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Wrong Battle, Wrong Enemy

Like it or not, the low-information voter is the battleground.

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Clayton E. Cramer

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March 17, 2013 - 12:00 am
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Instapundit has pointed out that for a few million dollars, conservatives could buy up some of the women’s websites that get enormous audiences, and subtly change the political spin. It is a slow process, but over time this approach alters the basic assumptions that many LIVs have about the world. Think about the movie Death Wish (1974): do you think it played a part in changing popular perceptions of civilians engaged in armed self-defense?

Movies, music, and television are other areas where the left has been promoting their message for decades, and when they are subtle about the message, they actually make money at it. Lots of money. We can do it too — in fact, we might even make more money at it, because there are a lot of Americans who are still fundamentally on the right. Look at The Passion of the Christ (2004): more than $611 million in revenues worldwide. Act of Valor (2012) has brought in more than $81 million worldwide — considering what it cost to make, that’s spectacular. PJ Media contributor Bill Whittle is wrapping up post-production work on The Arroyo right now. From watching the trailer, I can see where it is going, and I am very pleased, both with the entertainment potential and the subtle message potential.

Here’s the question: are there enough conservatives who believe that we need to soften up the beach so that Republican political campaigns are not mowed down on Election Day?

Even more tragic: why is it that the capitalist spirit is stronger on the left than it is on the right? Sure, the left is rich, but at least partly because they are prepared to make entertainment that people want to watch. So far, I have not found evidence that rich Americans on the right are that interested in making money.

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Clayton E. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho. His most recent book is My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill (2012). He is raising capital for a feature film about the Oberlin Rescue of 1858.

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They already brought Western Civilization back from collapse once.
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Randomthought (aka "engineer") spews an endless stream of vapid generalizations about the GOP/conservatives.

Relying on knee jerk arguments & unthinking clichés is typical of the low information voter.
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Let me use the UK as an example and precursor of what I think is happening in America today and why the idea of LIV is simply neither here nor there compared to a larger indoctrination based on a culture of youth, identity and fads laid over our gov't's policies for over 40 years called political correctness.

Ask yourself this question: could the UK take back the Falklands from another Argentine occupation? The answer is they could not. They no longer have the means to project themselves militarily. That is how far they have fallen in only 30 years.

Now - why? I believe the reason is that they have exhausted their treasure on what is essentially internal foreign aid to manage failed immigrant groups. The bureaucracy built around such things in the UK is staggering and staggeringly expensive. Productivity has fallen. The demo shift over that same 30 years in London is similarly staggering.

Ask yourself where the Rolls-Merlin engine came from and what difference it made in English history with the Spitfire. Now, ask yourself if Sikhs, Pakistanis, Jamaicans and Indians can or will carry on that tradition. It is obvious to me they are not.

Now, here's the rub and the deal breaker and the whole nine yards: the reason's stated for this lack of success is not focused on a lack values on the new immigrants, but rather the lack of values by native Englishman, namely racism. Meanwhile the entire continent is going bankrupt based on a fallacy and there are pirates openly taxing and raiding bank accounts in Cypress.

This PC that allows failure only to be seen in specific places, far from allowing a solution, will in fact double down on failure by calling for even more diversity and gov't spending. Reality itself has become racist and on the wrong side of history. That is madness by any other name.

Look at a graph of America gov't spending on education since 1970 with no measurable improvement but with our money thrown out the window wholesale. Ask yourself if that is a paradigm of success or failure. We would do well to throw down the black hole and today even racist entity called the Dept. of Education.

You cannot undo this with clever slogans or taking over a few websites. This has been the result of a wholesale shift in how we as a nation view reality itself and the bizarre filters we use to portray success and failure. In it's fundamental heart, we are little different from the morons who used to call each other "comrade." We are intellectually bankrupt though still measurably rich.

As 8% unemployment hangs on and on, ask yourself precisely why that is and what kind of a country, given the choice of kicking out illegals and reducing its unemployment to 5% would choose to instead double down on failure. I have been saying this for some years now: PC is the single greatest threat to the West and indeed the world because of the threat of the collapse of the Pax Americana we have faced since WW II.

Just as the UK can no longer project itself into the South Atlantic, how long before we will no longer be able to project ourselves into the Gulf states - 30 years? 50? And all because we have mainstreamed morons who want to whine and complain about being underrepresented in America's history. What a sad and devastating joke.

We have gutted our institutions in the name of this and now even the last bastions outside pop culture are in danger of being thrown down: law and the military. Thank you identity groups for projecting your 5,000 years of failure onto success and bringing the whole frickin' structure within a few decades of crashing down. We say it can't happen but it has happened right in front of our eyes in the UK.
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Republicans: Quit using Democrat words and phrases. Every time the Republican Senate Minority leader uses the word "revenues," he should put a dollar in the swear box because he should have said "raise taxes."

When they discuss raising revenues on the more well-off 2%, we should discuss it as "eating the rich, a sacred Socialist goal."

We need to talk about raising the "rate of taxable events." That means a paycheck, a retail sale.

Gay marriage - no one has put a price on it, which should be done. It should be discussed in terms of a civil union which cannot be used to make any impact at all on religion and cannot be used to support polygamy or polyandry.
1 year ago
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Speaking of "using the other side's words" - have you seen the new Volkswagon commercial?

One guy sees his buddy driving a new VW and covets it. The guy driving the VW tells his friends "you don't believe the lame-stream media do you?"

I almost fell out of my seat hearing that the first time.
1 year ago
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Part of the LIV phenomenon is a symptom of government overreach. Government is doing too much at all levels and even well informed voters are overwhelmed. I try to vote in every election, but it takes a lot of Google searches and effort to learn about candidates down the ballot. I confess that sometimes I just revenge vote to send a message using the following shortcuts. Never ever vote for the Democrat. If the Republican is running unopposed or is sure to win, vote Libertarian. Always vote no on the bond issue. In the Republican primary, vote against the next-in-line establishment candidate. If in doubt, vote against the incumbent.
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Holy crap. I thought I was the only one who did that. I mean, exactly that. Those are my standard rules for voting when I couldn't get info on all the candidates/issues.

With one minor exception. If the Republican is running unopposed or is sure to win, vote Contsitution Party. If there's none running, vote Libertarian.
1 year ago
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Im with Jaycen (and George) but favor the Constitution Party over the Libertarian Party.
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Nonsense.

The staff officers and generals in the army of big government who"Lead" - or order - the "low information, low ranking troops/ voters" are the enemy. And what about the "high information" voters who march lock-step to their tunes. Don't they count?

All those in hign ranks in this army of big government for total control BY THEM and their chosen heirs, know this and defend against active resistance. More so if the resistance appears to be taking hold among the population not yet enlisted in their army.

Their instant, over the top, any means available, some decidely below the belt from high ranking officers with means to effect their goals of TOTAL control over "The Lives of Others". The lives of ALL, "low information" AS WELL as "high information".

We saw them menace the beginning of organised Resistance when the Tea Party gained recruits. With their - can you believe they call themselves compassionate, best and brightest, - attacks on what they term the "birthers".

Their "liberal" smears and unbelievable intrusions into the private life of Sarah Palin and her family. Herman Cain and others. As object lesson for any who might follow their leads. Earlier examples in unceremonious attacks on Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas.

All the while their - AND thanks to their staff officers and troops OUR - Commander-in Chief has SECRETED documents which we must assume, given that some in the public domain portend that he is not what we are told he is - of his own personal history.

History of no interest to officers and generals of their/his army. No extensive examination or comment about secreted documents. No "investigative reporters" going through personal trash, etc. Their only interest to entrance the low, and high? information voters with their narrative about their Commander.

On the other hand menace, insult, disparagement of those who are interested in examination of the true history with importance to the Fundamental Principle and LAW the Constitution.

They are the real enemy. That is the real battle.
1 year ago
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We had this in Israel; all of the polls gave a certain outcome to the election, then at the last second the LIV's all went for a party started by a left-wing TV former newman named Yair Lapid and overthrew the polls.
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In re Glenn's wonderful idea:

Does anyone recall that when Ted Turner started CNN, he was typed as a right-wing reliigous yahoo who would destroy America? How many facebook rumors or tweets would it take to make even us stay away from these new magazines?

And how would you get the talent, or keep the staff from subverting it; Fox News on the hour is already left-of-center.
1 year ago
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There is plenty of talent to be culled from the blogosphere nowadays. The key is to ditch credentialism (credentialized by Leftwing indoctrination centers) and go for ability and principles and ideology.
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The STUPIDITY of the American electorate is perfectly encapsulated in the Polls where EVERYTHING about the USURPERS Policies are opposed by a MAJORITY yet where the USURPER himself still has an approval rating above 50% . It is quite clear that even after 5 years in office the STUPID American electorate still do not accept that the 'constant campaigner' is in POWER. In Germany when NAZI atrocities were exposed the STUPID gullible Germans used to say 'If only the FÜHRER knew' and such is the naive gullibility of the American populace that similar thought processes apply to their perception of the USURPER.
Unfortunately a MAJORITY of Americans do not visit 'Conservative' websites and , where they can be bothered at all and that is an incredible minority, get all their news from the disgusting 'in the tank' Lame Stream EneMedia which just reinforces the Left Wing brainwashing they get from Academia in Schools and Colleges.
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As to your 'Mexican' alien point of education to the nation. You might well run into a legitimate counter if you didn't do legitimate and factual data research. Things like their contributions of local, state and federal taxes they pay. Things like their GDP consumer consumption benefit to the national economy. Things like their religious commitment of sending a good portion of their earned wages back to their families providing in large part, a social economy safety net for the government. The quest of course remains, does their economic contributions outweight their economic liability for which there is some pretty good data to sway that question. And we didn't even get to the point that they do jobs that Americans don't want to do and thus adds benefit to our economy -- especially, our consumer consumption economy.
1 year ago
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Comedian Robert Wuhl did 2 episodes of a show called Assume the Position. In it, he basically does a stand up act to a class of students regarding American history.

It was so funny and cleverly written that the truths of what he was saying were undeniable, amounting to a perceptual trap, or, in other words, people seeing a thing despite their own prejudices, because it was presented in a certain manner.

I guess if I wanted to hit a LIV it'd have to be not only info but info presented in a way that seems cool and fun and true and submarines people's perceptions. Not easy writing, but do-able. Isn't that what Jon Stewart does?
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I've managed to at least skim all the previous comments. Many of you have delivered great summaries. But-- Re. college-age Americans; yes they are vital, not because how they vote when undergrads, but because some of them will go on to become society's heavy hitters. As much as life changes you in 20-30 years, for the first 10-15, how you voted and thought in college counts more. But folks who are college age are no more likely to arbitrarily become Leftists than they are to become Conservatives (except, of course, socially, kids are the most socially conservative in their behavior). The Left's stranglehold on the teaching profession has to be targeted and destroyed, at both the grade school and college levels.
We will see great gains from this in the future but even in the present it will benefit Conservatism. I think this author's thesis dovetails neatly with the need to destroy PC--counterattacking culturally would be very useful.
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Yes, the education system must be consciously and deliberately entered by Conservatives with affirmative goals to hire and promote more Conservatives and exclude Leftwingers from promotions and hiring.

Conservative groups should be footing the bill for Conservatives to enter the teaching and education professions, paying for their educaiton, and giving them respite (place of refuge to maintain earnings) when bitten by the Leftists inside those institutions.
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Unfortunately, teaching pays very badly, and it is pretty much impossible for conservatives to get full-time teaching positions in the prestige universities. You want to change things? Fund higher educational institutions that are what they used to be: focused on scholarship, not ideology. That means that there will be liberals teaching there as well -- but progressives would not have a veto on hiring or control of curriculum.
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Teaching pays quite well outside The South and some of the rural West. It pays really, really well if you're a tenured professor outside The South or some of the rural West.

Republicans control 30 of the states and State Boards of Regents members are often appointed by the governor and/or confirmed by the legislature. Even where regents or state board of education members are independent of the governor or legislature, a state university system's budget is subject to appropriation by the state legislature. A university President/chancellor/dean is a bureaucrat no matter what his educational credentials might be. I was a bureaucrat long enough to know to a certainty that if you have a bureaucrat by the budget, his heart and mind will follow. If we paid as much attention to state boards and to school boards as we do to city council and state legislature races, the communists wouldn't own our schools and colleges.
1 year ago
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Low Information Voter test:
1) What is the value of total US government gold reserves to the nearest billion dollars?
2) Who authorized the Fast and Furious program?
3) What was the Ambassador and a CIA compound doing in Benghazi on 9/11/12?
4) How much public money was given to each of the "too big to fail" organizations in 2008 and 2009?
5) How many Federal regulations are on the books?
6) How many Federal crimes are there?

Are there any High Information Voters (HIVs) out there with accurate answers to these basic questions?
1 year ago
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1.) No one is sure, but many speculate it's close to $0.00.
2.) Eric Holder had to have authorized it, or someone just below his level.
3.) They were selling weapons to al Qaeda rebels fighting in other countries like Libya.
4.) Almost $2 Trillion dollars when it's all said and done.
5.) 10s of thousands?
6.) Thousands?
1 year ago
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What's my score, and what do I get? Cookies? I love cookies.
1 year ago
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Some of these questions don't have clear answers even now, such as #2 and #3.

I would settle for people being able to identify which party controls the House, which party controls the Senate, identify what the long-term trend of federal debt is, and at least be able to identify whether the national debt is millions, billions, or trillions. LIVs can't consistently answer all three of those questions correctly.
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