Gun Control And The Political Spin Machine
I recently found an interesting post on Facebook that is a good example of the political spin machine being used in an attempt to abolish the 2nd Amendment, and the rest of our freedoms along with it. This post had nothing to do with gun control directly but is a fine example of how the left is going about turning the United States of America into a Marxist dictatorship. I don’t even know if this post is real or just made up by someone with a great sense of humor, but that doesn’t matter. What matters is the effect it had. The headline of the post was as follows:
Obama rated 5th best U.S. President ever
Of the total of 44 US Presidents: Obama rated 5th best president ever. I was just reading a Democratic publicity release that said, “…after a little more than 4 years, Obama has been rated the 5th best president ever.”
How does this sit with you? Do you agree or disagree from the information offered in the heading? The Facebook comments ran from outrage to disbelief to mild profanity. I shared the post and then spent nearly an hour monitoring this one story. Many of the responses show how little attention that even high information voters sometimes pay to what they read, or hear. I don’t find many liberals on my friends list so I can only imagine how the low information liberal took this headline and snippet of the story.
It is critical that we pay very close attention to not only the entire item/story but who wrote it, from what perspective it comes, and if there is any fact behind what is written. Some of those who made derogatory remarks are people I am familiar with on Facebook, and as such, know a lot about their political stance. I had a lot of fun making the remark; “take a moment, wipe the egg off your face, and read it again, ALL OF IT!!”
Some came back after wiping egg off their faces and some just went on like nothing happened. The “rest of the story”, as Paul Harvey is famous for saying, is as follows:
1. Reagan, Lincoln, and 8 others tied for first
2. 15 presidents tied for second
3. 17 other presidents tied for third
4. Jimmy Carter came in 4th
5. Obama fifth
For the explanatory benefit of low information voters, this means Barack Obama (Osama bin Obama) is the worst president in the history of America according to this list, even worse than Mr. Peanut, Jimmy Carter The most interesting thing to me is the spin used to make Obama look like a real president, rather than the Marxist wanna-be dictator that he really is. In this day of information overload, people often either don’t read a story, don’t read all of it, or base a decision on a headline or story line that may or may not accurately reflect the content of the story. This is especially prevalent in left wing spin machines such as the Democrat Party and their leftist minion network outlets, along with their allies in the Republican Party establishment.
This is how propaganda works. Propagandists often use facts but twist them to come to a conclusion that has nothing to do with the facts stated. In this case the headline and snippet of the story tells the truth based on the list provided but when one reads to the end and actually takes the time to think about what they just read one comes out with a totally different perspective. Those who read the first five words and then commented made comments that were totally off-base and came out looking rather foolish. I am not criticizing these people as I have done the same thing in the past myself, and learned the hard way that a premature comment is often an “egg on the face” experience that is embarrassing. In this case several came back with a laugh and said, “Oops”.
It was all in good fun but illustrates the danger of jumping in before you know the depth and temperature of the water. People can be led into a lot of bad situations when they jump to conclusions. This one merely made some people look foolish but this kind of situation can lead to tragic circumstances. A good example is the treatment of the Jews in Nazi Germany, and the “Night of the Long Knives” that Hitler used as an excuse to arrest and murder thousands of innocent people who were guilty of nothing but being born non-Aryan or not belonging to his Nazi Party.
Those who seek to destroy our Republic and enslave We the People use this kind of tactic a great deal and we can expect this to only get worse as the battle for liberty intensifies. If liberty-minded citizens have any hope of winning this battle we must make certain that we don’t fall for any propaganda, from any source. Low information voters and those who desire a free ride at the expense of others will either ignore facts, refuse to analyze them objectively, or feed the spin with the hope of increasing their own benefits at the expense of others.
When politicians, in both political parties, talk about how many citizens support some form of gun control they use this same tactic. Polls are designed to get the outcome desired by those conducting the poll. A good example would be a question I saw a while back. I don’t remember the exact wording but it went something like: “Do you favor laws to keep guns out of the hands of mentally deranged people?” Well, of course!!! No one wants to see Charles Manson with a firearm but liberal spinners can use it to say you favor gun control, or stronger mental health restrictions on gun owners. Diane Feinstein recently came out and declared all veterans to be mentally ill http://beforeitsnews.com/economy/2013/03/feinstein-all-vets-are-mentally-ill-and-government-should-prevent-them-from-owning-firearms-2497870.html. By using this question in a poll she could say that the citizens support restrictions on veterans owning firearms.
The moral of this story is to look before you leap. Make sure you know the whole story, not just the headlines. Be sure you know what a politician is actually proposing, not just the talking points they put out. Remember the “glories” of Obamacare? Don’t fall victim to a false story, a false “common sense” firearm restriction, or the false flag actions of those who seek to destroy everything we find precious.
I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.
March 31, 2013