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Why Do Leftists Deny Reality?

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Ever try to argue facts and information with a Liberal?  Ever come away from the encounter frustrated?   Well, there’s a reason for that. Here are some excerpts from an interview with Yuri Bezmenov, a defector from the Soviet Union.

I know that intelligence gathering looks more romantic…. That’s probably why your Hollywood producers are so crazy about James Bond types of films. But in reality the main emphasis of the KGB is NOT in the area of intelligence at all. According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.

It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided into four basic stages. The first stage being “demoralization“. It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy exposed to the ideology of [their] enemy. In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of American students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism; American patriotism.

The result? The result you can see — most of the people who graduated in the 60’s, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational systems. You are stuck with them. You can’t get through to them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern can not change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. [alluding to Pavlov].

So, It would seem, by the admission of a former KGB official, that their efforts were successful.  If fact, the progress has even exceeded their expectations…

The demoralization process in the United States is basically completed already for the last 25 years. Actually, it’s over fulfilled because demoralization now reaches such areas where not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even dream of such tremendous success. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans thanks to lack of moral standards. As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him, even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents and pictures. …he will refuse to believe it…. That’s the tragedy of the situation of demoralization.

Mind you, these words were spoken in the 80’s.  I think we all recognize that the situation has deteriorated significantly since then. Think about politicians like Allen Grayson, everyone on MSNBC (and most of the MSM), and the public schools and universities.  It’s all there.  Rights that do not exist are created, and rights that do exist are denied.  Capitalism is decried, and socialism is praised.  Lies, deceit, thuggery, intimidation, propaganda, and media control are all practiced by the left, and are viewed as acceptable practices.  They cling dogmatically to socialism, as it continues to destroy the country.  They deny, emphatically, all evidence to the contrary, irregardless  of it’s bulk and validity.  Then, they turn and attack anyone that presents the truth.

It seems hopeless, but it isn’t.  Since the last term of Bush, and especially since Obama’s election, more and more Conservatives have been speaking out.   While the left has entrenched and are attacking with all of their resources (which are considerable), they are losing the debate, as well as the battle for public opinion.  Our advantage is that they are still, in spite of their best efforts, a small minority.  Our disadvantage is that while the left is statistically small, they are extremely well placed.  Since their “long march through the institutions,”  their impact reaches far beyond their numbers.

As usual, here are some ideas on how to deal with this situation:

1.  Don’t engage a leftist unless you can bury them in facts.  It won’t matter to the leftist, but anyone else that can see, hear, or read might be convinced by reality.

2.  Stay on message.  Leftists, when hit with reality, will change the subject to something that they think they use against you.  The classic, “Where were you when Bush was POTUS?” is easily answered by saying, “where are you now?”  You might be tempted to state that most of us didn’t agree with Bush’s policies, but then you are talking about history, and not what’s happening now.  Also, you are defending yourself rather than dealing with Obama’s policies.  Thread hijacking, ad-hominem attacks, lies, and logical fallacies are all part of the leftist playbook.  Point out that they are not responding to content, and move on with your point.  If they get shrill, let them, because you win!

3.  Don’t allow yourself to be distracted.  The infiltrators, the “anarchists,” and the MSM are all lying and/or threatening the movement.  While these need to be addressed, they don’t have to be a primary focus.  From what I saw, the Tea Parties did a fantastic job of identifying the infiltrators.  That, and the message still got out, and that is the key.  As for the MSM, let them say what they will.  This blog, and many others, expose their lies on a regular basis.  When they lie, and anyone can look it up on-line and see the truth, the more audience they will lose.  Let them fall on their own swords.  Basically, if your adversary is self destructing, get out of the way and let them.

4.  Facts, facts, and non-violence are our weapons of choice.  Stick with those, and we win.  Forget the left, they cannot be convinced of anything.  They will likely not overcome their programming.  We are trying to convince the people that aren’t sure, and might still be able to think a bit.  That too is working.  More people are coming to our cause all the time.

5.  Educate yourselves.  Read, watch, and learn.  A knowledgeable opponent will give the average leftist fits.  Again, when they get shrill, we win.

6. Stay calm.  If you lose your cool, you lose.  The goal of the leftist, beyond taking you off message, is to upset you and make you lash out, rendering you ineffective.

To sum it up, this is the key to our victory.

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.”
—  Mahatma Gandhi

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  • http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/ LibertyAtStake

    Great recipe. This November’s election is a “must win” – two more years of progressives running both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue is probably fatal to the republic. Unfortunately for you and me – professional pols in GOP have made this election cycle mostly about giving the people something to vote against. We can give them the “shrill” Leftie to vote against. We have no choice but to play the hand we’ve been dealt, and we can hope by 2012 we’ll have a new conservative foundation giving the people something to vote for.

    http://libertyatstake.blogspot.com/
    [For a light hearted take on our present peril]

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks for commenting. I see that you have linked me. I’ll return the favor.

      I saw some encouraging newsw today that they Tea Party in Utah is claiming that they now control the delegate system in that state. They basically infiltrated the GOP, and took it over to the point that they control enough of the party to control nominations. It might be the start of a national model.

  • http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com Snarky Basterd

    Off to a meeting and just passing through to see if your Arkyane plugin is K.O.ed like mine…appears to be so. Will be back later to read this and comment properly.

    D.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      It’s back. Maybe their server got killed in all the nasty weather?

  • http://feedyouradhd.blogspot.com Snarky Basterd

    Good stuff, Matt. You are hitting a great stride. Just make sure you leave some libtards for me to devour with my own recipe. You wouldn’t want to deprive me of joy, would you?

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      There will always be more. Don’t worry.

      That, and my plan doesn’t devour them, it ignores them. Bon appetit!

  • http://www.usawatchmen.com USAWatchmen

    Great post Matt… Arguing with a Liberal often reminds me of when I was a retail store manager. An angry customer would come in and try to bully the employees to get whatever he wanted. Most of the time they would need to get me to come out and deal with the belligerent customer. This was my favorite part of the job… By talking nicely no matter what is said, and by using basic logic, 90% of the time I had the customer apologizing and buying even more products. Many times they are no different than a 10 year old child.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      “Many times they are no different than a 10 year old child.”

      Thank you! I’ve been saying that for years! I also know how it is to deal with the public, and kill them with kindness. When it works, and it often does, it’s a beautiful thing.

  • http://www.manhattaninfidel.com Infidel de Manahatta

    You know what they say about faith – well, liberals ignore facts because they operate on their faith in the Church of White Liberalism.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      And they say WE’RE Dogmatic? Well said sir. Then again, maybe we can ban them via the imaginary “separation of church and state.”

  • http://www.womanhonorthyself.com/ Angel

    amen Matt..mostly I just ignore them..or swat at them with mah fly swatter till they leave..lol :)

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Keep on swatting Angel. It might not do anything for them, but it probably is enjoyable to you! :D

  • http://thecurrent9171787.blogspot.com/ John Carey

    Very good post Matt. The key like you said is bury them with facts and keep your cool. They can’t stand how the Tea Partiers have stayed on point and remained peaceful. It even got to the point where they started making stuff up. It really makes them look like a bunch of spoiled children throwing a fit. I guess it’s a hard pill to swallow when someone tells you that your ideology simply doesn’t work and has no place in America.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      As I just observe the reaction, I think the lefties are engaging in a great deal of projection. They are deceptive, elitist, and (possibly) racist. When they see the Tea Parties, they automatically place them in their own paradigm. Their accusations are their assumptions based on their own beliefs, not ours.

      Gotta be honest, it’s fun to watch.

  • http://www.amusingbunni.blogspot.com Bunni

    Hi Matt! You wrote some great tips here. It’s so hard to get these libtards to listen to reason. It is a sickness and they are damaged. Thanks for writing this, I know it will help many people!

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Bunni. It’s true, they are damaged, and incurable. Best to bypass or ignore them when you can.

      You know what, I was just about to hit the submit button, but I just thought that we can’t ignore the libs, we have to keep track of them. Expose them when necessary, just as we all have been doing.

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  • http://totus-blog.blogspot.com Ron Russell

    You make many good point Matt, but none I will ever use. The simple fact is that I no longer engage! Long ago I found it to be a waste of time and energy. I’ve spun my wheels to many times in the past. You younger guys can have it, if so inclined! A very good post however.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Thanks Ron. I rarely engage, but I do when there are other viewing the situation, and might learn something from it. It is an exercise in futility, at least for dealing with the lib. However, when they end up making an a** of themselves, and others see it…

  • http://innominatus87.blogspot.com innominatus

    Your points are excellent, but you can also really take a lib out of the game by adding so much “compassion” that they feel like they’re being condescended to. “Really, I’m not surprised that you’d have that view, as people who have had rotten childhoods usually end up with the mindset you have. There are programs available that can be really helpful with your suppressed feelings.” Then they totally freak out and the argument is pretty much over.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      That’s a good one. I’ve never done that, but it sounds hilarious.

  • http://www.usawatchmen.com/blog USAWatchmen

    innominatus – Now that I’ve stopped laughing and I can type. Your example would probably work with some Liberals, but even if it didn’t work it sure would be fun.

  • http://harrisonprice.com Harrison

    Nice! Everything you need to know about why Liberals are so common in America now you can read in this book by Robert Bork:

    http://www.amazon.com/Slouching-Towards-Gomorrah-Liberalism-American/dp/0060987197

    Liberals are brainwashed to believe that they can bring about the “end of history” by better government hence they believe that the next big thing is on the horizon (cap and trade, obamakare, VAT, welfare, etc…). When one policy fails they say to themselves it is because it was badly implemented thus they need another policy to correct it, et al. Never ends.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Slouching towards Gomorrah was the first Conservative Book that I think I read. It was a big help in me shaking off the indoctrination I got in college.

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  • http://www.politicalpolicy.net Dennis

    Bury the progressive/socialist libs with facts and keeping cool is the absolute best advice. They fold and resort to their same, tired old means of childish, immature, non sequitur, non-intellectual retorts such as “you are a Nazi”, “you are a racist” and then that is about it. They are neither intellectually curious or honest nor interested in pursuing facts and ramifications of their warped ideologies—that is when you frustrate them by barraging them with the facts and consequences of their ideologies. I hate to stereotype but most libs are just not very bright. But as mentioned in the above post, they are simply brainwashed and devoid of any independent thought.
    “Arguing with Idiots” by Glenn Beck and “How to Talk to a Liberal (If You Must): The World According to Ann Coulter” are excellent resources for contending with the never, never land of the lib mentality.

    • http://conservativehideout.com Matt

      Arguing with Idiots was a great read. Thanks for commenting.