Fraudulent Journalism …

Why Many of Today’s News Reporters Believe It Is Their Duty to Lie to You

Posted Monday, May 20, 2019, | By Outside Contributor – Brian Cates – Epoch Times.

Reblogged by R.S. Helms …

 

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President Donald Trump rolled out a new immigration plan in a press conference held at the White House Rose Garden on May 16 that focused on addressing the major flaws in America’s current immigration laws and border control system.
During his presentation of his new plan, Trump said the following:
“We must also restore the integrity of our broken asylum system. Our nation has a proud history of affording protection to those fleeing government persecutions. Unfortunately, legitimate asylum seekers are being displaced by those lodging frivolous claims—these are frivolous claims—to gain admission into our country. Asylum abuse also strains our public school systems, our hospitals, and local shelters, using funds that should—and that have to—go to elderly veterans, at risk youth, Americans in poverty, and those in genuine need of protection. We’re using the funds that should be going to them. And that shouldn’t happen.”

Trump finished by saying, “My plan expedites relief for legitimate asylum seekers by screening out the meritless claims. If you have a proper claim, you will quickly be admitted. If you don’t, you will promptly be returned home.”

In an act of brazen dishonesty, here’s how CNN’s Jim Acosta summarized for his audience what the President said in a Tweet:
“Trump in Rose Garden speech paints asylum seekers with broad brush accusing them of misleading immigration authorities at border: ‘These are frivolous claims.’”

That bit of sophistry quickly drew the ire of the Official Trump War Room account on Twitter, which called out Acosta’s dishonest reporting:
“How can you do this and go home at night thinking you’ve turned in an honest day’s work as a journalist?”

Acosta shot back the following:
“Hi @TrumpWarRoom.. in the transcript you provided you note that Trump describes asylum claims as “frivolous” and “meritless.” The transcript also notes Trump uses the term “asylum abuse.” Trump clearly is accusing asylum seekers of misleading immigration authorities as I said.”

Now, most people who saw what Acosta did here will wonder how he thinks he has any integrity whatsoever as a journalist after engaging in this kind of absurd behavior.
I happen to know quite well how people in the “DNC media complex”like Jim Acosta can do this kind of thing every single day and actually think of themselves as being heroic for doing so.

Let’s Go Back To 2008 For A Minute
The Associated Press’s Washington Bureau chief, Ron Fournier, introduced the concept of “accountability journalism” publicly back in 2008, which gives reporters a license to go beyond just reporting the facts of a news story in a neutral and objective manner to instead begin putting their thumbs on the scale and start pressing down—hard—to ensure a desired politicized outcome is clearly seen in the reporting. It gives them a “duty” to shape the story toward political outcomes.
Fournier basically endorsed the idea that journalists need to stop seeing themselves as neutral relaters of facts and begin shaping narratives for the public in order to hold the powerful accountable.

There is a marked difference between where the basic facts of a story go versus where the reporter would like it to go due to his or her own political tastes and views. This is precisely why the American news media for many years championed the ethical guidelines of strict neutrality and objectivity in reporting the news. A journalist who got caught molding a news story to fit his or her own biases while omitting key facts from their reporting that counted against the outcome they wanted was considered to be engaging in journalistic malpractice.
Well, in our modern age, such quaint notions as journalistic objectivity & neutrality have been utterly dispensed with. What was once considered ethical malpractice in journalism is now expected and even encouraged in many newsrooms.
You can read more here about the entire accountability journalism philosophy and how some media outlets immediately embraced it while others quickly questioned it.

This new viewpoint of how “to do” the news quickly spread like wildfire throughout the entire DNC media complex. At last, reporters were actually being encouraged by their editors to give free rein to their own political biases while engaged in “reporting the news.” Far from being desirable, political neutrality in the newsroom came to be viewed as a bad thing.

So in case, anybody is wondering why over the recent past it looks as though news reporters took any semblance of objectivity or political neutrality in their work and gleefully dispensed with it, now you know why. They were told it was their public duty to do this.

We are now 11 years removed from 2008, when many media outlets in the political news industry enthusiastically embraced the new accountability journalism guidelines. What did this result in?

Reporters and editors gave in to their worst impulses. They began to give free rein to their most naked biases. And it began showing up loudly and clearly in their “news coverage.” By the time Mitt Romney ran against Barack Obama in 2012, most U.S. news media outlets had ditched even a pretense of neutrality between the candidates.

Accountability journalism was the last thing the American news industry needed. Fournier’s Frankenstein monster has now created an entire generation of reporters and editors who see absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with being politically partisan and biased in their “shaping narratives” and calling it “news coverage” as they relentlessly attack one political party while endlessly slobbering adoringly over the other.

‘Heroic’ Journalists Who ‘Sometimes Have To Lie To You’
Since Acosta thinks Trump is a very bad President who needs to be “held accountable” at all times, the accountability journalism philosophy gives him the green light to crudely distort Trump’s words to achieve his goal of being a “heroic” journalist who is holding a power President “accountable.”

So understand this: you can’t shame reporters like Acosta no matter how brazenly dishonest his behavior becomes. It’s impossible because they know exactly what they are doing, and they are doing it deliberately because they see it as their vital public service to set the proper narratives for the public—even if that involves lying to the public.

Acosta and his accountability journalism brethren have draped themselves in the mantle of intrepid public servants, lying, twisting, and distorting the truth in the service of the “noble” cause of stopping Trump. He literally sees himself as a hero as he lies to you. You can’t reach him, so I wouldn’t even bother.
That’s why the old legacy media cannot be rehabilitated. There are too many people inside of it who could never go back to the “old” and “outdated” way of covering the news: strictly neutral and unbiased. They would not even be psychologically capable of doing it.

Instead of being rehabilitated, it’s going to have to be replaced. CNN is on the way out, as are many of these other outlets that went all-in on accountability journalism and ditched all their objectivity and standards in the service of their own biases and agendas.

The DNC media complex’s biases and its political agenda are why they fell so hard for the Trump-Russia collusion hoax for over two years. A neutral and impartial news industry that checked it’s own biases at the door and investigated thoroughly would never have fallen for it.

Far from making the American political news industry better, accountability journalism totally ruined it. It created an atmosphere where being neutral and objective in reporting on political issues is seen as counter-productive and out-dated while all the hip and sophisticated people who are going places and changing the world were the ones who were shaping the news to fit the “right” narratives that people “needed” to hear.

What many in the mainstream news media loved the most about accountability journalism is that it allowed them to openly be what they always were: political activists disguised as reporters, chafing under the repressive strictures of the old model of neutrality and objectivity.

The good news is, the DNC media complex has almost completely rotted itself to the point of total ruin at this point, and the collapse of the industry has already begun.
Trump predicts many of these news outlets will be gone in six years.
I think he’s right.

Reprinted with permission from – The Epoch Times – by Brian Cates

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Communism New Face of the DNC

Reposted on Bob’s Opinion from AMAC newsletter.

Sorry, Democrats, But Your Stars Are Socialists
Posted Monday, April 22, 2019

By… Outside Contributor 

 

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There was Bernie Sanders at a Fox News Channel town hall, not giving an inch in a forum every Democratic presidential candidate has shunned.
His reward was a cataract of good reviews and monster ratings. Sanders had a solid hour to try to reach people not favorably inclined to his worldview, at the very least demonstrating that he’s willing to show up outside his political silo.
Why hadn’t any of the other Democrats done it before? Because they lacked the verve and ideological self-confidence of Sanders, as well as the independent streak to buck the Democratic party’s attempt to hold the line against Fox. As a message candidate, Sanders is willing to take his anywhere.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, miraculously transformed into a relatively moderate Democratic elder stateswoman, has understandably been pushing back against the notion that she leads a socialist party defined by a few radicals in the House.
On 60 Minutes, she stalwartly declared: “I do reject socialism as an economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic party.” She dismissed the left wing in her caucus as “like, five people.”
In sheer numbers this is true, but it’s the wrong way to count.
The fact is that the most compelling stars of the party are self-declared socialists with a knack for generating controversy and media attention, and with committed mass followings. Pelosi might wish it weren’t true, but poll numbers, fundraising, and follower counts don’t lie.
Sanders is reliably second — sometimes first — in national and state presidential polling. He’s outraised everyone else in the field and, with his massive small-donor base, probably can continue to do so for the duration. More than anyone else, he has defined the Democratic party’s current agenda.
It’ll be much harder to maintain that the Democratic party isn’t socialist if it nominates one as its presidential candidate, which everyone paying attention realizes is a real possibility.
If this happens, it won’t be the work of conservatives hoping to negatively brand the Democrats, but of the party’s faithful. The same goes for the prominence of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It is often said that conservatives are “obsessed” with her; maybe so, but the same is true — and probably more so — of everyone else.
AOC has been on the cover of Time magazine, Rolling Stone (with Nancy Pelosi, as it happens), Hollywood Reporter, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Annie Leibovitz photographed her for Vogue. She’s been interviewed by 60 Minutes.
She has nearly 4 million Twitter followers and more than 3 million followers on Instagram, where she feeds the insatiable obsession of her fans — not her critics — with videos from her apartment.
She was among the top 10 House Democrats in fundraising the first quarter and had the highest percentage of small donors (her ally, Ilhan Omar, also excelled).
It’s obviously vexing to Pelosi to see a House majority built by the careful avoidance of ideological extravagance and won in marginal districts hijacked, at least in terms of public attention, by a few freshmen and a 77-year-old Vermont socialist.
They might not define the center of gravity of the party at the moment, and the radical freshmen have lost most of their tussles with Pelosi. But there is a reason that they are so famous, with such fundraising prowess. The crusading purity of Bernie Sanders has an inherent appeal, and the outrageousness of the freshmen attracts attention, which always begets more attention.
Yes, there are vast numbers of Democrats out there who aren’t on Twitter or Instagram. Maybe there are enough of them to nominate Joe Biden, or a Pete Buttigieg can win on a progressive platform clothed in a moderate demeanor.
But the party’s stars will have something to say about it. The great Zionist Theodor Herzl maintained, “It is the simple and fantastic which leads men.” As Bernie Sanders showed, it’s also willing to go on Fox News.
by Rich Lowry

Socialism For a Snowflake

 

In hopes that we may communicate with the ZOMBIE type SNOWFLAKES 

The following story is from ‘Bookworm’ … a wonderful writer who writes for a blog I receive.  As I read the little story, it became quite clear that the style and method of children’s stories to get children to understand and stay interested in the story might be an effective way to get the “Snowflake” and the millennial generation to understand some of the truth about what they have been programmed to vehemently advocate, Socialism!

Ant & Grasshopper Socialism

Repost from Bookworm … Great read and worthy of a share.

THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER

 

This one is a little different … Two Different Versions … Two Different Morals
OLD VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.
The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY:
Be responsible for yourself!
MODERN VERSION
The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.
The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.
CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.
How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the Black Lives Matter group singing, “We shall overcome.”
Then, Reverend Al Sharpton, has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper while he damns the ants. He later appears on MSNBC to complain that rich people do not care.
Former President Obama condemns the ant and blames Donald Trump, President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
Nancy Pelosi & Chuck Schumer exclaim in an interview on The View that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.
Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.
The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having; nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar and given to the grasshopper
The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopper doesn’t maintain it.
The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.
The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.
The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Be careful how you vote in 2020.

Thanks, Bookworm!

 

Tell it like it is

Reblogged from email … Hard Nox and Friends … thanks for such a great post

R.S. Helms

 

Standing Athwart

“A conservative is someone who stands athwart history, yelling Stop, at a time when no one is inclined to do so, or to have much patience with those who so urge it.”

~ William F. Buckley, National Review (19 November 1955)

I’m in a pretty ugly and cynical mood these days, especially where politics is concerned. It seems to me we live in an age where we are about to begin paying for mistakes of the past…and I mean really paying for them.

Progressivism has stripped all meaning from America’s founding values and has effectively rendered worthless the status of being an American citizen. There was a time when we paid taxes for the privilege of being a citizen and those taxes went toward protecting the value of being a citizen – today, we are simply extorted to pay for things people want who do not value being American. In a way, we pay ransom to preserve fractions of the freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Every single aspect of the Bill of Rights is compromised, nullified or is currently under attack. From the First Amendment to the Tenth, our own government is in open violation of every single one.

We have decided, in our infinite wisdom, to expose all to moral hazard by extending the rights of citizens to non-citizens and equating people who pay no taxes or own no property to people who do, eliminating the value of actually being an American citizen. Like the old saying states, when everyone is special, no one is.

It has devolved to such a level that our elected officials, especially those from the Democrat party, openly scoff at the concerns of the citizens who pay the bills, deriding them as bigots, racists and xenophobes. If you express any concern for the decay of the country of your birth, you are immediately described as evil.

And we allowed this. At best, we have allowed a loud, vocal minority to shout us down and at worst, there really is a majority of people who simply don’t care.

I tried to make a point about illegal immigration the other day – that people coming to the US with no knowledge of America’s history, the reasons it was founded, the painful transformation it has endured to attempt to live up to those founding values would logically have no affection, allegiance or loyalty to her – and then I realized that this not only describes illegal immigrants but what seems to be a growing segment of young American citizens. These people can’t discern the difference between fact and opinion and yet they vote and hold office without even the most basic understanding of what their vote means or what their role in a constitutional government means

The Internet promised to be the greatest tool for knowledge since the ancient library at Alexandria but instead, it gave us the ignorance of another Alexandria – Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. Not to pick on Che-quita Khrushchev, but she is the poster child for such mile wide and inch deep transient knowledge that google experts and scholars possess.
Che-quita is just the most prominent current example of what Ronald Reagan said – “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.”

Comedian Flip Wilson created a famous skit about a crooked preacher who founded “The Church of What’s Happenin’ Now!” in which the rules were constantly bent to the benefit of the preacher’s own desires. Progressivism is nothing but the post-millennium version of that church. It is a church where only now matters, where relativism and ignorance are seen as values and destruction of Western Civilization is a virtue. Righteousness is defined as compliance with the destructive progressive agenda.

But there is s difference between being righteous and self-righteous. Being righteous means being morally right or justifiable; virtuous. Righteous people are validated by immutable principles, their actions are guided by them. Being self-righteous is defined as having or characterized by a certainty, especially an unfounded one, that one is totally correct or morally superior. Self-righteous people are guided by malleable propositions, not principles and define their “principles” to justify their actions.

Where the actions of righteous people are justified by their principles, self-righteous people justify their principles through their actions. Their actions are always approved because their motives are assumed to be the purest – even when they are not.

The progressive left has become all they once professed to hate. The only way they can exist in this environment of cognitive dissonance and hypocrisy is to “other” all who are non-progressive. Everybody else is evil, a Nazi, a racist and God only knows what else. They have succumbed so much to the self-love philosophy of “Gosh darn it” Stuart Smalley (Al Franken), they have come to only worship themselves and this church will continue to attract the weak minded because absent principles or morals, progressivism promises the seduction of always being right

The fatal flaw in this Church of Progressivism is that no moral superiority can be built on a foundation of amoral or immoral acts.

As we are witnessing at our southern border, nothing short of direct confrontation with the progressive agenda is going to work. It’s way past time to be standing athwart and yelling “Stop!”

God help us all.

… by Utah, originally posted 2 April 2019

— SafeSpace, with a hat tip to Felinity who follows Rio Norte —

Wake Up People!

So How Do We Wake People Up?

 

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I Wish I knew the answer to such an important and urgent question, but I must confess I don’t. That truly rests in the hands of God. God is still in control although it may seem like He is doing nothing, He is. In the case of conservatives who slumber, or perhaps, are simply cowering in a shadowy corner with millions of “evangelical” Christians who have a great time on social media complaining about the serious sins of the world, such as Homosexuals, Abortion, sexual misconduct of politicians, celebrities, TV and movie violence, fornication and who will fire a preacher for preaching against liberalism and socialism invading our nation and Church, for fear of losing the tax exempt for their congregation. I know what I am talking about, more than half of the big tithers would stop tithing if they could not claim it on their taxes, whatever happened to “give unto Caesar which is Caesars?”
Liberal Christianity has offered a safe place for the Christian congregation and many embraced liberal theology, and of course mega-churches started growing like weeds out of control. You because many preachers stopped preaching the Word of God and not addressing the issue of sin, some even went to preaching from the New Testament only, to avoid calling sin, S-I-N. Can you see why I have written several articles on the Seven Churches of Asia Minor (Rev. 1-3), along with some other Old Testament sermons especially dealing with sin and the Law, Law that Jesus told His Disciples that He had not come to abolish nor to change – not one tittle.
While Jesus came seeking the sinner, seeking with the grace of God and the gospel of repentance forgiveness of God, from all sin and unrighteousness. And like the Apostle Paul wrote, that without the Law we would have no sin, which is true, without the Law we would not know what sin is and what sin is not. But God gave the law that His people would be obedient to Him and to manage to live with each other and all of humanity.

The Ten Commandments were given so as the first four pertain to man’s relationship with God, the creator of all. The subsequent six pertain to man’s relationship to man, that we might live in peace with each other.
Because human nature is corrupt and sinful, we all have a nature filled with all sorts of desires or appetites for evil, and God has been the one who has attempted to offer a way from eternal damnation and the final estate of hell. I cannot preach enough on the love of God, and one of the reasons is how God loves us so much that He sacrificed His Son to fulfill the Law. But nearly half of “postmodern” Christianity, falling in after various interpretations of the Bible but not the versions which all say the same thing just in familiar English, personally it depends what my application is, with all versions, sin is still sin and in the United States, we once had moral values, integrity, and Christian freedom. Now we have chaos, hatred, all sorts of corruption and evil in our elected officials and in the leaders of liberal theological churches.

But Satan, yes Satan exists just as surely as hell. Satan, his devils, and demons cannot coexist with moral values, integrity, and people who are trying to live their Christian faith – all a constant threat to his work to claim souls and not all allow God to succeed reclaiming His creation to Himself. Satan has made great gains in the world and well should he have, after all, he is the prince of the air and controls the air and municipalities. It is Satan that walks to and fro upon the earth seeking those to devour and as Satan can make our lives miserable, he can only own those who follow him and those who reject God’s grace and reject the work of our Lord Jesus. Satan will never own the soul of a saved-born again Christian.

Now let’s get back to our beloved nation. Let me not be mistaken about the fact that the United States is and always has been a Christian nation, the one thing that our citizens need to understand really should reestablish, it has taken Satan over two centuries to convince, deceive, destroy the nation and the people in it. Speaking of Satan, I read an article I found in The Vigilant Citizen concerning the Satanic Temple, apparently, it is a well organized nontheistic religious and political activist group based in Salem Massachusetts and has chapters in 13+ states. Among putting a monument in the Rotunda of the Michigan State House, and Illinois on the Capital lawn, (all legal) and created an after-school program for children called “After School Satan.” It is up and running in cities across the U.S. including Atlanta, Los Angles, Salt Lake City, Pensacola, Washington D.C., Tucson, Springfield, Seattle, and Portland. I have not found the media outlets, but I will.

My problem with this is: How the officials let the Satanic Temple do legally what they will not allow Christians to do? As a matter of fact, they (officials) have banned crosses, Christian decorations, cross memorials in cemeteries – anything, anything at all that symbolizes Christian-Judeo religion, even had some private business’ remove them usually through some sort of lawsuit from an individual activist group who target Christian businesses. Satan has a big political foothold on our nation. Mainstream Media, Social Media platforms, and the political bias Judicial System.
Now, biblical Christianity has been under attack for decades, it is known as modernity or Modernism. Started early on during the late 19th and early century. It is a philosophical movement along with the cultural trend. Trends rising from wide-scale and far-reaching transformation in Western society. Industrialization grew cities into mega cities where they developed their own culture, their own free thinking and it spread with the help of our education system with the gentle propaganda, (At first), within the school administrators, Teacher’s Unions, and liberal state legislators.

We are experiencing a full-blown liberal public-school system, (In most part), and the loss of a generation. Under the façade of liberalism, we now have a liberal-socialism sweeping the nation and continuing to divide and remove our constitutional rights and freedoms. Brainwash the majority of two generations and socialism has an open door. No moral values, integrity, and Christianity (biblical Christianity), will be of no measurable consequence, except for Christians. And until Jesus Comes, we will probably be holding worship services in caves, but we will persevere in the might of the Lord Jesus.

Comcast Xfinity 200 plus channel and costs nearly as much a month with only one Christian channel, local affiliates of the MSM perhaps six or seven tolerable broadcasts and some oldies, the rest are ad channels milking the uninformed with junk. However, there is no option other than Dish which is nearly the same. Liberalism control what we are able to watch and that at the best subliminal propaganda (like global warming/climate change on “The Weather Channel” just to mention one so you can understand how socialist subliminal propaganda messaging works, all the way across our media networks starting from program writers and how they manipulate dialogue in script to set management to advertising, the media networks are the controlling source for our information, with the exception of our public school system. And that is for the next blog, as President Trump put out his EO for Freedom of Speech on campuses of our great colleges and institutions of higher propaganda. Now infested with liberal-socialist professors and administrators.
Back to the question at hand, “How do we wake people up?” and as I said, it will take God. And those he called to be His children. Are you up to the challenge? It is my studied opinion, that every conservative patriot and citizen who cares about our nation, Christian or non-Christian, Atheist, Jew, brown, red, yellow, black and white including anyone legally here trying to become a citizen of the USA, you are all called to help. Help wake up those who slumber, those who are afraid and huddle in a shadowy corner in fear of liberal-socialist ridicule and the bullying press. Time to at least wake the slumbering and afraid to stand and boldly proclaim Jesus, our Christian nation and our Christian principals, and if it offends the corrupt and evil, so-be-it let them pack up and find a more suitable country.

You are also called as a citizen to stand against what the Democrats and establishment corrupt snakes in Congress keep trying to do, you are called to do your own research and determine to go to the poll and vote liberal, progressive, socialist globalist out of office! From dog catcher to Senator … they have no power over you except that which you yield up – so instead of telling the conservatives in Congress to grow a spine, you might grow one and go about waking people up and making sure they know what is going on. Most of those slumbering and cowering in the shadows know what is happening but have not had the encouragement to wake up.

Courage and commitment is what God needs of our citizens and his church to encourage and support people to expose the vile politicians and vote them out of office before they destroy the Constitution and the Christian church. Empower the people to stop and overcome the vile septic state we are finding we are slopping around in.

God bless you.
R.S. Helms

Democrat Party is now officially the Socialist Party? I Think So.

Reposted on Bob’s Opinion by R.S. Helms

 

The Only Game Democrats Play

March 27, 2019

Patrick O’Hannigan Culture, Government, Politics 1

People hoping to become the Democrat nominee for president in 2020 have recently floated suggestions for dismantling both the Electoral College and the Supreme Court as we know it. These ideas are in addition to the urgency with which many of them also tell the rest of us to be both deeply suspicious of parenthood and greener than Kermit the Frog, in the vain hope that those things might help to forestall climate change.
But if progressive policies are as self-evidently worth pursuing as leftists assume they are, then why do those same people keep moving the political goalposts? Why, for example, did the Speaker of the House endorse a proposal to lower the federal voting age to 16? It’s as though the only game in town were Calvinball, minus the innocence of the original version. Calvin, you might remember, was not above cheating (hence “Calvinball,” whose only rule was that there were no rules). That wildly imaginative six-year-old refused to build snowmen in traditional ways, but neither he nor his indulgent tiger ever waged war against the dead, as leftists are now doing.
That might sound like hyperbole to anyone who hasn’t seen Democrats trying to erase their own past by toppling statues of Confederate soldiers. The activists pushing for changes like that don’t seem to realize that when Confederate statues are gone, monuments to the valor of Union soldiers will have no meaning, either.
Being “woke” is an essentially reactive stance, because it has to contrast with something asleep or unexamined. But speech cops on the left (and they’re all on the left) don’t understand or care about that. Consequently, Civil War battlefields are being leached of the formative influence proper to them. We’re losing our collective memory of American history, and (in the hotbeds of progressive iconoclasm) ultimately mocking Lincoln’s resolve that “these dead shall not have died in vain.”
Leftists treat history as a tool for the acquisition of power. Anything that can’t be ignored or subverted gets reframed, which is why I don’t think freshman Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or failed Senate candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke are as clueless as they appear to be. “Beto” and “AOC” know what their supporters want to hear. When AOC threatens the moderates in her own party but says perkily that “democratic socialism” simply means “putting democracy and society first,” or Beto preaches doom from the “coffee shop at the end of the world,” each is appealing to mal-educated people who mistake youthful ignorance for courage. In a different world, those particular politicians would be vying for election as homecoming king and queen. Instead, they want to be commissars.

READ Trump’s State of the Union speech open thread

Had the 2016 presidential election turned out differently, we would not now be hearing about problems with the Electoral College, or listening to activists pine righteously for “democracy” in what was built as a republic. Anyone who wants to lecture the rest of us on proper governance ought first to understand introductory phrases in the Pledge of Allegiance.
NBC News describes the progressive strategy for 2020 as an attempt to change the rules. That ideology’s notion of being bravely different never makes room for traditionalists, but now holds sway even in things like the dress code for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Despite the argument that outdated systems and social mores need to change, it’s hard to see progressive motivation as anything more than an alloy of hypocrisy and opportunism, because they move goalposts even when there’s no compelling reason to do so. Events in New York and Virginia reminded us that Democrats unwilling to let the evil of late-term abortion alone pushed past that into providing legal cover for infanticide, while casting themselves as merciful because letting babies die saves the cost of neonatal intensive care.
Less contentious issues show a similar pattern. Hillary Clinton, for example, has yet to be prosecuted for feigned ignorance (Q: Did you wipe your email server? A: “You mean like with a cloth?”), gross negligence, or felonious conduct. Meanwhile, Trumpian exaggeration draws swift condemnation from all quarters, the First Lady isn’t regarded as being multi-lingual or photogenic enough to avoid being snubbed by people who wet themselves over her immediate predecessor, and self-proclaimed bastions of free inquiry in North America and Europe are nothing of the kind.

READ Reparations: The Holy Grail of Identity Politics (Part III)

Two years into a presidency that has done more to expose progressive insecurities than any other, it’s also safe to say that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian efforts to sway America’s 2016 election started with bad motive and wide latitude. That it ended up vindicating President Trump is almost beside the point. Outcome aside, the investigation’s dominance of the news cycle was exactly what the Beltway Establishment had hoped it would be, if for no other reason than because so many politicians despise (and feel threatened by) the brash populist in the White House.
“March Madness” for progressives is no different from the crazy that they pretend to save the rest of us from in every other month. If your objections to that can be painted as logical, historical, patriarchal, privileged, racist, or cis-gendered, then you are easily marginalized. The only proper response to the way progressives have weaponized grievance and guilt is to refuse to play along.
In gentler moods, we might also remember that Calvin and Hobbes did not end its ten-year run atop the comics page with a game of Calvinball. Instead, on December 31, 1995, Bill Watterson’s beloved creations signed off from a sled in the snow with an appreciative nod to the wonders of the world around them, as Calvin, with his triangular grin, said “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, Ol’ Buddy…Let’s Go Exploring!”
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About Patrick O’Hannigan 4 Articles
I’m a writer and editor in North Carolina. My role models include Thomas Aquinas, Jackie Robinson, and Wile E. Coyote. I often have a harmonica within arm’s reach.

Socialism .. Our Greatest Danger

 

Get out of UN

 

Socialism, the resurgence of socialism in my studied opinion is not actually a resurgence, but inadvertently exposed during the 2016 and the 2018 political campaigns. What happened with some of the comments during the Clinton – Sanders primary DNC presidential campaign, both mentioned some of the socialist utopias. Bernie more than Hillary because he wears his socialism like a fine hat, Hillary on the other hand, was more clandestine in her socialist ambitions, playing so because of Obama’s blatant display of total disregard for the Nation, the Constitution, and the people. His total ambition to divide and conquer our nation in the name of the North American Socialist Union which he would then control and work his way to the UN Secretary General in his blind ambition to rule the world, as the Global Socialist Union.
That was not the idea of the Muslim from Kenya before he made the splashes in Chicago politics with ACORN and George Soros, Bill Ayers (the theoretician of Marxism as he led the Weather Underground). It was Bill Ayers that implemented the Saul Alinsky ideologies into the ACORN group, and socialism was well into its resurgence then.
Now we have socialists coming out of the woodwork which has been called Democratic Socialists. Several socialist groups already exist in the United States and have done so for decades. They have grown steadily developing their ideologies, and of course, the MSM have their agenda to help even when lies suit them and their purpose better than the truth. Problem with socialism and that is for conservative and Christian authors, bloggers and all conservative communications. Liberal-socialists and Republican establishment politicians will control the content … even in our books. So, if you have a book ready, you had better get your agent and get them busy with selling your book to the right publisher.
I listen to several sermons on Sunday, I have a couple of preachers that I like as their messages always apply to life, our lives as we have to live it in these turbulent times of chaos in our nation. Our nation that was founded on Christian principals as most of the founders were Christian of a few sects who settled in their own Boroughs in most part, but there were other sects and non-Christians there as well, just in a large minority, and thus the infamous Jefferson letter about a wall between government and religion, it was initiated by the Danbury Baptist Church’s concern that being a minority in his state of Connecticut that they would be run out, or politically persecuted. Jefferson’s letter simply was to state that the federal government could not step in and that they could not establish or disestablish any religion. However, since the ’60s the Atheists have created major damage to the Christian faith in the United States, using Justice Black’s opinion on Church and State, and the Socialist group the ACLU.
Fact is, the United States was founded as a Christian Nation our Constitution and its Preamble reflect it. Our laws, ethics, integrity, morals, reflected throughout the history of our nation. It is not any wonder that it is my studied opinion that this nation was given as a safe haven for Christ’s Protestant church. Not always doing the right thing, but then the church is the people and Christian or not, people don’t do the right thing most of the time. As a nation, we should have been learning by our mistakes and as the church, we should have been learning from our mistakes. But evil pride and the nature of man has only splintered the nation and broken the church.
Meanwhile, socialism has been able to move ahead through the aid of liberalism, liberal theology, social justice, and our worthless liberal congress. I know some of the representatives and Senators are fine people with some integrity and values, however, we still have a majority of the citizens and the church that still hold on to the value that makes this the greatest nation on earth.
Yes, I am a Trump supporter and glad that I am, although I have my doubts that he will be able to complete what we made him promise to middle America. Some he has kept even with all the obstruction from the Shadow Government (the Swamp and Deep State), and he wanted to get things done bi-partisan but that should have never even been considered from day one. He began by changing his demeanor to be more presidential and with class, except with his war against fake news, and that war just might cost him reelection in 2020, because, the “never Trump” socialists and RINOs have joined with the press to bring him down. But in the long run, he has just kept on keeping on, like the little pink bunny.
Unfortunately, like the little pink bunny, the socialists just keep on going, beating their drums of resistance and Argumentum Ad Infinitum cycling from one fake issue to another. Well perhaps fake is too strong of a word if we are looking at the big picture because some of what they claim is based on a half-truth, no truth, and totally manufactured lies with no link to reality at all. And that is what the mainstream media find their material to run with. It is the reason that we hear what they say and calls it and them stupid.
Stupid like a fox as long as they can get their lies passed among the conservative on social media it actually becomes a weapon against us. It becomes Ad Nauseam and if we continue to respond beyond the first comment and share on social media, we are playing their game and doing the propaganda for them. It is what Trump did during the campaign he picked a big fight with them and then would make totally out of context comments focusing perceived truth, and the outrage would spread like wildfire fueled on gasoline. The Socialists are doing the same thing with us and it keeps on going and going and going and going, … we are their best propagandists.
Since President Trump called the socialists out during the State of the Union address, because a half dozen of them have been recently elected and several socialists have elected to seek the office of the President in 2020, so now that the old DNC has been exposed as mostly socialists and some even communists who have been purposing the Obama agenda in making the US into the North American Union (North American Socialist Union). But by pointing out the Socialists that have come out of the closet, he uncovered the whole stinking mess and the rest are in denial, sort of.
May God have mercy toward our nation, may God have mercy on us, his children. I look for more socialist confrontation not only against the President and Vice President, but conservative Congressmen/women will be in the crosshairs along with the rest of us. I pray that God will intercede on the behalf of our nation and of His church. Amen, amen and the peace of God be with us all.
Socialism in our nation has been like the little choo-choo chugging along and it came to a steep mountain, and down in its little puffer-belly it didn’t think it could, but it had to try even in the face of certain failure. The little puffer-belly started to say … “I think I can – I think I can – I think I can, I believe I can – I believe I can – I believe I can, I know I can – I know I can – I know I can…” and he did, he made it over the mountain. Well socialism has made it over the mountain, slowly over decades, but it made it over, and with George HW Bush’s allegiance to the UN and aligning his agenda with their agenda, that little puffer-belly of socialism started to have a problem with the downgrade, Clinton tried to control the momentum of the downhill plunge, George W Bush lost the brakes, and Obama put more fuel to it until it went totally out of control bringing chaotic division amongst the people.
Socialism took over the Democratic Party back in the day of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his “New Deal” and the UN Charter. Now that Hillary didn’t make it to the Whitehouse to continue on where Obama left off, we have them squealing like a stuck hog, because Trump is doing what Obama did to the conservative, only with more provocation when he went on National TV and said how he was being opposed in Congress “I have a telephone and a pen” telling the nation he could do what he wanted, and that was the power of his office. That is what he did. And was unopposed by the socialist (liberals) in Washington.
He would not have even been elected the first go around if a real conservative would have run against him, but he had the good fortune to run against another socialist McCain, at the least a RINO, who was trying to make the Republican Party into a “New Republican Party” (progressive globalism) and the opposite of conservatism. Then along came Mitt, who had it won even without trying, that is until their last debate and RINO (globalist) Mitt gave Obama the win, with simple ridicule over naval ships. An unexpected ploy in a valid point that Obama switched to ridicule old Mitt, and like it was almost a preplanned game, he manufactured a feeble grin and a stammered “I am aware of that”… and went on a very defensive and elusive argument, loosing not only the debate but his whole campaign, a campaign that now seems to have been a farce and manufactured failure from the start.
It would be my studied opinion if I would give it much thought if any, it would just enhance my loathing for Romney he sold the election to the socialists, allowing the Obama to try to finish what he started in 09; “To fundamentally change our nation.” and he almost, yes, he ALMOST. Succeeded, but, as they say, “Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” Thank the ever-merciful God for not allowing Clinton or Obama, to continue during a time of chaos on every front, which was all manufactured and fast-tracked by Obama, Soros, The UN, Clinton, and the socialist in the shadow government and in Congress, including the RINOs who nearly destroyed the conservative Republican party.
Without God’s intervention … well, I will leave you to guess. I will leave you to read my book when it is published (I hope soon – just have to find an Agent) … but you can start doing your own research, starting with FDR’s New Deal, the UN Charter, and all the social programs he used the power of the “phone and pen” executive power to put into effect. Why? to nudge the people who were coming out of the great depression to rely on government, even for work and retirement With programs like the Social Security Act, (Congress) WPA, Welfare for families with children, which added more agencies, and expanded the power of the federal government over the people, FDR’s New Deal targeted the most vulnerable citizens and made them more dependent and trapped by that dependency on the federal government.
Socialism then has been a force to be reckoned with and although from time to time it has been focus of various political activist groups to expose the socialism and communism, and the left who wore the crown of liberalism as some sort of great badge for liberating the masses from capitalism and conservatism who had been morphing into socialism since the 1800s and a shift of speed with FDR. Now we have full-blown running the Shadow Government and the socialist/globalists which is the greater part of Congress. We have the Liberalist church eating away at the biggest threat to the socialist/globalist (equates into what we have been calling liberal for decades). But they are all Communist without total Marxism … yet
They all suffer from Christian phobia (We may call it Christianophobic) real Christianity brings terror to their inner soul. I read some interesting stuff in an opinion by Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen, it was a humorous piece of a real serious nature. It was about the way the Democratic Party “Name-Calling” or the way to use “ridicule” according to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals handbook. Thus, they ridicule by phobias the first to use phobias in “name calling” and using big words in arguments some of which they don’t even know the meaning, some have no meaning but have been manufactured by the MSM and the activist pick it up on the morning broadcast and use it in their confrontations with Conservatives and Christians.
In his article, he recommended the same by hitting them with words like sesquipedalian (google it) but when they start with their big words just say that word, roll your eyes, and walk away. Let them suffer from patriot-phobia.
(https://bolenreport.com/democratic-party-name-calling-desperate-response-to-irrefutable-argument/) the address or just search for the Bolen Report.

But do me a favor and research socialism in the United States.

Well, this has been a long article and I will let you get on with your research.

R.S. Helms