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Perhaps it’s not that surprising when a clearly schizophrenic gunman kills a bunch of people, including a Democratic Congresswoman, the “mainstream” leftist media immediately describes him as merely “alienated” and the result of an atmosphere of “bigotry.” Where are these powers of generalization when all-too-common Islamic terrorism occurs?  Or black on white crime?  Or immigration-fueled gang violence?  Why in those cases is everything sui generis? Why in those more common cases, where reliable patterns have emerged, are we warned not to jump to conclusions about motives nor to demonize whole communities?

On the other hand, when a nutjob loosely affiliated with one of the two major political factions in this country, in that case, we can draw connections of beliefs and actions and demonize half the country in the process.

The liberal frenzy to find a Tea Party angle to the Tuscon mass murder is only made more ridiculous because this man many equally be said to be “left wing,” not least for his self-satisfied flag-burning demonstration on You Tube. The whole farcical reaction by the left is reminiscent of the 1960s-era desire to paint the Communist Lee Harvey Oswald as a tool of shadowy right-wing forces.

Seriously, the Arizona shooter wrote, “You shouldn’t be afraid of the stars. There’s a new bird on my right shoulder. The beak is two feet and lime green. The rarest bird on earth, there’s no feathers, but small grey scales all over the body. It’s with one large red eye with a light blue iris. The bird feet are the same as a woodpecker. This new bird and there’s only one, the gender is not female or male. The wings of this bird are beautiful; 3 feet wide with the shape of a bald eagle that you could die for. If you can see this bird then you will understand. You think this bird is able to chat about a government? I want you to imagine a comet or meteoroid coming through the atmosphere. On the other hand, welcome yourself to the desert: Maybe your ability to protest is from the brainwash of the current government structure.”  This is neither right, nor left.  Even if it were more one than the other, taken as a whole, it’s self-evidently the meaningless blather of a man that has completely lost his mind.

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Conspiracy of Silence

Probably the biggest way the establishment and its lapdog media aid the President and reveal their intrinsic biases is by their silence.  We have an ongoing war of indeterminate success in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Gone are the protests, editorials, mock graveyards, and Michael Moore propaganda films of only four years ago.  Gone is the concern for Guantanamo Bay, rendition of suspects, or the “imperial presidency.”  Gone is most of the mainstream media’s handwringing over deficits; Bush’s “wars of choice” still get most of the blame, even though Obama projects annual deficits 3-4X larger than Bush’s from 2001-2007 (2008 was the stimulus year, and it got to be over $1T that year.)

The most negative aspect of a Democrat in the White House is the way that the media gives him a pass, redefines the issues, and holds him to a lower standard than a Republican.  It is good for a Republican or any President to be accountable for his mistakes.  Bush was rightly held to account for the lackluster results in Iraq, the massive chaos following Katrina, and the huge corporate giveaways in his prescription drug plan.  But Obama should be held to a high standard too.  He’s not, whether on his healthcare being instantaneously over budget or the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.  He is being give the affirmative action treatment he has received his whole life, the kind where results, rigor, and responsibility are never taught or reinforced.  Moreover, native Republican patriotism (and at times mindless militarism) leaves him completely free to prosecute the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan indefinitely regardless of their results, or rather, lack of results.

While there are some good aspects to the opposition being made up in this case of patriotic adults, it is bad if he is given a complete pass, as young lives and much American treasure as well as our national security are all on the line.  And, for obvious reasons, his repeated screw-ups and inability to do anything to help the economy are becoming the elephant in the room that even his lapdog media cannot ignore.  There comes a point where Obama’s and his supporters’ blaming of Bush and the Republicans (who lost their congressional majority in 2006) looks stupid and unbelievable, even to them.  There seems already a shift in his more marginal supporters, who are put off by his ideological fervor and revelations of instinctual leftism, i.e., his criticism of Officer Crowley or bowing to non-white foreign leaders.  My optimism on a mainstream and partial media revolt is probably over-optimistic.  Unbelievable lies on race, immigration, sex differences, and crime have proceeded apace for 40 years,  even as they have become more and more ridiculous and disproven.  Whether there is significant backlash under Obama remains to be seen.  But for now, he is being given a great deal of leeway, and he is accomplishing a great deal of permanent change both to the citizens’ relationship to the federal government and the American government’s relationship to its international friends and competitors.   And these changes are mostly very bad ones.

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One of the oddities of Presidential races is that so little actual information about the candidates is generated by the press. Reporters seem to envision their role not as digging up facts, but as rather like that of theater critics. Their job is to evaluate how well the campaigns mount their little fantasies, and that’s about it.

                                                                      –Steve Sailer. 

 

So true.  Thus, when Obama talks about “real issues,” he means the press and McCain should focus on what he wants to talk about and not his record, associations, half-truths, and the like.

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One lesson is clear from Jena: Ignore the media at your peril. The military, prosecutors, Ken Starr, and many others have learned this lesson repeatedly. Talk to the media and they may distort what you say, but say nothing and you’ll get run over by opponents. CNN’s melodramatic focus on the “schoolyard fight” and the “wrong side of the tracks” in its special report on Jena, Louisiana added to the smokescreen set up by the defendants to distract us from what this case is really about: a brutal beatdown of a young man for “dissing” that had nothing to do with the infamous “noose incident” months earlier.

Prosecutor Reed Walters finally had something to say in today’s New York Times. Clearly, if he had been more forthright and persuasive earlier, his town might not have been inundated with pissed off protesters:

Conjure the image of schoolboys fighting: they exchange words, clench fists, throw punches, wrestle in the dirt until classmates or teachers pull them apart. Of course that would not be aggravated second-degree battery, which is what the attackers are now charged with. (Five of the defendants were originally charged with attempted second-degree murder.) But that’s not what happened at Jena High School.

The victim in this crime, who has been all but forgotten amid the focus on the defendants, was a young man named Justin Barker, who was not involved in the nooses incident three months earlier. According to all the credible evidence I am aware of, after lunch, he walked to his next class. As he passed through the gymnasium door to the outside, he was blindsided and knocked unconscious by a vicious blow to the head thrown by Mychal Bell. While lying on the ground unaware of what was happening to him, he was brutally kicked by at least six people.

Imagine you were walking down a city street, and someone leapt from behind a tree and hit you so hard that you fell to the sidewalk unconscious. Would you later describe that as a fight?

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