As most of us know, one of the most powerful weapons wielded by the Right, and particularly, we bloggers, are quotes from prominent “progressives.” If you remember, we were able to accomplish a great deal in exposing the intent of the public option that was to be included in ObamaCare by quoting President Obama, members of Congress, and other experts in heath care. Their own words were used against them, as they stated their intentions openly. Here is an example that I compiled.
Basically, we were able to negate a great deal of the liberal talking points by simply showing what they have said.
Of course, we have been able to show what a wide variety of leftists are planning. When we are able to hear what they are saying, and look at that through the prism of what they are doing, we can determine their intent with a great deal of accuracy.
The “progressives,” obviously, have never liked this ability. We have been a significant thorn in their sides, and most all efforts, up to now, have been unsuccessful in negating our message. It’s really not a surprise that they have repeatedly floated the idea of regulating internet content and talk radio. Of course, those regulations would prevent us from discussing or exposing any of their activities. On the other hand, the left would be able to spin their propaganda unimpeded. they would love to return to previous decades, when the major papers and the three broadcast networks could control the flow of information to most Americans.
After the shootings in Tucson, the progressives and their MSM minions attempted to blame the tragedy on Conservative personalities.While that effort, devoid of any actual evidence, has failed, they have managed to insert the civil discourse narrative into the MSM (ironically, while lefty pundits are violating it consistently). While this will be discarded at a time convenient to the left, it does leaves them with an opportunity…
To expand the meme of “inciting violence” to negate one of our greatest strengths-exposing the words and deeds of leftists.
At the moment, the second most-read article at the New York Times site is this one: “Spotlight From Glenn Beck Brings a CUNY Professor Threats.”
On his daily radio and television shows, Glenn Beck has elevated once-obscure conservative thinkers onto best-seller lists. Recently, he has elevated a 78-year-old liberal academic to celebrity of a different sort, in a way that some say is endangering her life.
Frances Fox Piven, a City University of New York professor, has been a primary character in Mr. Beck’s warnings about a progressive take-down of America. Ms. Piven, Mr. Beck says, is responsible for a plan to “intentionally collapse our economic system.”
Let’s pause there for a moment. First of all, Ms. Piven is not a “liberal academic.” By her own description, she is a radical, a leftist and a Marxist. Nor is she merely an academic; she has been a far-left activist for decades. The Times continues:
Never mind that Ms. Piven’s radical plan to help poor people was published 45 years ago, when Mr. Beck was a toddler. Anonymous visitors to his Web site have called for her death, and some, she said, have contacted her directly via e-mail.
In response, a liberal nonprofit group, the Center for Constitutional Rights, wrote to the chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, on Thursday to ask him to put a stop to Mr. Beck’s “false accusations” about Ms. Piven.
“Mr. Beck is putting Professor Piven in actual physical danger of a violent response,” the group wrote. …
Ms. Piven said in an interview that she had informed local law enforcement authorities of the anonymous electronic threats. …
The Nation, which has featured Ms. Piven’s columns for decades, quoted some of the threats against her in an editorial this week that condemned the “concerted campaign” against her.
One such threat, published as an anonymous comment on The Blaze, read, “Somebody tell Frances I have 5000 roundas ready and I’ll give My life to take Our freedom back.” (The spelling and capitalizing have not been changed.)
That comment and others that were direct threats were later deleted, but other comments remain that charge her with treasonous behavior. …
The Center for Constitutional Rights said it took exception to the sheer quantity of negative attention to Ms. Piven.
“We are vigorous defenders of the First Amendment,” the center said in its letter to Fox. “However, there comes a point when constant intentional repetition of provocative, incendiary, emotional misinformation and falsehoods about a person can put that person in actual physical danger of a violent response.” Mr. Beck is at that point, they said.
This is Orwellian on several levels. It is Ms. Piven, not Glenn Beck, who explicitly defends violence, and comes perilously close to advocating it:
I would encourage you to go to the post over at Power Line, and take a look at the full article.
Now, we are all very familiar with the strategy pioneered by Francis Fox Piven, and her late husband. The Cloward/Piven strategy is the template for many other actions of the left. All have the same goals; undermine or cripple a system, causing it to collapse, and exploit the resulting crisis in order to achieve greater and greater levels of government control. While her husband is gone, she continues suggesting revolution, and the violence that comes with it, as a solution to freedom. Here is a video showing some of her latest suggestions…
And here is a bit more, from Power Line.
Piven was heartened by the recent riots in Greece and England and urged that radicals in America adopt them as a model:
[B]efore people can mobilize for collective action, they have to develop a proud and angry identity and a set of claims that go with that identity. They have to go from being hurt and ashamed to being angry and indignant. [T]he out-of-work have to stop blaming themselves for their hard times and turn their anger on the bosses, the bureaucrats or the politicians who are in fact responsible.
An effective movement of the unemployed will have to look something like the strikes and riots that have spread across Greece in response to the austerity measures forced on the Greek government by the European Union, or like the student protests that recently spread with lightning speed across England in response to the prospect of greatly increased school fees.
Innocent people have died in those riots, and she seems to admire the rioters a great deal. So who is inciting violence, and who is not? Of course, the answer to that, based in reality, is irrelevant, as there is a narrative to put forward.
This is the next phase of the info war folks. When we publish quotes or videos from leftists who are calling for violence, or, at the very least, calling for the end of human freedom, we will be accused of inciting violence. The idea is simple; instead of looking at the content of what is actually said or is happening, attempt to negate it by saying that it’s a call to violence. It’s a lie, but that’s the bread and butter of the left, so just be prepared.