With the fight surrounding Trump’s 90-day travel ban from certain Muslim countries in full swing, public attention is, for the moment, rather distracted. But from the #NoBanNoWall hashtag, we can infer that the Left hasn’t forgotten about the illegal immigration invasion, and can be expected to mobilize its full resources in defense of the practice.
One of my detractors once explained to me that we don’t really need a wall, and that Democrats have been very much in favor of securing the border through other means. That, of course, is a blatant lie. At any time, Democrats could have reached across the aisle and found, if not robust support for securing the border (some Republicans like the cheap labor), at least enough support to make it happen, if they truly desired it.
The only answer that makes sense is that they want illegal immigration to continue. Their defense of the practice went to absurdity during the election. We all remember this little gem:
Most videos of this are focused on Trump. But I like this one, even if it’s of relatively poor quality. Here we can see the reporter’s smug, self-satisfied air of superiority, as if he is the great arbiter of moral authority. The press has grown too big for its britches. Rather than simply reporting on the news, or even engaging in editorial spin, the press now demands compliance with its dictates.
You better say it this way, or else.
Trump, naturally, declined. And you can almost see the wheels spinning in the reporter’s mind. Time to call him a racist, we warned him it was offensive, so now he’s a racist, and we’ll destroy him. Of course, if Trump had submitted, and spewed the line “American born child of an undocumented immigrant,” a heap of worthless, kludgy Newspeak straight out of Orwell’s book, then the press would have laughed at him, and put out a piece saying “Trump didn’t even know anchor baby was offensive, lololol.”
The only way to win is not to play. Of late, I’ve been convinced that arguing with these people is futile, because their attacks are Kafkan in nature. They are traps, from which there is no escape except abject submission to the Narrative. And, invariably, the attacks will focus on the person, rather than the issue. You are a racist, sexist, homophobe, islamophobe, or whatever. You are stupid, ignorant, and uneducated. You need to educate yourself, but in our manner, and with our books, and with our concepts. Yours, of course, are anathema. Wrongthink. If you study them, you are stupid.
I remember Phil Sandifer, the self-described Marxist Occultist (whatever that’s supposed to be), lecturing me on the need to educate myself. If you’re brave, you can see the utter dreck he writes, trying to interpret old console video games with Marxian dialectic, or trying to defend self-admitted incestual pedophiles because the Right-wing had no regard for Sarah Nyberg’s relative status and fame. Yes, to a Marxist, status within the party trumps any actual crime, and spinning a 16 bit video game as fundamentally Marxian is accounted an intellectual matter of some importance.
It reminds me of a relatively rare book my father-in-law gave me to read once. I was Castro’s Prisoner, by John Martino. In it, we get a first hand account of an American trapped behind the revolution, betrayed by his own government, and left to rot in prison. But the fascinating thing to note from it is that the author described Castro releasing many criminals, people convicted of theft, murder, and other such things. Instead. Castro filled the prisons with political prisoners, like the author. Wrongthink was a great crime, in the minds of Marxists, worse than actual, physical crime.
So we shouldn’t be surprised that they apply this same standard to illegal immigration. To them, the breaking of our laws is a mere trifle. It doesn’t matter at all. I remember when Michael Brown’s theft at a convenience store, not long before his encounter with police, was hand waved away with the statement that “a few cigars isn’t worth a young black man’s life.” Well, clearly Michael Brown thought otherwise. If the Left is okay with the theft and assault, then crossing the border illegally wouldn’t faze them in the slightest.
They want illegals because they are politically useful. Don’t let them fool you about morality or compassion. Perhaps some of the rank-and-file liberals believe this, but the ones calling the shots certainly don’t. For them it is about obtaining political control over America. Mexicans are useful idiots, in their view. There is speculation that as many as 800,000 illegals voted in the last election, though it is unconfirmed at best. But it is known for certain that some illegals did vote. Yet that’s not the primary boon illegals grant to the Left.
Amnesty is the great prize. Ann Coulter put together some rather convincing figures in her book Adios America, in which the 11 million illegals we think are in the country may actually be closer to 20 or 30 million. But whatever the number, once the Left gets amnesty and eventual citizenship past the goal line, there will never be a Right-of-center President in America ever again. They’ve made sure minorities who step off the ideological reservation are branded Uncle Toms, Uncle Changs, and traitors to their race. So the vast majority will be good Socialists, even if they were otherwise inclined.
And on top of that, the political usefulness of decrying anyone who fights illegal immigration as racist has been immense. Opposition can be spun as hatred of Mexicans, racism against brown people (even though many Mexicans are essentially fully Spanish in descent – just look at the Mexican first family). It’s another bludgeon that can be deployed against the Right.
All three things have great utility to the Left. The illegal votes they get today, the greater number of votes they’ll receive if they can push amnesty, and the ability to deploy Weaponized Empathy for the poor, oppressed brown peoples of the world, terribly maligned by white Right-wing racism.
No papers, no fear. And by the way, everybody coming into your country is guaranteed to be a beautiful butterfly. Of course there are no terrorists, no criminals, no extremists, no drug dealers, no welfare moochers… all beautiful butterflies.
Remember, to these people borders are nothing, and jumping them is fine. Laws don’t matter. Only wrongthink matters. No amount of welfare statism, terrorism, drug smuggling, or otherwise is enough to even allow the questioning of this practice.
Migration is a human right? You do mean invasion, don’t you?
You’re going to see a lot more of this propaganda soon. Be ready for it.
Francis enlightens us as to just why you can’t trust the government’s line on climate change, and a host of other ostensibly scientific issues. For a long time, I’ve questioned the very scientific basis of man-made climate change. Science is a method, a very specific method at that, not some buzzword that describes the entire body of human knowledge.
I often point out the example of Roman concrete, which was actually better than most modern formulations until very recently. The Pantheon, after all, is still the largest non-reinforced concrete dome, and it’s been standing for nearly 2,000 years. The Romans didn’t used the modern scientific method. Though the origins of Roman concrete are lost to us, I imagine the discovery probably happened by accident, or through trial-and-error. Being consummate engineers, the Romans then quickly realized the utility of the substance and became prolific builders. In other words, they didn’t formulate a hypothesis, test it through experimentation and observation, and so on and so forth. They had little to no idea of the underlying principles as to why concrete worked, they only knew that it did.
The reverse must be noted with climate change. The average temperature of the Earth is not a static, fixed thing. It will change on its own without the interference of man. So the very name of climate change is misleading. Of course the climate is changing. Any idiot can figure that out for himself. But the climate change community is making very specific allegations. Namely that man is primarily responsible for the change, that the change is invariably bad, and that the change can only be mitigated sufficiently through government action that limits individual liberty.
Remarkably convenient, isn’t it?
But that’s neither here nor there. The key takeaway is that climate change “science” isn’t actually science in the strictest sense. How can they conduct a repeatable experiment with the whole Earth? How can they accurately measure all of it? How can they ensure that correlation is causation? There’s a great meme floating around demonstrating the climate change is linked to the proliferation of piracy.
Clearly more pirates are needed. Some hockey stick, right?
None of this is to say that I am certain they are wrong either. I’m not. I’m no climate researcher either. I simply don’t trust them, primarily because they are claiming this is science, when it demonstrably is not science, and because they’ve been caught falsifying data in the past. That, and they’ve a history of attempting to repress the voices of climate skeptics, calling them deniers in the manner of Holocaust deniers. Bill Nye famously explained that skeptics should be silenced, presumably by government fiat. Governments of the world clearly benefit from climate change being deemed a great problem, because it justifies control of pretty much anything they desire. Everything from business, to how much you water your lawn, can be tied into this. They could use it to justify micromanaging every aspect of your lives.
In truth, I’m sure humans have some effect on the climate. How can we not? We are part of the ecosystem. Whether that effect is great or small, positive or negative, I cannot say. Perhaps if I had more faith in the climate researchers, I could put more stock in their conclusions.
In an exclusive interview, Dr Bates accused the lead author of the paper, Thomas Karl, who was until last year director of the NOAA section that produces climate data – the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) – of ‘insisting on decisions and scientific choices that maximised warming and minimised documentation… in an effort to discredit the notion of a global warming pause, rushed so that he could time publication to influence national and international deliberations on climate policy’.
Francis finished with a brilliant summation of the affair:
Scientists whose livelihoods and researches depend upon the blessing of the State are beholden to that State. They can be coerced into supporting the State’s agenda more easily than any other species of creature. Therefore, their pronouncements cannot be trusted until entirely private researchers provide peer review and confirmation of their results.
We would be far better off had the notion of government funded science never been conceived. It should have been treated as a hybrid between propaganda and witchcraft. The trap it provides for potentially honest, potentially productive scientists is attractive beyond belief. Worse yet, it snares the beliefs and attitudes of non-scientists with its veneer of “scientific authority” – yet another internally contradictory idea – more effectively with every passing year.
It’s one of the most lethal weapons in the arsenal of the State. It must be brought to a halt before it destroys everything we hold dear.
And there were have it. If entirely private researchers (not, I should note, university researchers — they get their money primarily through government channels) were concurring with the climate change researchers, and if the government-paid researchers hadn’t been caught in so many lies, I’d be more inclined to believe them. As it stands, I can’t trust any of the researchers on this issue, and that’s a real shame. Because, after all, if they are actually right, and it is a problem, they’ve cried wolf too many times for us to believe them.
This shouldn’t come as much of a shock, although the numbers reported in the article are very small at the moment. Of course, the shock is inflated with the headline: “Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada.”
Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between Nov. 1 and Jan. 25 – more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most braved the freezing prairie winter to walk into Canada.
“We haven’t had something before like this,” said Maggie Yeboah, president of the Ghanaian Union of Manitoba, which has helped refugees get medical attention and housing. “We don’t know what to do.”
They braved the freezing prairie to walk into Trudeau’s Liberal Paradise. Now imagine for a moment that this trend continues, and that maybe even some of the illegal Mexican immigrants get in on that Canadian action, once Trump turns his attention to them? How soon before Canada kicks out Trudeau & co., and builds a wall of its own?
Well, Super Bowl LI was definitely a lot more entertaining than anyone could have imagined. Such a comeback would probably be deemed too unrealistic even for Hollywood, had it not actually happened.
But the salt that flowed after the Patriots managed their epic comeback was the real story. Observe:
Shaun King deleted this tweet soon after. Can’t imagine why.
Identity politics has crawled into nearly everything these days. The Super Bowl is now a political statement about Trump, and Shaun King feels compelled to share this with us.
There was a great deal of speculation that Lady Gaga was going to deliver some kind of passive-aggressive political lecture about diversity aimed at Trump. Thankfully she decided to entertain us with a good show instead. For that, she has my respect. We pay them to entertain us, not lecture us, and it’s well she apparently understood that.
But there were all too many other folks willing to turn this game into a political statement. Observe:
This could be an example of Poe’s Law, it’s hard to tell. But the stupid is strong with this one.
A friend of mine uploaded several screenshots of this sort of white supremacy garbage aimed at the Patriots. The salt, it seems, must flow. Tom Brady is accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, and a host of other narrative violations.
Brian Fallon, former Press Secretary for Hillary Clinton, couldn’t resist a jab of his own around halftime, when the Falcons were up 21 – 3:
The Patriots are winning if you exclude California and New York.
I made sure to inquire about the taste of his crow. Certainly, he must have a discerning palette for the dish, given that this was his second helping.
What’s fascinating about all this is that the Right wing wasn’t politicizing it. They wanted to watch football, and there were Patriots fans, Falcons fans, and those like myself who had no particular dog in the fight. It was entirely the Left who decided to tie it to the Trump campaign, I presume because Tom Brady was a known Trump supporter, and because he was white. Whatever Tom Brady’s other faults, at least he wasn’t as ridiculous with his politicizing as Colin Kaepernick and the other BLM supporters were.
Again, we watch the sport to enjoy the sport, not endure political lectures.
This guy wins the most ridiculous Super Bowl tweet award:
In this tweet, the Super Bowl is tied into the travel ban, Trump, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King. As if Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King were leading the Falcons in some kind of spirit quest to defeat Donald Trump on the football field by beating the Patriots. Imagine being that stupid.
Personally, I’m not a Patriots fan, but I was greatly entertained by the record-setting comeback. Truly, it was an excellent game, one of the best in Super Bowl history. In the end, if you are entertained, the game has served its purpose. And if the Left wants to make the game into a political statement, then that only serves to increase the size of my schadenboner.
After all, the only thing more fun than a great game, is seeing SJWs crying because they accounted themselves as losers.
So if you’ve been paying attention to my recent posts on Weaponized Empathy, you may have noticed this guy Merkur, who has a very irritating debate style. The essence of it is that I am biased, and isn’t it interesting that I post things that confirm my bias? Maybe I ought to go read some books about bias so that I can see the refugee situation in a much better light. Or something to that effect. It’s all there if you want to read it yourself, though it’s probably more fun to have a root canal. I was being kind of foolish to permit this sort of Kafka-esque framing on my blog, and suffice it to say I won’t be allowing it in the future.
Well, this guy has been a periodic thorn in my side for a while now, but I always got a strange vibe from him. Why is someone spending so much time trying to lecture me about this? He’s far more persistent than the usual Lefties who come here.
This is him. He’s of Albanian extraction, which explains his pro-Islam stance. But that’s to be expected. What wasn’t expected, but perhaps I ought to have known, is that he literally works for the UN.
Currently engaged with MSB and the UN as a Snr Information Managment Officer within MENA region Mr Merkur Beqiri is an Independent Consultant with a range of projects delivered in the fields of Information Management…
And here’s a real gem:
In the past 20 years, Mr Beqiri has worked for or with Public sector (Education, Health, Municipal services, Cadastral Agency), Private Sector (BI, BS, ERP, CAD, PM), Humaitarian/Emergency Sector (IM/GIS for UNHCR, OCHA, FAO, WHO, NRC, IRD) and Development Sector (SD & BS for SOROS, World Bank) in Europe…
I never would have figured I’d attract a troll with this kind of Leftist pedigree. But there you have it, folks. Remember your SJWs Always Lie. SJWs always project. Well, Merkur is projecting his own biases in favor of the UN, Soros, Islam, and a host of transnational Progressive organizations.
Suffice it to say, he will no longer be permitted to comment here. I don’t need UN information managers spewing their bullshit on my platform. He can buy his own podium.
Update: Merkur denies it, but I’m pretty confident in my chain of evidence. That evidence is based on his IP address originating from Serbia (and it’s consistent, so he failed to use Tor or anything like it). There are, after all, very few ardent, public, UN and Islam defenders in Serbia these days (Kosovo excepted, of course). The name “Merkur” is also Albanian. That narrowed the range down to a reasonable, searchable number of people. He claimed to have worked for a number of charity organizations, and inputting those, plus the fact that he was an Albanian in Serbia, led me to this Merkur Beqiri fellow. His Social Media accounts were filled with pro-refugee, pro-migrant stuff, written in a very similar style. That he had the same name made it pretty much a slam dunk. The only way the chain would be broken is if he did not, in fact, work for the charities he claimed, in which case he’d be a liar and could be safely dismissed on that basis. Or, of course, if he didn’t actually live in Serbia, and somehow had an IP address originating from there. That seems rather unlikely, though.
Anyway, he’s consumed enough of everyone’s time. On to the next topic!
Not to say I have particularly high expectations of objectivity from a New York Times opinion piece, but this worthless dreck could have been penned by a high school kid on an acid trip, and still made more sense:
It’s been a while since I’ve had a good fisk, so let’s begin, shall we?
WASHINGTON — Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with koala bears — there is yet another looming disaster.
War with koala bears. Cute. But look at the bright side. Since we elected Trump over Hillary, at least we’re not going to war with Russia. So we have that going for us, which is nice.
The East Wing is perilously behind in planning for the Easter Egg Roll. Is the White House dropping the ball — or rather, the ovoid?
Har har har. I know the political Left has had a hard time with comedy lately, what with their wholesale embracing of Political Correctness and all. But come on. Is this the best you could do?
The Times’s Julie Hirschfeld Davis wrote about the anguish of anonymous D.C. sources who fear the annual egg roll and other “elaborate White House events that are among the heaviest tasks for first ladies” are languishing in the deserted East Wing, as are unanswered requests for White House tours.
I’m just going to put this out there: does anybody care? I mean, the author tells us about all these wars Trump is supposedly going to start, and then wants to discuss the annual egg roll as a matter of cosmic importance.
While Melania plays Rapunzel in her Fifth Avenue tower, Steve Bannon is reveling in his role as the troll under the bridge. Beauty and the Beast.
Okay. What does Bannon have to do with the annual egg roll? I thought this was supposed to be about Melania, not lobbing insults at figures that have nothing to do with your chosen topic? The butthurt is strong with this one.
At least Dick Cheney, another mad scientist who hated multilateral relations and preached hegemony, waited until he had started a bogus war and smashed the globe before he embraced the nickname Darth Vader. Bannon calls himself that while he stirs the pot, noting that “darkness is good” and that Darth and Satan had real power.
I thought we were done with Bush Derangement Syndrome now that Trump Derangement Syndrome (a much more virulent disease) had come to the fore? Supposedly not. Dick Cheney must have done something right if the author wants to interrupt her own piece to insult him.
As the elegant Melania scorns the East Wing, the grungy Bannon reigns in the West Wing, where late into the night he plots his Manichaean schemes to blow up everything with trade wars, real wars and battles against the Islamic “caliphate.” He blithely sits at the center like Jabba the Hutt as the slapdash White House sews strife, chaos and cruelty, putting out executive orders restricting immigration and rolling back financial regulations on Wall Street — a move that will hurt the very blue-collar Americans Trump pledged to protect.
Now this is a piece of work here. See, blue-collar Americans aren’t stupid, no matter how often you call them that in your media hit pieces. They know a carpetbagger when they see one, and Hillary fit the bill well enough. Immigration is interesting. If illegals are coming in, and getting the construction jobs because they are cheaper (partly because we actually subsidize them through government spending), blue-collar workers understand that this is depressing their own wages, and taking jobs away that might have been theirs if illegal immigration and the welfare state weren’t unbalancing the scales.
And you can’t really tell them any different, and expect them to believe you, because they’ve seen the number of illegals increase rapidly, and their own jobs shrink, or pay less. They can see the direct relationship. As for rolling back regulation on Wall Street, well it’s interesting that this is how the author sees it. Wall Street donated mostly to Hillary, not Trump. And there’s a reason for this… many of the regulations actually protect Wall Street and large corporations from competition by smaller companies and business owners, who can’t afford regulatory compliance.
I read Trump’s The Art of the Deal book, and one of the takeaways from that is just how much regulation there really is, and how corrupt government is. You see Trump navigate a labyrinth of political cronies, regulations, arcane Kafkan laws, just because he wants to build a building. Trump could afford to hire a team to help him do this. John Doe off the street is screwed.
I’m more worried about Trump’s presence in the White House than Melania’s absence. Whether or not she intends it, the woman who calls herself “a full-time mom” is making a modern statement about the role of the first lady. She’s saying: I’ll do it on my terms.
“Never since Abigail Adams has a first lady not lived in the White House from Day 1 — if they were alive and well,” said Kate Andersen Brower, author of “First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies.”
Now, if you know your Leftist agitprop, you should know precisely where they are going with this. But at least the author is admitting the focus on easter egg rolls is ridiculous.
The reason it would have been so delicious to see Bill Clinton in the first lady role is that it would have illustrated starkly just how antiquated the white satin music box is. The man who knew every detail of the Irish and Middle East peace processes would not have been expected to simply read books to schoolchildren on trips abroad or deal with flowers for state dinners.
Yeah… about that. Giving tacit credit to Bill Clinton for the Irish peace process is dumb, and obviously his much-acclaimed Middle East peace didn’t work out so well. After all, it’s still a disaster today. He couldn’t even get the Israelis and Palestinians to stop shooting at each other.
“We do not know if she would call herself a feminist, but in a weird way it’s a strangely feminist thing to do. It’s gutsy not to move there until she’s ready.”
There it is. The agitprop we’ve been waiting for. They want to cast Melania as one of their own, a feminist-in-hiding, a secret member of #TheResistance. They tried to do the same with Ivanka, making all sorts of bizarre accusations, like Donald Trump had the hots for his daughter, or that she secretly hated him. This then becomes more ammunition for the Left’s assumption that Trump hates women, and all the women in his life secretly hate him back.
Here’s more of the same:
A #FreeMelania meme thrives and Paul Rudnick is conjuring “Melania’s Diary” in The New Yorker, in which she went to the Women’s March incognito and chanted, “Keep your tiny hands off my reproductive rights!” They even wonder if her first-lady project choice, fighting cyberbullies, is a sly slap at her cyberbullying husband.
Pure liberal fantasy. Put the crack pipe down, please.
For this administration, there’s a better use for the empty East Wing: Move in the first First Shrink.
Another failed attempt at Leftist humor. They are really bad at this. I mean, I’m old enough to remember when Sarah Silverman was actually funny, instead of a lunatic calling for a military coup. The Left conquered the cultural establishment, the schools, media, TV, athletic leagues, etc… But upon taking them over, their rigorous application of Political Correctness removed the very things that made them great. Now schools teach bullshit, media peddles lies, the TV is filled with vapid nonsense, and the NFL is more worried about appearing pro-Feminist and whether or not the name of the Washington Redskins is racist…
Fortunately, I’m not so old as to remember a time before the New York Slimes was the propaganda arm of the Democrat Party. That’s been pretty consistent throughout most of my life. Though, I’m guessing even Pravda probably had a better grasp of humor than these morons.
I didn’t realize how quickly the term “Weaponized Empathy” would spread. But I’ve been seeing it pop up all over the Conservative Right the last few days. So in that light, here are a few other examples:
Here we have a sob story about a man who claimed his mother died due to Trump’s travel ban. Turns out, she was dead five days prior to the ban.
Ace of Spades points out that the Left was remarkably silent on the matter of Elian Gonzalez, back during Bill Clinton’s reign. When empathy will not serve Progressive interests, it is ignored.
That’s Elian Gonzalez being ripped from his extended family here in America at gunpoint at the direction of Clinton Attorney General, Janet Reno, after Gonzalez’s mother died helping him escape from the horrors of a Castro-controlled Cuba.
Today, progressives are crying big crocodile tears over a few immigrants getting held up over security checks. Back then? Crickets. Bill Clinton was their boy. So what if some 5 year old got shipped back to a Communist hellhole instead of being allowed to live with loving relatives?
A black man has been arrested and charged with burning an African-American church in Greenville, Miss. last month and defacing its outer walls with “Vote Trump” graffiti.
The Mississippi state police arrested Andrew McClinton, 45, on Wednesday and charged him with first-degree arson of a place of worship, Warren Strain, a spokesman with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety told The Daily Caller.
McClinton allegedly set fire to Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, where he is a member, on Nov. 1, a week before the election.
The demand for hate crimes far outstrips the available supply, so hoaxes are trotted out before the media in an effort to gain more Weaponized Empathy. Don’t support Trump, or else you like seeing black churches burned.
Milo goes to speak at Berkeley, of course, and out come the riots, beatings, and vandalism in the streets. Yet the narrative from people like Sarah Silverman and other celebs and media talking heads, is how good this really is. Because wouldn’t it be great if we could start a military coup now.
You’re delusional, Sarah.
So where’s your empathy now? Oh, that’s right, it doesn’t serve a Progressive cause.
Here’s another grand hate crime hoax, wherein it was implied Trump supporters were harassing a woman with homophobic slurs. The campus investigation proved this to be absolutely false.
A commenter named “Skywalker” posted a comment noting the following:
This is a variation on the presidential election and some of the more vocal opponents. Remember the Tess Rafferty Aftermath 2016 video? . She as much said, If you voted for Trump, you’re a racist/sexist. If you voted for Bernie/Jill/Gary, unfriend me. What she DIDN’T say was, The only acceptable vote was for my candidate, Hillary; but through a process of elimination, it’s basically the same thing. This is form of political and sociological bullying.
Vote for my candidate, or you’re a bad person. It’s guilt-tripping Weaponized Empathy deployed as a form of peer pressure. I’ll hate you, unless you do what I say.
Here was a great example of Weaponized Empathy posted by Jason Mart:
Here is an article about the same idea used to weaponize empathy toward the AWNR.
This example is great because it illustrates how Weaponized Empathy can be used on non-human targets. It’s one of the chief weapons in the environmentalist movement’s arsenal. They post pictures that have nothing to do with the place where the drilling will occur. Pristine wilderness, frolicking deer, and bountiful forests… when the proposed site is an ice-filled tundra where pretty much nothing grows.
Here you can see The Atlantic explaining how to deploy Weaponized Empathy as a persuasion technique. Amusingly enough, the Tweet that was the basis of the article appears to have been deleted. Another hoax, perhaps? I don’t know. But it certainly wouldn’t surprise me, at this point.
Here is the New York Times blaming future trans suicides on a nebulous group of supposed haters (implied to be Conservatives). So you don’t even need anything concrete in order to to use the weapon. At least the picture of the child in Syria was legitimately about a dead kid, even if it was used to cynically manipulate people into accepting a political position. Now we are talking about theoretical deaths, not actual deaths. Theoretically, says the Progressive, somebody might kill themselves because you don’t like what they are doing.
What a crock.
And let us not forget the photo of Michael Brown most often circulated by the media, showing a proverbial teddy bear.
He was a good boy. Just listening to some tunes, ya know? Don’t shoot!
Meanwhile, explicit instruction was given out to not show the video of Michael Brown, a big, burly man, robbing a convenience store earlier on the same day. We’re only permitted to show the nice pictures of such folks, right?
Send me more examples, and I’ll post them here. This tactic must be called out whenever we see it.
I’ve spoken at great length on the matter of Weaponized Empathy. It is the primary weapon of the modern Left. Indeed, it so completely dominates their tactical thinking that everything else in their arsenal pales in comparison. Defeating this weapon ought to be the foremost on the mind of any opponent of the Progressive Left.
Almost nothing else matters, at this point. Any victory achieved without defeating Weaponized Empathy will be hollow and Pyrrhic. You may succeed in lowering taxes for a time, or passing some military budget items you want. But the Progressive steamroller will go on, slowly, inexorably, swallowing entire civilizations in the old Fabian manner. The war will be lost unless the weapon is destroyed.
What is Weaponized Empathy? It is the deliberate hijacking of your own moral standards, your ability to empathize with your fellow man, in order to force you to serve someone else’s narrative. It is, in essence, a highly sophisticated form of guilt-tripping designed to turn you into a slave.
You might consider it an evolution of the Alinsky tactic of forcing the enemy to live up to their own moral standards. But it goes beyond that. It forces an enemy to embrace your moral standards or suffer tremendous peer pressure and socially-engineered “justice” at the whims of the mob.
Here is a practical example:
No, no… the position of the dead child’s body is all wrong. For maximum propaganda value, it needs to be over there…
The idea, of course, is to manipulate you into supporting certain Progressive policies by showing you the picture of a dead child, carefully positioned to elicit maximum sympathy. It’s like the TV commercials showing starving African children, covered in maggots and flies. I’ve no doubt that the cameraman deliberately engineers the scene for maximum effect.
Donate or else you’re a bad person who hates the starving Africans. Support Syrian refugee resettlement in your country, or else you support dead children.
The tactic is used for everything from welfare policy, to Social Security disbursement, to immigration and even climate change. Support climate change legislation, or else you want the poor residents of some tropical island to drown. Support Black Lives Matter or else you’re a racist who hates black people.
Meanwhile, of course, they’ll show pictures designed to elicit maximum sympathy for one person, and maximize anger toward another. We all remember this case:
Make sure to pick the picture of Trayvon as a child, not a teenager flicking off the camera, for maximum narrative spin.
And so those who most easily succumb to peer pressure are quickly convinced to become rabid Progressives, because it’s intellectually easier to say “oh, I’m helping” regardless of whether or not you’re actually doing anything constructive. It’s easier to be seen supporting the poor, innocent child over the mean-looking white guy. It takes no particular courage to take the position the media talking heads tell you to, for if anything goes wrong with the narrative, you can always say “well, I was just trying to help.”
Weaponized Empathy is everywhere. Healthcare policy is not judged on how efficient it is, or the quality of care provided, or even the cost of that care. It is judged solely on how it helps the poor. If it cost a million dollars per person, per year, but the poor didn’t have to pay the bill, Progressives would deem it great success. Non-Progressives would be pointing out that it’s expensive, the quality of the product was poor, and it was bankrupting the country. The response from the Progressives would be simple. They would pull out a picture of a child on Obamacare, or whatever government program they were promoting.
The picture would be carefully staged for maximum empathy. Perhaps the child would be crying, his face down, covered in carefully-enhanced sores. Maybe photoshop in a little blood and grime. Turn down the lighting a little, just so.
Now, if you oppose Obamacare, you want this poor child to die of plague.
Weaponized Empathy isn’t just employed to win easy converts, however. It is also used to mobilize the converted against the unconverted. To use threat of force, of financial ruin, and peer pressure (even within families) to silence the unconverted. To make them afraid to speak. It can even make it permissible to commit violent acts against you.
Everyone has that one relative who guilt trips everyone else in the family. If you don’t do something he wants, you must want him to suffer. A false choice is presented, either obey or you’re a bad person. No other choices are presented.
The key to defeating Weaponized Empathy in yourself is understanding that more choices exist than are presented by the wielder of the weapon. Opposing Obamacare may, for instance, mean you want healthcare to be better for everyone. Saying no to a guilt-tripping relative may be because he is guilt-tripping you, instead of asking for your help with no such strings attached. You may be helping him to become a better person by not allowing him to blatantly manipulate you. Or you could just say “you’re being an asshole.” That can be remarkably effective (and true), also.
But this, of course, does no good on the world stage. The Right-wing has been replying to this weapon with logic and reason for decades, and it never works. The Left almost always succeeds in sculpting the narrative against them. Pictures of poor, bloodied children will circulate on Facebook, and the only alternative to being racist scum is to admit as many people into the country as the Progressive leaders want.
The answer is to call them out on the lies. To rigorously tear apart their stories. When the picture looks staged, it probably is staged. Point out that the folks manipulating the bodies of dead children for political gain are assholes. When there is a shooting, and the media posts a picture of a darling little child to try and steer blame away from the perp, find and post the picture of the fully-grown thug flipping off the camera. Then call the propagandists lying assholes. After all, what kind of dickhead puts a deliberate, calculated political angle on a tragic death?
Forget what they want you to do. It doesn’t matter what they want, if they are being lying assholes. You don’t need to consider the opinions of liars. What does it matter if they want you to bring in 100,000 Syrians? They are dishonest scum, using cynically-manipulated pictures of dead kids to do it. Their opinions can be dismissed without moral reservation because of this. Say so, openly, and without fear.
You have the moral high ground, because you’re not a cynical, lying, asshole.
You may have empathy, and may wish to do right by other folks. That is a fine and good thing. A noble trait. But never allow yourself to be manipulated and deceived into doing a liar’s bidding. That isn’t doing anybody any good, except the liar. And that’s the end of it. Charity is supposed to start with truth, not lies. Repeat it like a mantra, until the Progressives understand that you cannot be guilt-tripped by dishonesty.
Chernobyl has nothing on the meltdown of the Left. Their collapse has been swift and dramatic, even as their fruitless rage grows greater. Donald Trump must be doing something right to have inspired such emotional temper tantrums among the defeated.
Their chants sound like cultists worshiping a Golden Calf. “He will not divide us,” they repeat as mantra. Love-peace-hope is everywhere, except when they torch cars, break into buildings, punch people, and burn anything they can get their paws on. Heaps of garbage are thrown onto the streets, as the mob dresses up as genitalia and screams about how nobody should grab said genitals.
What did those trash cans ever do to you? What do they have to do with Donald Trump?
These people are raging incoherently, now. They have no agenda except to express how angry they are. They are toddlers, screaming in the cereal aisle because mommy said no to the box with the toy inside.
Trump is Hitler. Worse than Hitler. Trump is Emperor Palpatine, Lucifer, and Adolf all rolled into one. He will destroy the Earth, slaughter millions in war, kill all the gays, turn women into sexual property, and make America into something… well, something resembling ISIS-ruled territory, actually. Except ISIS is okay, because Assad is a bad man and Islam is just wonderful. Or something.
Male privilege is having to clean up after the Women’s March turns our nation’s capital into a dump.
What is this really about? Well, it’s quite simple, really. In the book The Emerging Democratic Majority, we were all told that Leftist rule was inevitable. They didn’t say it so clearly, of course, but immigration and demographic changes in America would finally defeat Conservatism for good, and the dawn of the Marxist utopia could come.
Leftists were convinced of this, and the razor-thin 2000 election seemed proof that the Republicans would be unable to mount a challenge after Bush II was gone. Obama appeared to be further evidence of this, and his easy defeat of both McCain and Romney signified that the Republicans were over. Oh, sure, they could still mount challenges in the legislature and governorships, but even that was only due to the off-year election cycles of Congress. That would fade soon, too.
Hillary was their moment of victory. It had finally come. She was a chance to take the courts, the Congress, the Presidency, the whole kit and caboodle. Permanent Progressive majority had arrived. They were so excited. You could feel their anticipation. The Right wing would be gone forever, the inevitable dialectic of Marxist history would have been vindicated after all these years.
This all ties back to earlier American history. You see, American working class folks never really signed up for the full Marxist treatment. Sure, FDR’s New Deal won many of them over. They wanted a strong safety net, some big government projects to work on, and some other boons. I don’t agree with them on these things, mind you, but they wanted them, and FDR gave them what they wanted.
Marxists thought this was a sign that the American working class could be made into good Communists. But, lo and behold, they were satisfied with the New Deal. A little safety net was satisfactory. They didn’t want any more Socialism. They were more centrist than anything, and didn’t care for Communism in the slightest. They would never agitate for the Stalinist and Maoist Communism the far Left loonies not-so-secretly adored.
By the 1960s, it became clear that America would not become the Soviet Union so long as it remained America. So the path forward for Progressives was clear: replace them. Immigrants were imported not because of what they could contribute to America, or how much they wanted to be like us. They weren’t even brought in because Leftists liked them, or wanted to do good by them. The immigrants were used cynically as extra pawns on the electoral board. They were imported to be good Leftists, and to eventually unbalance the scales so that America could become like the Soviet Union.
Even long after the Soviet Union entered permanent residence in the dustbin of history, the Leftists continued undeterred in their transformation of America.
And November 8th, 2016 was supposed to be the ultimate moment in this effort, the grand finale, the storming of the gates. Their love for Socialism is so intense that the only Democrat who could mount a challenge to Hillary was Bernie Sanders, someone arguably even more Leftist than she.
Something else happened on November 8th, however. The working class, and a fair number of minorities, wised up to the game. They knew they were being used by the Democrats, that they were being thrown aside in favor of a radical program they never signed up for. Their defection delivered the Presidency to Trump and kept the Congress in the hands of the Right. Not because, it should be noted, that they (or even Trump himself) are sudden converts to Conservatism, but because the Left has gone so far Left that they feel closer to a Conservative than to a Liberal.
And now Trump is dead set on stopping the very mechanism that was supposed to give the Left a demographic lock on America. What’s more, they know it. That is why they are so angry. That is why they are so emotional. They don’t care about Trump’s tax policy, or whether or not he will stimulate the economy. All they care about is that their plan to takeover the country was foiled at the last possible moment.
They don’t know what to do anymore. They are helpless, watching as Trump shatters their secret weapon. They had a great dream. First America, then the world. Global Socialism could finally come, and humanity could bathe in the golden Marxist utopia forever, bereft of reason, wealth, and achievement. Every human being could be exactly the same as the next, the same vacuous, parroting, androgynous, sexually-confused, blue-haired idiot with a host of mental illnesses and disabilities. They would all be ideological clones.
Now it’s all falling apart. Brexit, Trump, and nationalism emerging from the Marxist stew like a tidal wave, sweeping all before it. Love or hate the nationalism, it is achieving one important thing: the rapid destruction of the Left. Yes, it carries with it a host of other problems that we’ll have to remedy. When you drop a nuclear bomb, you’re going to have to deal with the fallout.
But so many on the Right have long since stopped caring. Our schadenboners stand at full attention, because we are so exhausted of being crapped on. We’re so tired of the nuts running the nuthouse. Almost anybody looks sane next to these cretins.
The lunacy has become a chant: “he will not divide us. He will not divide us.” And then the chanter gets arrested for assaulting people filmed by the very camera he installed.
Empty platitudes are everywhere, but they have no plan, no focus. The media relentlessly attacks Trump, and Trump shrugs it off. They advance the Doomsday clock to the worst point since 1953 because… Trump doesn’t sign off on Climate Change. Yeah, because that’s worse than the height of the Cold War, where the possibility of nuclear annihilation due to idiotic political decisions was very real.
No partisan bias here. Move along.
They are throwing everything but the kitchen sink at him, and nothing even phases him. The Wall is coming, the immigration ban from Islamic conflict zones is already in place. TPP has been jettisoned, and they are powerless to stop him.
Antifa thugs roam the street dressed in black, assaulting whomever they please, claiming that everyone except them are Nazis, seemingly unaware of what their own behavior suggests. They will spew the most idiotic platitudes, like “thinness is white privilege.” As if not eating yourself into obesity has anything to do with your skin color.
I said it during the election process, and I’ll say it again. I was never a big fan of Donald Trump. But it doesn’t matter anymore. He’s a bludgeon to beat the Left with, he’s a brick wall they throw themselves against repeatedly. He’s decades worth of built-up schadenfreude unleashed in karmic fashion upon a party of smug idiots who thought this could never possibly happen, for they were on the right side of history.
They are raging against the dying of the Left.
My own schadenboner has grown to epic proportions, and shows no signs of slowing.
I'm a DJ, developer, amateur historian, would-be pundit, and general pain in the ass. I still cannot decide on the wisdom of the Oxford Comma. These are my observations on a civilization in decline, a political system on the verge of collapse, and a people asleep at the wheel as the car turns toward the jersey barrier.