College campuses have become the most intolerant environment for free speech in America over the last few decades, with conservative students, speakers, and ideas in the crosshairs of hostile leftist professors and administrators who use their resources to advance a radical political agenda while suppressing the opposition. For years this was treated as a problem that was isolated to the campus community, but during the 2008 presidential campaign, the country learned that this problem breached the campus wall without a single sandbag laid down to reinforce it. In Jason Mattera’s Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation, he demonstrates how comprehensively the Obama campaign hijacked an entire voter generation to win the election. The good news is that, by heeding Mattera’s advice, the Obama Zombies — and the country — can be saved.
In a hilarious but core-shaking manner, Jason outlines the strategy employed to convince — better, buy off — the “Millenials” to vote for the “cool” candidate. It had absolutely nothing to do with the issues and nothing to do with the candidates’ shadowy background, should-have-sunk-him associations, or thin experience. Young people were looking for a hero and a handout. They bought into promises “Their One” couldn’t possibly keep and didn’t much bother to think about how destructive to their own present liberty and future prosperity those false promises were in the first place.
As Mattera writes in Obama Zombies:
But perhaps one of the Team Obama’s best and most effective uses of rockers like Dave Matthews came in the form of a little something I like to call the “Dave Matthews Electoral Magnet” tactic. … As Clinton was speaking, B.H.O.’s minions began handing out free Dave Matthews tickets. You can imagine the viral marketing effect, with college kids burning up their texting keyboards and mad dialing on their iPhones to tell their soon-to-be-Zombified friends that, “Dude, Obama is hooking us up with free Dave Matthews tickets. Leave the Slick Willy speech and come get the free tickets, bro!”
What happened to John F. Kennedy’s “ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country”? Instead college students showed the country that their blind allegiance could be bought for a measly concert ticket. The Millenials “sold their souls for rock ‘n roll.”
This generation, of all voting blocs, should have been most skeptical of candidates that were going to make it harder for them to find a job after graduation, force them to pay more of their income in taxes, and not address the bankruptcy of the Social Security system. What of individualism? “It’s all about me” became “It’s all about B,” as mobs of fresh-faced, foul-mouthed post-Americans swarmed the polls, climbing over one another in a Pamplona bull-charge to surrender their liberty. For a logo. The same logo every other non-conformist imagined was his or her own.
Not surprising, I suppose, as these young men and women have been corrupted in the indoctrination cesspools of America. Critical thinking has been replaced by reflex — all twitches being leftist and anti-American. The prevalence of classroom bias — not to mention the draconian infringements on campus free speech — from the overwhelmingly leftist professors has an effect on the captive, impressionable first-time voters. When one third of faculty identifies America as the “greatest threat to global stability,” is it surprising that young voters believed Obama’s campaign mantra? With more students attending college over the years, increased exposure to college faculty and the deterioration of young minds has gone hand in hand. “The closing of the American mind” is but a quaint memory. The Era of O has Magic-Bulleted the young American mind. Just look at the reaction Obama receives from college students — captivated would be an understatement:
At the University of Pennsylvania, students who had packed a gymnasium erupted into chants of “yes, we can” from the bleachers. Obama acolytes at Emerson College in Boston were equally apoplectic, with one female student proclaiming “Oh my God!” in the midst of covering her mouth in utter disbelief, like a prepubescent girl at a Jonas Brothers concert.
This is not a natural reaction or behavior at the sight of a mere mortal. Obama was placed on a pedestal that is reserved for no mere mortal.
Obama’s image as calm, cool, and collected among college students was perpetuated by the media and the music and movie industry heavyweights, namely MTV and “non-partisan” initiatives that clearly promoted Obama and liberalism directly on college campuses or at events populated with college students. With their help, he attracted record breaking crowds on par with music concerts with all the attendant shrieking, fainting, and groupie fantasies.
The Obama campaign was masterful in manufacturing an irrational devotion to a man who remains today an unknown quantity, even among the most zealous Zombies. Not really all that shocking in the reality show age in which the first girl kicked off the show, during her nasal-flood farewell, declares people she’s known for six minutes “amazing” and “some of my best friends” and the experience as “life-changing.” The campaign’s groundbreaking manipulation of social media faux communities (Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, and text messaging), and the massive staff deployed to support the operation, fitted the emperor with the implausible wardrobe of the transformative, transcendent, inevitable, and inescapable quintessential figure of our generation. “The change we’ve been waiting for.”
Republicans were destined to lose big in 2008. But as Jason points out: while Obama had all the usual suspects in his camp — a personality-obsessed pop culture, a complicit liberal media machine, and university indoctrinators — 58 million people voted against Obama, and many more would have had it not been for the Republicans’ Mistake Machine, the centerpiece being the nomination of John McCain and the ensuing antiquated, ineffective, and lifeless campaign.
Despite the fact that McCain was not the “conservative” candidate, after the election, many in the media, the Democratic Party, and even some center-right pundit-elites were proclaiming the death of conservatism. They were wrong then as they are now. Conservative principles are ageless and will always be the best solutions for America as long as our country is to remain the hope of the Earth. Candidates can win on a platform based on conservative principles — limited government, free markets, a manly approach to national security, and a non-bowing foreign policy — if they heed the lessons and battle plan put forth in Obama Zombies.
This is not a lost generation — mind you, it was only six years before the 2008 election that today’s youth were reportedly more conservative than their elders — if we all make an effort to unapologetically advance conservatism — Americanism — and join the “countercultural conservative battle.”