Spreading Fear And Despondency
Recently I’ve been reading the anti-Obama blogsphere, and yesterday it finally got to me.
I have only one question to ask – are you insane?
No, let me add a few other questions: Have you gone completely out of your minds? Do you want to lose? And do you understand fully what a loss would mean?
I hate to say it but I think the answers are yes, yes, yes and no.
I don’t like yelling at people on the right. Like Reagan, I hold on to the idea that there are no enemies on the right. I prefer to make my points in nicer ways. However, there comes a time any good housewife reaches for the broom. It is now time for the broom.
Yesterday at various blogs I read over and over again that the Dem convention gave Obama a big bounce, that he’s winning, that his approval is now over 50%, that their enthusiasm is as high as that of the Republican crowd, that–
And then you look at the polls that caused this “sky is falling” fit. What are those polls? Those polls are, in fact, the same old sh*te. They poll all adults, which you KNOW skews Democrat. They poll registered voters, which you know skews Democrat. They poll with a skew of 4% Democrats over Republicans as though this were still 2008, as if 2010 had never happened.
Then all the people on the right echo these as though they were legitimate and say “oh, but the polls were correct before.”
Really? The polls were correct before? When? The very last polls before the elections, when pollsters try to salvage their reputation? Sometimes. More or less. Kind of. But up till then when something can be got from the propaganda and from seeding despondency on the right, the polls have been insanely skewed.
Beyond all that, 2008 and before was a different game. The unemployment statistics used to be more or less correct, too, and, oh, yeah, the Justice Department didn’t used to sue pollsters. Neither of those is true anymore.
But, you’ll say “that’s too much like a conspiracy theory” – I’m no fonder of conspiracy theories than you are, and I refuse to believe that someone has (for instance) been keeping secrets for centuries. However, unless you are going to deny that Journolist ever existed, that respectable journalists engaged to elect Barack Obama despite his deep negatives by coordinating attacks on anyone who challenged him, you can’t say they don’t conspire on the propaganda front. In fact, that’s all they have. The propaganda front.
They can’t govern. Marxism has never worked in the real world and will never work. But they’re good at the propaganda front, because it’s easy to make people go along with you who are in professions where they depend on being seen as cool and hip: the media, entertainment. And if that fails there’s the Chicago boot of the Justice Department.
Which brings me back to – what are you thinking? Why are you echoing flawed polls? Why are you telling us it’s all over? That we don’t have a fighting chance, that Obama will be elected again?
Do I want you to sound all cheery? No. Of course not. If there are real difficulties, show them. But must you do the propaganda job for the other side?
This morning while exercising, I was watching an episode of a mystery series set in World War II. In it, someone in an air raid shelter starts telling everyone that England already lost. This was a crime, punishable with 25 years in jail.
Was it because the English wanted to hide the truth from their people? In some cases, yes. I know this annoys the Vietnam war generation, but it’s still true. In some cases, if the general public doesn’t know about reverses that could mean defeat but might not, it is by far the best. But in most cases the truth was known. People knew what reverses had happened.
What they couldn’t afford was for people to stand around telling each other it was all over. This is because people might feel despondent at times, but if by repeating and hammering the bad news, and amplifying them everyone came to feel it was all over but the shouting, they would not do the things that were needed to win: collect tin and paper, work in the factories, volunteer to serve. People who think they already lost aren’t motivated.
This is more important in our case. Far more important.
Romney was no one’s ideal candidate, but let’s face it, no one was anyone’s ideal candidate. There was one I liked better than Romney, but there was no Reagan among the collection.
After the nomination, people fell in line for Romney because – anyone but Obama. I’d vote for Clone-of-Obama if needed, because during the transition the wrecking of the country would slow down. Beyond that, while Romney might be a RINO (there are indications he actually is a federalist) he doesn’t hate the US and he doesn’t want to destroy us. If you don’t think that’s a big difference over Mr. “every country is special” and Mr. “I’ll have more flexibility after the election,” you are out of your mind.