The Democrat Party has mastered the concept of controlling the argument as I addressed the other day in “The Redefining of Political Speak. Control the Language; Control the Argument.” So let me use the Pelosi controversy to highlight another masterful tool the Democrats employ to set the tone.
First a little background. As I recently mentioned, White House Minister of Propaganda, oh sorry, I mean Press Secretary and my college classmate Robert Gibbs was recently interviewed in the NC State alumni magazine. In the interview Gibbs made a statement along the lines of “part of our electoral success was the ability to successfully control information.” (paraphrased).
As well he intimated that part of the transition process was the unsettling condition whereby Gibbs could not as well control the access to info, but that once they were ensconced in the White House they could once again control the access and flow of information.
I am firmly convinced a method of controlling the flow of info is an insidious tool called “ignoring.” After the Pelosi/CIA flap began and San Fran Nan held her now famous presser where she waved her fingers at the camera and said the CIA lies to Congress, what happened?
In the public debate this issue heated up, but Madam Pelosi became damned scarce. Then came her next presser where she was phalanxed by other powerful Dems to shield her. We all saw that event as well. Was it just me or were others shocked by her blatant refusal to answer questions as the other Dems stepped up and covered for her lies?
Now let’s contrast the Sen. Craig bathroom toe-tapping incident. Sure Craig is a closet homosexual – so what? Like I said at the time, look at his mug shot. Take those effeminate glasses he wears, add a wig and heavy make-up and “Houston, we have a transvestite!” I’d stake my life on it being the fact.
But was he allowed to “disappear” from the public eye and get the same level of acceptance by the press and the Left as Pelosi got from the press and the Right when she pulled her disappearing act? Not even close. He was continually hounded into resigning, his later desire to withdraw the resignation notwithstanding.
The activist Left and their willing enablers, the media, chased down every move of Craig’s to keep him in the news. And it worked too. Yet when Pelosi disappeared to avoid the light of scrutiny the media and fellow Dems ran cover for her. The media left her alone and the issue has basically been left for dead.
This is a starkly demonstrative situation whereby the acts of the Democrat leadership do not even remotely comport with their rhetoric. Didn’t Obama tell us this would be the most transparent Presidential administration in history? Didn’t Pelosi title the Republicans as engaging in and being the purveyors of a “culture of corruption?” Didn’t she and Harry Reid commission more then 300 Congressional investigations into all things Bush Administration, yet they are 0 for 300 in their investigations?
As to the alleged “culture of corruption” wasn’t it Bush who directed his Justice Department to NOT prosecute the impeached President Clinton? So Republicans are so corrupt we will not prosecute a man already impeached? Wow, that does not sound all that evil to me. In fact sounds a tad but like “compassionate conservatism,” no? Did we get any credit for decency and wanting to move beyond the divisive issue? Not a bit!
Yet isn’t it the “post-partisan” Obama Justice Department that wants to prosecute Bush lawyers for their advice to Bush that water boarding was not torture? Right or wrong is not the issue. Since when are lawyers criminally liable for a legal opinion? The US has no such history, at least in the modern era.
Now to hit ’em right between the eyes, how does the rhetoric of openness and transparency; the rhetoric of Republicans being a culture of corruption; the acts of ignoring that which the Dems do not like, yet pushing with all the force of the power of the Federal Government to go after those they choose, their political opposition, comport with the evidence the facts present?
To openly admit their electoral success is found in the successful control and access to information is Bolshevik and Fascistic in the extreme. Their admission that once successfully settled into the White House they could again keep a tight rein on the flow of info falls into the same category. And how does this translate to Obama’s “new & different” kind of governance?
These usurpers are openly admitting they endeavor to control the access and flow of info. That is the antithesis of all the US has historically been or aspired to be.
The media is called the Fourth Estate, and that moniker is to remind the public that the media is CHARGED and ENTRUSTED to NOT be biased but instead to be the fountain of facts. The judgment of the merits of those facts are to be left up to the public at large.
Based on the words of The Minister of Propaganda Robert Gibbs and supported by their actions, clearly there is no transparency. There is no new and different, except of course the level of admitted secrecy they engage in..
And to place this all in the proper context, remember how Bush was slighted for NOT engaging the media more than he did? The media treated Bush and his Press Secretaries as if they were the opposition. They openly called their veracity into question at nearly every turn.
Yet now the shut off valves for the flow of information tacitly announce “we control what you get, if you get it and when you get it,” and the media basically says “okay Gibbs, old boy. If ya have anything ya want us to disseminate, we’ll be over here in the corner cooking up more to go after Republicans for. Call us if ya need us!”
And my peeps were a culture of corruption, bent on shutting out the valiant press and waging a war upon the world for all that enriched us evil Conservatives? The reality is Gibbs and his cohorts are the admitted, and quite proudly so, controllers of the switch. Their exclusive bailiwick is to control who has access to the transmission belt of information.
Just like any good Fascistic entity, control the access and flow of information, and you can set the tone of the debate, or squelch any debate altogether. And when we took to the street to protest outrageous spending in the porkulus, bailouts and Obama budget the media assisted the valiant Administration and especially the Minister of Propaganda in portraying citizen outrage as racism.
Our whole nation is about to be bitten on the backsides, and the blame will be fairly laid at the feet of Obama, Gibbs, the Democrat leadership and most egregious of all, the press, who are specifically charged as the watchdogs of the public over the potential usurping of government – any government – Right or Left!
If we do not stand up and put a stop to this it may well be too late to do anything except to remember with fondness any semblance of openness. The first tool of every fascistic entity is to control info – every single one – but do not take my word for it. Look it up for yourself. Google any iteration of “Fascist + propaganda” and “Communism + propaganda” then act shocked at what you see. I dare ya.