Getting to the root causes

Apparently, Barack Obama thought it was a good idea to surround himself with children during his conference on gun control. His supporters, thinking backward, reason that if he did it it must be defended and so point to his sensitivity and good intentions.

Those of us who see through this man, who is basically a hustler living off the delusions of white liberals, are more prone to point out what it actually is: manipulation.

When people are behaving logically, they talk about reasons and facts. Moreso the former than the latter, often, because as Nietzsche says, “There are no facts, only interpretations,” and thus no fact exists without spin.

When people are manipulating, they use emotional symbols and/or guilt and social coercion. “Everyone’s doing it,” is one of the oldest manipulations. So is “do it for the children,” a variation of which is what Obama is using.

I have a different proposal. Assuming that most people are well-intentioned, but distracted and misguided, let’s instead take the war in politics against manipulation itself. Demand that all debate be on the level.

People tell me this is political suicide. Probably not for conservatives; we never win popularity contests, either, which is why our greatest successes have been when society faces tangible and immediate problems, and the voters turn to us to fix it.

If our first words when attacking the enemy were against manipulation, demagoguery and other crowd-pleasing behaviors, we could seize the higher ground and force the other side to reveal how little substance lurks behind their words and images.

10 Comments

  1. EvilBuzzard says:

    Have you ever wondered why Conservatives bother fixing it. There comes a time when a society of people is so dispicable and useless that they serve the world better participating in a different aspect of the carbon cycle. The daisies they push up in passing are far more useful and beautiful than anything they create during their mooching, parasitic existence here on earth. America may have reached that point. Don’t raise the debt ceiling, don’t fix the tax code, don’t do anything. Let it collapse the way it deserves to.

  2. lisacolorado says:

    I am going to do that from now on! Instead of talking about the content of what’s being said, I’m going to talk about what they’re trying to do.

    Manipulate.
    Divide.
    Frighten.
    Ignite prejudice.
    Distract me from real matters I ought to know about.

    Can’t wait to try it in real life, either.

  3. Joe says:

    Now watch your step, Mr. Stevens, for “whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea”. [ Mark 9:42, and the White House press conference report on gun confiscation, page "69", I think ].
    If Oprah can play Our Blessed Holy Lady, than Obama can play Jesus. Don’t be no blaspheming cracker. Mammy just forgave Armstrong for his “sins”, so try to be a good Amerikan.
    Time for us all to say our prayers, that’s for sure.

  4. Ouroboros says:

    Hmmm, wonder if he will stop killing children in the middle east with his drone strikes now?

  5. lisacolorado says:

    Barack Hussein sets himself up as the good guy, and it works.

  6. Hank says:

    One of Obama’s arguments was that in the last month “900 of our fellow Americans have been shot.”

    We should show their pictures and names. I’d be willing to bet they are gang members settling disputes, not productive people we want more of.

  7. Robert W says:

    Brett Stevens wrote,

    “If our first words when attacking the enemy were against manipulation, demagoguery and other crowd-pleasing behaviors, we could seize the higher ground and force the other side to reveal how little substance lurks behind their words and images.”

    In theory yes, but it in actual practice well reasoned arguments have no effect on the Marxist mind. Quite the contrary, in fact. When the Marxist mind is confronted by facts or statistics that contradict something it believes it invariably shuts down and begins to run on auto-pilot. You see this all the time. The second something they say can be disproved they immediately begin chanting their litany of Marxist mumbo-jumbo, like “diversity is our strength,” or “we need to take action to save our children.” Their is no reasoning behind their statements, just knee-jerk reactionism.

    This is why I believe it’s such a great mistake to engage with these cretins in any form of public debate, unless, of course, such debates can be held on our ground and according to our rules. For to engage the enemy on his ground puts us at his mercy, and we all know what fanatics these Marxists are.That’s why I believe it’s of vital importance to force them to come to us for legitimacy, and not the other way around.

  8. Elijah says:

    Dear Leader is the culmination of a lifetime’s political expertise put into practice. He is the exemplar manipulator, the perfect techno-political marketing masterpiece that knows no second.

    1. Robert W says:

      The only thing Obama is an expert at is making an ass out of himself. If it weren’t for the Marxist controlled media, he’d be back in Chicago sweeping floors or bussing tables.

      1. Elijah says:

        I agree, but my statement did not reflect on Dear Leader as a person, but a creation – the culmination of other’s work. He was chosen and molded, his image built up, the marketing materials created, the racial propaganda reinforced, etc. for specific political purposes.

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