As soon as it was announced that she was McCain's pick for vice-president in the 2008 presidential election, the DNC sent 30 attorney's into Alaska to start digging up dirt on her, and her family. Within weeks we all knew the names of Palin's husband and their children. We knew Bristol was pregnant out of wedlock by Levi Johnston, that Sara and Todd had a "special needs" baby, and that Todd had a DUI arrest 22 years prior. No such robust investigation was ever conducted on Obama or his family prior to, nor since, the election.
Why such vitriol? It's simple - it all goes back to Saul Alinsky and his Rules for Radicals. Alinsky taught that when a person is a target of the radicals, he, she or it need to be effectively eliminated. The tactics have been used beautifully against conservatives, the military, and law enforcement since the 1960's.
Palin is a target; and therefore she is a threat. Alinsky's rules #5, #8 and #12 are being used against her; and they're working.
|Unfortunately, over the last couple of weeks, even conservative media pundits such as Mona Charen, Peggy Noonan, George Will, Joe Scarborough and Matt Labash see these attacks and warn that she can’t win the presidency. They even buy into the attacks on her judgment, intelligence, and competence. But what these conservatives don’t appreciate is that Palin is being attacked because she is smart and effective, not because she is dumb.For just how far off base her coverage by the media has been, consider the reaction when Sarah Palin, a Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor, last Wednesday accidentally referred to North Korea as an ally. It was an obvious slip of the tongue and she corrected the trivial gaffe immediately in her very next sentence. The local, national, and even international news coverage was massive, making the trivial error front-page news. A Google news search finds 834 separate news stories run just that day alone.|
Rule 5:"Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is little or no defense against this. This is what really did the most damage to GW Bush. The ridicule comes from late night comedians, cable talking-heads, and the "intelligentsia" in the old media. With Palin, just look at the Tina Fey impersonations. Also see how Charlie Gibson was so sober and accusatory towards her during that 2008 interview. Gibson excoriated her over the Bush Doctrine.
Compare that to Gibson's interview of the Magic Negro later that month. Gibson launched softballs at Obama, and only mentioned Obama's gaff with Israel briefly.
Rule #8: "Keep the pressure on. Never let up." Palin is the Dresden of the political theatre. Carpet bombing her is the media's favorite past-times. The best way to pressure her is by using every nuanced tool against her.
Rule #12: "Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it." Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)" Palin is the target and the attacks on her have been highly personal.
The strategy is working - but only in one direction: against conservatives. The fact is that Democrats do not get the same withering fire from the Old Media.
Check this out:
|Of course, Democrats are virtually immune from such coverage in the mainstream media. Barack Obama's intelligence is never questioned, even though he refuses to disclose his college or law school grades, but the list of his gaffes are almost endless. Obama uses a TelePrompter for a reason. Take him telling supporters on May 9, 2008: "I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go. Alaska and Hawaii . . . ." But a Google news search shows only six news stories mentioning the "57 states" mention over the first three days (virtually all in conservative publications) and only 14 after a week.Since becoming president, Obama has called Europe a country. He misspelled the city of "Syracuse" twice, even though the word was spelled correctly next to where he was writing it. And he said that the Constitution was written "20 centuries" ago, the FBI was founded "100 days" ago when he meant 100 years, "Austrian" is a language, breathalyzers are used to treat asthma, and that he is working hard to "halt the rise of privacy," not piracy. None of these cases got more than a few minor mentions in news stories in the months after the gaffe.|
The other day I mentioned the "57 states" comment to my insufferable other half, and she had never heard it. And many folks who don't take the time to dig down for the real story will hear or see these stories. If you aren't surfing to the websites of Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin, InstaPundit, RedState, or Andrew Wilkow - then you're completely out of the loop because the Chicago Tribune, the NYTimes and LATimes aren't pushing these 'negative' stories about their fellow-travelers.
So what is the answer? There is no one baseline thing I can say that will fix this dreadful state of affairs that we face. Political correctness is a major piece of the puzzle. PC dictates that a black man who is "clean and articulate" cannot be questioned or second guessed. That's the unspoken rule, and that must change. We're all supposed to be together, but when you have an under-class that portrays themselves as being a "colony" within our society - oppressed, disregarded and abused; then that segment must be addressed and in a significant manner. The Liberals tried to placate the black community through social programs but after 45 years of welfare, all we have is more on welfare. The war on poverty created more poverty, the war on drugs created more drug dependency. That's why government doesn't work; it only takes from one and gives to another.
It was funny (tragic, really) that during the elections Obama, a doctrinaire Marxist, kept complaining about how the government didn't work, it was broken, it needed reform - and his answer? His answer to that miasma of dysfunction was none other than MORE GOVERNMENT!
Apart from eliminating PC and Multiculturalism from our society, you can take courage in the fact that the great Eric Hoffer identified this mindset back in 1951 in his brilliant book "The True Believer"
On "Doctrine" (page 78)
|The readiness for self-sacrifice is contingent on an imperviousness to the realities of life. He who is free to draw conclusions from his individual experience and observation is no t usually hospitable to the idea of martyrdom. For self-sacrifice is an unreasonable act. It cannot be the end-product of a process of probing and deliberating. All active mass movements strive, therefore, to interpose a fact-proff screen between the faithful and the realities of the world. They do this by claiming that the ultimate and absolute truth is already embodied in their doctrine and that there is no truth nor certitude outside of it. The facts on which the true believer bases his conclusions must not be derived from his experience nor observation but from holy writ. "So tenaciously should we cling to the word revealed by the Gospel, that were I to see all the Angels of Heaven coming down to me to tell me something different, not only would I not be tempted to doubt a single syllable, but I would shut my eyes and stop my ears, for they would not deserve to be either seen nor heard." To rely on the evidence of the senses and of reason is heresy and treason. It is startling to realize how much unbelief is necesary to make belief possible. What we know as blind faith is sustained by innumerable unbeliefs. The fanatical Japanese in Brazil refused to believe for years the evidence of Japan's defeat (in WWII). The fanatical Communist refuses to believe any unfavorable report or evidence about Russia, nor will he be disillusioned by seeing with his own eyes the cruel misery inside the Soviet promised-land. It is the true believer's ability to "shut his eyes and stop his ears" to facts that do not deserve to be either seen or heard which is the source of his unequaled fortitude and constancy.|
Hoffer points out, by quoting Bergson, that "Strength of faith manifests itself not in moving mountains, but in not seeing mountains to move."
We see the "true believer" operating today as a Drone of Obamanomics, as the person who refuses to acknowledge that something is wrong. The standard-bearer of Political Correctness will never be dissuaded through facts or evidence. It just wouldn't do. Unstopping their ears and listening, truly listening, to their own ears is just too painful and they'd rather float in a Nihilistic fantasy of their own creation. The SDS radicals in the 1960's had a vision of the future of America and it was an unattainable utopia. They wanted to burn this country to the ground, in order to make way for their Marxist gulag.
Just as today we see those who want to tear down our society by destroying religion, rending the fabric of the family, and replacing those two factions with the Almighty State. Orwell was prophetic in his novel "1984". He actually defined a Drone (True Believer) when he wrote "Parsons was Winston's fellow employee at the Ministry of Truth. He was a fattish but active man of paralyzing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms—one of those completely unquestioning, devoted drudges on whom, more even than on the thought police, the stability of the Party depended."
That defines today's Democrat voter.