillary-mistake-leave-donald-article-1.3899011

It’s fair to condemn Hillary for attacking Bill Clinton’s other women and being involved in trying to destroy their reputations, but it’s a whole other thing to read a conservative commentator equate marriage as some sort of political or feminist statement.  Marriage should be a private matter.  It feels very odd to find myself defending Hillary Clinton’s right to privacy on her marriage and any decisions she makes pertaining to it, but this is a first.  Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to explain her marriage to anyone.

Asserting that Melania Trump will inspire young women, if she divorces her husband, leaves me wondering what kind of women find inspiration in a broken marriage and another child dealing with a broken home?  Divorce is a painful experience for most people who go through it.  It’s especially painful to children in those families.  Suggesting a woman divorce to make a political statement or to bolster her “feminist cred” sounds nakedly ambitious, heartless and completely incongruent with conservative values.

This is where conservative values are at though.  Cupp isn’t an anomaly.   Most women, across the political spectrum are feminists first and their “conservative” values play second string to trying to appease the feminist sisterhood.  Feminist ideology rules, not only the American cultural and political landscape completely, sadly it rules the roost in most American homes.

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Rick Santorum was right

Yesterday, I began writing a blog post, but stopped after one paragraph.   I don’t want to write an angry diatribe or stridently partisan post about last weekend’s March for Life, even though the march was orchestrated and funded by big money on the Left and promoted by the mainstream media, which serves as the Left’s free advertising medium.

The mainstream media provided seamless messaging coordination with the Left’s orchestrated street spectacle this past weekend.  The mainstream media worked to give these teenage mouthpieces air time with plenty of cozy  interview settings to package and sell these teen victims, turned activists. It would be interesting to know how much time, money and effort went into grooming these teenage mouthpieces for the “March for Life” on Saturday, as really just stage props for the Left’s effort to take down the NRA.  It was a massive propaganda campaign spewing hatred of the NRA, gun owners, and of course all people on the Right, who don’t agree with them.

The march was largely about inciting anger and hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them.

Some mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the right started taking jabs at the ardent teenage flamethrowers, who used their 15 minutes of fame on stage to hurl verbal grenades at Marco Rubio, the NRA, gun-owners and anyone who doesn’t agree with them.   Mouthpieces and Twitter peeps on the Left (including some unbiased journalists) took to Twitter to declare the high school speakers are pure and exempt from criticism, because they are “victims” who survived a shooting incident at their schools.  That experience gives them  carte blanche, according to their media and Leftist defenders, to spew anything that they want, on a national stage, no matter how vicious, untruthful or hate-filled.

What these media and defenders on the Left were doing was once again, trying to marginalize any dissenters as “hate-filled monsters” and attributing the moral high ground and legitimacy to the Left.  This is how the mainstream media openly colludes with the Left’s political agenda – promoting it, selling it, working to demonize and marginalize dissent.

There were some minor side issues that erupted on Twitter, like a debate among some “journalists” over what their role should be, with some declaring that “advocacy journalism” is what journalism is all about and others countering that journalism should be about reporting facts as objectively as possible.

Rick Santorum made some comments urging high schoolers to take CPR classes:

“How about kids instead of looking to someone else to solve their problem, do something about maybe taking CPR classes or trying to deal with situations that when there is a violent shooter that you can actually respond to that,” Santorum said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

He also said:

“They took action to ask someone to pass a law,” Santorum said. “They didn’t take action to say, ‘How do I, as an individual, deal with this problem? How am I going to do something about stopping bullying within my own community? What am I going to do to actually help respond to a shooter?’… Those are the kind of things where you can take it internally, and say, ‘Here’s how I’m going to deal with this. Here’s how I’m going to help the situation,’ instead of going and protesting and saying, ‘Oh, someone else needs to pass a law to protect me.'”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/25/politics/rick-santorum-guns-cnntv/index.html

Santorum’s comments generated another media firestorm, even though what he is saying is true.  The real solutions to these social problems need to come from people within those communities (and high schools).   His words became another media feeding frenzy on the Left, but the truth is more gun laws would not have stopped these incidents.

Frankly, inciting and feeding teenage fear, anger and rage, which is what those adults on the Left orchestrating and funding this march did, is more antisocial and detrimental than a kid taking a CPR class ever could be.  Teaching kids to work together to help others will dramatically change the community culture for the better too.

Santorum may not have stated it as well as he could have, but this is what I think he was saying.

And he’s right. Community service activities, like learning CPR at your local American Red Cross (or learning disaster relief), assuredly will serve kids better than promoting kids carrying profanity-laced signs or signs libeling Marco Rubio as a #KidKiller.

It’s time to focus more on community service than on rabid partisan politics.

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The real agenda

Kurt Schlichter Retweeted Ryan Nobles

Who thinks people so weak they sit in their cars and cry because they didn’t get their way in an election ought to be representing Americans to foreigners?🤔

Kurt Schlichter added,

In other blog posts I have taken a dim view of Kurt Schlichter’s no holds barred support of Trump and also his slash and burn tactics when it comes to attacking liberals.  However, yesterday he made a comment on a retweet, which goes to the heart of the an issue much larger than the one mentioned in this tweet and retweet exchange.

My youngest daughter, the baby of our family, is 30 years old.  Back when she was in middle school, she came home one day and informed me that her gifted teachers needed all of their parents to show up at some meeting at her middle school.  The topic was the school board had decided to move the middle school gifted program from my daughter’s school to another middle school less than 5 miles away and still right here in our same town.

When my daughter and I arrived, the gifted teachers had invited the local newspaper to cover this meeting and that infuriated me almost as much as these gifted teachers manipulating my daughter and other gifted students into a state of anxiety and anger about, what really was a piddly issue – moving the gifted program to another middle school, right here in our podunk GA town.  It wasn’t an earth-shattering move.   Most of the students, my daughter included, were Army brats, who had spent their lives moving all over the world, and they were seasoned movers.

The meeting began with the gifted teachers lamenting how terrible this move would be for “gifted students”, who are “special needs” students – read that as  “emotionally fragile and delicate snowflakes”, who can’t deal with a lot of changes.  Then the parents started raising their hands citing how delicate their gifted child was, in ever-increasing pathetic details.  I listened to this for a good 45 minutes to an hour and then I raised my hand.

What I said infuriated the gifted teachers and the gifted students’ parents.  It mortified my daughter too.  I expressed my outrage that gifted teachers were getting gifted students stirred up, because they didn’t want to move to the other middle school, which was the truth.  This whole charade was about those gifted teachers not wanting to move to the other school.  I also pointed out the school district was moving some truly disadvantaged special needs elementary students and busing them to another outlying school in the county, more than 10 miles away, yet no one was getting worked up about how those students will adjust.  Then I pointed out that these gifted students are America’s future leaders and if they are too delicate to handle riding a bus a few more minutes to another middle school, then our education and parenting are a total failure.

You could have heard a pin drop when I said my short piece – it was short too – just a few minutes, whereas many of the parents highlighting their snowflake kids’ sensitivities and “special needs” had gone on much longer.

My daughter was mortified and she whispered to me that I was supposed to be there to “support her gifted teachers”.   She was hanging her head in shame when the meeting ended, very soon after I spoke, and we headed to the car.  In the car, I told her that her teachers were wrong for manipulating their students into a frenzy about this move and that teachers should not play politics, using their students.   I also pointed out that if being “gifted” means being a total ninny, who can’t cope with a bus ride to a different school (a perfectly nice middle school in a nice building), then America is doomed.

It sounds like the U.S. State Department, like much of the U.S government, and academia, now have a sizable part of their workforce, which has been indoctrinated into this snowflake culture, my daughter’s gifted teachers were selling in the early 2000s.

It does not bode well for America, if those who are, supposedly, our best and brightest can’t cope with not getting their own way, working with others who hold different views, or even listening to people who hold different views.

Schlichter is right about these snowflakes not belonging at the State Department, but the problem goes much further than the State Department.  You can see it with the hysterical pink pussy hat crowd, you can see it with the hysterical college campus protests about “hate speech”, you can see it almost every time a liberal tries to stake a claim of moral superiority and silence other Americans from expressing a differing opinion.  You can also see it with the constant mainstream media stream, casting those who disagree with liberal orthodoxy as “racists”, “bigots”, “hate mongers” and tarring those with opposing views as people whom, we should not only not be listening to, but as people who must be silenced in America.

These snowflakes didn’t just become snowflakes when they got to college.  They have been cultivated in American public schools across America, for decades, where the liberal agenda controls every aspect of your child’s education.

Stella Morabito has written numerous articles about the cult-like indoctrination taking place in American schools and here are a couple of links:

Ask Not Who’s Running For President, Ask Who’s Running For School Board

13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids

Morabito’s #6 explains what happened with my daughter’s gifted teachers stunt:

6. Public Schools Are Increasingly Politicized

Identity politics and leftist politicization in the schools is pervasive these days. It especially piles on young men the label of guilty oppressor. Schools are becoming hotbeds of all sorts of political activity instigated by administrators and teachers. Privilege theory is now morphing into a new stage in which students engage in tell-all criticism-and-self-criticism sessions disguised as exercises in empathy. The message is loud and clear: take part in this political activism, or your social and academic standing will suffer. It’s now commonplace to get students to take part in political marches and protests, getting them acclimated to acting in concert with a mob.

http://thefederalist.com/2018/02/21/13-ways-public-schools-incubate-mental-instability-kids/

As I type, the news is blaring about the nationwide student school walkout…  What groups are behind the scenes organizing, promoting and funding this effort is the information reporters should be investigating, but expect only empathetic hand-holding and promotion from the mainstream media, as they help SELL this leftist anarchy.

Yes, they are fomenting anarchy – “tearing down the system”.  That is the real agenda at play.

 

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