Ah yes, todays liberal, or progressive, or is it communist? I can’t distinguish anymore. (These are the same people that say Bush is like Hitler, and in the same breath as saying the problems in Israel, and surrounding countries, are all Israel’s fault, and then start spouting anti-semetic racism; and still in the same breath call conservatives racist for insert ridiculous reason here) They love to quote people in our history, out of context, to make it seem like common sense American voices were really closet communists. Their weapons of choice, hearsay and the elipsis “…”. I am quote familiar with this technique. It is used all of the time with those opposed to my church. The elipsis is the greatest tool evil uses to confuse and distract anyone from the whole truth, because, you see, part of the truth can serve to bolster a lie.
Editorially, an elipsis was designed as a means of allowing the author to give a snippet of quoting writing, filtering out the fluff, and just give the meat of the quote. However, like all good tools, it can be misused for nefarious purposes. The nefarious method is to filter out what was really meant by the speaker in context, thus bolstering a lie.
Then, of course, there is the even easier way. Just take a small snippet, so small as to have zero context, and use that to bolster the lie. Sometimes, they actually use parts of a sentence. It’s amusing.
Abraham Lincoln Was a Closet Communist
Amusing right? Well Robin Blackburn likes to make that claim, heck he even wrote a whole book on it. Of course it was Marxist and biased, and full of hearsay, but comepletely lacking in facts. Well, they do use a letter from Karl Marx, and its response (through an ambassador) to feebly attempt to connect dots that aren’t there.
Here’s how you disprove that claim with actual quotes. The beauty is, you can easily find these in their context from historical documents. Interestingly enough, some here are replies to communist committies and unions in the US:
- “The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds. Nor should this lead to a war upon property, or the owners of property. Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; is a positive good in the world. That some should be rich shows that others may become rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built.” — Reply to a Committee from the Workingmen’s Association of New York, March 21, 1864
- “One of the reasons why I am opposed to Slavery is just here. What is the true condition of the laborer? I take it that it is best for all to leave each man free to acquire property as fast as he can. Some will get wealthy. I don’t believe in a law to prevent a man from getting rich; it would do more harm than good. So while we do not propose any war upon capital, we do wish to allow the humblest man an equal chance to get rich with everybody else.When one starts poor, as most do in the race of life, free society is such that he knows he can better his condition; he knows that there is no fixed condition of labor, for his whole life. I am not ashamed to confess that twenty five years ago I was a hired laborer, mauling rails, at work on a flat-boat—just what might happen to any poor man’s son! I want every man to have the chance—and I believe a black man is entitled to it—in which he can better his condition—when he may look forward and hope to be a hired laborer this year and the next, work for himself afterward, and finally to hire men to work for him“ — Speach in New Haven Connecticut, March 6, 1860
- “Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital producing mutual benefits. The error is in assuming that the whole labor of the community exists within that relation.” — Annual Message to Congress, December 3, 1861
- “The old general rule was that educated people did not perform manual labor. They managed to eat their bread, leaving the toil of producing it to the uneducated. This was not an insupportable evil to the working bees, so long as the class of drones remained very small. But now, especially in these free States, nearly all are educated–quite too nearly all, to leave the labor of the uneducated, in any wise adequate to the support of the whole. It follows from this that henceforth educated people must labor. Otherwise, education itself would become a positive and intolerable evil. No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive.A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.“
- “The prudent, penniless beginner in the world, labors for wages awhile, saves a surplus with which to buy tools or land, for himself; then labors on his own account another while, and at length hires another new beginner to help him. This, say its advocates, is free labor—the just and generous, and prosperous system, which opens the way for all—gives hope to all, and energy, and progress, and improvement of condition to all.“ — Wisconsin State Agricultural Society, September 3o, 1859
Every single one of those quotes is blasphemy to a communist. The funny thing is, Abraham Lincoln actually said them. The common misconception of liberals, is thinking conservatives aren’t for the “worker”. On the contrary, they know their ideals are best at not only supporting the worker in his craft, but also allowing that worker to excel and profit from his hard work. The whole focus of conservatism is protecting the rights of the individual from the tyranny of the mob.
Rush Limbaugh Said Robin Williams Killed Himself Because of a Leftist World View
Yeah right. It turns out a many people, that don’t listen to Rush Limbaugh, got really angry about something he didn’t say, but the leftist media said he said it so it must be true. He actually said this:
- “The thing I worry about, I really do, they’re making such heroism out of this that I hope it doesn’t inspire a lot of copycats by people seeking the same kind of fame. And that’s been one of my big concerns with social media from the get-go….So our last caller from Des Plaines, Illinois, wanted to know, ‘What is the politics in the coverage of the suicide of Robin Williams?’ Well, I believe there is some. But I don’t think that the politics is driving it. I think there was, on the part of media and Hollywood, genuine affection for the guy that is driving it, but there is politics. If you notice the coverage is focused on how much he had, but it wasn’t enough.‘He had everything, everything that you would think would make you happy. But it didn’t.’ Now, what is the left’s worldview in general? What is it? If you had to attach not a philosophy but an attitude to a leftist worldview, it’s one of pessimism and darkness, sadness. They’re never happy, are they? They’re always angry about something. No matter what they get, they’re always angry.They are animated in large part by the false promises of America, because the promises of America are not for everyone, as we see each and every day.” — Rush Limbaugh Radio Program, August 12, 2014
- “After 26 years of being misquoted, purposely taken out of context, misreported upon, lied about, some of this stuff now is beginning to get to the point I need to comment on it. Most days I just let it go by, not wanting to elevate it.But what the left, and particularly the leftist media, is attempting to do in twisting my comments about the Robin Williams suicide yesterday cannot go unnoticed. In fact, I didn’t even know that I was on the hot seat ’til I got an e-mail about 20 minutes ago about all the crap I was getting. I said, “What crap?”” — Rush Limbaugh Radio Program, August 13, 2014
- “All of these media people think I am just a reprobate, a cold, heartless guy because I accused Robin Williams of committing suicide because he was a liberal. And I did no such thing.All of these media people think I am just a reprobate, a cold, heartless guy because I accused Robin Williams of committing suicide because he was a liberal. And I did no such thing.” — Rush Limbaugh Radio Program, August 13, 2014
- ““We have no business being happy and optimistic here, given the plight of the rest of the world!” That has always been the battle cry of the left… There used to be an unbridled optimism about most people in this country because of what was possible as the result of being an American, and in the last almost six years, there’s been an assault on that.” — Rush Limbaugh Radio Program, August 13, 2014
What amuses me, is how liberals are so quick to believe hearsay, and so unwilling to believe fact. It all depends on if what is reported fits their broken agenda.
More of Rush on Liberals
- “The liberals, you see, do not want to confront conservative ideas; they just attack conservatives as a group, and particularly their motives. If you believe what they say about us, you would think that if someone like Bill Bennett, or Jack Kemp, or myself were driving through South Central Los Angeles and looking at the slums and poverty, we would go: Oh, man, this is great — they’ve got nothing, so that means we get more. It’s simply preposterous. We all want to live in a great country. And for the country to fulfill its potential, you need individuals to be the best they can be — not the government taking care of people.” — Rush Limbaugh
- “What about feeling sorry for those…who pay the taxes? Those are the people NO ONE ever feels sorry for. They are asked to give and give until they have no more to give. And when they say ‘Enough!’ they are called selfish.” — Rush Limbaugh
- “Let me tell you who we conservatives are: we love people. When we look out over the United States of America, when we are anywhere, when we see a group of people, such as this or anywhere, we see Americans. We see human beings. We don’t see groups. We don’t see victims.“ — Rush Limbaugh
- “Bigot: A person that wins an argument with a liberal.” — Rush Limbaugh
How To Deceive
Or how to be a gainsayer. So how does one deceive? It’s simple:
Say 90% truth with 10% lies, and slowly increase the lies to 20% and so-on. Pretty soon, you will have someone so willing to listen to 90% lies and 10% truth, because their reality has been warped into believing anything, even the most outlandish, with very little evidence to back it up.The key to fighting this, is to address the lies early, and not let it get to the ridiculous. For yourself, study the facts and their claims; and not with just their sources.
- As another tool, you can “machinegun” out accusations, and before the individual is allowed to answer with the truth on one, or while they are proving the accusation wrong, with the truth, you distract with another accusation equally unfounded. This is readily apparent in liberal behavior. When their argument begins to fall apart (as it always will), they bring on other BS to distract from the fact you were soundly proving them wrong on the other accusation. This is actually a common technique in deception. It’s called “distraction”. Pickpockets use it well.The key to fighting this, is to not let the accuser keep doing it. Keep forcing them back to the original accusation until it is properly addressed, and so on. Their weapon isn’t the lie, it’s the ammo. Their weapon is the “machinegunning” of the ammo.
- A variation on the above is to distract and bolster a lie by accusing the person of a cultural taboo, like racism, or child hater, or homophobe, etc. So instead of proving the original lie wrong, you are forced to instead attempt to disprove the second lie, the “taboo,” false, thus allowing the first lie to stand.The key to fighting this, is to stick with addressing the first lie, and then address the second, if warranted.
- Say the same lie over and over with a straight and serious face, and even with emotion. Eventually it will be some commonplace that people will assume it must be true. Adolf Hitler once spoke about this technique, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed”. I have found liberals commonly using it. The current President, and liberal members of Congress use this technique quite regularly now days, and people (liberal drones) eat it right up. Examples in point:
- The often over-used and never said, “separation of church and state” that they claim is said in the US Constitution. Unfortunately for them, it’s not in the Constitution. It’s actually a misquote of Thomas Jefferson. Yep, something he wrote that they take out of context. The Constitution basically says the government cannot set up a state church (“establishment”), and cannot meddle in the affairs of any church (“prohibiting the free exercise thereof”).
- The also often said, “The Second Amendment was for hunting” or, at most, “self-defense”. This one is so easy to disprove, I am amazed at its use. Nearly all the founding fathers wrote, especially Thomas Jefferson, that the second amendment is there so that the citizenry can remove a tyrannical government. The second amendment litterally was designed to protect the first. The government is supposed to fear the citizenry, not the other way around. You see, it’s a government by the people and for the people, and the powers the government are allowed to weald are only those the people give them. The government has no authority to give themselves power. It’s quite contrary to the liberal agenda.
- “Republicans are racist”. This is a result of a complete lack of historical knowledge. This historical fact is that the Republican Party was formed as a third party to the Democrats and Whigs. It litterally was the Tea Party to the Whigs. Its goal was to free slaves and promote free trade and property ownership rights. In fact, it was always the Democrats that opposed every measure brought forth by Republicans to give equal rights to minorities. The Jim Crow laws are all authored by Democrats. The biggest Democrat to oppose minority rights and integration was Lyndon Johnson. The so-called civil rights hero of the left (that is another lie). His Senate leadership tenure was full of tossing out Republican civil rights bills.I always wondered how a party so full of “former” KKK members can have the balls to accuse Republicans as being racist. Then I remembered that history shows that it was the Southern Democrats that formed the KKK, as militant arm and a means of scaring off black voters, in the first place. It was founded originally in Tennessee, but quickly spread to the rest of the southern states, and became quite militant and useful to the Democrats. (A Short History of Reconstruction, Dr. Eric Foner, currently a DeWitt Clinton Professor at Columbia University and former president of the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians)What better way is there to enslave minorities, than to make them dependant on government? Granted, African Americans are off the plantations, but why bother? Just enslave them, with government dependancy, where they are. This is exactly what Democrats are doing. I am amazed that the party many minorities choose today, is the very party that wants to enslave them. Call it, “they’re being led to Hell, and yet looking forward to the trip.”The key to fighting this is to, without fear, call out a lie for what it is, and use the facts. The sooner, the better. You also need to make sure the liar is pointed out to be a liar. Now days, the phrase “misspoke” is used. Do not be a wimp with right and wrong. They didn’t “misspeak”, they “LIED”. They are deceiving you. You need to make sure people know that; BUT you had better make darn sure they are lying first.
Slander or “mud-sling”. What better way to announce to those with common sense that your stance/argument/agenda is wrong, than to parrot unfounded slander? Note, “slander” must not be based on fact to be considered slander. Telling the truth is not slander. However, when a liberal is backed against a truth-wall, be prepared for the slander and the mud to fly. They are just like an angry child throwing a tantrum, and throwing toys. Instead of toys, it’s verbal mud. This method is related to the previouis method.