If there’s a limit to the number of misleading statements and outright falsehoods that contemporary “journalists” and politicians can dole out, we certainly haven’t seen it.
Let’s take their ceaseless legerdemain when it comes to President Donald Trump. One can certainly disagree with multitudes of Trump policies while also observing that the left regularly employs out-of-context quotes and baseless, close-to-insane “interpretations” of his words to construct a week-on-week, month-on-month narrative that he’s “racist” or secretly trying to curry favor with “white supremacists.”
Thus, even though Trump said he decried the violence in Charlottesville, Va., and he correctly noted there was “blame on both sides,” his also-correct statement that “there were good people on both sides” of the debate over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue has been misreported as him calling white nationalists “good people.”
Anyone with a functional brain knows that is not what he said, yet that mindless pop media narrative, first pushed by the likes of “news” commentators and Democrat politicians, has been used as the foundation for even more mischaracterizations, one foundational lie upon another.
Trump mentions rats in Baltimore, never talking about race, but, instead, focusing on the economic mess of a Democrat-run city, and the leftist media, as usual, ring the racism bell, injecting what could be their own racism into it in order to paint Trump as a racist. It’s absurdist and lame. And, in the process of trying to create political leverage and deflect from a real slum problem and lack of economic growth, the pop media and leftist politicians actually spread untruths that could make race relations worse.
Trump mentions the fact that there are criminal elements crossing the border in addition to people who want to come to America to be free and live better lives? People like Robert “Beto” O’Rourke parrot to a fawning Chris Cuomo on CNN that Trump “…described Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals” and Cuomo not only fails to challenge Beto, he cozies up to him.
One can disagree with Trump on many aspects of his immigration policy, but that doesn’t mean one cannot recognize that Trump’s statements are being misconstrued, taken out of context, or “read into.” This is the guy who opened his Mar-A-Lago to non-whites, flipping the wigs of Florida’s so-called “elite,” and gaining economic ground following the decision to such an extent that many other resorts followed suit.
And this leftist tactic – which is pure postmodernism, to claim that someone meant something he clearly did not, even to the extent of claiming that Trump lowering flags after the Dayton and El Paso shootings but then raising them on August 8th was a sign of Nazism – is so prevalent and unrestrained, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has just recently claimed that Trump is actually “responsible” for the murderous acts of another person.
As Naomi Lim reports for The Washington Examiner, while Warren was in Iowa annoying people, she said of Trump:
He’s a man who cozies up to the white supremacists, he calls them fine fellows…
Which is, of course, untrue. But as Hitler’s pal Goebbels said,
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, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Warren also said:
[Trump's] talked about trying to get brown people and black people out of this country…
This, too, mischaracterizes Trump’s position and injects race into what Trump has repeatedly said is an issue of criminality and security – and, again, one doesn’t have to agree with his push to further federalize border control to debate him on the issue, rather than paint him as racist. There is a long, important discussion about the U.S. Constitution in there, but that is a topic for a different time.
Warren also said,
He’s talked about shithole countries. This is what he’s done. The wink and a nod…
Then she culminated her remarks with her insulting claim that Trump is "responsible" for the actions of another man.
He can’t keep trying to stir this up, give aid and comfort, be embraced by the white supremacists, and then say, ‘Oh, but not me.’ No, he’s responsible.
Which, of course, Trump clearly is not. People are responsible for their own actions.
When Warren lays blame for another man’s actions at President Trump’s feet, does she also accept responsibility for the murderous actions of the Dayton shooter who killed nine people? After all, he was an avowed Warren supporter and advocate of laws to restrict the right to keep and bear arms.
Will the pop media call her on her hypocrisy? Don’t hold your breath.
When O’Rourke “comforted” an El Paso Wal Mart employee in front of cameras, rather than take him aside and talk privately about guns and his push for infringing on the right to keep and bear them, Beto was surrounded by armed guards.
Will reporters mention his double-standard? Will they report that the young man had no armed guards around him when he went home?
The chances of both are easy to estimate.
So let’s see if we can use this time of extreme rhetoric and name-calling, of blame-casting and false narratives, to our advantage and derive a lesson.
No matter Warren’s lies, or Beto’s hypocrisy, or even Donald Trump's tendency to enflame frustration over immigration – one’s actions are one's own responsibility.
To think anything else is to reject the most fundamental aspect of human nature: the God-granted ability to control one’s own will.