The more things change, in US politics or Hollywood, the more they stay the same, or get tweaked just enough to look new. The release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, the latest leg of the famous movie franchise drops just as the actual major party Presidential primary contests of the 2016 season are soon to begin, and both carry suspiciously similar elements (beware, some spoilers ahead). Mash-up time: Is the regular electorate finally tired of the mostly phony left-right paradigm at home, and the Phantom Menace abroad constantly foisted on it by the Empire, as its First Order of deception? Are they, in fact, now moving more towards supporting the Resistance?
How Liberty Died
Just to recap what has gone before, on two fronts: The Star Wars/American saga is about a once great democratic Republic (the original, Constitution-based USA, or the Galactic Republic) driven by rational ‘light side,’ peace officer Jedi principles of the rule of law, limited government and non-aggression, was taken over by the Empire, a predatory and tyrannical order driven by the war-mongering Sith (or the NWO), who are emotionally committed to the ‘dark side’ goals of total government and total, “unlimited power!” The constitutionalist Jedis see the whole world as embued, in varying shades of grey, by the Force (with all having access to God’s indwelling light, and rights), while the globalist Siths view things in war-mode, Manichean black and white absolutes, where all parties not loyal to them are deemed the enemy and must be destroyed.
The first SW movie trilogy chronicled the restoration of the Resistance to fight the Sith’s total state tyranny. But it was the later ‘prequel’ trilogy that spelled out the true mechanics of the struggle, as it depicted how the ambitious politician Palpatine (or in our world, Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt and the rest of the authoritarian gang) could fear-monger, double deal and false flag an entire Republic into ultimately surrendering their liberty, checks and balances on power, and pretty much everything else, “with thunderous applause.”
Have the Jedi Vanished?
Since that time, on both the big screen and in life, there have been ‘new episodes’ where the Resistance started to emerge, be it called the Goldwater movement, A New Hope, Morning in America, Return of the Jedi, or the Ron Paul revolution. In fact, the plots have been curiously similar. A New Hope was about an evil dude dressed in black trying to retrieve some critical info from the Rebels, only the data has been stored inside a cute droid, who escapes to hide on a desert planet. The droid meets with the main protagonists, who end up blasting their way off the planet together by flying the Millenium Falcon. From there, they wind up working with the Resistance, becoming more aware of the ways of the Jedi and more comfortable battling the Sith-controlled tyrants. A daring plan is devised to destroy the enemy’s new Death star, where a daring rescue is also to be made, and where a tragic death of a main protagonist occurs. Meanwhile, The Force Awakens is about—hmmm, the same thing, word for word. The more things change…
The only divergence between the reel world and the real world is that while the good guys win some battles on both fronts, the Sith/Empire/First Order globalist forces keep winning the war in the modern world. The quick version of the real world script goes, conservatives promise major change towards restoring limited constitutional government in every national election, then get elected and after that, nothing happens legislatively. No one has found a way to blow up the big government Death Star, or repeal any major program, and no Skywalker has emerged to reverse the advance of the New World Order. Worse, the entire Hegelian “problem, reaction, solution” false flag apparatus of fear by which the Palpatines of global empire keep the masses and systems in line, trundles on intact despite being exposed as such many times. It’s as if the last Jedis of liberty never existed, or have long since disappeared.
Or, did Luke vanish for a reason, both in fact as well as fiction? The new movie suggests he has a plan, perhaps involving the training of a new generation of Jedis, the full dimensions of which are not yet disclosed. With the Rand Paul campaign now poised to be probably defeated (which would be the third big liberty movement defeat in three election cycles), perhaps it’s time for the good guys to take a similar sabbatical, to work on a plan that works. In the absence (or ineffectiveness) of our Jedis, what the movie (and life) displays are a host of conflicted new characters, some just becoming aware of the evil or excess of the Total State (Finn), some being unaware of their latent power over the Force (Rey), and some trying to deal with their turn to the dark side (Kylo Ren).
Which is the Master, and Which is the Apprentice?
While some comparisons are not completely exact, life at times does copy art. The growing disillusionment of the masses with the Mideast wars, the frustration of rank and file GOP members with the party leadership and their lack of policy achievements, and the exhaustion they have with the mainstream media’s non-stop PC bullying (designed to cow them back into compliance) appears to be leading to a mass resistance against the Order. This non-, or anti-establishment rebellion started most recently with the Ron Paul campaigns of 2008 and 2012, with the Tea Party gains since 2009 to present playing its part, but has reached a crescendo with the outsider posturing of candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson in the current GOP primary race. Since each of these persons arguably have been previously associated with the Stormtrooper establishment, they can be said to be the ‘Finns’ of the real world at this time.
Note these individuals are certainly not themselves Jedis—the ‘Rey’ character of this election cycle is clearly Rand Paul, who has shown the potential of using the Force, yet currently lacks the training or commitment to fully represent the light side like his Jedi father Ron. But these Finns of the campaign have each found a way to engage the frustrated mass sentient of their non-establishment supporters that the darkside-dominated political leadership—including the GOP’s—must be confronted, deflated, and replaced. Which brings us to the ‘Kylo Rens’ of the current saga, embodied by creatures ranging from the Sith neocon robots Rubio and Jeb, to the Democrat “alternative” in the form of that blood-soaked battle axe named Hillary, to the regime’s would-be financial controllers—the Adelsons, Kochs, or other sultans seated at the corporate militarist, AIPAC and bankster table. Indeed, it’s hard to tell at times which one is the Sith apprentice, and which one is a full Master, as their agendas are so much in lock step.
The Force is Not Strong With This One
The GOP primary tragedy of 2015-2016 remains the ineffectual Rand candidacy, which I had such high hopes for six months ago. Why have the Finns been able to reach the anti-establishment voting bloc with their themes, while Rand has not with his correct, coherent pro-liberty approach, and actual anti-establishment positions? Well, to the public, Trump appears to have resolve, while Rand does not, when it comes to resisting the PC framework, and plainly prioritizing topics like the impact of immigration. Forget his compromising rhetoric on foreign policy—Rand hurt himself more when he pandered to the left to avoid the “racist” control word smear, backed away from his stance on the Civil Rights Act, and caved when the media pushed the “he’s sexist” smear line once he challenged the loaded questions he got from women reporters in earlier interviews. Compare this to Ron Paul NOT caving on non-intervention when Giuliani tried to bully him into ‘apologizing’ for it.
That, plus his lack of urgency on cultural issues in general, sent the signal that Rand wouldn’t get things accomplished as President, because he’d cave or backpedal to the PC drumbeat whenever push came to shove on each of these fronts. That’s why policy details have taken a back seat in this campaign to the “won’t back down” posture. Proposed policy means little if the framework supporting the existing policy goes unchallenged. Rand has appeared to back down from, or to avoid even engaging the establishment, on too many fronts.
To get anywhere with the Sith Lords, you have to address their emotion-mongering. Until we run candidates who are the liberty voice of emotion as well as reason, we’ll keep losing. It’s like the game rock-paper-scissors, where reason is the rock, paper is emotion and scissors is pain. Ron and Rand can run on the rock of reason and peace, but demagogic emotion (“we’re under threat,” fear, fear fear, more war until we win, etc) will overwhelm it or ‘wrap it’ every time. Two years ago, when the war hawks tried to crank up a war on Syria with phony claims Assad had launched a chemical attack, the world turned off the drumbeat by flatly calling the claim a scam, and standing firm—and so we must do again.
We have to confront the emotional pro-war framework papering over the truth, by rejecting the premise behind the framework—we have to say NO, we’ve been lied to, there is no real threat, ISIS/Al Qaeda are CIA created enemies, the War on Terror is a fraud to justify empire building the US had already long planned to do. The “we’ve been lied to” meme can act as scissors to cut through the emotionalism, and break the spell the War party puts on everybody with each new false flag. The pain of realizing you’ve been conned (the “it’s a trap!” syndrome) is known to wake people up, so they can hear reason again. But if Rand won’t call the war whoopers on their latest fraud, the emotional pro-war narrative will continue to stand, and smother reason.
By contrast, in terms of standing up to the Empire, Donald Trump’s campaign has had a net positive effect in the primary race. The truth is, several bad positions aside, Trump has done most of the things Rand SHOULD have done in the race—energized an anti-establishment sentiment among the GOP rank and file, stood up to the MSM’s bullying tactics and challenged their cult of self-importance, threatened a third party run for leverage (to keep the leadership from rigging thngs), destroyed the Bush campaign and neutralized the Koch/Adelson coronate-a-new-puppet machine, pushed cultural issues to the forefront of Republican discussion (instead of more warmongering), etc.
These outcomes represent progress, as they are thematically beneficial to liberty. If Rand couldn’t or wouldn’t produce them, the fact remains the party that did accomplish them should be appreciated, and that the electorate that wanted this done was, and still is gettable. What has been established is this vote can’t be gotten merely based on “positions,” even if they are the correct ones, and are directly non-establishment. A real sense that action will be taken on them, as currently evidenced by exhibiting resolve under PC fire and confronting the mainstream framework, appears to be the formula to engaging this voting bloc. Concentrating on this is focusing on the target, while baiting and carping about Trump’s drawbacks is majoring in the minors.
A Return of the Jedi Pathway
Rand’s best pathway for victory at this point is to flat out win, surge style, the Iowa caucus, to create the momentum he needs to win other February contests, and to get the “Rand can’t win” monkey off his back. This can work if the evangelical vote gets split enough between Trump, Cruz and Carson to Rand’s advantage, and if Rand can get the youth and independent vote out to the maximum extent (note that the college kids will be present and not away on holiday break, as with the past two IA caucuses). It would have been better if Rand had challenged mainstream frameworks or pursued a multi-party line fusion candidacy to give him more leverage, but absent that, this ‘win Iowa’ or win something early emphasis would be his last best bet.
It would also help if Rand would start triangulating Trump, instead of renouncing him over the next month. A large reason why Cruz succeeded in getting some of Trump’s vote was his triangulating the Donald, which assured those voters he was on their side, whereas Rand disengaged himself from those voters by attacking Trump. For that matter, it would serve Rand to start triangulating Cruz as well, since the media (and Trump) will be beating Cruz up. Rand could say “Cruz’s critics are out to lunch, he’s on the right track, but here’s the best way to proceed…”
This will be payback for Cruz triangulating Rand over the last few months (when Cruz stole Rand’s positions, he was mainly paying his respects to Rand, by trying to show liberty voters they could turn to Cruz to see their views represented). When Rand steals his own voters back, that should give him the extra edge he needs to keep on winning or placing high in successive primaries.
It is indeed instructive that even a “slithering weasel” like Cruz, who is disliked by both the media, and other Senators, has also been doing better than Rand. Compare the outcomes: Cruz triangulated Trump, thus he is now in first place in Iowa and second place nationally, with strong inroads made with engaging Trump supporters. Whereas, Rand attacked Trump, thus he is struggling in Iowa and nationally, with no inroads made with engaging Trump supporters. That’s why Rand is still losing. Cruz has too many wrong positions, but he has played Trump perfectly.
The Finns are, ultimately, not the enemy, the Siths are—so Rand should be focusing on beating the latter. These suggestions represent the best map for the Senator to be fighting them, while there’s still time in this election cycle. There, Jedi Rand, I am giving you your light saber, now let’s get this started! Roll credits.
Double Hmmmmm. It appears the ISIS related terrorist mayhem in Paris in the Charlie Hebdo attack in early 2015 was just a warm up for the ‘main event’ November Paris attacks of Friday the 13. The latest tragedy included multiple restaurant and theater shootings, along with suicide bombers, and a few convenient “this is for Syria” shouts, just to make it clear to the public to connect the attacks to next Muslim country on the War Party’s hit list. You guessed it: just as the Hebdo event appears coated with covert intelligence signs that it was a false flag, so too do the current attacks smack of heavily orchestrated propaganda.
Adding it Up, or Not
Consider, as usual, the things that don’t add up, a tell tale indicator of black ops at work. Why, oh why, if the ISIS terrorists are sooo into advancing their agenda to gain acceptance for their ‘caliphate’ territory in the Middle east, that they perform very heinous acts just in time for important scheduled geopolitical events like the Vienna meeting over Syria, and the G20 conference in Turkey, where world leaders can be physically present, or right on hand to plan and resolve to defeat them? How does it help their cause for ISIS to make it as easy as possible for countries to publicly condemn them? Why, if you’re ISIS, and your booty is currently and most severely being kicked by Russia in Syria, do you proceed with an attack on civilians in France, in the first place? If NBC knows where ISIS is currently getting one million dollars a day in new revenue from, why haven’t government agencies shut that down? If these ISIS militants are sooo intelligent, why do they keep leaving behind passports of themselves, so they can be quickly tracked down? And how are these real or fake magic IDs usually surviving intact, in this case despite one owner presumably being blown to bits? Do these guys want to be rounded up and captured?
Most of all, how did radical extremists like this once again turn out to be already on the watchlists of government investigators and bureaus, who already knew about them, yet nobody noticed any of them getting the explosives, AK-47s, etc equipment ready for a big operation? Didn’t any of these “authorities” think it might be important to double up on monitoring them, in light of the upcoming summits? How did the guys get AK-47s in the first place, in France, a nation with just about the most intense gun control apparatus in Europe? For that matter, how did working class Muslims afford to get the RPGs used in the Hebdo massacre? And, in another tell-tale sign of orchestration, there were anti-terrorism drills (“exercises”) taking place the same day as the Paris attacks. Ah, just another “coincidence,” like local Paris Jewish community centers who were somehow warned in advance, or like the pre-meeting US and French intelligence officials held just before the attacks (to finalize the false flag?). As I said at the beginning, hmmmmmm.
What’s the Bottom Line?
Then look at the things that do add up, from the point of view of cui bono. As usual, Justin Raimondo at Antiwar.com sums up the real War Machine agenda:
“The Paris attacks are the signal for full-scale Western intervention in Syria, a “pitiless war,” as French President Francois Hollande put it, and the US is likely to follow in his wake. This will achieve another longstanding Israeli goal: the interposition of a substantial Western military force between Israel and its enemies. (Although the Israeli far right doesn’t necessarily agree.)
What we are looking at is a Western expeditionary force aimed at smashing the Islamic State, occupying Syria, and imposing a “negotiated settlement” of the civil war. The outlines of this have already been drawn with the negotiations between the US, its allies, the Russians, and the Iranians. The coming massive Western intervention is designed to counter Russian and especially Iranian influence on the outcome: the Paris attacks couldn’t have come at a more convenient time.”
What a darkly brilliant, ruthlessly efficient way for the US to finally create a legitimizing pretext to justify its presence in Syria. The US has been trying to oust Assad for years, to put in a pro-Western compliant puppet, using “fighting terrorism” or “he’s gassed or dropped bombs on his own people” charges as a justifying canard. Note how “he’s done X to Y people” never has to be proven, nor the context considered, but the rhetoric is part of the grammar to depose of every ruler the West targets (meanwhile, when the FBI firebombs and uses CS gas on the Branch Davidians, or US troops drop white phosphorous on Fallujah, it’s not spun in “we’ve done X to Y people” atrocity terms). But American attempts to militarily intervene (that is, invade and plunder) Syria have lacked any authorization until now—no UN sanction, no declaration of war from Congress, nor even the unconstitutionally vague “authorization to use force.”
But with the Paris attacks, which French President Hollande instantly christened “an act of war,” the US can now say they are coming to the military aid of a fellow NATO member, as part of our treaty obligations! The conveniently coincident summit meetings (where the leaders all expressed solidarity with France in fighting ISIS) thus serves as “getaway driver” to lock in the legitimacy conjured from air by the false flag operation. This outcome serves to counter the much more legitimate Russian intervention (who actually were invited by the Syrian government) and so sets the stage for the US to negotiate that it be the controlling nation meddling in that country. For the war hawks, what matters is the end result—we can go into yet another state in defiance of their sovereignty, on a “we’ve got to fight back” impulse, and stay engaged indefinitely. The war party never needs to prove anything before intruding, and once there, never wants limits on its excursions. The hawks are deeply behind schedule in invading and taking over the Middle east, according to the plan admitted to by Wesley Clark, and feel this latest gambit is their way to get back on track:
The last shoe that should be dropped on this point is the open secret that the US created and funded ISIS in the first place, as documented in government briefs Judicial Watch forced the release of via numerous FOIA requests. At the G20 summit, Vladimir Putin himself brought up the inconvenient fact that Russian itellingence has concluded that ISIS is funded by 40 different nations (one of them being France!). As recently as this spring US armed forces were caught red-handed dropping off food and supplies to ISIS forces. There’s no evidence that ISIS ever stopped being a US or Western intelligence asset, but much data to suggest they are being quietly assisted in order to serve their purpose of being the lifeline to NWO goals in the Mideast. You don’t really think the military repeatedly leaves behind Humvess and heavy-duty weapons by accident, do you? Below is that no-account US Senator from NY, Kristin Gillibrand (who I ran against in 2010 on the LP line) admitting to We Are Change that Hillary and Co. did in fact foment and fund ISIS in the late 2000’s:
Pretexts and Contexts
Given all of the above, we should definitely cut to the chase and call this out as a false flag, and state ISIS is another puppet enemy, created/funded/trained/equipped by US/UK/Mossad, to justify the war on terror and non-stop meddling in the Middle East. Are the Paris attacks (both Hebdo and this new one) just the latest leg of Operation Gladio? Yup, probably (for those unaware, Gladio was/is a secret program in Europe from the ’80’s, since exposed by government documents, to perform false flag attacks on civilian targets, to convince the public to continue to support NATO in fighting the Cold war, and now perhaps the War on Terror as well). Regardless, we should speak out against both OVERT (military) and COVERT (false flags and black ops) intervention used to keep us drowned in war and empire. Likewise, we should call for restoring the (pre-9-11) classification of terrorist acts as falling under “crime” rather than “military threat” to de-couple these incidents from a geo-political response in the first place. This would prevent people from calling for “war” every time somebody or some group shoots up a local theater, mall etc. Instead, call the police.
Otherwise, as it now stands, every organized act of violence happening anywhere on the earth can be leveraged as an ‘international incident’ requiring a military intervention, or an “aggressive response” conforming to global standards of policing. More and more, those new “standards” increasingly look like the militarized protocols that have led to the increase in police brutality, misconduct, and excessively confrontational tactics we’ve seen hit communities all across America in recent years, with black communities in particular serving as fodder for the resulting lethal engagement. The alleged War on Terror (WOT) has led inexorably to a “black lives don’t matter” consequence, with the latter seeming to serve globalist central planners as “canaries in the coal mine” in an ongoing experiment to see how much ‘militarism in the neighborhood’ the public will tolerate.
The warbots secondarily want to use this incident to achieve associated goals such as ending public access to digital encryption (in the “balancing” of privacy and security, people can’t expect to retain an once of privacy that discomfits our Orwellian masters). They also want to use the latest crisis to push still more no-due-process bulk surveillance, and to force a new wave of unregulated, no-protected-borders immigration unto the red states (over the objections of 30 Governors and states, Obama is sending ten thousand Syrian refugees to mostly Republican states, not to Chappaqua, Hollywood, the upper East side Manhattan, or similar PC fortresses). Some of us wonder why masses of refugees are being sent many time zones away from their native lands, instead of to nearby, more culturally compatible countries like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and the like? Or perhaps those neighbors are already packed to the gills with refugees from the last rounds of US-led invasions in the area?
What is the Liberty Bottom Line?
“Want to stop terrorism?” asks Lew Rockwell in his indispensable blog. “Ron Paul had it right: get out of Muslim countries. Stop bombing. Stop installing dictators. Stop stealing. Stop intervening. Stop killing.” This is simple bottom line, common sense logic, backed up by the actual track record of the last 14 years, not just libertarian principle. Unfortunately, physical attacks, real or false flagged, have a track record of emotionally overwhelming common sense and steamrolling us straight into a new conflict. Despite our knowing that the Afghanistan adventure has been a disaster, Iraq has been a disaster, Libya has been a disaster, et al, a new outbreak of “we’re under attack” syndrome leads to exactly the reaction the pro-war side wants: an impulsive military response, with no limits placed on the engagement.
This could be the grisly calculation made by the false flagging war mongers. The public IS war weary, and wants to elect a President who is not knee-jerk inclined to launch new invasions or bombings (and seems to have the resolve to back it up, hence the appeal of Trump and Carson in the Republican race). So, the War Machine has decided, let’s scare ’em up with new stuff, and make sure to push the shiny new WOT 2.0 threat of ISIS to the point where it overwhelms all past considerations about the above mentioned Iraq disaster, the Afghan disaster, the Libyan disaster, etc. War, as the health of the State, thereby keeps being fed.
When Ron Paul was a principled presence in the last two primary races, and made it clear he would champion peace-not-war no matter what new 9-11 inside job was thrown at us, TPTB didn’t dare start a new war or pull a major false flag in the middle of the race. The elite was always afraid of inadvertantly creating momentum for Paul as the Peace alternative in the Republican race, or possibly as an independent candidate. By contrast, Rand Paul’s GOP-only commitment, and his hesitant criticisms of the war party (including the refusal to confront the main “we’re under threat” premise or framework legitimizing the WOT) has not only not worked tactically, but appears to have provided them the window to resume conducting the very fear-creating covert ops leading to more militarism.
The 20 Percent Solution
Some libertarians look at the wave after wave of militaristic demagoguery, and despair that the problem is “freedom is just not popular.” My response, it doesn’t need to be, as long as enough pro-liberty people are true to it, and to each other. As shown by the American revolution, liberty does not need a numerical majority to succeed. Liberty needs only to be popular with a dedicated minority that is large enough to change the status quo, or to make doing things as usual impossible. The majority is typically conformist, and goes with the resulting flow, with no fiercely held or fixed view either way. A few “give me liberty or give me death” patriots or “religious nuts with guns” (P.J. O’Rourke’s wonderful phrase about the people who founded this country) are all that’s needed to prevail, given the passivity of the general public.
Look at what a handful of “Freedom Caucus” so-called radicals did to shake up the House leadership this past month. Examine, in war-torn countries, how few guerrillas it takes to keep things unstablized, by disrupting the regular routine. Depending on the rules of a legislative body, a handful of people can bottle things up for extended periods of time in order to at least partially get their way.
Most importantly, the other side has succeeded via their minority influence, based on the fierce dedication and organization of the Total State partisans. Neocons started out as just a few Troyskyites writing columns, and grew to take over the right on foreign policy within a generation. Domestic issue socialists likewise wormed almost all the points of the Communist Manifesto into the American system through regulations, liberal courts, controlling the media, bribing voters with subsidies, and through constant dishonest use of language.
So, liberty folks should stop pining for ‘popularity’ that would be ephemeral or passive if even obtained, and concentrate on achieving the perhaps 20% critical mass needed to bring liberty back, via clogging the current system up, then worry about steering the passive majority into conforming to it.
The fuss over what Hillary Clinton did or didn’t do during the Benghazi raid of September 11, 2012 is a partisan limited hangout for the deeper false flags, the most immediate one being the CIA gun-running operation to Syria, which was illegal according to the UN, and involved US weapons (not just guns left behind by Libyan fighters). In addition, What Really Happened reports that “Paula Broadwell, former CIA Director David Petraeus’ biographer/lover, has blown the lid off another secret buried inside the consulate in Benghazi; that it was one of the CIA’s clandestine torture dungeons! This means that the attack on the consulate was a rescue mission, to free Libyans being tortured by the CIA. And that too is a secret the White House would not want the American people to catch wind of!”
The likely BIG cover-up is that the siege of the embassy was a botched false flag that went deeply sideways, that was originally designed to benefit Obama. What we don’t know for sure, to date, is what went sideways, and who was behind the botch. E.g., according to this video, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer said that his sources tell him that Obama (aka Barry Soetoro) was one of the people in the room watching the Benghazi attack go down. Col. Shaffer believes it would have taken an order by the president to intervene or not.
So What Happened?
It seems somebody wanted the incident to happen, since the planes that could have stopped it were called off, despite senior people refusing to go along. The hearings themselves have revealed that Hillary’s State Dept. rejected or ignored over 600 separate requests to improve security for diplomats in Libya prior to the siege. As stated before: The working theory I still think ties this all together, is that the Benghazi incident was part of a false flag that was originally planned to rebound in Obama’s favor, that went deeply sideways. E.g., Ambassador Stevens and the diplomats were only supposed to be taken hostage, with the anti-Muslim film being cited as the reason. This seems to be backed up by the fact that those performing the siege appear to have known exactly where to go to breach security at the facility (which rules out random rioters), and from there where to find Stevens (that rules out terrorist planning–from where did they get the intel?).
Then a follow-up ‘heroic response’ was to follow, by way of Barry ordering “the CIA and later the military to launch a rescue mission.” The news cycle surrounding the successful (staged) conclusion of the rescue story would eclipse any questions about blaming the film, just as the “we killed Osama” story and news cycle killed widespread scrutiny over the photoshopped birth certificate or fake document he released days before the Osama raid in spring 2011.
Only somebody goofed, or got over-eager, or straight out flipped the script and got the diplomats killed instead of captured. Barry was undecided whether to use the military for a reprisal, as now there would be no feel-good “he saved our people” campaign lift coming out of it. The hesitation allowed real questions about the whole event to roll out in the opposite direction that he intended.
Did Bilderberg, Soros, the banksters, etc elite overlords quietly direct Hillary or the CIA et al to go lethal in Benghazi, behind Obarry’s back, as part of it changing the script about his re-election, to instead install Romney as Puppet-in-chief? Or was Mossad/Bibi involved by planting provocateurs among the raiders, who killed the diplomats to embarrass the President, and thus contribute to him losing to Romney? If the latter is true, could this be the reason why relations between Barry and Bibi have worsened since 2012?
If the actual deaths of the diplomats that resulted were not intended, or part of the script, perhaps the White House now wishes it had let the planes stop the assault. But once the op was underway, Obama robotically stuck to the plan to blame the video. Perhaps they were thinking about a way to salvage the op with a new ‘stage two’ incident to eclipse the first, but Obama nixed it. Otherwise, if the deaths were intended, the blame-the-video narrative makes no sense.
All those black op considerations run deeper than a good old left/right paradigm debate, and indicts both war parties for their intervening ways. So of course that’s all been agreed to be kept a closed session secret. Just like the fact that most of the US personnel who were successfully evacuated from the embassy were not members of the State Dept. So which part of the government were they working for? To figure it out, all you need is a little intelligence…
Lew Rockwell sums up the CIA aspect this way: “One truth the GOP won’t tell: the ambassador to Hillary-throttled Libya and his cohorts were government gun runners who tried to use their official positions for cover, in effect telling Islamist terrorists, hey, you can’t kill us! We’re diplomatically immune! The US operatives were buying weapons that had belonged to the late anti-Islamicist Gaddafi regime and shipping them, via Islamicist Turkey, to US-sponsored Islamicist terrorists in Syria, to destroy the anti-Islamicist Assad regime. A very dark business in imperial trouble-making that the GOP loves as much as the Dems.”
Because the GOP won’t touch the deep politics aspects of the raid, it’s safe to say they’ll ultimately give Hillary a pass on the matter, other than participate in the political tar both sides have been throwing over the matter. Investigations of the Clintons over the years never lead to indictments, because the family is in fact the Democratic side of the establishment robohawk bankster regime, who most of the time is doing their dark work with full bipartisan support. That family is part of a larger corrupt establishment family that protects its own, while making partisan noises to keep the rank and file party loyalists busy. Republican leaders ultimately seem to only be about prioritizing more invasions and bombings of people abroad, not justice regarding corrupt officials at home.
Imagine if the Benghazi Committee actually had teeth, and actually was “trying to get Hillary.” Since discovering the strange email system Hillary set up to make her official communications as Secretary of State as unsecure as possible, one would think somebody on the committee might suggest the whole point of such a system was to allow the sensitive info to be readily hacked into by certain countries. Those countries might have in turn repaid Clinton for making the data so available by, say, donating to the Clinton Foundation (a “charitable” organization that, not being a PAC, is not subject to FEC restrictions on international donations, or other election law scrutiny). Shades of Chinagate!
One aggressive committee member could have been selected to grill Hillary about using her ‘foundation’ as a slush fund, and her personal server as a conduit for a convenient spy operation. The committee could have also recommended Hillary be indicted for lying to Congress given her contradictions over the months about the server, or for mishandling classified data (thereby violating the Espionage Act). And what about obstruction of justice, for her deleting tens of thousands of emails after she had been subpoenaed to produce them? The fact that they will likely not recommend that course of action against her tells you everything you need to know about where this congressional “investigation” is going.
Irwin Schiff, Martyr for Liberty
Switching up a bit, and with sadness, I lament the passing of tax truth crusader Irwin Schiff, a leading advocate for tax honesty, who died in prison chained to his bed despite being terminally ill. Schiff was put in jail as part of the the Total State’s ongoing effort to intimidate or stigmatize as “tax evaders” anybody who advances tax honesty, the view that income tax assessment and enforcement is misapplied to most Americans. More constitutionally put, this means there is no positive law (binding on everyone) requiring most Americans to pay or file. The assignment of tax liability is either erroneous or fraudulent, is typically enforced via words of art or administrative misdirection under color of law, and thus the jurisdiction of the IRS and tax code is limited, despite much government propaganda to the contrary.
Unlike the false narrative said of modern troops that “they’re fighting for our freedom” (no, 99% of the time, they’re fighting to preserve and expand the US global Empire), Schiff really did die fighting for our freedom. He wrote a book, The Federal Mafia (and at trial, submitted affidavits) documenting the tax jackboots and enforcers usually charge at the wrong people with a gun, and that most alleged liability can in fact be lawfully challenged. For this free speech affront to the Regime, a judge had him tossed in prison, and the system fought against his son Peter Schiff’s efforts to have his status switched to house arrest, so he could be with his family prior to his death. Why was the state so afraid of releasing an 87 year old dying man?
Technicalities and Heroism
Critics chime in that Schiff and the tax truth crowd are ‘cranks’ who use arcane logic or ‘frivolous positions’ or assertions to defy complying with the tax law. Tax honesty advocates reply it is not frivolous to demand the IRS provide verified proof of claim to support their assertions that their tax assessments (based on unsworn, hearsay reports like W2s) are lawful, correct and applicable. Demanding such proof or sworn documentation is not the same thing as making an argument. The strong suspicion is the IRS cannot supply such proof to back up their allegations, and the reason is because, well, there is no law…
That is, the legal basis for alleging someone has a tax liability is the assessment power given to the IRS, which it unilaterally exercises by sheer presumption (declaring everyone is under its jurisdiction, and accepting all information reports it receives as accurate). The tax ‘obligation’ is thereby created by administrative fiat, not direct legal mandate. Challenging the accuracy or standing of those reports (usually supplied on IRS-biased paperwork) short circuits the scam, since the challenge undercuts the basis for their issuing the assessments.
The tax truth side would also point out all that hyper-technical, arcane legalese was created by the tax code gestapo itself, to wiggle around a host of constitutional obstacles to creating and enforcing an income tax. The truth is, the modern income tax is a legal tax that is indeed fraudulently misapplied to most Americans (through IRS assessments conjuring equitable liability from thin air via paperwork, as described above), making it illegal theft in any case. A tax on wages (if construed as income) is constitutional if done based on apportionment. The modern tax has tried to get around apportionment by being technically a government excise or gift tax, that uses income activity as a point of reference (thus allowing it to be called an “income tax” while not being a tax directly on income).
Thus the alleged passing of the 16th Amendment gave the government no new taxing power (according to the Supreme Court). But, the amendment provided it a propaganda victory in establishing its credibility with the ‘don’t sweat the details’ public, by conveying the impression that the IRS taxing power and jurisdiction was universal or without limits. The public then complies with what it thinks the law is, while actual liability is not a matter of law, but of the bureaucratic process assessing everyone as being subject to its determinations. Even this conniving terminology would make it apply only to a minority of Americans (those involved in federal work), so legal words of art and presumptive administrative procedure have been used to justify misapplying the tax to almost everybody.
The great majority of tax honesty folks who have applied the concepts (by first making themselves judgment proof, while keeping their activity free of the SSN tracking number, and consistently challenging IRS misapplied tax assessments) have not experienced the hot water or horrific treatment that Schiff received. There are only 2,000 some odd prosecutions for alleged tax fraud or evasion a year, despite over 65 million adult working age Americans neither filing or paying. The bulk of IRS harassment is directed at prominent tax truth figures, to try to scare the rest of us off. So unlike the tax honesty critics, aka State boot-licking cowards, proponents of challenging IRS tyranny are the true defenders of law, the true patriots, and the true heroes.
Libertarians agree that taxation is legalized theft, but some of us draw the line at unlawful theft, where tax collection is fraudulently enforced even where it is not applicable. Irwin Schiff was one of the brave figures who took a leadership role in pointing this out. I will always cherish the LP National convention I attended in 2002 where he took the time to talk to me and another party member and gave us an impromptu hour lecture on the tax gestapo. He shared even when there was no monetary gain to be had. He will be missed.
Well, that didn’t take long. The disastrously unconstitutional same sex marriage Supreme Court decision of June 2015 has already claimed its first Christian martyr. Not that Kim Davis, the thrice divorced 30 some-odd year career government drone of a Kentucky county clerk is the ideal representative of the faith. But once she began advancing religious liberty objections to processing marriage licenses to local couples (heterosexual or homosexual) at her Rowan county office, everyone has been off to the races.
The Summer of PC Bullying Ends With a Bang
As of early September, Davis has been plopped in jail, once the gay marriage litigators instantly rolled in a federal judge to order her to “comply with the rule of law” and issue the licenses, or else be held in contempt. When she declined, instead of being fined, the “conservative” judge threw her straight into the cooler. A compromise was offered where she would be released if she allowed her deputies to issue the licenses. Translation: That’s a ‘compromise’ that says she doesn’t have to desecrate God’s law concerning the sanctity of marriage, so long as she acts as an accessory by having her subordinates do it. She refused the ‘deal,’ and as a result, she’s the first nationally known Christian in jail for exercising her belief that a marriage is between a man and a woman.
The technical legalese aspects of this are more complicated, but that is how the case feels to a lot of Christian conservatives, who are absolutely tired of the summer of PC bullying, and have accordingly rallied around Davis. Among Republican Presidential candidates, that support has included Ted Cruz, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee and KY Senator (as well as Tea Party/pro-liberty leader) Rand Paul, all of whom have cited the episode as a prime example of religious liberty under siege. Even an atheist acquaintance of mine supports her fight. The ever reliable, culturally PC compliant mainstream media (MSM) and pols, by stark contrast, have acted like “huh, don’t these people know how to stay conquered?” in response to the controversy. Nor did the obvious point of “why didn’t the inconvenienced couples just go to another county?” dominate the media’s discussion. As usual, the coverage takes the tack of declaring “hey, this highly divisive issue was resolved by a Supreme Court decree that turned the Constitution on its head five minutes ago, so that’s the end of it! Anyone who dissents is lawless and bigoted!” This is the same self-serving triumphalism the social left brought to the Roe abortion ruling 40 years ago. How well did that turn out, to “settle the matter?”
Which Rule, of Which Law?
The main valid-sounding point latched onto by Davis’ opponents is she is an elected official, and as such is expected to just follow though with the functions of her position (which in her case includes issuing licenses), for as long as she is receiving a government check. If she can’t deal with the conflict, she should just get another job. Gays pay taxes, after all, to get the state to force everybody to accept and accommodate them–so Christian clerks need to shut up and conform (note that this is, at best, an egalitarian argument based on equal access to licenses, not a real liberty argument for proving the clerk’s rights MUST be set aside). But Kim also pays taxes, so the protection of her exercise of her religious liberty matters too, by that logic. The Constitution says her exercise of speech shall not be abridged by Congress, not that it can be abridged because a federal court says so, nor can it be abridged because she’s working as a public clerk, instead of as a private clerk, nor abridged because of the changing whim of finger-in-the-wind politicians, etc.
Yes, rule of law should prevail, but which rule, of which law? The issue is over the application of the correct view of the rule of law, not taxes. The version most liberty people support is the original intent/constitutional one, where the states check the federal entity, not the incorporation doctrine or supremacy notion, where the federal government trumps the states. The Founders did not intend to have the federal entity enforce the Bill of Rights over the states. They were concerned with strictly limiting the size and power of the federal government, not with giving it immense, unlimited enforcement powers over every other level. If anything, it gave the states nullification powers to reject the excessive or lunatic abuses of the federal zone, as an additional check on its power. On this basis, for example, free men and states in the 1800’s refused to participate in enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act, a federal law mandating that people had to turn in escaped slaves they were harboring. Do Christian clerks now have less freedom to exercise their conscience than whole states did in the 1800’s?
A license is a privilege the government can choose to grant OR deny at its whim. Davis WAS exercising her elected duties when she decided not to grant the licenses. Her duties give her the power to choose to grant, OR to choose not to. Clerks and bureaucrats make ‘determinations’ to deny licenses and permits all the time, across the land. If people don’t like her decisions, they can vote her out at the next election. Instead, the denied applicants ran to a federal judge to immediately and needlessly escalate the matter. THEY created this standoff, but didn’t count on Davis standing her ground, or obtaining martyr status.
The laws of Kentucky (which favor the historic/traditional/preponderant understanding of marriage) are the relevant law controlling the clerk’s action. A government license is a privilege, not an inalienable right (regardless of what an absurd court ruling says), so the clerk’s decision not to issue a license should be supercedent, especially if it’s based on her exercising her first amendment rights. Technically, the Supreme Court’s June decision only has binding relevance to the parties in the specific case, and only serves as a basis for individuals suing a given state in order to win another specific case. And believe it or not, Gov. Huckabee actually has a point when asserting that without the legislative rules, also known as implementing regulations, the law (or in this case, a ruling about the law) arguably has no force.
The Real Answer, and Real Politics
The purist in me says, “no marriage licenses should be issued by the state at all, problem solved. Let’s be libertarians here, and stop playing into the statist’s hands.” That’s all well and fine, and the cleanest liberty position–until of course, somebody decides to sue, or otherwise assert that the federal government must block states even from electing not to issue marriage licenses. The promoters of central tyranny ultimately think whole states can be treated like the poor clerk, if they don’t fall in PC line. So at some point, we do have to instinctively stand up for tough broads who resist federal tyrants and bullies, and their MSM enablers. Given this hostile setting, a pro-liberty response requires both a principled answer (keep government and marriage separated), and a tactical approach that grows its base.
The main points to make to fight back with are indeed to end all government licensing and the states rights arguments, but more importantly, to lead with emotion, ala pushing the victim framework with regards to people of faith or conscience. The plaintiffs who called for the county clerk to be held in contempt were visibly not happy that the judge moved to put her in jail (and not simply fine her), because they knew it created a high profile martyr in public perception. The PC forces prefer to attack or silence the religious right in the dark, away from media scrutiny. The clerk’s religious liberty argument is shaky (given her conflict of interest as an elected government official), but it provides an opening for supporters to advocate for people in her situation to be covered by a broader Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) in each state.
An expanded RFRA would prevent such workers from being threatened with jail or suits for standing up for original-intent federalism, cultural tradition or historic moral law. The current case has exposed that the cultural left is clearly intent on criminalizing or litigating into oblivion any public exercise of religious or traditional speech regarding gays, just as they have done to censor school prayer, abortion protests, and on other fronts. Once protected by RFRA, people in all states could more easily exercise their liberty without the immediate threat of jail or financial ruin, resulting in a lot more people acting as protestors after the example of Kim Davis.
One other emotional trigger Rand and others could use to carry this issue (instead of using technical and historical reasons that would probably bore the masses) is to simply point out the hypocrisy of the cultural left whenever they talk about officials complying with the rule of law. They could say “I’m sure you would be saying the same thing if the Supremes had ruled 5-4 the other way, right?” Or point out, why haven’t they complained when elected officials in sanctuary cities defied the federal immigration laws, or officials in states legalizing marijuana defied the federal war on Drugs? What about Obama’s Dept of Justice refusing to abide by the DOMA federal law during the first six years he was in office? Are only Christian officials supposed to be fined or jailed when they defy the feds?
What it Means
“We, the enlightened, can ignore or violate laws passed by Congress, but you evangelicals have to shut up and take it, or even quit your jobs when five Supreme Court social liberals issue decrees.” This realization that the whole “rule of law” canard is a one-way scam to pistol whip and punish the cultural right, but never, ever, the PC factions for stressing states rights, is part of what is fueling a rebellion by the “little people” against the whole establishment racket, as displayed in the current Presidential primary season. Kim Davis will not be the last rebel, but more like the first of a new wave of resistance to this latest edition of case law tyranny. As with abortion, this culture war battle will be going on for decades, if not longer.
For every action there must be an equal and opposite reaction, in politics as in physics. With all the ‘summer of PC bullying’ going on, it has caused the public (in reaction) to now embrace a guy who does not appear to back down, his history of positions and personality issues be darned. Hence the emergence of Donald Trump as the American hero of the summer, for standing against the mainstream. The MSM is aghast at this, as it doesn’t like a person who doesn’t bend a knee to their shaming games on race, sex, or other cultural divides. Accordingly, Trump comes off to them as having the ‘wrong’ tone, and worse, to have sided with the peasants out of sheer run amok ego. Worst of all, he’s energizing the rabble too much, as a fabled libertarian remarked years ago:
“It is important to realize that the establishment doesn’t want excitement in politics, it wants the masses to continue to be lulled to sleep. It wants kinder, gentler; it wants the measured, judicious, mushy tone, and content, of a James Reston, a David Broder, or a Washington Week in Review. It doesn’t want a Pat Buchanan, not only for the excitement and hard edge of his content, but also for his similar tone and style.” –Murray Rothbard
The Presidential Primary Debates have arrived, and have escalated the ‘silly season’ originally commenced by Donald Trump’s entry into the Republican race. Since the last post on the Trump phenomenon, a “crazy like a fox” aspect to his machinations has emerged that shows what the secret of his appeal is, despite lacking any nuance, tact, or shame over his self-absorbed blusterings. Ron Paul has commented on his thoughts about the first debate of August 6:
From a principled standpoint, and in terms of the tactical issue as to whether anything is being accomplished by the one mainstream liberty candidate, Rand Paul, what I saw at the FOX News hosted debate was Trump taking the brunt of the hostile questioning, and Paul holding solid for the time he was given. The others repeated shopworn cant on foreign policy to get cheap pops from the hawk-entranced audience. There were too many rat-a-tat-tat answers in general flying off the lips of too many politicians to produce an overall impact, pro or con, for any candidate. Rand surprisingly got a good audience response to his comment on de-funding Israel, and closed strong. There was no discussion of decidedly non-GOP talking points or issues of the last year like income inequality, police brutality or misconduct, or civil rights (though the upcoming Democratic debates in turn will probably not touch non-Democratic issue memes such as those horrid Planned Parenthood videos, protecting gun rights and religious liberty, etc).
But it was Trump’s magnetic egomania, and politics-shattering put-downs of the FOX attack panel of “journalists” that rocked the evening. Why has he won over so many people in so short a time, despite having a political history that is all over the map? It all comes down to a confession on MSNBC last week by former RNC Chair Michael Steele: “If you look at the whole Republican Party, from libertarians to evangelicals to the Tea Party,” says Steele, “you have a group of people who’ve been lied to for 35 years. Republican [presidential candidates] have said, ‘Elect us and we’ll do these things.’ Well, they haven’t. And that frustration is manifesting itself in Trump.”
A true quote, though it doesn’t change that Trump is a fatally flawed vehicle for voicing the rank and file’s frustration. The comment also explains why Trump’s decidedly non-liberty and non-conservative views on most issues have been given a pass by many on the right and the grassroots—since the GOP has failed to deliver on conservative promises for decades, they believe, why does it matter for Trump to express them?
Trump is running an attitudinally correct campaign that rejects the smooth professionalism, tact and polish that the lying phony pols have given voters for a generation. If Trump isn’t right intellectually, and is low on having background facts, he’s dead-on in matching the mood of the electorate. At this point they want somebody who feels real, somebody with backbone, and somebody who prioritizes cultural issues like immigration. The public doesn’t want somebody who will only mouth focus group perfected lines that offend no one, or addresses only the surface of the issue, but somebody who hits the subject square on the head, and doesn’t back down. They want a confrontation on these matters, and Trump is clearly eager to deliver the train wreck.
Has the Stalking Horse Gone Rogue?
Or is he? Is the train wreck really just the mark of a phony campaign, that is not truly disrupting the establishment at all? Some have speculated that Trump’s ascendancy is actually all an establishment ‘controlled opposition’ plan, with his candidacy serving as a false flag to protect the elite’s chosen frontrunners. While I certainly believe things started that way, events of the last few weeks suggests their operation has gone sideways. The original elite plan (I believe) is for Hillary to face Bush next year, or failing Jeb, Scott Walker. Trump is interfering with that plan by seeking to be the nominee instead, and yes, that is disrupting the plan. Trump is now leading in all four of the early critical states (IA, NH, SC, FL). That can’t be part of the plan, so yes, that is disruptive.
I think something changed from when Trump first announced, as in all the pounding his business ventures took due to his immigration stance—Trump may have took that as the establishment breaking its word about not going after him for speaking his mind, so his ego took over (“Well, I’m in the race after putting it off for decades, and I am better than these other losers, so I might as well go for it.”).
The FOX attack questioning at the first debate was, first to last, about controlling his wild card status or marginalizing Trump if he didn’t comply, yet he resisted it all. That outcome was not the FOX panel’s intention at all—thus, Trump is being disruptive. The establishment wants to be assured Jeb gets nominated, yet has no assurance of that, with Trump leading in all demographic categories in the polls. That total dominance could not have been part of their plan, hence, Trump is disrupting their plan.
For a real example of a phony campaign serving as a stalking horse, see Sen. Thompson’s run in 2008. He got in the primary race late, yet to much MSM manufactured hype and fanfare, campaigned half-heartedly, and never led in any national poll or in any state. He quit the race promptly after SC, where he helped divide the evangelical vote so moderate McCain could win that ‘firewall’ state. Once his friend Mac had secured his “prospective nominee” status, Thompson realized his job was done, which is why he got out.
I believe Rick Perry was set up to serve the same vote-splitting purpose in 2012, to benefit Mitt, but his candidacy was so inept he drew no voter support, thus did not split the social right vote in SC, which is why Gingrich won the primary (thus delaying Romney’s media coronation by months). At any rate, that is how the establishment actually uses a controlled opposition candidate—their appeal is only supposed to be partial, and subordinate to building up the elite’s chosen one. Whereas Trump has been utterly destroying Bush’s credibility, momentum, media attention and poll numbers, while hogging all those factors for himself.
Standing Up to Poodles
In addition to standing his ground on immigration and trade, Trump made two major strides to amp up the train wreck at the debate, the most spectacular of which was his refusal to adopt a “loyalty pledge” to accept whomever the GOP nominee ends up being, and promise not run on a third party line if losing the nomination battle. His refusal to do so, even at such a high profile venue as the debate, has sent shock waves through both the media and GOP.
Thus the attempt by the FOX “media attack poodles” (as Lew Rockwell has delightfully called them) to use the debate to deactivate the tycoon as a threat to Bush or Walker has backfired disastrously. Yes, Trump is an establishment creation, but apparently their Frankenstein is loose, and no longer obeying his master (kind of like the story of the US and its Mideast fostered monster, ISIS). Instead of neutralizing the threat of an independent run, he’s openly embracing it as his leverage to arm-twist the party into taking him seriously.
Trump has showed the power of that particular card by playing it flat out preemptively, saying “TREAT ME FAIRLY, or I may go independent.” Because he’s using this leverage, rank and file GOP voters aren’t falling for the normal “let’s go with the establishment front runners because they’re ‘electable,’ and let’s ignore all the others” routine. It also serves to threaten to properly punish the party for rigging the game as usual, and thus put a stop to such practices. Pain has a way of deterring people.
The Trump wild card is allowing voters to see through the Emperor’s new clothes, right NOW during primary season, instead of the day after the election, when it will be too late. Without the aura of inevitability, or the perception that Bush is the only candidate with deep pockets, Jeb is just a bland, totally uninspiring guy who gaffes a lot. Without that same “electable” aura, Walker is just another boring midwestern politician. By potentially making all the candidates unelectable, Trump has leveled the playing field.
So Trump’s presence in the race, and his threat to go third party, is buying time for Rand to get more traction, and to be heard out on the merits by voters who would have otherwise ignored or discounted him. Rand could have done this himself by threatening an indy or fusion candidacy, but by having the Donald do it, he’s the one who is taking most of the flack instead. You could say Trump is thereby running resistance for Rand, and every other candidate who wants to get a fair shake in the race. Will voters choose based on the merits, instead of the GOP leadership’s “electability” sleeping spell? We’ll see.
Looking past Rand (in case his candidacy fails) we may have to see which remaining person, in a field of non-liberty major party candidates, can succeed in a way that furthers the cause in making progress of some kind. In this Plan B scenario, Trump fits the bill because he is seemingly disrupting or breaking the establishment’s control over the primary process. He is, de facto, taking most of the heavy fire that might otherwise all be concentrated on Rand. Thus for now, Trump is inadvertently buying time for Rand to build his campaign.
The Democratic War to Win Back Women
Trump’s other breakthough came in the form of resisting being sucked into placating contentious PC factions such as the feminists, over the wrong and “right names” to call women. FOX attack poodle no.1, Megyn Kelly, tried to humiliate Trump on exactly this basis, but Trump returned the volley with some of the strongest comebacks of the debate. Who’s side of the culture war is FOX fighting for, anyway? Through such questions, Megyn is practically handing the “war on women” issue to Hillary to beat her opponents with. What promoters of this meme don’t ever mention is that it is really a Democratic war to win back women, or enough women to do well in the Presidential election.
Their dirty little secret is, Republicans won the women’s vote 49%-48% in the 2010 midterms, only barely lost it (47%) in the 2014 midterms, and the GOP won the white women’s vote outright 56%-43% in 2014. That’s why they’ve rolled out the war on women rhetoric each time we go into a Presidential cycle. Trump is teaching the milquetoast moderates to not buckle and cower when that meme is pushed on them again in 2016.
The war on women hucksters will have more rhetorical problems, moving forward, in pushing the “women’s health” meme in light of the Planned Parenthood videos that have (brilliantly) been released in a staggered fashion by a pro-life group, showing fetal body parts are callously traded for cash at PP clinics. Until now, the public has been in the dark about this ugly disposal process, in part due to the way the word magic of “women’s health” has served to cover the brute fact that abortion usually involves burning or chopping up unborn children. That’s why propaganda and emotion ‘trump’ arguments (okay, couldn’t resist). The imagery and verbal spin create a framework that is hard to rationally overcome, unless one wages a counter-infowar to displace the mindset.
Supporters of legal abortion have succeeded in perpetuating a dialogue on the issue built on abstractions and bloodless euphemisms like “reproductive health” or “choice,” that keeps the substance of what abortion actually involves (burning, dismembering, and trading dead unborn children) out of the picture. The PP videos bring us back to the concrete lethal reality that abortion involves killing, then disposing of real body parts—which with time, and more staggered video releases, will change the rhetoric and emotion on the issue (including black audiences, who have been disproportionately subject to abortion). This will in turn make it harder to cover-up the bloody truth from women, for the purposes of attracting them to the pro-legal abortion side.
The Liberty Approach to Women
This discussion of the info-war and women brings up the question that keeps dogging libertarian circles–how do we attract more women to the movement? I’ve always suggested you engage people about liberty from the exact point of their own concerns, as in:
If you are among people concerned about education, you talk about the liberty approach to education.
If you are among people concerned about the lack of jobs, you talk about the liberty approach to job creation.
Etc, etc. This way you are not ignoring people’s issues, since you are engaging them at the very point of their concern, while not fudging on your own principles. Soooo, when it comes to women…
If you are among people concerned about security, you talk about the liberty approach to improving their security. This may involve talking up the reasons why more women should buy firearms, and support the concealed carrying of same. You might make the case for increasing the ability to provide a safety net by eliminating government subsidy programs. Or point out violent criminal and mass murdering shooters were captured or killed through traditional good police work, not intrusive bulk surveillance or watch lists. And so on.
This may require us to research our positions in more detail to better dialogue, but it would lead to truly reaching other groups, including women. Otherwise, I suggest approaching women politically as a man often does personally, that is, from a position of not needing them. Convey that ‘you know what you want, you know where you are going,’ and they can either get on board or get out of your way. This translates to ‘confidence’ with women, be it for dating purposes or for political engagement, and thus more women becoming attracted.