Leftist Thuggery and Violence On Its way to Your Community

August 10, 2011

The Sleeping Giant Awakens

By Robin of Berkeley

One of my closest friends, “Gail,” lives in a pristine suburb in northern New Jersey. It’s one of those leafy bedroom communities where residents drive their Lexus SUVs to the railroad station each morning to catch the train to Manhattan.

After 9/11, Gail told me that eerily, several vehicles were left abandoned in the parking lot for weeks. Their drivers never returned home that day to retrieve them.

But, in general, not much goes on in her sleepy, idyllic town. The residents rave about shopping sprees to Loehmanns and sprints to Whole Foods for organic strawberries. There is no crime to speak of; the local paper blares news about a recent traffic accident or the opening of a Trader Joe’s. So when Gail told me what happened to her son, I was absolutely dumbfounded.

As for Gail, like my former self, she’s a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. This isn’t surprising given that she’s a born-and-raised East Coast Jew. But, unlike the former me, Gail is a liberal, not a self-proclaimed progressive/leftist.

While many conservatives merge liberalism and leftism, there are huge differences between the two camps. Liberals, like Gail, want a kinder and gentler America. They choose safe, suburban suburbs, with schools that (as of yet) do not radicalize their children. While it’s the rare liberal who would display a flag on July 4, he still cares about this country, supports Israel, and is wary of radical Islam.

The progressive/leftists are an entirely different species entirely; they do not love this country or Israel. In fact, the far left would like nothing better than to knock the US and Israel down from their high horses.

Leftists sympathize with the “victims” of the United States, not those Americans who are brutalized by thugs or terrorists. The left practices third-worldism, the belief that the paths of Chavez and Lenin are vastly superior to our own Founding Fathers. Having become smitten by the renegade image of Che Guevara, they fashion themselves as post-modern revolutionaries, who set out, with a missionary zeal, to change the world.

Consequently, leftists turn a blind eye to the savagery of the third world, e.g. the burqua or beheadings. Progressives justify the brutality of gang violence and perhaps engage in mob behavior themselves. While they label conservatives as reactionary, leftists are, in truth, the true reactionaries, reacting against Mommy, Daddy, God, and country.

Like me, my liberal friend, Gail, voted for Hillary Clinton during the primary. Gale was pleased with the prospect of a female president and nostalgia for the “good old days” of husband, Bill. After Hillary lost, Gail was a Good Democrat, and chose Obama instead.

She voted for him, even though I tried and tried in vain to wake her up to the truth. I myself voted for Hillary until the ascent of Obama snapped me out of my lifetime progressive trance.

I saw that something was terribly wrong, that people were acting crazy around him. The multitudes were entranced, hypnotized, in a cult-like way. Even more disturbingly, the more emotionally unstable supporters were behaving violently towards any and all opponents. And Obama, taking in the whole scene, said nothing.

The smearing of the opposition, the misogyny directed at Hillary and Sarah, the cloud of aggression that followed Obama around, like the grime that trailed after the cartoon character Pigpen, felt frightening to me, menacing, and creepy. It finally dawned on me that should Obama be elected, the dark and uncivilized behavior that I see in Berkeley would spread and multiply and envelope the entire country.

I tried my best to explain all of this to Gail; I pleaded with her to reconsider her automatic pilot vote for Obama. I pulled out all of the stops: I explained in painstaking detail what life was like in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco under the radicals. I told her about walking a gauntlet of paranoid, drug-addled derelicts on Telegraph Avenue, about the frequent attacks on tourists in San Francisco. I reminded her of my own mugging, and informed her that everyone out here has a similar story — or knows someone who does.

And, I told her, the worst part of it is that no one seems to care — that citizens have become so programmed in the dogma of white privilege that they offer themselves and their children up as sacrificial lambs. Like the hostages of Stockholm, Berkeley-ites defend their abusers, protecting them rather than guarding themselves.

And finally I explained that Obama was cut from the same radical cloth — that he surrounds himself with the type of militants who hold Berkeley captive. And, I warned her, should Obama be elected, the antisocial behavior that is tolerated in Berkeley will become the new normal all across the country.

Gail listened politely, though ultimately she voted for Obama. While she listened, she didn’t really understand. Of course, she didn’t — how would she?

This wasn’t her world. When you live in a safe, sheltered reality, you have no idea what it’s like for people in Berkeley or Oakland or Detroit. You can’t grasp what it’s like to hear story after story of horrendous crime; of what it’s like to attend a meeting at work one day and hear gunfire outside, as I did; or how it feels to walk to a restaurant on a cloudless blue-sky day and find yourself lying prostrate minutes later, with nose broken and two black eyes.

I didn’t blame Gail; it is human nature to reject what we cannot relate to. It is impossible to fully grasp what another person goes through unless you walk in his shoes. You can’t fully understand the horror of that moment when the doctor utters the word “cancer,” nor the enormity of being a woman enslaved by a burqua. And you cannot comprehend what it’s like to live in a place like Berkeley or, to take an even more extreme example, Zimbabwe, where gang violence is not just tolerated but it is heralded as part of a noble revolution.

You can’t understand this, that is, until it happens to you.

Gail told me this week that her only child, Justin, was playing basketball in the well-manicured park down the street with his college-aged friends and his girlfriend. Suddenly they were surrounded by a group of black guys from somewhere else who began taunting them, invoking racist language.

Her son and his friends yelled at them to go away, but one young male lunged at Justin, punching him in the face. Justin fell and was knocked unconscious. The hoodlums then ran away; luckily, one of the kids got their license plate. I hope and pray that small-town USA takes unprovoked street violence more seriously than places like Berkeley.

Justin became conscious again after a few minutes, but he sustained a deep gash that required several stitches. Any head injury is potentially serious. But perhaps even more worrisome than his physical wounds are the emotional ones sustained by Justin and his friends.

These are good kids, well-raised, polite, and tolerant. They have held no malice towards anyone based on the color of skin.

But will racial hate now be planted in their hearts? Will it corrupt their trusting souls? Of course, everything that is happening right now, whether in New Jersey or Wisconsin, is purposeful.

The radicals want to promote anarchy. But it’s more than this: they want the hate that blackens their souls to warp others as well.

My dear friend, Gail, was in tears, shell-shocked, incredulous. She kept repeating over and over again, “How could this happen? How could this happen?” She struggled to find the words for such barbarism; she had not a clue of how it could invade her insular world.

I spoke to Gail tenderly, as though I were calming down a frightened child stirring from a deep sleep.

“I’m so sorry, sweetie. This is horrible. Justin didn’t deserve to be treated this way, and his friends didn’t need to see such brutality.

“But, Gail, it’s not just happening in your small town, but it’s happening all over the country, and it’s getting worse every day. There have been random mob violence against white people in Iowa, Chicago, Atlanta, in Wisconsin, where dozens of white people were beaten up, even pulled out of their own cars.”

“But why?” Gail asked me plaintively. “Why is this happening now?”

“It’s Obama,” I explained. “It’s what I told you a few years ago. This is what happens when you put someone in power like Obama. Something spreads, like a virus. It’s subtle; it’s almost invisible. But it poisons one person, and then another and another, until soon the whole country is corrupted.

“It’s a sickness called hatred, Gail. Most black people are good, law-abiding, moral people. Obama comes from a far-left fringe group of militants who hate America and want to drag us down. Those same people have degraded and exploited poor black kids for years. These radicals use them as their foot soldiers. Obama would never get his own hands dirty.

“I know these militants, Gail; I live among them. They hate America; they want to devolve us back into some primitive brute state. This is why things are getting worse and worse in this country: the economy, the Middle East, and hate crimes against whites.”

After I finished, Gail was quiet for several seconds. Then she said, sounding heartbroken, “But he made so many promises. He seemed so nice.”

“Yes, that’s true, sweetie,” I answered. “But people aren’t always as they seem.”

Three years ago, I sounded the clarion call to my friend Gail to wake up and discern the person behind Obama’s carefully crafted mask. I tried to make her see what would happen to this country if the radical left seized power.

Back then, she didn’t understand what I was saying; she simply couldn’t.

She is starting to understand now.

To comment on this article, please click here.

Page Printed from: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/../2011/08/the_sleeping_giant_awakens.html at August 10, 2011 – 02:10:19 PM CDT

How a Free Society Can Protect Itself from Psychological Warfare

August 6, 2011

By William A. Levinson
Niccolò Machiavelli and Sun Tzu both wrote that it is the duty of a prince to study warfare because his nation’s survival might depend on it. Colonel Paul Linebarger’s Psychological Warfare (1954) added the same of his science: “Yet success, though incalculable, can be overwhelming; and failure, though undetectable, can be mortal.”

All citizens in a free society need to understand psychological warfare to protect their property, their freedom, and possibly their lives from tiny self-serving minorities and even lunatic fringe organizations. “Scientists discover tipping point for the spread of ideas” explains how a handful of Nazis could gain control of an advanced, civilized, and educated nation like Germany. “Researchers have found that minority rules; when only ten percent of the public holds a firm opinion, the majority will always follow.” Linebarger, however, set the figure at two percent:

The Communists had shown that an organization calling itself a party, actually a quasi-religious hierarchy with strong internal discipline, definite membership, and active organizational components, could control fifty times its own membership. …such a movement needed to have youth branches, women’s organizations, labor sections, clubs of its own, and so on, calling this “mass organization.”

The structure of Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign bears a certain uncomfortable resemblance to such an organization. Henry Ford’s publication of The International Jew, meanwhile, shows just how easily dishonest propaganda can victimize decent, honorable, and intelligent people.

Henry Ford: Anti-Semite or Propaganda Victim?

Ford’s publication of one of the most loathsome pieces of anti-Semitic propaganda ever written, an English version of the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion, was totally out of character for a man who believed in a square deal for workers and who hired black people long before equal opportunity laws existed. Ford was also aware of propaganda and its dangers. He wrote an entire chapter on “Honest and Dishonest Propaganda” in Ford Ideals (1922) in which he said honest and square dealing is “the best propaganda you can ever have.” Ford was therefore a highly intelligent person who was at least aware of psychological warfare and its implications — but he nonetheless got stung by it.

Upton Sinclair’s The Flivver King (1937) reports, “Among those who managed to get by [Ford’s] secretaries was a Russian by the name of Boris Brasol, investigator of the wicked forces which were seeking to wreck Europe.” A Google search on this name leads to the Jewish Virtual Library, which elaboratesProtocols into English and first attempted to peddle them to the U.S. State Department. Then, “[r]esilient in his efforts, Brasol sent a copy of the Protocols to automobile manufacturer Henry Ford, who was convinced that they were authentic.” that Brasol translated the

To phrase this in the language of the 21st century, Ford received credibly written albeit dishonest propaganda and then pressed his “reply to all” key. His mailing list, unfortunately, included the Dearborn Independent, which allowed the propaganda to circulate around the world to harm Jews and eventually Ford’s reputation. Ford was therefore not an anti-Semite, but rather a victim of an anti-Semitic propagandist, although he is responsible for failing to have his staff investigate Brasol’s claims before he acted on them.

How many of us have received e-mails or seen web pages with conspiracy theories? Ford’s experience should make us check the facts for ourselves (e.g., Snopes.com and also legitimate news sources) before we make fools of ourselves by pressing the “send” key. The internet is an enormous force multiplier for both honest and dishonest propaganda, but it also provides a convenient way to verify before trusting.

Manipulative Propaganda is Not Good for Children and Other Living Things

Boris Brasol demonized Jews with propaganda that still circulates today, and he abused Henry Ford’s trust (at Ford’s eventual expense) in the process. Dishonest, self-serving, or manipulative propaganda has also accumulated a large and quantifiable death toll.

(1) The “Yellow Press” (William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer) fomented hatred of Spain with largely false atrocity claims, such as Spaniards strip-searching American women on American ships while searching for Cuban spies or rebels. This helped incite the Spanish-American War.

(2) The Triple Entente, with the aid of American cartoonist W.A. Rogers, fomented enough hatred of Germany to draw the United States into the First World War. This manipulative propaganda therefore killed more than 100,000 Americans along with countless Germans with whom our nation had no quarrel, noting that the Lusitania was carrying munitions and was therefore a legitimate military target.

(3) Adolf Hitler was unfortunately the German who learned the most from his country’s errors of omission in psychological warfare, and he applied what he learned to kill another 40 million or so people (including 7 million Germans, whom the Allies killed in response to their country’s actions) between 1939 and 1945.

Remember that 10 percent or even 2 percent of a population can gain control of an entirely free society — Germany elected Hitler — and these examples show that the results can be truly horrific. Here are some manipulative propaganda initiatives that we need to call out as such today:

(1) A group calling itself 350.org is running radio ads on the “urgency” of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The ads do not mention that carbon taxes or cap and trade mandates will drive up the cost of necessities like heat, electricity, and even food (because the cost of transportation is built into the price). They also omit the identities of various wealthy entities — Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) names Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the New York Stock Exchange explicitly — that stand to gain from action on “climate change.”

(2) Israel’s enemies have turned it into an international pariah even though Israel is the only country in the region with a rating of “Free” from Freedom House. Hamas and Fatah both have ratings of “Not Free.”

How to Fight Manipulative Propaganda

(1) Recognize it for what it is. Every American must understand thoroughly the sole weapon of war that is legal for anybody — be it a government, an individual, or a private organization — to use during peacetime.

(2) Expose it for what it is. If you can catch the propagandist in a lie, the principle falsus in unum, falsus in omnibus (false in one thing, false in all) discredits him. Proven bad faith such as hidden agendas and conflicts of interest, as is the case in the “climate change” issue, meanwhile discredits even nominally truthful propaganda.

William A. Levinson, P.E. is the author of several books on business management including content on organizational psychology, as well as manufacturing productivity and quality.

Page Printed from: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/../2011/08/how_a_free_society_can_protect_itself_from_psychological_warfare.html at August 06, 2011 – 07:01:52 PM CDT

Home Depot Loudly Endorsing Homosexuality

http://action.afa.net/item.aspx?id=2147496231

American Family Association   Take Action Now

Share on FacebookShare on Facebook   Share on TwitterShare on Twitter   Online VersionOnline Version

See Home Depot’s shocking gay pride parade float

Company mascot leads celebration of homosexuality

August 1, 2011

Dear Keith,

In June, 2011, Home Depot sponsored the San Francisco Gay Pride parade and festival.
On a large flat-bed company truck, Home Depot proclaimed its “True Colors” with a large rainbow across both sides. Dozens of people danced and shouted pro-homosexual messages from the truck along the parade route.
Home Depot also sponsored a booth at the gay celebration festival in San Francisco.
Home Depot is committed to supporting and promoting the homosexual agenda, including same-sex marriage.Over one-half million people have signed the pledge to boycott Home Depot until it agrees to remain neutral in the culture and political war over homosexual marriage.

To help promote the boycott, AFA has produced the AFA Pass Along Sheet. Please print copies of this sheet and share them with your neighbors, friends and co-workers. Encourage them to join the boycott of The Home Depot.
TAKE ACTION
1. Pray for Home Depot Chairman Frank Blake to make wise decisions regarding his company’s direction.
2. If you have not done so, sign the Boycott Pledge at www.BoycottTheHomeDepot.com.
3. Call your local Home Depot store and ask to speak to the manager. You can find the number to your local store here (click “Store Finder” at top of page) or in your local phone book.
4. Print the paper petition and distribute it at Sunday school and church.
Take Action Now Sign the Boycott Pledge

It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.

Sincerely,Tim

Tim Wildmon, President
American Family Association

Help us Financially
Donate Online to AFA

One-Time Monthly
Text the letters
“AFA” to 20222
to give $10Standard messaging rates may apply.
See the Holy Land
Walk where Jesus walked. See the Holy Land in March 2012 with AFA President Tim Wildmon.More Information
Action Link
* http://www.boycottthehomedepot.com