It’s the Narrative – Stupid
Readers look for writers who reinforce their beliefs but if the king kills the messenger, of unwanted news, only an agenda of those who control the explanations dominate. Well paid empire loyal propagandist carefully constructed narratives and the compliant mainstream media blindly recite them.
ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all cover the same narrative spun through different prisms. They condition their audiences for the sake of ratings by fostering tribalism. The media-politico complex program their audience like Pavlov’s dog while giving cover to injustice. “The media-politico complex is an incestuous cesspool that is populated by charlatans and shysters.”
Today’s media-politico complex have perfected Joseph Goebbels’ policy of propaganda. “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, thus the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Government and Media
Facts often prove one thing but the narrative says another. Why does the narrative takes precedence over fact? Could it be because a plutocratic class funnels money into buying up media influence, funding think tanks, and other means of narrative control? When you control the narrative, no amount of facts will deter the public from going along with your agendas.
In this environment, explanations contrary to the narrative is portrayed as a justification. For example, if one provides an explanation of slavery the assumption is that the writer approves of slavery. Congresswomen Ilhan Omar’s criticism of an Israel Lobby group made her an “anti-Semite.” The defense of white people from the propagandistic accusations leveled at them by Identity Politics, makes you a “white supremacist .”
Narratives are powerful. You see it in the social media users, you see it in the behavior of governments, you see it in religions and politics. Honest ordinary language becomes risky as many are not attending to the validity of the analysis but are looking for indications of racism and sexism. Consequently, the people cling more tightly to the lie that deceives them.
Exposure of government deceptions gets branded as “anti-American.” The accepted narrative is that American patriots do not criticism US policies. To criticize war is to take the side of the enemy and be against one’s own country interests. The Bush regime even created the, “Support the Troops” slogan campaign to reinforce this narrative.
Kill the Messenger
So, when US Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a veteran of two deployment to Iraq, met with Assad of Syria she was accused of supporting a Middle East dictatorship. She was immediately criticized for not supporting the troops and aligned with the enemy.
Tulsi Gabbard is the only 2020 Presidential candidate promoting peace and non-intervention. She has challenged the core policy of US exceptionalism. Ever since she announced her candidacy narratives against her candidacy have been leveled against her. The establishment narrative engineers have been scrambling to kill her message. Gabbard has fought back and has been shaking the establishment matrix.
Interviewers and show hosts have continued to employ the “Gabbard is loyal to Assad” narrative. This has been a high-priority agenda of the mainstream media ever since her announcement. She, the adult in the room, explained “In the pursuit of peace and security. If we are not willing to meet with adversaries, potential adversaries, in the pursuit of peace and security, the only alternative is more war. That’s why I took that meeting with Assad. In pursuit of peace and security.”
Gabbard recently appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the show’s host solemnly ran down a list of textbook beltway smears against Gabbard and immediately put her on the defensive. She adroitly defended her foreign policy views and answered Colbert’s loaded questions.
Colbert twice interjected the State Department’s line about the alleged Assad chemical attack on his own people. Tulsi then corrected him saying several of the groups, including al Qaeda & ISIS, had been trained by the US and had been reported as being a part of those alleged chemical attacks.
On intervention for the “good of the people,” Gabbard, had to explain to Colbert that for the United States to be a force for good in the world it must do good. Then she made it clear that her definition of good is not raining fire upon every nation it dislikes. It is an undeniable fact that US military interventionism is consistently disastrous, never helpful and robs the US public of resources that are rightfully theirs.
Colbert, in trouble at this point, responded by reading off his blue index card to repeat yet another anti-Gabbard narrative, “You’ve gotten some fans in the Trump supporter world: David Duke, Steve Bannon, and, uh, Matt, uh, Gaetz, is that his name? Matt Gaetz? What do you make of how much they like you?”
It boggles my mind how politians and their tools are so child-like, the word vindictive comes to mind. If you are losing or have lost an argument, call in some divisive, mainstream narrative like Russia, Trump, racism, sexism or any other diversion, just don’t acknowledge defeat.
Late night comedy shows, are usually very friendly to presidential candidates and are treated to light, jokey banter about politics. Not so for Ms. Gabbard, because she speaks out against bad policies; “self-serving politicians, greedy corporations and special interests,” the military-industrial complex and decries the “powerful forces that have ruled over both parties in Washington for far too long.”
These types of ambushes have been common on the mainstream media. in an appearance on The View, John McCain’s sociopathic daughter called her an “Assad apologist”. We saw it on a CNN town hall, where a consultant who worked on Obama’s 2008 campaign was presented as an ordinary audience member to help CNN’s Dana Bash paint Gabbard’s skepticism of intelligence reports about an alleged chemical weapons attack by the Syrian government. We saw it in her appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last month, where the entire panel piled on her in outrage that she wouldn’t call Assad an enemy of the United States.
An example of how narratives become common propaganda talking points was recently demonstrated by New York Times writer, Bari Weiss, when she made a laughingstock of herself by repeating “a self-evident truth” on The Joe Rogan Experience. When Mr. Rogan questioned her usage of the word toady, it became clear that she did not have the faintest clue of what the word meant and the specific facts it was meant to refer to. She heard the establishment pundits saying it and she just repeated it.
This is an organized narrative by the mass media attempting to publicly marry Gabbard to a child-murdering monster that “gases his own people”, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, a mass murderer or any other unsavory character. The fact is that some distasteful ideologies just happen to oppose US interventionism for their own reasons.
Gabbard has encounter this smear campaign at every mainstream media appearance because she contests empire-serving narratives and challenges US political orthodoxy on military violence. No amount of capitulation will keep them from trying to prevent the public from trusting her words.
Narratives Camouflage Reality
The narratives were in full force after a recent Tulsi Gabbard tweet: “Short-sighted politicians & media pundits who’ve spent last 2 years accusing Trump as a Putin puppet have brought us the expensive new Cold War & arms race. How? Because Trump now does everything he can to prove he’s not Putin’s puppet—even if it brings us closer to nuclear war.”
The Democratic establishment loyalists responded against her assessment as follows: “Gabbard staking out a bold ‘Trump is *too* tough on Putin’ lane in the Democratic primary; “As predictable as it is absurd”; “Tulsi Gabbard’s is the only Twitter account other than Trump’s that I routinely have to check to make sure it’s actually hers, because the tweet is so absurdly ridiculous”; “Now she’s defending Trump on Russia. Why is she a Democrat? And she’s actually using Kremlin talking points (nuclear war!). Unbelievable”; “Tulsi, you aren’t the first American politician to cozy up to foreign dictators and to serve as a Putin mouthpiece” ; “While you, Putin and Trump fear monger about nuclear war, we’ll protect our democracy and hold corrupted politicians accountable.”
The indisputable fact is that Donald Trump has escalated nuclear tensions with Russia more than any other president since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Russia-gate, Hillary’s revenge, has allowed Trump to advance an insanely aggressive escalations policy against Russia and its allies, His administration has endangering the life of every organism on this planet by escalating nuclear tensions with Russia.
In an article published by Moon of Alabama: “List Of All The Good Things Trump Did For Russia” https://www.moonofalabama.org lists over 30 mainstream articles from April 2017 to today that document Trump’s bellicose position against Russia. When facts challenge a narrative, they become a lie.
“Pay attention to the media-politico complex and you will see the devil’s foot-soldiers doing his bidding as they bend justice and break humanity.” WolvesNFoxes
Divide and Conquer – Tribalism
Divide the people, empower demagogues to convince each subgroup that their pains are different and get those groups to turn on each other. This is how a few thousand colonizers subdued a billion people on the African continent during the hay-day of Imperial colonization.
Colonizers pulled off this stunning feat by elevating one tribe above the rest and then telling the marginalized tribes that their enemies were the elevated tribe. Status, money and privilege were given to the elevated tribe while grief, tribulation and hopelessness were doled out to the marginalized tribe.
The elevated tribe, so leery of the out groups, fought like hell to keep their status even though most within that elevated tribe suffered along with the rest. The marginalized tribe, so convinced that their foes were the elevated tribe, seethed and could not wait to have their turn at the seat of power. Within this paradigm, social strife became the norm as colonizers turn a once free people into prisoners in their own land.
The West’s tribalism scheme has been professional marketed, it has been camouflaged much better than the one sowed in Africa. The tribes here are based on color, ideologies, gender, orientation, religion and an endless procession of adjectives that forces people to focus on our differences. Division makes it hard to form a coalition to defend our common interests. It has gotten to the point where people say four or five descriptors of what they are before they say who they are.
It’s easy to whip everyone up into two camps of highly polarized and radicalized camps across multiple political vectors: Trump vs. Liberals; Open borders vs. Immigration control; Global warming alarmists vs. Skeptics; Gun Control vs The Deplorables.
Conclusion – Eye on the Prize
Our founders established some common interests; secure the blessings of liberty and posterity, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility by providing a common defense and promote the general welfare of our citizens. These all seem to be reasonable and obtainable but only if we keep an eye on the prize.
The current media-politico complex distracts us from our common interest. They wage informational warfare that divides society and pushes us closer and closer to tribal conflict. Tribal conflict just makes our oppressor more powerful. It’s the narrative – stupid.