Conspiracy Or Consensus…Or Both?
Stacy McCain wrote not too long ago:
Andrew Breitbart loved to use the term “narrative” to describe how liberals deliberately control the media message for political purposes. Most of the time, it’s not a conspiracy, it’s a consensus. (The media votes 89% Democrat.) But every once in a while, you see the same message simultaneously transmitted in nearly exact terms by so many outlets . .. Yeah, the polite term is “coordinated messaging.”
James Carville famously observed that if you see a turtle on top of a fence post, you know it didn’t crawl up there by itself.
From Libby, commenting recently over at Protein Wisdom:
Montana lawmaker Krayton Kerns warns that President Obama’s recent executive orders on gun control could lead to a chilling future scenario where Americans are forced to hand in their firearms in order to receive critical hospital treatment under Obamacare.
Is this so far fetched in this Age Of Obama?
Before 20 January 2009, someone making such a claim would have been labeled a nutjob and shunned by respectable people, but now, I think most of us react to that by saying ”Hmmm…maybe…I wouldn’t put it past the bastards’.
How about this comment by Serr8d:
Barack Obama will do whatever it takes to get at gun owners. He took a beating from his far-Left base the past four years for holding back, but quietly he was assembling his responses to whatever ‘lucky break’ might happen that would allow his machinations to commence. These political reactions, none of which were unexpected, are energized by the pent up rage he’s finally unleashing against those of us who kept him ‘caged’ for those four years.
I’m glad I’m not a conspiracy theorist, or I’d have to question the timing of these ‘lucky breaks’.
The ‘lucky breaks’ he was speaking of sarcastically include incidents like Sandy Hook and the Colorado movie theater.
Security: In addition to stockpiling over a billion bullets and thousands of semiautomatic weapons the feds would deny U.S. citizens, the vehicle of choice for fighting the counterinsurgency war in Iraq is appearing on U.S. streets.
The sequestration question du jour is why the Department of Homeland Security, busy releasing hundreds, if not thousands, of deportable and detained illegal aliens due to budget constraints, is buying several thousand Mine Resistant Armored Protection (MRAP) vehicles?
And just who are they intended to be used against?
This acquisition comes on top of the recent news of the stockpiling by DHS of more than 1.6 billion (with a ‘b’) bullets of various calibers, enough by one calculation to fight the equivalent of a 24-year Iraq War, and the ordering of some 7,000 5.56x45mm NATO "personal defense weapons" (PDW) — also known as "assault weapons" when owned by civilians.
Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that "have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds."
The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these MRAP vehicles for service on the streets of the U.S. They were formerly used for counterinsurgency in Iraq.
These vehicles are specifically designed to resist mines and ambush attacks. They use bulletproof windows and are designed to withstand small-arms fire, including smaller-caliber rifles such as a .223 Remington. Does DHS expect a counterinsurgency here?
After IEDs began to take a toll on U.S. military forces in Iraq, the Pentagon ordered a large supply of MRAPs.
"They’ve taken hits, many, many hits that would have killed soldiers and marines in uparmored Humvees," Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a recent interview.
A DHS officer, Robert Whitaker, stationed in El Paso, Texas, recently proudly described the agency’s new armored toy as "Mine-resistant … we use to deliver our team to high-risk warrant services … (with) gun ports so we can actually shoot from within the vehicle; you may think it’s pretty loud but actually it’s not too bad … we have gun ports there in the back and two on the sides as well. They are designed for .50-caliber weapons."
This is needed to serve warrants? Perhaps it might have been useful at Waco.
So the question is what does DHS need 1.6 billion bullets, 7,000 Ar-15s and 2,700 armored vehicles for?
What are they anticipating or planning for, and why are few in the media and Congress asking about it, particularly in the light of daily apocalyptic bleats from the administration about sequestration cuts?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word ‘conspiracy‘ thusly:
- a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful
- [mass noun] the action of plotting or conspiring
It is quite clear that groups of the Left In America, such as Organizing For America [formerly: Obama For America] and Talking Points Memo, are broadcasting talking points to elected officials and pundits. We see the evidence of this in the fact that these toadies use the same phrases with the same emphasis.
What they are doing is, for the most part, lawful — they break no laws by their transmissions — but they are certainly seeking at all times to do things that are certainly harmful to America, because the Left’s goal is to destroy everything The United States stands for. And they do all of this in secret [we only hear about it via leaks or one of their Fellow Travellers talking out of turn]. So, just by this evidence we can conclude that the Left In America is engaged in a conspiracy — I’ll leave the ‘lawful’ aspect to another time, as proof of it’s existence is not needed to prove a conspiracy exists.
However, the aforementioned groups have a broadcast range that only goes so far. Deeper penetration of the message requires that there be a body of people out there tuned-in to their frequency, ready to receive the message. These are people who have accepted Leftist Thinking as normal and not the perversity it really is. In fact, they have so absorbed it that it has become instinctive — knee-jerk. These people are The Consensus.
So…what you have is conspiracy and consensus working hand-in-hand as comrades.
This is important to understand if we are to be able to effectively battle and utterly defeat the enemy — which is the only way the scourge of Leftism is going to be eliminated.