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Death Penalty Abolished in Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn, of Illinois recently signed into law the abolishment of the death penalty, and he also commuted all death row inmates sentences to life without  parole. When the abolition law takes effect July 1, Illinois becomes the 16th state without a death penalty. This issue can be very dangerous politically, as it has both fierce support and opposition in almost all walks of life. Why is it that some people can be against abortion, yet have spoken up in support of the death penalty, or vice versa?  The answer to that question lies within the auspices of  perception management, propaganda campaigns, and the usage of  *nudging* society to believe right is wrong or lies to be the truth.

Take for instance the hard core religious voters. While the bible says an eye for an eye, which should be quite self-explanatory, many Christians feel the death penalty is somehow inhumane or unfair. You know, turn the other cheek and all that kind of stuff, and forgive those who sin against us. Yet many people who have been victimized by the crazed murderers, rapists, and violent criminals of society, who have had their family crushed by the grief caused by these madmen, feel they are unworthy of living in a country where the rest of the citizens have to live by the rule of law and are held accountable for their actions. They then want them executed. The death penalty is the greatest deterrent we have in controlling the career criminals and murderers that prey on the decent people of our country. They tend think twice of  killing someone in cold blood, knowing that they themselves will be killed in return for the malicious actions. That is just a common sense fact of life, and it the main reason the death penalty was created in the first place.

The main problem in the death penalty debate seems to be indicative of the problems plaguing our country today, which stems from false perceptions being promoting by self-serving small groups representing  a minority of  people or instances that occurr in society. A great example of this can be seen in the case of the environmental activists, (whom are mostly supported and funded by the Leftists in America today), and how they are stopping us from using our own oil, while at the same time promoting green energy that is decades from becoming viable. Gasoline is now $4.00 a gallon in many States today and is expected to go much higher this summer, while billions of barrels of oil sit in South Dakota and Alaska untapped. This is directly due to the usage of false propaganda and data manipulation to create a false perception that we will all burn up tomorrow if we don’t stop using oil, the greatest energy resource on earth.  These people have proven to have manipulated data and flat out lied to advance their socialist agenda, yet this minority of green freaks, backed by leftist progressives, has been allowed to  cripple our own natural resources usage.  Then they have the audacity to holdup signs demanding that we decrease our dependence on Foreign oil through green scams like the now known to be very problematic,  Chevy Volt. Noone ever talks about the oil burning electricity it takes to charge those cars.  That is just plain ludicrous.

This same method of creating false perceptions has now created another travesty within the death penalty debate, yet it is one that these States that are abolishing the death penalty refuse to acknowledge. That being the huge expense of housing, feeding, medical care and securing mass murderers and the worst criminals of society for decades. In doing my research for this article, I got to thinking about just who would be behind this push to abolish the death penalty.  Meet the NCADP*, or the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.*

Here is just 3 of the 10 false perception propaganda lies they promote on their own homepage*:
 

     1. Executions are carried out at staggering cost to taxpayers. Here they want you to believe that the cost of a lethal injection, costs you more than housing, feeding, and securing these criminals for 20,30,40, and even 50 years! . They are creating a false perception that simply is not true.

    2. Capital punishment does not deter crime. Here they use an unnamed scientific study to try to make you believe that the death penalty does not deter serious, violent criminal activity. It is human nature and instinct to want to live as long as possible. When a criminal steps into the world of possibly murdering someone, I do not believe for one minute that the majority of them don’t think about receiving the death penalty when they get caught. They also do not take into account the people who commit crimes that could result in the death penalty that actually have their own perverted death wish. For one reason or the other they don’t want to live any more, therefore they want the death penalty. So the death penalty does deter crime. They are creating a false perception that simply is not true.

   4. Race plays a role in determining who lives and who dies. Since 1977, blacks and whites have been the victims of murders in almost equal numbers, yet 80% of the people executed in that period were convicted of murders involving white victims:   Here we have the ever-popular leftist tactic of playing the race card.  The NCADP doesn’t think you are smart enough to know that when the U. S. population has been predominantly white for decades, more whites will be the victims of murder. The reason that these numbers are proven to be wrong is in another fact that they fail to produce. At one point in recent history, when blacks compromised 17% of our population, they were responsible for over 70% of the violent crimes in America. Things such as black on black crime statistics have fluctuated immensely, depending on who you believe today also. Since the NCADP wants to inject the race card into the death penaly debate, I shall help them out with some statistics from the Justice Department in 1995 from ourcivilizaion.com**:

Almost 1 million white Americans were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by black Americans in 1992, compared with about 132,000 blacks who were murdered, robbed, assaulted or raped by whites, according to the same survey.

Blacks thus committed 7.5 times more violent inter-racial crimes than whites even though the black population is only one-seventh the size of the white population. When these figures are adjusted on a per capita basis, they reveal an extraordinary disparity: blacks are committing more than 50 times the number of violent racial crimes of whites.

According to the latest annual report on murder by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, most inter-racial murders involve black assailants and white victims, with blacks murdering whites at 18 times the rate that whites murder blacks.

With statistics like those above, we see just how far the NCADP goes in creating a false perception that simply is not true. The fact is, that the death penalty is an important tool in deterring violent crime and murder in the United States today, and has been since it’s inception. It also helps prevent prison overcrowding and the very expensive burden of keeping these criminals from further harming society. It is also a form of closure for the many families that have been destroyed by the murder of a loved one, parent, or main breadwinner.  The bottom line here, is that we see once again how data and information are being distorted to push a group’s agenda through the blatant use of propaganda. The two men I consider to be the godfather’s of propaganda usage in America, Saul Alinsky and Edward Bernays would be  quite proud of the NCADP’s usage of propaganda campaigns to abolish the death penalty in America today.  As we see noted above, it has  already been abolished in 16 states or almost 1/3 of the total states in America.

Update for those who may doubt the progressive mindset and patterns of propaganda inherent in the NCADP, here is an interesting fact: NCADP is grateful for the support of Working Assets/CREDO as a 2009 grant recipient. Click here to learn more about Working Assets/CREDO and become a customer. Help us become a 2010 grant recipient by nominating us here.

Yes your tax dollars are being funneled to support another progressive propaganda group here. Just who are the Working Assets*** clan? Well this statement is from from their own homepage: “A legacy of progress: Since 1985, our members have raised over $65 million for progressive nonprofits.”  As they say if you dig deep enough into progressive so-called non-profit propaganda arms today, you will see your taxpayer dollars being used to further their Socialist agenda.

http://www.ncadp.org/index.cfm?content=5
** http://www.ourcivilisation.com/usa/racewar.htm
 ***  http://www.workingassets.com/nominate/

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A Totally Shocking Call from My Grandmother, a Lifelong Democrat.

      My Grandmother was born in 1917, and is now 93 years old. She called here earlier this week, and the discussion that followed was very informative about what is happening in today’s political arena and why. The phone rang and I hear my Mother getting into a heated discussion about the state of America today, and President Obama.  My mother is also a lifelong Democrat like my Grandmother , but there is one glaring difference between the two today.  That difference can be summed up by the fact that my Mother is now a registered Republican who has seen the total dismantling of the true Democratic Party that both of them grew up worshipping.  Gram, on the other hand, while on the phone was sounding more like Nancy Pelosi than the woman who had raised my Mother.  To say the fur was flying here during this “discussion” would be a huge understatement. I hear my Mother asking my Grandmother things like ,” Oh ya, just what has Obama done for this country today, and Do you know how far in debt this man has put this country in 2 short years Ma?”  My Mother informs me that Gram said we are $14 trillion dollars in debt today because of George Bush! I could just sense my Mother’s head getting ready to explode. Mom is a retired doctor’s office manager and insurance billing expert, who really knows the damage to our health system Obamacare will do, and also has a good head for figures and budgeting as far as our debt is concerned. Boy things were heating up real fast here.

     The conversation reached a feverish pitch, and knowing that my Mother has high blood pressure, I realised that I had better try to defuse the situation, so I headed on into the living room. You see, both of these women are very strong-minded to put it lightly, and as to not get myself in trouble here. You can bet both of them will be either hearing or reading about this article airing some family business here eventually. I don’t write this easily, or with any bad intentions. My reason for writing it is very simple. There is an all-telling pattern here, of just how bad the malfeasance and misinformation in the media is today, and how they have affected all parts of our society. Gram is 93 years old, and Mom is the next generation, then there is myself and my siblings, and after that comes the grand-kids and  great grand-kids.     Starting with Gram, our family has seen 17 Presidents, starting with Woodrow Wilson, who was in office when Gram was born. With the start of propaganda campaigns way back in the days of Edward Bernays, who started his propaganda career in 1913 as a “press agent,” I find myself wondering  just how much  Bernay’s early propaganda campaigns could have affected my Grandmother’s opinions of  what is right and wrong in the world today. Check out Bernay’s bio at the bottom of the page for a look into the start of propaganda and mind manipulation in America.* Very interesting information there.

     During the telephone conversation, I originally intended to try to calm my Mom down when I walked into the living room. I could see that my Mom was getting nowhere with her Mother and getting very upset. What I didn’t count, on was my Mother handing me the phone and telling me,” Here, you talk some sense into her.” So I took a deep breath and took the phone. I started off with the usual, “Hi Gram how are you, hope your are feeling better today.”  You see, my Mother knows that I know my facts bout our situation in America today, and the fact that I will never be bullied by someone giving blind support to the Obama agenda just because they are  a life-long Democrat. That kind of thinking has us in real trouble today. That is also why I am a registered Independent. It doesn’t take long before my Grandmother gets around to talking politics and about one Barack Hussein Obama. I had just heard her control the conversation with my mother through the very same tactics used by the Liberal ( fake Democratic) party of today. I decided right then and there, that I would take charge of the conversation immediately and I did so as gently as could be done. I told Gram the basics of the Media (Bernay’s method) propaganda and that I don’t get my news from the TV today like she does. Then I laid out some facts for her, with the understanding that my facts come from Congressional records, reports, and legislation that I had personally read. I also told her I don’t  make statements or write news articles based solely on some self-important clown’s opinion that I see on TV. Most of those people today have an agenda, and are effectively working hard to change the way people perceive the truth to be.  I try to deal in facts Gram, period.  She asked a few mild questions, and I knew right then and there that this conversation would be a real eye-opener for my Grandmother, God Bless her. 

     Gram’s take on our national debt was initially stated as that it is ALL George Bushes fault. Geez, I wonder where she heard that from? Yes, she watches a little TV nowadays, since she no longer gets around much. My rebuttal to her thinking that all of today’s current debt is GWB’s fault, was that while the Democrats have controlled the U. S. Senate and House for the last 4 full years,  our National Debt** has risen from $8.5 trillion dollars at the end of 2006, to a whopping $13.5 trillion at the end of 2010.  Grams response? Oh really, that much? Well Gram that is not totally true, as we have to add the residue of the Democrats current spending spree, aided by irresponsible Republicans for the last decade , and the $1.62 trillion dollars of more debt projected for 2011. Then I proceeded to tell her that the next time the grand-kids and great grand-kids come over to visit her, right down to the babies in the strollers, remember that each of them owes an incredible $1 million and 15,000 dollars*** right now, before many of them even get into school. I,d also like to hear you explain how good Obama and the current Liberal Democrats are for those children today Gram. Score one for the truth in numbers theory there.

    Gram thinks Obamacare will be very good for her and the country. Oh really Gram? How can that be, when the first program to be cut to pay for free healthcare for the non-producing freeloaders of society and illegal aliens who are not U.S citizens,  is the $500 billion dollars Obama is taking out of your very own medicare plan? Her reply? ” That’s not true Daniel.”  “I,m sorry Gram, yes it is,  it is just that the Obama administration and today’s Media propagandists you are watching on your TV want you to just forget about that little fact. How are you going to have better medical care, Gram when they take away $500 billion from your medicare program? ”  “Oh my gosh,” was the only response to that fact. Unlike the Democrats and ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gram, I actually read the bill, instead of waiting until they passed it to find out what was in it, as the former Speaker of the House stated on National TV.  That is correct Gram, they passed a  2000 page bill onto the American people without even reading it, or knowing what is in it. This is not the Democratic Party you grew up with that actually represented the working class people and the poor in this country. This is a group of Socialists borderline Communists that are trying to collapse America’s economy through wealth redistribution. The proof is in the fact that Obama wants to take billions of dollars of Seniors medicare and share it with non-producing people and illegal aliens, which they are doing right now anyway. I gave her some stats on  just one hospital in Texas that I had on hand, about the millions of medicaid dollars spent on illegal anchor babies being born there. She was so shocked to hear the truth, that all she could ask is how can they get away with that stuff today? The answer to that little question lies directly in the facts about how certain  Democratic Party controlled States have been spawning illegal sanctuary cities. See California, Washington State and Oregon to name a few.

       “These people are nothing like the true Democrats you and Gramps had been voting for all your lives.” This statement lead to the next revelation about the new Democrats of today, that my 93 year old Grandmother is still worshipping based solely on the principles of  the Democratic values of 50 years ago. I asked her, “Do you know that the Democrats organized a One Nation Rally*** in Washington DC Gram?”  “What was this,” she asked. I replied, “Well, we had many Unions there that all support and give millions in campaign contributions to Obama and  today’s Democrats, Gram. There was also Communist propaganda and books, like the famous Communist Manifesto sold at this rally, Gram.”  “You are kidding me Daniel,” she replied, “That surely can’t be true, right in our nation’s capitol?”  I replied, ” I,m sorry to tell you this Gram, but it is true, and I have the pictures of the One Nation Rally in DC to prove it!”  The silence on the other end of the line was quite saddening. I do not like tearing down the Democratic Party that my Grandmother has been a part of  for several decades, yet neither do I want her unknowingly spreading today’s liberal propaganda onto the next generations of our family that visit her these days. Our youth are our future, and they are also more easily manipulated by propaganda than us older folks that understand the importance of our capitalistic system. That evil capitalism that the Liberals hate so much has ensured prosperity for our people, and it has proven to do so during our country’s entire existence.

   My Grandmother has been a lifelong very devoted Catholic who believes in the Lord and prays daily. When I explained about the Liberal/Democratic agenda of  banning the pledge of allegiance and daily prayer we have seen recently, or any reference to God almighty in our school system being condemned, her very animated response was pretty much self-exclamatory: “What kind of people would do such terrible stuff ?” My response? “Today’s Liberal Democratic Party is who is behind that stuff!”  That lead to a discussion about our founding fathers and whether they were religious or not. Gram’s response? “Of course they believed in God, Daniel, they were very hard working men who prayed daily.” I said,  “Not according to most of today’s Democrats.”

    While our conversation went further into other assorted topics of today’s politics, the main lesson I was trying to convey to her was that the once heroic news broadcasts of years gone by appear to have been an experiment in mind manipulation that was created to change people’s perception of  what was happening in America at the time.  With Mr. Bernay’s admissions of his usage of the media to manipulate the masses as early as 1913,  four years before my Grandmother was born, we have to wonder about FDR’s Fireside Chat radio newscasts to the nation back in the 1930’s, and wonder how truthful they actually were. Looking back at my conversation with my Grandmother recently, and her blanket statement of how good President Obama is doing for the country today while we face $15 trillion dollars in debt  by the end of this year, I,d have to say the Bernay’s media manipulation experiment is being proven to be very successful . My Grandmother,  a lifelong  supporter of the Democratic Party that used to actually stand for the poor and working class, while also working for the betterment of the country, is now in support of the Liberal Socialist Party of today. I,m sorry Gram, but this is not the Democratic Party that the propagandists are working so hard to make you believe.  As a matter of fact, they are just the opposite.

 * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Bernays

** See chart- Government figures  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_public_debt

*** http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/10/15-photos-from-onenation-rally-youll.html

*** Under liability per taxpayer http://www.usdebtclock.org/