Focus on Ferguson

Truthby Anniel  12/2/14
“Hi, Annie,” the woman caller chirped brightly, “Congratulations, you have been selected to join a week long focus group on national issues. You’ll receive lunch, dinner and $50.00 daily for six 4 hour working sessions at the Captain Cook Hotel. Can we count on you joining us?”

“Absolutely not,” I answered as I hung up. I still feel slightly soiled for the invitation. I also believe that what we’re seeing in Ferguson, Missouri now is a result of psychological manipulation gained through use of such things as Focus Groups and other forms of political gamesmanship. Everything has been carefully choreographed.

What happens to people, like many in Ferguson, when they are so manipulated their very words become unholy, when they are so impoverished in spirit that they have no vocabulary to allow goodness and beauty inside their souls? Listen, if you can stand it, when Michael Brown’s mother, step-father, and biological father speak. Where does truth go when only ugliness and profanity are present? When men are empty?

Watching the chaos that is Ferguson is more than depressing, especially when you realize there are no words to convey the truth, not just to the residents, but that even the interlopers, the race baiters, the Justice Department officials and the media have no real stake in stopping the destruction and violence. That truth is not wanted by so many of the people gathered, not just in Ferguson but in other communities also. TRUTH IS SIMPLY NOT WANTED. It is not comprehended because the words to express it have been killed in too many hearts and souls.

The Apostle John speaks of the Word of Creation and the importance of recognizing that Word:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. — John 1:1-5; KJV

The life of the Creator of worlds came to be the light shining in the darkness for all men to see. But men destroy that very light, then and now. It begins, as always, with the perversion of language. Ugliness and political correctness are the perversions in use today.

Trying to avoid the Ferguson narrative of lies is utterly impossible and the gutter language is so pervasive that it rings in everyone’s heads for hours. Then there are the intruders trying to stir up more trouble using the verbal lies, gesturing lies and demands on TV and any public forum possible. And people like Donna Brazile having tried and convicted the officer in spite of facts and truth. Isn’t she supposed to have brains? To say nothing of Jesse Jackson, Sharpton, Holder and Obama. It’s difficult to know which is worse, the vacuum that is in the minds of many, or the lies told by their leaders to use them and lead them by the nose.

God always sends witnesses of truth, and John the Baptist was one who cried his witness in the wilderness:

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent to bear witness of that light. That was that true light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But to as many as received him gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. — Ibid. 1:6-14.

Watching Ferguson you will see, here and there, very brave souls who are willing to face down the lies and hatred, but they seem so few and their stories are quickly squelched by the organizers of the mayhem. But they do bear witness that the light, that grace and truth are still there.

It is so much easier to feel than it is to actually think. The question “How do you FEEL about that?” has replaced What do you THINK about that? in our vernacular. Brad Nelson wrote once that feeling good about what we do is much easier than the hard work of doing good. And day by week by month by year, freedom is thrown away by people who no longer even care to think, nor do they want the work of doing good.

In spite of the lies and hatred, all conditions for bearing witness of light have been met, from the beginning until now, and voices are still crying in the wilderness. Those voices seem to cry words to ears that will not hear, and to eyes that refuse to see. But to those who do see and hear He gives power to become sons of God.

If we who would be His sons and daughters have enough faith to speak of and in the light and even one person listens, it may be enough to save our land.

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17 Responses to Focus on Ferguson

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    The problem in Ferguson, as in so many interracial disputes in recent years (going back even before Tawana Brawley) is that the Left seeks to use such false accusations both to smear America (especially white Americans) and to rouse up the blacks who otherwise might notice how harmful liberalism has been for them. So the truth — as reported by several black witnesses — is irrelevant as long as they can find someone (no matter how dubious his evidence) who supports their story. (This is the same standard of evidence used by tabloids such as The National Enquirer. The late Donald Westlake once had a comic mystery on the subject, Trust Me On This.)

    Incidentally, there have been a few blacks willing to speak out nationally against the Ferguson lynch mobs and the race hustlers inciting them, such as Milwaukee county sheriff David Clarke and former basketball star Charles Barkley. One might also note the well-armed blacks who defended a white-owned service station/ convenience store during the Ferguson riots. Such people make a good antidote to Brown’s stepfather, the Congressional Black Caucus, the St. Louis Rams (if I were a football fan, I’d never root for them), et al.

    • Anniel says:

      Charles Barkley had me until he said he would vote for Chris Christie. And I wondered why he hadn’t heard all the things until the grand jury report was finally out. Maybe he’ll ditch the MSM now. As I said, there are many good people out there still. I wish there were some way to help support the good guys like the ones defending the service station.

  2. James Smith says:

    I woke up very early this morning deeply bothered by something I had heard on the news out of Ferguson, MO. A black lady had made the comment that her race was becoming “an endangered species”.
    I garnered the impression that she thought that the tragic death of “one” black teenager at the hands of a white police officer attempting to defend his own life in the line of duty, and I assume any other obviously small number of similar incidents within recent memory, were the cause of said “holocaust”.
    Well, someone please correct my figures if they are misunderestimated but I believe that black people currently make up around 13% of the US population which would be something more than 40,000,000. Within my life time, following “Roe vs. Wade” some 60,000,000 unborn babies have been “disposed of” and according to what I have heard the majority of these innocents were black.
    Now, that is a “holocaust!” Not to mention, the multiple violent deaths of black people at the hands of other black “people” presently within the drug and gang culture of the inner cities or our nation.
    If these babies hadn’t been killed and black people weren’t murdering other black people all over the place would not the percentage of black people in our nation be somewhere around 25% to 30% or more instead of 13%.
    Are they not being systematically wiped out? What kind of evil is behind such a thing?
    The “darkness” within that ladies mind and the minds of all of those other liberal, progressivist democrats who think what happened in Ferguson, MO would endanger the black “species” while refusing to acknowledge what has really been going on is ASTOUNDING!
    We need to pray that God would find a way to shine the light of truth on Ferguson, MO and expose all of the lies.
    One last thing, it isn’t that the current occupant of the white house is a liar, the fact is, he never ever, under any circumstances, tells the truth!

    • Anniel says:

      The blacks, by and large, think of Planned Parenthood as their friend. Sad situation.

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Indeed, Planned Parenthood joined in the “Black Lives Matter” hashtag protest. Conservatives, at least, understand the irony. Liberals carefully ignore all the black lives PP prevents.

  3. Rosalys says:

    Missed opportunity Annie. You could have been a voice of opposition in the focus group. They aren’t always a gathering of true believers, but a way to gauge and/or control public opinion.

    My brother participated in one once – it had to do with environmental concerns about the ocean and rivers and how man was upsetting the delicate psyche of the poor fish therein with his incessant construction projects. They were all sitting around a large table and beginning with one low info type, they took turns giving their opinions based on the little presentation of factoids they sat though at the beginning. Fortuitously, my brother was the last to speak. Being quite knowledgeable about the real facts, he proceeded to lay them out before the low-infos, who perhaps had never heard any of this stuff before. The effect was astounding! The next trip around the table showed that low-infos were listening to him and by the end of the day he had converted the entire group! – except for the cheeseballs who put this forum together.

    Another time he went to a public viewing at the library of Algore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”, after which there were to be refreshments and a public discussion. Around the punchbowl, cookie in hand, he asked the moderator one pertinent question. Not only did he not get an answer, but like cockroaches scattering when the lights come on, everybody left! Within three minutes the place was cleared!

    I have to use my brother as an example because he is much better at this than I am. I have my strongly held convictions, but I don’t have his power of persuasion.

    • Anniel says:

      Rosalys – I have a friend who said the same thing and I have considered the matter. I think I would still opt out for a variety of reasons. Some of them have to do with my dislike of dealing with closed and slippery minds. My friend loves confrontation and would do a focus group in a heartbeat, and she’d love getting paid for it.

      • Annie — good piece; so many of us feel just as you do about this. As for focus groups — I’d do one because I do like a good debate, but I don’t answer poll questions for much the same reasons as yours. Polls are not information; they’re ammunition and I want no part of that manipulation.

      • GHG says:

        Discussions with leftists, in a nutshell: … dealing with closed and slippery minds”

        When a leftist preaches at you (what they call a discussion), decline and bang your head against a wall three times. It saves a lot of time.

        They inhabit a different world and although the language sounds similar, it’s really quite different and unintelligible, from both sides.

  4. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    I find the news in this piece rather heartening. Maybe more people are paying attention to what is going on at our college campuses than I supposed. Sadly, others suffer more than those in academia who are responsible for the sorry state of American “higher-education.”

    https://heatst.com/culture-wars/as-mizzou-enrollment-plummets-landlords-offer-1000-gift-cards-big-rent-reductions-to-lure-students/

    One bad bit of news in this piece is that other universities are competing to take up the slack created by this state of affairs. Are those universities any better than U of M as regards their leftist slant?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      That’s something I’ve wondered about myself. How many of those students no longer enrolling in Mizzou are actually going to a better college?

      Incidentally, an interesting piece of good news in this respect is the victory of a conservative black scientist from DC as Miss USA.

      One might also note that rocketry team from a Christian academy, evidently mostly minority students (the team, at least) who got to meet Trump at the White House after making the finals of some sort of rocketry competition (though they didn’t win in the end) with a rocket they named “Trump”.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      Modern universities are holiday camps for yutes who don’t want to grow up. Let’s hope more cost-effective and less proproganda-based online universities thrive. Obviously people are still going to school and becoming doctors, lawyers, etc. But how much of going to university is just about the name on the diploma, not marketable knowledge and skills?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        I suspect this matters more at really prestigious schools, such as the Ivy League schools, UC Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, CalTech . . . and all or most of those are very bad, at least as far as political toleration goes.

  5. pstmct says:

    Until most every liberal university goes out off business or starts to teach the truth
    and most everyone of the leftist communist professors has no job and no pension, they will continue on the same path because the rewards far out weigh any negatives they might face. I am sure that there are some really good people that would be hurt by that event, and for them I would be sorry, but our country is at stake and the leftist in education are a very big part of the problem.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      The only thing that can interfere at all with the catastrophe that is academia is through its purse-strings. State governments and the federal government must defund those colleges that specialize in leftist indoctrination instead of education — and their donors must do the same. Unfortunately, many donors don’t realize what’s happening, and many even approve of it. And some colleges have built up huge financial endowments, which they could expend if need be. The prognosis is not good.

      • pst4usa says:

        No it is not Timothy, and what is worse is that it is no longer just confined to the universities, it is fully implanted in the high schools and working its way down through elementary schools.
        Remember kids singing …Mm mm mm Barak Hoesain 0bama … mm mm mm…

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