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Progressivesí Rules Of Outrage
Townhall.com ^ | February 23, 2014 | Derek Hunter

Posted on 02/23/2014 5:53:29 AM PST by Kaslin

The thing I like about most sports are the rules and how the winner is determined are pretty unambiguous. Score more points, cross the finish line first, jump higher, whatever, and you win. Should there be any foul play or skirting of the rules, there’s an official or referee there to cry foul. It’s simple and, to borrow a word from President Obama, fair.

Politics, on the other hand, is quite different. Truth used to be the most potent weapon in the game of politics. It was the best tool with which to garner the most votes, and whoever got the most votes won. Whoever gets the most votes still wins, but getting to that finish line is no longer even remotely restrained by rules of the truth.

Politicians always have lied, to be sure. But the media was there to, if not serve as an impartial referee, at least hold the players to some sort of standard. No more.

Putting aside the 2008 election, when Barack Obama was vetted with all the gusto guys use to vet pretty girls at the singles bar, the media has been a co-conspirator with Democrats in an unprecedented way the last five years.

It started with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The White House and Democrats laid out specific promises should the bill become law. We were told the unemployment rate would not go above 8 percent and the economy would be boosted by the hundreds of thousands of “shovel-ready jobs” the bill would create. None came close to happening.

The White House was nervous. This was early on, when the administration was not quite sure how supportive the media would be. Their political friends and donors were cashing their stimulus checks, but nothing was happening. What if the stimulus did not stimulate?

Turns out they needn’t have worried. To this day, progressives and their handmaidens in the media believe either that the stimulus saved the country or would’ve been more effective if it had been larger.

But non-believers were looking at the numbers and getting suspicious. Democrats had to act quickly. They had move the goalposts for “success.”

The professional obfuscators on the public payroll, also known as the president’s advisors, cooked up a new unit of measure – jobs saved or created. The beauty of this number was it couldn’t be proven, but it couldn’t be disproven either. It wasn’t perfect, but it was the best they could do under such obvious failure.

But it’s one thing to fool average people. They have lives and don’t pay close attention to these things. But the watchdogs of democracy should have known better. They should have blown this new unit of measure out of the water. But they didn’t. They reported it like it was the plan all along.

It was then the White House, Democrats and progressives in general knew beyond a doubt that the old rules were gone. Truth was no longer something written in pen, or even pencil, it was written in sand and could be rewritten on a whim whenever needed. And they rewrote.

After all, if you can create a new unit of measure every time you’re in trouble, you can’t lose. Especially when you have the referees on your team.

We’ve since been inundated with unprovable declarations of success, such as “It would have been worse if we hadn’t…(insert any economic claim here).” The media referees played along as though they had seen this alternate future and determined the president was right – it could have been worse.

It is shameless. The only thing worse is Republicans’ inability to recognize the futility of complaining to those media referees and do an end-run around them directly to the people.

Now we come to this week, and another example of a malleable rulebook written in sand when it comes to how progressives and conservatives are treated by the media.

Ted Nugent, someone I grew up with on the radio in Detroit, called the president a “subhuman mongrel” at an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott of Texas. The offended class in the media sprang into action, drooling like heroin junkies when they hear that flame hit the bottom of the spoon.

It was deemed one of the worst things ever said, by people who make their living declaring things said by others awful – one of the few growth industries in Obama’s economy.

CNN dedicated hour upon hour of coverage to the words of a man whose actions for charity they’ve ignored for decades. Current Texas Gov. Rick Perry went on with Wolf Blitzer and was badgered for 2 1/2 minutes to denounce these words, then denounce them in stronger terms, and again, as if Perry has said them himself. Republicans were nearly trampled by “journalists” demanding they react to and answer for something said in an entirely different time zone.

Meanwhile, taking a break from calling Republicans all manner of potty-mouth names, Bill Maher has made the rounds of cable television as if he knows anything about this beyond what he read on Daily Kos. Imagine the feigned outrage if Maher talked about progressives – any progressives – the way he has talked about Sarah Palin and her children.

This misogynistic bigot gives $1 million to President Obama’s reelection PAC, yet he is greeted as an insightful and unbiased commentator by Blitzer and others. And no progressives – not him nor any of the others – ever is demanded to denounce his attacks. When it comes to progressive racism, misogyny, hatred and violent rhetoric, the referees swallow their whistles, as they say in basketball.

Greg Abbott and Rick Perry are no more responsible for the words of Ted Nugent than progressives are for the words of Bill Maher. But although Abbott and Perry were forced to answer for Nugent, President Obama cashes Maher’s check and his cabinet secretaries, advisors and elected Democrats from Nancy Pelosi on down beat a path to the stage of the man who calls conservative women “c@nt” without question or repercussion.

That’s what happens when you are the one who gets to choose what is offensive. As Mel Brooks said, “It’s good to be the king.”

Republicans need to recognize this and do more than complain about it. They need to refuse to play by these rigged rules. They should start by calling out the gatekeepers of outrage when forced to answer for others. Newt Gingrich scared the hell out of moderators in the 2012 primaries by simply calling a garbage question what it was. If you don’t play the progressives’ game, their rules don’t matter. No matter how often they change them.

A simple, “Did you invite me here to talk about something I had nothing to do with? It wasn’t me, I wasn’t there. I’ll answer for something I had nothing to do with when you answer for Dan Rather. Until then, how about we talk about jobs?” would go a long way toward shutting up these arbiters of offense.

The new rules are there are no rules. The other side is making them up as they go along. Conservatives can’t control the questions they’re asked, but they can control the answers they give. Quick thinking and preparation can turn the tables on the outraged media class, turn the tables on their inquisitors and expose them for the frauds they are.

Of course, it also would be nice if people would stop saying stupid things.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: demagogicparty; gregabbott; lamestreammedia; liars; memebuilding; partisanmediashill; partisanmediashills; progressives; rickperry; tednugent

1 posted on 02/23/2014 5:53:29 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: All
Makes some good points.

Reminds me of the psychological weapon called "gaslighting"....taken from the film noir classic, "Gaslight."

Charles Boyer's character was a glib con artist, murderer and thief---he ingratiated himself w/ Ingrid Bergman, and married her, in order to move into her house----a house she inherited from her murdered aunt (murdered by Boyer).

Later the term "gaslighting" became a term to describe a patterns of psychological abuse in which the victims are gradually manipulated into doubting his/her own reality---involves the perpetrator using emotional gimmicks---often acting as a "victim" so as to dupe and disorient the target experiencing abusive behavior.

The desired effect of "gaslighting" is to maintain the abuser's image as a sympathetic person, while simultaneously priming the disoriented victim to believe that he/she is to blame for the ruinous effects of the calculated mistreatment.

2 posted on 02/23/2014 6:02:47 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin
" The only thing worse is Republicans’ inability to recognize the futility of complaining to those media referees and do an end-run around them directly to the people. "

And this is Mitch needs to be driven into the ditch (along with Boner and Rove).

3 posted on 02/23/2014 6:05:46 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin
" The only thing worse is Republicans’ inability to recognize the futility of complaining to those media referees and do an end-run around them directly to the people. "

And this is WHY Mitch needs to be driven into the ditch (along with Boner and Rove).

4 posted on 02/23/2014 6:08:27 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Kaslin

This is a keeper for anyone being asked stupid questions by a complicit media. Very inciteful IMHO.


5 posted on 02/23/2014 6:11:05 AM PST by wita
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To: Kaslin
Ted Nugent is the Chuck Norris of Rock.


6 posted on 02/23/2014 6:19:05 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: wita; Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
I believe you meant to use the word 'insightful'.

This article is excellent except for the tone within that seems to accept that Nugent's words altogether warranted an apology on its face.

I cite a fellow Freeper, Dr. Bogus Pachysandra, who found this gem that has Obama's own words in this post.

(http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3125585/posts #25)

obama quote;

“When asked about his background, which includes a black father and white mother, Obama said of African-Americans: “We are sort of a mongrel people.”

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/111611-obama-calls-african-americans-a-mongrel-people

7 posted on 02/23/2014 6:23:34 AM PST by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Kaslin

8 posted on 02/23/2014 6:29:37 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Liz

Liz, I get so p.o.’d whenever someone classifies all government payouts as “ENTITLEMENTS”. I am ENTITLED to the forced retirement, aka Social Security, that I have paid into. I am ENTITLED to the benefits of Medicare that I have been forced to pay into. I am ENTITLED to anything I put money into.

However, no one is ENTITLED to my money to pay for Welfare. No one is ENTITLED to my money to pay for Food Stamps. No one is ENTITLED to my money to pay for Health Care. These are all FORCED CHARITY. Taking money out of my wallet is not an ENTITLEMENT. It is theft. I am sick of them perverting the word ENTITLEMENT.

The press does it all the time. Gay has a very different meaning than when I was growing up. We should not let them take the word ENTITLEMENT without a fight. We should have politicians who would question why someone who has come illegally into this county is ENTITLED to any of the benefits I have paid into. They are not. This is forced charity, plain and simple.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 6:30:36 AM PST by I_be_tc
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To: I_be_tc

Amen.


10 posted on 02/23/2014 6:32:52 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

If ya’ll got the stomach to witness the nature of most political cretins and their bureaucratic lackeys the video of a baboon feeding on a still bleating baby gazelle shown here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcnH_TOqi3I captures the political criminals proven attitude towards tax paying middle America pretty well.

If you have a problem with harsh reality just move on. It will catch up to you soon enough.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 6:54:39 AM PST by MurrietaMadman
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To: Kaslin
The article, and writer, did a good job on "us vs media" meme, but the last sentence, "Of course, it also would be nice if people would stop saying stupid things." should never had been written!
12 posted on 02/23/2014 7:02:13 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Kaslin

Calvin called it Calvinball. Hobbes was just about as FRustrated playing Calvinball as Republicans are:

“The Unofficial Official Rules of Calvinball

Permanent Rule: You may not play the Calvinball the same way twice.

Primary Rule: The following rules are subject to be changed, amended, or deleted by any player(s) involved. These rules are not required, nor necessary to play Calvinball.

1.0. The following words in these rules are mostly freely interchangeable, the Primary Rule applies:

Can

May

Must

Shall

Should

Will

Would

. . . .”

More at http://www.bartel.org/calvinball/


13 posted on 02/23/2014 7:04:53 AM PST by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Liz
Its rumored that Gyorgy Schwartz has a PHD in Gaslighting


14 posted on 02/23/2014 7:28:53 AM PST by MeshugeMikey (Where are The Weapons Of Mass Global Climate Change Destruction?)
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To: Kaslin

“Ted Nugent, someone I grew up with on the radio in Detroit, called the president a “subhuman mongrel” at an event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott of Texas.”

No, he did not. That was said during an interview, if what I have read is correct.


15 posted on 02/23/2014 7:33:56 AM PST by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Kaslin; Liz

K-
Tough he can surely ‘turn a phrase’:
“Barack Obama was vetted with all the gusto guys use to vet pretty girls at the singles bar…
The offended class in the media sprang into action, drooling like heroin junkies when they hear that flame hit the bottom of the spoon.”
& it IS an important message...I just wonder...
YES, 0 used “mongrel” himSELF,
it’s the “subhuman” part - c’mon...do we really need to be defending this?
I’m not trying to start any frustrated petty bickering that our anger at the current state of affairs produces all too often on here...jmo! It’s wrong.
<<<*sigh* Trudges resignedly off to the closet to search for the flame suit anyway.

The writer lost some points with me here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3123570/posts

In the future, I’ll read Hunter’s work with a bit of a gimlet eye. (what’s he reeeeaallllly up to?)

Liz, I DO know - very well - what gaslighting is, and your description of it is just fantastic.
If you don’t mind, could I copy it for my profile?

The lazy-minded leftists who use ‘bumper-sticker quotes, substituting for real thought’ are actually, pretty willing dupes of this ploy, wouldn’t you say?
Look how powerful of an effect gaslighting has!

Their beliefs in falsehood permeate the core, the fabric, the very DNA of their beings. They react with rage and incredulity when one little ray of logic or truth reveals their belief in the lie. (They are “People of the Lie”).

The entire media. The entire academic culture.
It is all, one big lying gaslighting machine.
Too bad advertising works.
Too many willingly lap it up.
Why do the abused so often enable their abusers?
We see here - one big reason why.


16 posted on 02/23/2014 7:42:13 AM PST by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: Kaslin

Truthful and sound advice.


17 posted on 02/23/2014 7:50:13 AM PST by Sivad (NorCal red turf)
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To: spankalib
....your description of "gaslighting" is just fantastic.
If you don’t mind, could I copy it for my profile?....

Glad you liked it---I plan to add some "memorable
phrases"....so check back every now and then.

18 posted on 02/23/2014 9:45:43 AM PST by Liz
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To: Kaslin

Bump for later


19 posted on 02/23/2014 12:03:56 PM PST by Senator_Blutarski
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To: Kaslin

If there is a poll-—I vote for Nugent.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 7:30:38 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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