Fighting the establishment doesn’t come naturally to conservatives. Playing by the rules, we don’t rage against the machine—we embody it. By contrast, liberals, so smug and high-minded, identify themselves as the undisputed guardians of righteousness: Hope, change, compassion, acceptance, tolerance. And cool, so damn cool. Now, that’s progressive.
Funny thing about conventional wisdom, especially when you’re the one defining it. Sometimes it just isn’t true. The left in America controls the Presidency and Senate, mass media, entertainment and academia; our politics, press, culture and education. Think about it. Beyond the vulgarities, ridiculing traditional values and exploiting the downtrodden—it is clear liberals have become the establishment they so loathe.
They are the “man.”
For traditional Americans, dispirited after the election and Fiscal Cliff fiasco, this spells opportunity. When on the outside, you have to rattle a few cages; lest we forget, the Tea Party movement showed that even polite, well-groomed suburbanites can effect social change.
New media (independent bloggers and sites like Breitbart.com, Townhall, Gateway Pundit, Twitchy, Instapundit and Hot Air) along with talk radio and Fox News are altering the information exchange historically monopolized by the mainstream press. The progressive power-brokers are not at all pleased.
Spittin’ mad, the left’s hit squads are using tried and true methods beloved by despots from Cuba to China: Denunciate, demonize, deceive and deride. On MSNBC, for example, outrageous and inflammatory rhetoric is its daily bread. Earlier in January, “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said that it would be “frightening” if Republicans took legislative control in states like Pennsylvania because they would disenfranchise African-American voters.
“There’s so much willingness to rig the elections by the Republicans. They know they’re heading into demographic trouble,” he said. “…And what I see them doing is saying, ‘Okay, we know we’re never going to be popular again, so we’re going to have to rig it.’” Cut to like-minded co-host Rachel Maddow, adding that venal Republicans might try the same in “Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia [and] Ohio.”
Forget the fact that Matthews and Maddow had zero evidence bolstering their accusations; nefariously insinuating Republicans would block minority voters is sufficient to inflame racial animus. It doesn’t get much uglier than that…unless you consider the vile tactics of Media Matters for America. Established nine years ago to monitor “conservative misinformation,” the organization’s purpose, in practice, is to malign and misrepresent right-leaning viewpoints, particularly anyone associated with Fox News.
Here’s the irony—founder David Brock is hardly the go-to guy for fair and balanced coverage. To put it bluntly, he’s a paranoid nut job. Last year, “The Daily Caller” published an investigative series exposing the cozy ties Media Matters has with the Obama White House, Democratic Party and major news organizations despite Brock’s drug use and what a prominent liberal described as “erratic, unstable and disturbing” behavior.
Evidence abounds of his public outbursts, firing staff for being physically unattractive and extreme paranoia—yet Brock still has the President’s full-throated support to search and destroy conservative opposition.
His brand of thuggery has had its share of success. Media Matters’ campaigns against Glenn Beck and Don Imus were factors in both losing their shows on Fox News and MSNBC. Further, a former Brock staffer told “The Daily Caller” that “We were pretty much writing their [MSNBC’s] prime time. But then virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”
Forty years ago, President Nixon was justly vilified for attempting to quell press freedom; in a sorry transformation, today’s journalists serve as the Administration’s unofficial house organ. In a current interview with the President in The New Republic, the two reporters (a former Obama staffer and leftist writer) never question his attack on Rush Limbaugh and Fox.
“I think what we really have to do is change some of the incentive structures so that people feel liberated to pursue some common ground. One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates,” Obama said. “If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.”
Unbelievable and unprecedented arrogance, yet the journalists acquiesced. Who needs a government–run press agency when you have the major news outlets buttressed by goons in the form of David Brock, “The Daily Kos” and MoveOn.org?
As in any effective propaganda effort, liberal loyalists serve as obedient foot soldiers silencing the voices of those who dare to disagree, no matter how innocuous. Just last week, the “Chicks on the Right” blog was hours away from having its popular Facebook profile shut down after left-wing trolls reported the sassy duo (who go by the pseudonyms of “Mockarena” and “Daisy”) for writing “Jay Carney can kiss my assular area.”
Facebook charged that the content violated its language standards, which is almost comical when you consider the trash they allow on pages such as “Ann Romney’s Amputated Breast,” “I hate Rich Republicans” and worse. Thanks to an outcry by the new media and conservative fans, however, by day’s end Facebook had apologized for its overreach and the Chicks had added 15,000 new followers. Score one for the anti-establishment right!
The ascendency of progressivism has emboldened its proponents to aggressively use its political and cultural clout like a bludgeon. Traditionalists shouldn’t be intimidated. As outsiders, we can more nimbly respond by serving as the tenacious, vocal opposition to the sclerotic ruling class. After all, 49.2 percent of the electorate in November voted against the status quo—the mantra of an Obama mandate is more of the same spin we’ve come to expect. Don’t buy it.
Enough of the “War on Women” claptrap coming from people who embrace misogynists like Bill Maher and ignore atrocities against females in Middle-Eastern and African countries. Enough of being preached to that big government translates into caring, clever and inclusive while painting anyone who disagrees as an unsophisticated, bigoted rube.
Nonsense—this is just a classic way for the “man” to retain control using fear and deception. We just have to start saying it loud, clear and often. It’s time.