Scapegoating

ScapegoatThumbby Brad Nelson
I was doing a little channel surfing a while ago and ran across “The Diary of Anne Frank” playing on TCM. I didn’t watch it because once you’ve read the book (the actual diary), there’s absolutely no reason to watch the movie. And of all the over-rated or just esoteric “classics” out there, that diary isn’t one of them. It’s a true gem. I highly recommend it. And it’s not a depressing read if that is what is holding you back. It’s well worth the time.



But I was watching a few minutes of the movie and wondering how it comes to pass that people of a certain race or ethnicity have to actually hide in order to stay alive. How does that happen?

And then I was reminded of the orchestrated campaign going on right now by the Left to paint all the Tea Party members as dangerous kooks and would-be terrorists. Even the former Speaker of the House equated them with Nazis, and recently the president had more dismissive words. The lapdog mainstream press (which acts much like the old Soviet Union’s “Pravda”) are the echo chamber for this campaign by the Left whose goal is basically to define in the minds of people everywhere that those who protest the current Democratic regime — and Big Brother government — are potentially violent kooks and terrorists.

This is how the Left operates. And one must remember that the Nazis where National Socialists. They were of the Left. The Left is always about using scapegoats as a means to power. And what could be more of a threat to the kind of highly-centralized power the Left drools over than a bunch of Tea Party people who are stumping for legal Constitutional limited government with the brakes being put on spending? And yet the Leftists in our midst (including the president and most of the Democratic members of Congress) would have us believe that the Tea Party members are a grave danger. Have you ever been in danger by a movement that wants the government to have less power over your life?

And somewhere out there (and I’ve debated them online myself) there are people who mindlessly soak up this Leftist propaganda and become the “useful idiots” of the left. (That’s a term apparently created by Lenin, by the way, to describe those gullible political elites in the West who were enamored with Communist and socialist methods and reported kindly on the Soviet Union.) And if enough of these useful idiots gather, and if these orchestrated lies (backed by a lapdog media) take root, you lay the foundation where it is dangerous to have opinions that differ from the Big Brother leftist state. We may not today have to hide in the attic to stay alive, but already people are doing all kinds of clandestine things to keep out of the wrath of the over-bearing state and its various regulatory arms.

The Nazi-like mindset even now is being nurtured and promoted. Scapegoats are trying to be manufactured by the Left. Take note, America. • (1039 views)

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I like books, nature, politics, old movies, Ronald Reagan (you get sort of a three-fer with that one), and the founding ideals of this country. We are the Shining City on the Hill — or ought to be. However, our land has been poisoned by Utopian aspirations and feel-good bromides. Both have replaced wisdom and facts.

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10 Responses to Scapegoating

  1. pst4usa says:

    And they say manufacturing is dead in America! Now we know this is untrue. By the way what is the market rate for Scapegoats today, I hear they are very tender and juicy.

  2. ladykrystyna says:

    Brad, you really are living in my head. When the Tea Party first emerged, and I became a Tea Partier, I thought to myself – and I was trying not to sound hyperbolic or take away the horror that was the Holocaust: “This is just a little of what the Jews must have felt like in Nazi Germany.”

    When I went to the big Tea Party rally in September, 2009, I made it a point to tell my mom not to say anything to anyone about it. I had some mom friends in the neighborhood, a few of which I knew were at least polite liberals (as opposed to rabid Leftists). I did this because 1. I wasn’t there to defend the Tea Party and my mother would not be able to and 2. I knew that these people would have a distorted view of it from the MSM.

    She did let it slip, but I can say that those same women didn’t shun me in the end. We remained at least friendly neighbors (though I’ve since moved away from that neighborhood).

    For me, I want to try and take the tack that Voltaire espoused in his first article – learn to speak up. You don’t have to be rude or loud or whatever, but speak up. So I try to do that when I can. But it is hard to do, as so many of us have been trained to be polite.

    • CCWriter CCWriter says:

      LadyK, I think you just gave a great example of how to “fight.”

      Letting it slip may have been a very smart move even if unintentional. First of all, you weren’t coming at them trying to sell something. It ended up being up to the neighbors to try to reconcile the fact that you were a polite person and a good neighbor with what they had been told about evil Tea Party people. Who knows how they wrestled with it in their minds–but it sounds like you won that “fight” with little more than perhaps an arched eyebrow on your part.

      I often observe frustrated conservatives saying they want to be more aggressive, fight back, etc. I can certainly sympathize with this, but at the same time I want to urge them to think about what they’re really after.

      Arguing back forcefully with name-calling and your best zingers and “so’s your old man!” in an us-vs.-them context will certainly provide an emotional catharsis, even as it ratchets up the heat. But I doubt it will change the spokesliberal’s mind. So that can’t possibly be your objective.

      What really matters is the effect the exchange will have on any onlookers who are not in either the liberal or conservative cheering sections–people you might classify as undecided or independent or persuadable or confused or doubtful. Will what you say (argument or tone or both) make them more sympathetic to the conservative case? Will they, as a result of whatever exchange they are exposed to, perceive you as more fair, more moral, more realistic, better motivated, more clever and less crude, more consistent and less hypocritical, more of whatever they’re looking for than the opposition or at least more so than they had previously imagined? Will it make them decide that our side might be right, that conservative/libertarian policies are more likely to benefit them and the country? Will it open their minds just a little more? Will it move them off the “pox on both your sides” position that some of them have adopted? Will it make them suspect we’ve been framed and deserve a fairer hearing? Or will it confirm their stereotypes?

      I am not saying what I like to call the “Grrr! Grrr! Grrr!” mentality can never work–different people may be won over by different approaches. Laying it on loud and thick could even work for some, though I have trouble picturing it even for an extreme sports nut. What I’m suggesting is to calculate your appeal to the person you want to appeal to, which may be better served by the argumental equivalent of the leverage of martial arts postures than by metaphorically landing punches on your opponent in what is, after all, not so much a contest as a display for the benefit of observers. I’m saying if you try to fight a battle without knowing what your strategy is, you are more likely to lose.

    • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

      But it is hard to do, as so many of us have been trained to be polite.

      Unless you beat me to it, I’d like to tackle that idea in an article. What you said is consistent with a very provocative thought that Dennis Prager has. He says that many people these days are “nice” but they’re not “good.”

      I never used that coinage, but I’ve been screaming that same idea for a couple years now. We have this cultural idea of “nice” that isn’t really “nice.” It’s mostly self-aggrandizing.

      Thomas Sowell, more than anyone, has gotten deep into this subject, particularly with “The Vision of the Anointed.” We live in a narcissistic culture that cares much more about seeming to do good rather than actually doing good.

      For those who care for another point of view on this, there is an excellent book titled “The Tragedy of American Compassion.” It shows how and why wisdom, good practices, and true goodness were squeezed out of charity efforts as these efforts were more and more taken over by government. And government types had an entirely different outlook on how to help people (and a quite stupid, self-aggrandizing, and dysfunctional one at that).

      Dennis Prager also talks about a rabbi friend of his who told him, and I paraphrase, “Dennis, I’ve learned to conquer my propensity to do evil. But what I have yet to master is my propensity to do good.” But that he meant that it’s all too easy to go off on tangents of “do-gooderism” with little or no regard if you are helping or hurting someone.

      If Pat is lurking (our resident Prager expert), perhaps he has a link to Prager’s thoughts on this.

      • Kung Fu Zu says:

        Your Prager quote about people being “nice, but not good” brought to mind a passage in T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King”.

        Lancelot is talking to Arthur and Guenever about the quest for the Holy Grail when Arthur mentions that he knows little about Galahad except that “everybody dislikes him because he inhuman” meaning he is completely detached and doesn’t follow the usual societal niceties.

        Lancelot replies that after returning from the quest many things that people say are needless and empty. He then says “Where I have been and where Galahad is, it is a waste of time to have manners. Manners are only needed between people, to keep their empty affairs in working order.”

        This impressed me as profound and I do believe manners are too often the result of us wanting something from someone else or being afraid of offending others. One doesn’t need to be intentionally rude, but the truth and good are sometimes distressing to people and should not be avoided simply because they can be painful. That is why political correctness is so corrosive.

        • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

          but the truth and good are sometimes distressing to people and should not be avoided simply because they can be painful. That is why political correctness is so corrosive.

          Very well said, Mr. Kung. And very very thoughtful quotes from “The Once and Future King.” And that reminds me that I’ll have to finish that. I had set that book down well over two years ago. I think I was over halfway through it. I vaguely remember reading at least up to the point where Pellinore finally catches the Questing Beast, or it’s the Questing Beast that catches him. It’s a long book and one that I set down probably to pick something else up.

          • Kung Fu Zu says:

            I read the book years ago. I have forgotten much if it, but the thought about manners has stuck with me. I have wanted to pass it on for a long time, but not everyone thinks about such things. I believe this group does.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Kung, I may well author an article on the subject of “nice” vs. “good” and the general vibe of those quotes from the book. If I do, I’d like to run it by you and sort of collaborate on that as co-authors. What do you think?

              But…I’m sort of swamped here at the moment. So, by all means, if you’d like to cover the subject, please do so.

              • Kung Fu Zu says:

                Brad, I will be glad to help if I can. I am working on a couple more pieces regarding amnesty. And I think I might write a short piece on the book “Sacred Fire” which goes into detail on Washington’s religion.

            • Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

              Okay, sounds like you have your hands full. What I might do is write something up and then run it past you first.

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