Thursday, August 27, 2020

How the propaganda ministry does it

So last week it was all Green Checkmarks.  That is, each news story I saw analyzing claims made by the Democrats reported that they were true, or mostly true, or in a couple cases not altogether true - but they still all got a Green Checkmark  meaning true!  100% green last week. 

This week, of course, the dreaded Red X of falsehood has begun flying like mosquitoes.  I've already seen two after the first day.  And those claims not marked as false but in someway not completely and technically true are being pounced on. 

So we have this, apparently a Trump advisor from Puerto Rico told of her mother's journey to raise her family in America as a first generation immigrant from Puerto Rico.  The advisor, Kimberly Guilfoyle, went on to describe herself as a first generation American citizen.  

That's when I saw the outlets pounce.  Of course Puerto Rico is a US territory, and its citizens are officially US Citizens as well.  I know, it's complicated.  Don't ask me to unpack the history of that hot mess, why it's not a state, what the differences are and how it all works out.    

But the media outlets were quick to mock her for apparently not knowing that she always was, technically at least, a US Citizen.  Even the good Deacon Steven Greydanus got in on the act:

Yeah, see a conservative do that about something a liberal Puerto Rican immigrant said at the DNC and imagine what good progressive Catholics would say. 

But here's my thinking.  Could it be that this says something about how those in Puerto Rico see themselves?  Could it be insight into their way of thinking?  Might it mean something that they see being here as what should matter, and this could shed light into how at least some understand this complicated matter?  I mean, doesn't charity demand we consider such things rather than just tweet 'what dumb-dumbs'?  

Or not.  Goodness knows we can't focus on her speech about how great America is and how wonderful a land of opportunity we are blessed with.  Heaven forfend. 

Again, since apparently not a single Democrat said anything wrong last week, it's hard to tell how the press would react.  But I get the feeling that if all things were equal, and the only difference being Ms. Guilfoyle works for Biden, you would hear none of this.  And if someone at FOX or similar outlet did make a stink, the rebuttals and charges of racism would be swift and brutal. 

Whatever it would be or not, however, note how this worked.  Nobody is talking about her speech at all.  Those who are talking about it are getting caught up in these trivialities.  But in all things, the greatness of America as land of opportunity, which you might have come away from her speech with, is entirely forgotten.  And that Charlie Brown, is one way the propaganda ministry - with help from choice Catholics and other sympathetics - does it. 

Quick note: As I was getting this ready, I was notified of another Greydanus original that follows the same 'focus on the molehill of the opposition so we don't have to focus on the mountain range of mass slaughter on the Left' tactic:

Yep. Why join Ms. Johnson in her condemnation of one of history's most brutally efficient human slaughter machines when we can ping her on a triviality?  Oh sure, Planned Parenthood was founded on Margaret Sanger's principles of exterminating minorities, poor and other sub-human reprobates which it continued to celebrate until a couple years ago, and yes it continues to help with the annual slaughter-fest of a million screaming innocents - but Johnson said a goofy, Johnson said a goofy!

Sigh.  Especially when you see the same good deacon prepared to eviscerate someone like Abraham Lincoln for failing to be as morally perfect as the modern Left demands when it comes to judging and hating on the right and wrong skin colors for the right and wrong reasons:

Yep.  Note the word Great in scare quotes.  The New Prolife Catholic movement in action.  Not a shred of understanding or sympathy for those in the past who were of their time, nor letting pass a slip of the tongue from Pro-Life advocates today, all while giving endless benefits of endless doubts to the modern equivalent of the human slave trade.  This is just what the press propaganda ministry, and the Left, wants from its confessing Christian supporters. 


  1. Now, gentlemen, I don't want to read at any greater length, but this is the true complexion of all I have ever said in regard to the institution of slavery and the black race. This is the whole of it, and anything that argues me into his idea of perfect social and political equality with the negro, is but a specious and fantastic arrangement of words, by which a man can prove a horse-chestnut to be a chestnut horse. [Laughter.] I will say here, while upon this subject, that I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the States where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and the black races. There is a physical difference between the two, which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality, and inasmuch as it becomes a necessity that there must be a difference, I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary, but I hold that, notwithstanding all this, there is no reason in the world why the negro is not entitled to all the natural rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. [Loud cheers.] I hold that he is as much entitled to these as the white man. I agree with Judge Douglas he is not my equal in many respects-certainly not in color, perhaps not in moral or intellectual endowment. But in the right to eat the bread, without the leave of anybody else, which his own hand earns, he is my equal and the equal of Judge Douglas, and the equal of every living man. [Great applause.]

    August 21, 1858

    Lincoln was a politician living in a time of intense racial prejudice. He did an immense task in ending slavery. That contemporary pygmies attack this giant only shows their immense ignorance and spiritual poverty.

    1. Yep. My sons say their peers have a name for the adults today I translate (for polite conversation) "Generation Loser". They've view is that while obviously America is a 400 year racist, genocidal state and obviously WWII was a giant conspiracy by the US military industrial machine and racist IMperialists, at least the schmucks on the beaches thought they were doing something good. Since then it's been downhill. Oh, they'll take what they get from the mess, but they see it as a bunch of adults doing nothing, being nothing, and leaving nothing for them to take care of. People like Deacon Greydanus who think they'll curry favor by trashing and hashing those who came before these youngster are, from what my sons report, sadly mistaken.

  2. And yet nobody's calling out Lin Manuel Miranda for claiming that Alexander Hamilton was an Immigrant, dispite Hamilton having been born on a British-controled island, this makeing his move to the British north American mainland not an example of immigration, but simply moving from one part of the British empire to another.

    1. That would be a ridiculous thing to say, but I'm not shocked that it's not called out by the press.


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