Thursday, August 4, 2011

Funny, I Don’t Feel Like a Terrorist.

Well, the Great Debt Deal is over. As usual, the Dems are claiming victory, as are Republicans. And the Dems are also screaming that they got screwed and so are the Republicans. In other words, we’re back to traditional Washington politics: Situation Normal, All Fouled Up. (Insert your own favorite word where appropriate)

In breaking news (courtesy of Drudge this morning), there’s this report that the Obama administration’s spending spree has now exceeded 100% of GDP. Obama borrowed $239B on Tuesday, the largest one-day total in our history, and will borrow another $72B next week. And still, the economy is struggling to gain a toehold on any kind of improvement.


But I’m digressing. I’m doing it now so I can get it out of the way early.

The big story for me is the all-out attack coming from the lefty news outlets against those who would dare to suggest that Washington live within its means like a normal American household. These people have been referred to as “terrorists” by no less than the Vice President, Joe Biden. They’ve “held a gun” to the nations’ head and “strapped on their suicide belts” in an attempt to keep this administration from bankrupting the country in what appears to be Obama’s own Cloward-Piven Strategy: spend, spend and then spend some more. Overload the System, drain and destroy the private sector, spread the wealth around until no one's wealthy any more, all in the spirit of "fairness."

It’s the “Tea Partiers as Terrorists” Campaign.

It’s the best example of Backwardsness that I’ve ever seen, in addition to being the most pathetic. Advocate something as innocuous and common-sensical as balancing the nation’s books, and all of a sudden, you’re smeared and derided as a lunatic.

Is this a great country or what?

I’m going to carbon-date myself and say that I can remember when this kind of rhetoric was off limits in American media. I also remember when a certain large Communist country employed this same tactic against its dissidents. They were characterized as somehow lacking a certain psychological quality that others (who just happened to be in the ruling party) possessed. There must be something wrong with the way they think, perhaps they were the victim of some sort of, well, a disease, for thinking that the all-powerful State could somehow not be acting in their best interests at all times and in everything they did.

How dare they?

Oh, did you feel that cold chill run up your spine? I certainly hope so. And, you’re welcome.

Now, you could be seeing this and wondering just what the hell is going on. I sure am. It was subtle towards the beginning of the Tea Party movement, but after a few rallies around the country, it wasn’t long before the Make Believe Media started to cherry-pick isolated incidents and selectively edit photos and quips to paint a very false picture of the entire movement.

Then the image concocted by the left-wing media began to form: we were racists for opposing our historic first black President, then we were all homophobic, and now we’ve graduated all the way up to terrorists.

All this has happened while at the same time, traditional lefty news outlets were shedding their audience in record numbers. Newspapers were losing readers and the once-vaunted CNN became an afterthought for most new-seekers. Now, they’re just after the decidedly niche market of extreme lefty fanatics. All you need to is compare the viewership ratings of Fox News Network to see how far they’ve fallen from favor.

And yet they persist. Their screeching grows ever louder and more incoherent with each passing day.

Looking at it from a psychological perspective, what we have here is a classic case of projection. If you’re unfamiliar with the term and what it means, its rather simple: someone who is in denial of their own faults will find someone else to blame for their troubles (and make no mistake, they’ll have lots of troubles). Once this psychological boogie-person is found, the denier will then project their own faults upon them, and assign to them the problems that they themselves have in processing the real world.

For a more complete overview of various defense mechanism that people regularly use to cope when they can’t really, click here for Dr. Sanity’s excellent post on the subject.

Now, if you’re grounded in reality, understand that there are a lot of very powerful people who aren’t. Challenge their followers and their mistaken political beliefs and you’ll find out pretty quick. It only takes a few minutes of debate with a lefty to discover more than you ever wanted to know about the myriad methods some folk use to sidestep reality. Rage, projection, denial, it’s all there for you to pick apart, should you care to do so.

You might wake them up, or you might drive them deeper into their fantasy world. I’m going to repeat this saying, because it bears repeating: You can deny reality, but you can’t deny the consequences of denying reality.

And those in the left-wing media are doing a hell of a lot of denying these days. They’re seeing their vision of a Marxist Utopia crumble before their very eyes and, to put it bluntly, they can’t handle the truth. So they lash out at the nearest convenient person in order to affix the blame for the problems that arise from the crumbling, like a horrible economy, rising inflation and rampant joblessness. Notice that all that is being blamed on the Tea Party in Congress for their refusal to increase the nations’ debt limit, even when a certain freshman Senator from Illinois opposed it in 2006. That’s one little factoid that you won’t hear from them.

As a side note, one of the first things to look for in someone who can’t cope is inconsistency. A normal human will have the same beliefs, grounded in reality, at all times. This translates to a consistent stance on the issues.

If you’re someone who understands the clear language of the Constitution and the intent of the Founders to limit the power of government and maximize the freedom of the individual, that’s a pretty consistent position. But, curiously, you’ll be criticized roundly for it. It’s like standing on shore while someone is rowing a boat away from you. The American Left is doing the rowing, putting more and more distance between themselves and you (politically speaking), so who’s doing the moving? Take a simple, common sense, principled stand and you suddenly become the enemy.

Do you feel like a terrorist yet?

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