The GOP Primary Season- Can Conservatives avoid the pitfall

“You can’t read Pravda the way you read the New York Times.” Someone gave me that advice years ago, when I was working at the U.S. State Department.  It was at a time when people could still pretend there was some difference between the American news media and the government/Party controlled media in places like the old Soviet Union.

These days there may be a few Americans who are still prey to that delusion. Most of them just woke up from the coma they’ve been in for the last 30 years.  People these days don’t trust the news media any more than they believe what people say about themselves on the internet.  Media bias, including wholesale fabrication, is now taken for granted.

But the fact that you know you’re reading propaganda doesn’t mean that you know how to read it.  It’s not just that nothing is what it seems to be.  If that were reliably true, the task wouldn’t be so challenging.  It’s that every story, every fact, every impression left by a propaganda report is like an opponent’s move in chess.  The question isn’t just “What did he do?” It’s “What is he up to?”

I want to get to an example of what I mean but before I do there's one more mindset I need to discuss.

Many people don’t look for the agenda at work in propaganda because they refuse to believe that the folks responsible for it are “smart enough” consciously to conceive and implement a strategic plan to manipulate public attitudes and perceptions.

Unlike them I have no trouble assuming that the guy on the other side of the board knows what he’s doing.  If you bother to look, you can see examples of such strategic manipulation in the history of America’s actions and activities in other countries (post WWII Greece, Iran in the fifties/sixties, and Chile in the eighties, for example). Americans don’t want to admit that it’s happening here because doing so begs an obvious question, to wit, “Do they really think we’re that stupid?”

Yes they do.  But the more important question is, “Do we really mean to go on acting like we’re that stupid?”

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Comment by SHARRON AMSTER on February 1, 2014 at 7:04pm

Please! The time is now to get together. I live in Vt. and I don't know any one to join so we can get the names out. We need to start to show we are one. Everyone across the country must join or we are going to loose our country. It is now or never. We must stop this group that has taken over our country.

Comment by Dr. Arthur W. Carpenter on January 31, 2014 at 5:52am

Tea Party CA Council (Gail Neira) you can bookmark Alan Keyes home page after you click the "read on" link above like I just did.  I want to see more of what he says, also, but I don't have the time to read more of his articles just now. 

By reading the comments here on TPN I think a point is being missed:  WE NEED TO FOCUS ON 2014 CONGRESS CRITTERS, NOW!  The chance to elect a conservative non-incumbent GOP congressman is about to slip away as the last date for filing is soon approaching.  We need a choice that will not come from the "D" "R" choice in November.  The choice must be between "R's" in the primary.  To HECK with your third party people and talk.  They will not be elected, but a conservative "R" has a good chance to make a difference for awhile before he or she becomes corrupted.  Like in the "Lord of the Rings" it is hard to carry the "ring of power."  At this point we need to remove that awful load from many of our longtime congressmen.

Comment by Tea Party California Council on January 30, 2014 at 11:16pm

I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of meeting you close up and personal at the Fairmont Hotel many years back when you were our featured Republican celebrity speaker.  I hope you continue to communicate via TPN so I can read more of your insights via avenues more convenient to me.  It is my humble viewpoint and prediction, given my own credentials of information gathering and 'inside' knowledge within the conservative Republican corridors, at least, in the western states, that 2014 and 2016 will be another season for Democrats to lose by default including congress.  It is not the message and core values that are being ridiculed, rejected and alienating, but the conservative Republican leadership and advocates are terribly socially, intellectually and culturally unsophisticated in the art of marketing, public relations and salesmanship.  It also does not help when headline identifiable conservative leaders and spokespersons preach sets of values, but are caught not practicing those values being indoctrinated to the public.  Core values and fiscal prudence, to name a few other aims, achieve credibility if their feasibility and application is demonstrated by example.  You have to the best of my knowledge about you.  But you are the exception, not the rule unfortunately these recent years.

Your fan, Gail Neira, San Francisco

Comment by Steve D on January 30, 2014 at 7:50pm

Lets stick with Governors for the Top-of Ticket:1)Mike Pence of Indiana or Scott Walker of Wisconsin with either Rubio,Cruz,or Allen West for VP.

Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty on January 30, 2014 at 5:59pm

Good article.

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