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I No Longer Quite Believe ... [Victor Davis Hanson on Orwellian media & science, race relations]
pajamasmedia.com ^ | June 8, 2009 | Victor Davis Hanson

Posted on 06/09/2009 6:26:59 AM PDT by Tolik

I am afraid I no longer believe . . .

…That we have an inquisitive American media as we once knew it. There has emerged something as bad as state-sanctioned coercion—which we could at least identify, and thus struggle against.

Now comes a more insidious, brave new self-imposed censorship of the Orwellian mode. It is not just the perennial embarrassment Chris Matthews describing his Obama ecstasy on camera, or even Newsweek’s Evan Thomas comparing his President to God, or even CNN execs being exposed trashing the US abroad at Davos, or whitewashing Saddam, but rather a more incremental new groupspeak in which basic words and ideas—from terrorism to war itself—have been reformulated according to political dictates.

Iraq, from good to bad back to good?

Suddenly a Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zacharia (for the war, against the war, now for the war) are talking about  victory in Iraq, and the chance to see its democracy foster change throughout the region. Bravo, but I think this is what Bush proclaimed in October 2002, when the House and Senate, in bipartisan fashion not only voted for 23 writs to justify the removal of Saddam, but praised him for his promise not to replace Hussein with another Gulf thug, but to try to foster a real democracy. What suddenly has transpired to suggest that mainstream pundits no longer think Iraq is ‘lost,’ but a keystone in a wider new Middle East policy to promote change? Had Bush listened to 90% of the pundits in those dark days of late 2006-mid 2007, there would be no democracy now for Obama to privilege as a cornerstone of US foreign policy. Or is that simple statement now also inoperative?

Cannot we wish Obama well, hope that the United States prospers under his leadership, appreciate his rhetorical skills—and yet still hold him accountable for what he says, and what he does?

Depression to Recovery in a blink of an eye?

From mid-November to mid-March, the media assured us that, as Obama warned, we were in a mess analogous to the Great Depression, a crisis, a morass. Then suddenly the stimulus passes (as of yet largely undistributed), the nearly $2 trillion deficit budget is approved—and? Yes, now the panic is over, the tide has been reversed, there are now time and resources to do healthcare, cap and trade, and massive education “reform.” The media went from Bush was Herbert Hoover to Obama is far better than FDR in a matter of a few days this winter, as the tanked economy, almost by sorcery, was suddenly  ‘over the worst of it.’

Unemployment figures are now conditioned with contexts about new jobs created and new trends apparent—not that the aggregate jobless rate is still climbing. (What happened to “jobless recovery” serially evoked in the 2004 election?).

“They” and “Some” did it, not me…

Straw men are everywhere. The President, the First Lady, and the Attorney General cannot begin a speech without “some say”, “there are those who believe,” or “I am not convinced by others who argue”—all followed by their own enlightened antitheses. We are perennially back to Michelle Obama’s “they” who raised the bar, or the nefarious “some” in the Bush-Cheney-Halliburton nexus that shredded the Constitution with military tribunals and renditions in order to steal Iraqi oil.

No one points out that almost every historical reference Obama invoked in Cairo—from the supposed Muslim role in great world discoveries to Islam fueling the Renaissance and Enlightenment to the Inquisition and Spain—was inflated, but, more importantly, always inflated from a politically-correct point of view. 

Sorry, it’s probably wrong

When our President talks about his relatives’ war experiences, his own family’s Muslim connections, or anything much about the past, I expect it to be flat-out ahistorical, misleading, or contextualized by an aide over the next two months. So yes, I do not believe that any of this relatives liberated Auschwitz or knew those who freed Treblinka. I do not believe any of his numbers concerning, or analysis about, Muslims in America. I do not think he has a clue about the Renaissance and its relationship to the flight of Greek-speaking scholars to Western Europe from the fear of Turkish Muslims, or the Enlightenment’s interest in a Greece suffering under the yoke of an oppressive Ottoman fundamentalism. 

Get with the party line

To the extent that one reads that Obama has flipped on key points of national policy—NAFTA, renditions, military tribunals, Predator attacks, wiretaps, intercepts, Iraq, etc.—we hear from conservative and moderate pundits not that his past demagoguery on these issues helped to demonize here and abroad American foreign policy at a critical time. Instead, we are supposed to be overjoyed that we can now appreciate his new flexibility and be thankful that his contradictions at least now led to the right way of thinking.

I no longer believe . . .

…That I can quite trust mainstream science and scientific elites as I once did. When world leaders and Nobel Prize winners meet to decry global warming, I don’t believe that there is a true give-and-take. I doubt what follows is empirical discussion of what is causing global warming and whether it is a natural, temporary phenomenon or a long-term permanent threat.

Time to call in Orca

Is not the media is invested in a sort of 60’s activist environmental politics, in which to assert rather than argue for global warming is part of a larger progressive agenda that makes one acceptable in particular circles—like a medieval cleric who mouths a list of ‘right’ positions on papal exegesis? (Here in California the lowly poor two-inch Delta smelt was losing his fight to cut off irrigation water to millions of acres, so suddenly “scientists” have super-sized him in our sympathies, and thus miraculously discovered that the real crises of the Pacific eco-system are big, Orca-like (and thus identifiable) “killer whales”. You see, they will starve without salmon, and a special sort of 19th-century salmon that used to go upriver in California’s rivers before the age of the pernicious dam and irrigation canal that brought all that cheap food to us.)

Many of the categories of Nobel Prizes have lost their once sterling reputations and have devolved into better-paying versions of the Pulitzer Prizes, predicated on ideology as much as achievement.

The Talented Mr. Gore

(In my lifetime I don’t think I ever witnessed anything like the career of one Al Gore, who,  metamorphosized from disappointment over the 2000 election into a sort of religious zealot—part P.T. Barnum, part Deepak Chopra. And now he has ended up as globe-trotting Elmer Gantry, but a successful one. At break-neck speed he has labored to construct a world-wide environmental-shame empire, based on stifling debate, hawking films, videos, and study kits, selling penances called ‘carbon offsets’ evaluations for rich people, demonizing opponents of his views, and spreading the “Bush-did-it” religion. Was it about money all the time? Influence? Redemption? So he pulled it off and in a mere nine years ended up worth over $100 million and an energy-consuming lifestyle of the sort he once railed against?)

I no longer believe . . .

…that there will be much progress on race relations under Obama. Indeed, I fear the very opposite will occur.

Almost every major speech is predicated on his race, and his father’s always changing stance on religion. In 2011 will we still hear of his father and his family with Muslim connections?  

Being non-racist is judging by race

We are told not to believe what Justice Sotomayor on several occasions said and published—this is now something called “misspeak”.  What was fascinating about her Berkeley speech was not just her now serial avowal that race and gender make one a better or worse judge. Two equally frightening facts emerged. She published these views in a periodical called La Raza Law Journal (“The Race’s” Law Journal). In her text, she referenced herself as a Latina or invoked Latina/Latino, according to my count, some 38 times.  (I once told a student that if she did not stop prefacing every classroom remark about classical literature with “As a Latina…” I would answer back with the preface “As a white guy…”).

A promised postracial President nominated a justice who seems not just to be race-obsessed, but race-obsessed to the degree it governs her judicial philosophy. Woe to be a member of what she called “the old boy network” when you go into her chambers against a “Latina”. By her own admission, the Latina is the wiser party, based on her superior ‘life experiences.”

No progress, no nothing?

In this new racialist world, no one would ever remember that we have not had a white male Secretary of State—the world’s most powerful diplomat—in thirteen years— since the rather mediocre Warren Christopher stepped down in January 1997. There is rarely appreciation of change and what has transpired, only more anger at what supposedly must happen in the future. To read Sotomayor’s speeches, and I have now read about 5 of them, is to be subjected to a litany of statistics—always the theme being “this many judges are Hispanic, this is our percentage of the population, presto, this is what we must have…”

We are all percentages points now

There is rarely either any complexity, or appreciation of the irony to race. With between 12-20 million illegal aliens now living in the United States—the vast majority recent arrivals from Third World countries—are we to be shamed that we do not have politicians, Supreme Court justices, and professors in the proper percentages to reflect these new populations? Think of it—someone crosses the border illegally, and immediately becomes a percentage-point argument that a distant elite with a Spanish-surname is entitled to preferential treatment? (I ignore the fact Sotomayor’s racial percentages were once used by white racialists to show that minorities were inordinately responsible for violent crime in numbers far above their presence in the general population. It is unwise to quantify every aspect of the United States by racial percentages.)

The President himself never pauses and examines the irony of a half-African, half-white prep schooled person, lecturing the world on the African-American civil rights experience—with which by heritage and chronology he has had no experience.

Instead, the world of American racial identity politics distills down to the ability to claim some sort of affinity, any sort actually, with the African-American, Native American, or Mexican-American experience.

Where there is a will, there is always a way

Sometimes, as in the case of Ward Churchill, this is done through simple fabrication and fantasy. Sometimes the rich Honduran immigrant trills his r’s and uses his Spanish surname to become an oppressed “Latino” or “Hispanic.” Sometimes a Barack Obama somehow piggy-backs onto the African-American writ of prior grievance.

Princeton—the New Guantanamo

If one steps aside, ignores the contemporary chatter, and examines the process in disinterested philosophical fashion, it is abjectly illogical. (Note Michelle Obama’s brief reentry into contemporary racial politics—her testimonial confirmation of Sotomayor’s expressed discomfort and unease with Princeton undergraduate life, and the lasting unfairness of receiving affirmative action and then feeling as if the resulting gain in prestige and topflight subsidized education were not worth the commensurate sense that “they” and “some” and “others” doubted one’s achievement. Well, her reentry was very short-lived indeed.)


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1 posted on 06/09/2009 6:26:59 AM PDT by Tolik
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Sotomayor’s Mistake. The diversity mess
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Once Upon a Time in 2002
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Confessions of a Contrarian [deconstructing Obama, the Left and more]
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2 posted on 06/09/2009 6:28:00 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: neverdem; Lando Lincoln; SJackson; dennisw; kellynla; monkeyshine; Alouette; nopardons; ...


    Victor Davis Hanson Ping ! 

       Let me know if you want in or out.

Links:    FR Index of his articles:  http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/keyword?k=victordavishanson
                His website: http://victorhanson.com/
                NRO archive: http://www.nationalreview.com/hanson/hanson-archive.asp
                Pajamasmedia:
   http://victordavishanson.pajamasmedia.com/

3 posted on 06/09/2009 6:28:45 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik
Suddenly a Thomas Friedman and Fareed Zacharia (for the war, against the war, now for the war) are talking about victory in Iraq, and the chance to see its democracy foster change throughout the region. Bravo, but I think this is what Bush proclaimed in October 2002

Liberals/Democrats only root for American military and foreign policy victories when one of their own is the CIC. It's the way it's always been and always will be. Partisan politics above all else.

4 posted on 06/09/2009 6:33:16 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Tolik
I am afraid I no longer believe that we have an inquisitive American media as we once knew it.

What? He's just catching on now? The rest of us passed that watermark long, long ago.

5 posted on 06/09/2009 6:37:25 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist
What? He's just catching on now? The rest of us passed that watermark long, long ago.

I was about to post something similar. You said as well as I could have.

6 posted on 06/09/2009 6:38:28 AM PDT by raybbr (It's going to get a lot worse now that the anchor babies are voting!)
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To: Tolik

Gee I wish I could write even 1/4 as well as Victor Davis Hanson


7 posted on 06/09/2009 6:38:31 AM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Mr. Mojo

scary times


8 posted on 06/09/2009 6:44:43 AM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <----go there now,----> tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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I'm Latina dammit. LATINA LATINA LATINA! Are you listening? I'M LATINA! That means because I have distant relatives with hispanic sounding names and because of that alone, I'm wise. You have to recruit me, hire me, and promote me because I'm LATINA! If you don't, you're racist! Oh by the way, did you know I'm Latina? Most people don't know, so I go out of my way to make sure they know.

9 posted on 06/09/2009 6:46:28 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: raybbr; theDentist
Hallelujah. Now we know that you knew it before Hanson knew it. How stupid of him to use rhetoric to make a point. It absolutely unheard of.
10 posted on 06/09/2009 6:47:48 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik
I'm not sure if Rush started it, but the Main Stream Media is outdated and the new moniker is now the State Run Media.
11 posted on 06/09/2009 6:50:34 AM PDT by listenhillary (90% of our problems could be resolved with a government 10% of the size it is now.)
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To: Tolik

Outstanding!


12 posted on 06/09/2009 6:50:45 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("I've conquered my goddam willpower." Don Marquis)
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To: Tolik; raybbr

Not to put Hansen down (much) because I enjoy his stuff more often than not. But c’mon. Wasn’t he even paying attention during this past campaign?


13 posted on 06/09/2009 6:51:13 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Tolik

Commenting on anything VDH writes is waaayyy above my IQ grade, but suffice to say this would be one of the most important pieces of writing of our time, if anyone outside of conservative circles could be made aware of its existence.


14 posted on 06/09/2009 6:52:39 AM PDT by xkaydet65
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To: Enterprise

Also, did you know that John Kerry was a Vietnam Vet???? Damn Libtards and their crap-esteem.


15 posted on 06/09/2009 6:56:13 AM PDT by King Moonracer (Bad lighting and cheap fabric, that's how you sell clothing.)
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To: Tolik; All
I ignore the fact Sotomayor’s racial percentages were once used by white racialists to show that minorities were inordinately responsible for violent crime in numbers far above their presence in the general population. It is unwise to quantify every aspect of the United States by racial percentages.

In an otherwise good column, Hanson is guilty of the political correctness he is criticizing. Two minority groups, blacks and Hispanics, ARE "inordinately responsible for violent crime in numbers far above their presence in the general population", and that is a sound reason to have less immigration from Latin America and Africa.

16 posted on 06/09/2009 7:02:10 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: Tolik
What happened to “jobless recovery” serially evoked in the 2004 election?

The "unbiased" New York Times people don't use those terms when a democrat's in office. Either do the upcoming "we're fair now that dems have won" Washington Post reporters...

17 posted on 06/09/2009 7:02:14 AM PDT by GOPJ (Blacks/Hispanics trump other minorities because they block vote for democrats. UNFAIR.)
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To: xkaydet65; Tolik
Precisely. VDH uses too many big words. The Ameriqan people will never read it.
18 posted on 06/09/2009 7:04:28 AM PDT by The Flying Dutchman (Ask me about my Vow of Silence...)
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To: Tolik
For the 2007 Nobel Prize, I seem to recall Al Gore beat out Irena Sendler, a woman who rescued Polish children in World War 2.
19 posted on 06/09/2009 7:05:57 AM PDT by detch
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To: theDentist

It was a rhetorical tool to emphasize a point. I don’t believe you never use it?


20 posted on 06/09/2009 7:06:58 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik
Prizes have lost their once sterling reputations and have devolved into better-paying versions of the Pulitzer Prizes, predicated on ideology as much as achievement.

A "prize" that's a monument to bias should bring shame.

21 posted on 06/09/2009 7:09:01 AM PDT by GOPJ (Nobel Prizes-like Pulitzers (now) predicated on ideology as much as achievement-Hanson)
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To: listenhillary
I'm not sure if Rush started it, but the Main Stream Media is outdated and the new moniker is now the State Run Media.

Maybe, besides WASS (We Are So Screwed), we could birth another acronynm, replacing MSM with SRM.

22 posted on 06/09/2009 7:09:58 AM PDT by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Tolik

Relax... have a doughnut. :-)


23 posted on 06/09/2009 7:10:13 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Oatka

SRM rolls off the tounge much easier than MSM. Didja notice during one of Palin’s televised speeches, the crowd responded to one of her points about democrats being destructive by chanting NBC,NBC,NBC. There are a LOT of us who see the complete lack of objectivity of the press. I believe that they are participating in their own destruction because once they allow themselves to be led by the nose, they will no longer be free. At that point some dictator wannabe like, oh let me think, oh yeah obama will be able to squash ANY dissent the the media will cheer. This is the big reason they are so aggresively going after talk radio, because that is the only place where there is real dissent.


24 posted on 06/09/2009 7:16:52 AM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: Tolik

VDH has been appearing on a local talk show here once a week. I love to listen to this guy.

I am more comfortable knowing that people like him are out there and speaking with youth.

What a voice of reason.


25 posted on 06/09/2009 7:18:30 AM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: Tolik

Nobel Prizes & Pulitzers - now monuments to left wing bias - shame recipients.


26 posted on 06/09/2009 7:19:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (Nobel Prizes & Pulitzers - now monuments to left wing bias - shame recipients.)
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To: theDentist

Dentist promoting doughnuts? Sweet, sugary, bad for teeth, delicious doughnuts? Thanks, I’ll have 2.


27 posted on 06/09/2009 7:29:16 AM PDT by Tolik
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To: Tolik

"Now comes a more insidious, brave new self-imposed censorship of the Orwellian mode. It is not just the perennial embarrassment Chris Matthews describing his Obama ecstasy on camera, or even Newsweek’s Evan Thomas comparing his President to God, or even CNN execs being exposed trashing the US abroad at Davos, or whitewashing Saddam, but rather a more incremental new groupspeak in which basic words and ideas—from terrorism to war itself—have been reformulated according to political dictates."

It has developed gradually. But there is something deeper to it. The MSM talking heads are alienated and cut off from the Western Christian tradition which in their education should have provided them with the intellectual means to understand the dangers of statism and an Orwellian media. They are so attracted to Obama and Obammunism that they have blinders on now. It's like Marx's "Don't Ask me that question!" ideology which cuts off any meaningful debate. They don't want to see the dangers of these policies.

They talked about the Bush deficits which they apparently thought were bad but now...


28 posted on 06/09/2009 7:36:08 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Tolik
Have 3..... improves business for me... :-)
Remember this cartoon?

... Same concept.

29 posted on 06/09/2009 7:49:06 AM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Tolik

I no longer quite believe that Gore is smart enough to pull off his $100 million scam on his own. I wonder who his handlers are. Maybe his daddy’s connections are opening doors for him?


30 posted on 06/09/2009 8:42:13 AM PDT by FlyVet
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To: Tolik

Bump for later read.


31 posted on 06/09/2009 8:43:36 AM PDT by khnyny ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: listenhillary

Better yet, the PAPARAZZI (press). State run is true but gives too much importance to the media. Glamour is what is being sold — like the 1930s to easy depression worries; it’s true escapism via Hollywood and American Idol to provide cut-out characters that seem real but who aren’t.


32 posted on 06/09/2009 8:53:59 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity

My 93 year old mother who closely follows politics said to me yesterday:
Obama IS Big Brother.
We were discussing the takeover of all medical care.

She is a sharp cookie!


33 posted on 06/09/2009 8:54:31 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Tolik
The Talented Mr. Gore a reference to the Talented Mr. Ripley? Both psychotic over-the-top characters that dare not be caught or exposed. The money and messiany forever and ever, amen.
34 posted on 06/09/2009 8:59:14 AM PDT by Blind Eye Jones
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To: Tolik; onedoug

Good article.


35 posted on 06/09/2009 9:02:19 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: Tolik

“I’m not sure if Rush started it, but the Main Stream Media is outdated and the new moniker is now the State Run Media.”

I coined a different phrase for my blog: State Controlled American Media, or SCAM for short.

And here’s the first couple of paragraphs from yesterday’s post, at http://www.teapartysi.com/

Fourth Estate? Fifth Column.

The term Fourth Estate, of course, refers to the press; “press” being a now-archaic description hearkening back to a simpler time when delivering news was strictly a function of metal, paper, ink, and the time it took to get it to the reader – no electricity involved. We need not go into how different things are today.

To the best of our knowledge, Edmund Burke coined the term in the House of Commons a short time after the French revolution. The first three estates, as defined by Louis XVI some years earlier, were the clergy, the nobles and the commoners. Burke is said to have gazed up at the Press Gallery and said, “Yonder lies the Fourth Estate, and they are more important than them all.”

Likewise, most of us are aware of the phrase “Fifth Column;” it refers to a dangerous enemy unit that operates clandestinely within the borders of one’s own country. The concept originated during the Spanish Civil War with a radio address by insurgent General Emilio Mola, who broadcast the news that his four columns laying siege to Madrid would be supported by a “Fifth Column” of supporters operating surreptitiously within the city.
[snip]
Generally, all Fifth Columns, whether real or imagined, share one commonality: they operate in the shadows. Their members listen behind doors, peep through keyholes, secretly sabotage power plants and transportation hubs and above all, keep their nefarious actions hidden and secret. They wait silently, patiently, until the day finally comes when they can rise up, shed their sheep’s clothing, and proudly affirm their support for the cause that has brought about the destruction of the society in which they so traitorously intermingled.

Not anymore. America’s Fifth Column, fully-operational and horribly dangerous, operates in full view of the public. In fact, they fight amongst themselves for the privilege of being the most visible, as they do their damndest to bring about the destruction of our country as we know it. America’s Fifth Column is its Fourth Estate.


36 posted on 06/09/2009 9:11:57 AM PDT by StatenIsland
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To: Tolik

ping


37 posted on 06/09/2009 9:35:08 AM PDT by mick (Central Banker Capitalism is NOT Free Enterprise)
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To: maica

It’s amazing how much control, manipulation, surveillance, dumbing down, propaganda, conditioning, doublethink, newspeak, and social engineering of the PC and Orwellian variety have developed just in our lifetime. Alarming and disturbing.


38 posted on 06/09/2009 9:48:27 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: Tolik
The real difficulty with the persistent tendency to elevate race in politics is that it's a spice that cloys very quickly with overuse. One sees that those most capable of invoking it tend to be that subset of the population least susceptible to past abuse - a first-generation African immigrant invoking the memory of Jim Crow laws is, to put it kindly, a scam artist. Someone on one of the Atlas Shrugged threads made the terrific observation that there is a sort of Gresham's Law operating within victimology - bad victims (phonies) tend to drive out the good, the genuine.

And worse, the academic environment has found, through the office of such disgraces as White Studies, a mechanism for perpetuating the illusion of oppression indefinitely through the invocation of a mysterious, invisible, unquantifiable but omnipresent chimera termed White Privilege. These days the incessant statistical flood gushing from such as Sotomayor is to a great degree an attempt to quantify this, or rather to paint the body of fiction over with a thin coat of whitewash - can I still say that? - to give it the semblance of science.

We're not done with this nonsense by a long shot - people such as 0bama and Sotomayor, who have leveraged their way to the highest offices in the land through it, aren't likely to queer the pitch - can I still say that either? If what happened in academia proliferates to government it will, on the contrary, become institutionalized.

39 posted on 06/09/2009 9:50:39 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Tolik
[I no longer believe . . .]…that there will be much progress on race relations under Obama. Indeed, I fear the very opposite will occur.

I sadly agree.

Amazing << Hear this. Feel this, and tell me that this isn't music.

Oh, dear...


40 posted on 06/09/2009 10:45:25 AM PDT by rdb3 (The mouth is the exhaust pipe of the heart.)
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To: Tolik
part P.T. Barnum, part Deepak Chopra

And another part Jabba The Hut.

41 posted on 06/09/2009 1:05:46 PM PDT by GOP_Raider (Have you risen above your own public education today?)
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To: Tolik
"Cannot we wish Obama well, hope that the United States prospers under his leadership, appreciate his rhetorical skills—and yet still hold him accountable for what he says, and what he does?"

If you are a racist -- "soft" racism, in this case -- you can't hold him accountable, because, well, he's "black" don't you know(what do you expect?)... and, therefore: one must make certain "allowances" for him.

But if one Judges a man on an individual basis, by his merits and demerits and not the color of his skin, the answer is yes: we can and should criticize Obama for "what he does and says."

STE=Q

42 posted on 06/09/2009 4:01:28 PM PDT by STE=Q ("These are the times that try men's souls" ... Thomas Paine)
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To: StatenIsland
"America’s Fifth Column is its Fourth Estate."

Great post! Much appreciated history lesson.

43 posted on 06/09/2009 4:14:37 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective...)
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To: listenhillary; Tolik
"I'm not sure if Rush started it, but the Main Stream Media is outdated and the new moniker is now the State Run Media."

Speaking of Rush, I've heard him say that if he had to have someone else's brain, he would chose Charles Krauthammer's, or Justice Scalia's.

No argument. I'd take VDH's brain in a heartbeat, except: all that IQ would never squeeze into my thick thick skull. ;-)

44 posted on 06/09/2009 4:21:49 PM PDT by BroJoeK (a little historical perspective...)
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To: Mr. Mojo
Liberals/Democrats only root for American military and foreign policy victories when one of their own is the CIC. It's the way it's always been and always will be. Partisan politics above all else.

It hasn't always been this way.

Bi-partisanship in foreign relations and military affairs was the acknowledged standard -- even for Democrats -- in the fifties, during the Eisenhower administration.

By the seventies, everything had changed.

The intervening period -- the sixties -- never made any sense. LBJ, a Democrat, got us into -- and horribly botched -- Viet Nam. Richard Nixon, a Republican, got us out.

Yet, somehow the left always directed their vitriol toward Nixon.

If they hadn't controlled the media, they would've been recognized as confused...even stupid.

45 posted on 06/09/2009 5:34:47 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: theDentist
But c’mon. Wasn’t he even paying attention during this past campaign?

He was writing like this during the campaign. You must not have been paying attention.

46 posted on 06/09/2009 5:49:26 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: okie01
I believe...
...I'll have another drink.
47 posted on 06/09/2009 6:32:26 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: okie01

Must’ve missed it. ‘Course, he’s the one who said he just noticed the Press wasn’t doing his job.


48 posted on 06/09/2009 6:32:33 PM PDT by theDentist (qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: Enterprise

OMGosh. I just noticed that she looks a lot like the little “Latina” b**** who tried to beat me up in the bathroom in junior high. I grabbed her wrists, and when she tried to kick me, I put my shin crosswise in her way. Her thug girlfriends left when they saw that she was losing. Then I just forced her slowly down on the floor. She never bothered me again.

I wish I could do the same to sodastraw-or, who is too young to be the same gal, and get the same result.


49 posted on 06/10/2009 6:25:03 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady
Yeah, it's tough for some people to intimidate unless they have an older sibling or a bunch of friends to back them up.

A few years ago I was going through some retraining and I sat next to a younger Mexican female. She was married and had a couple of kids, but looking at her, she dressed really conservatively. She told me that in high school, she was one mean little cuss, and she was always in the middle of fighting and trouble.

Anyway, that was the past and she was working to improve her prospects to get a job. I helped her out in some of the rough spots of the training and I think I helped her qualify for something at a hospital.

50 posted on 06/10/2009 8:07:52 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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