Politically Speaking – October 5, 2021
The big question this week: Where are we headed? I would say down a slippery slope.
When Biden was allegedly elected I knew we were i n trouble, but I honestly didn’t think it would happen as quickly as it is happening. And in my opinion, it’s only going to get worse.
The war on police started under Barack Obama, the brainwashing going on in our education system has been going on for a long time, our healthcare system is under attack and being slowly destroyed, businesses are being destroyed, and now our military is possibly next. Why the military? And the craziness continues.
Last week the GOP senators set out to block dishonorable discharges for unvaccinated troops. Yes, you read right, the Republican Senators unveiled legislation seeking to prohibit the Department of Defense from issuing dishonorable discharges for U.S. troops who do not comply with the military’s mandate for uniformed personnel. The bill comes after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s orders last month.
In my mind, America’s heroes should not be treated as felons because of their personal medical choice.
Ted Cruz wrote in a statement, “This is the same way we dishonorably discharge those convicted of serious crimes such as treason, desertion, sexual assault, and murder.” He added, “Forcing all service members, including pregnant women and those who have already had COVID-19, to receive the vaccine is just one more example of Biden’s incompetence and his administration’s corruption, putting politics ahead of science.
Biden continues to defend their move.
All I can say is these are sad days in America. And speaking of sad and unjust, there is another crazy investigation by the Biden Administration.
We all remember the picture of Marine Lance Corporal Hunter Clark who rescued the baby at Kabul Airport by pulling the child over the wall outside of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan. He’s now being investigated after he appeared alongside former President Trump at a rally in his home state of Georgia. The investigation was launched to determine if any DOD policies were violated.
By the way, this was a “Save America Rally” and he was invited on stage by the former president as part of a public show of support for his actions and for U.S. troops, which is a lot more than this Administration has done despite Jill Biden baking cookies to serve the soldier banished to the concrete floors in a parking garage after protecting the Capitol Building.
And last, but certainly not least, General Mark Milley should be tried for treason over making secret calls to China.
What’s happening in this country, in my opinion, is an attempt to take control of every American, every right, and our very freedom.
On to Rich Lowry.
The Age of Progressive Misinformation
By Rich Lowry, Editor of the National Review
How does a stupid and ridiculous lie come to be embraced and promulgated by top officials of the United States government?
Well, as it turns out, it’s easy.
You start with an easily misinterpreted news photo that seemingly confirms the assumptions of progressive opponents of immigration enforcement that the agents policing our Southern border are cruel racists.
Then, you work up a Twitter mob saying that the photo has captured a tableau of hideous abuse.
You add open-borders advocacy organizations and civil rights groups denouncing the supposed misconduct in the harshest possible terms.
You throw on top a vice president and White House press secretary who have no regard for the truth and are happy to push any narrative convenient to them.
Finally, as the piece de resistance, you deploy a president of the United States who is too cynical or doddering to bother with the facts and is usually following the crowd rather than leading it and get him to make a statement endorsing the ludicrous fictions about the misleading photo.
This was the path to President Joe Biden condemning border patrol agents on horseback for having “strapped” Haiti migrants at Del Rio, Texas, and declaring that they “will pay” for their “horrible” and “outrageous” behavior.
Never mind that there was no strapping, that the border agents did nothing wrong besides trying to enforce a border crossing while working for an administration fundamentally uninterested in the task, and that there is an ongoing investigation of the agents — itself a travesty — that Biden was pre-judging.
Sawyer Hackett, an apparatchik running Julian Castro’s PAC, was an early proponent of the whipping lie on Twitter. He tweeted the picture showing a border agent on horseback grabbing at the shirt of a migrant — his reins flying in the air — and said agents were “rounding up Haitian refugees with whips,” and this represented “unfathomable cruelty.”
It was, to the contrary, entirely fathomable and not the least bit cruel. The agents were, in a common, long-standing practice, using horses because of the difficulty of the terrain and attempting to block migrants from entering the country illegally. They didn’t have whips and were twirling reins to control their horses. Within hours of the photo creating a stir, these facts were readily ascertainable.
Even Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas defended the agents before getting the memo from his superiors that they had become hated figures to be used as punching bags.
Days later, media stories still made reference to the nonexistent whips supposedly wielded by the agents.
Advocacy groups simply willed the whip story to be true, and for a swath of America — basically anyone foolish enough to take what Harris and Biden say at face value — they have succeeded.
Despite the haze of misinformation, the fact-checkers didn’t descend en masse. No Twitter accounts were suspended. All the people who pride themselves on purportedly defending American democracy from falsehoods and propaganda spreading on social media (and there’s unquestionably a lot of it) stood aside or joined the pile-on.
Press outfits went out of their way to label falsehoods promulgated by President Trump as such, indeed gave every indication that they relished doing it.
In contrast, The New York Times story about Biden castigating the agents didn’t suggest that he might be wrong. In fact, the original version of the article reinforced his smear by referring to “the images of agents on horseback chasing, and in some cases using the reins of their horses to strike at running migrants.” The paper had to run a correction.
It’s long been the case on college campuses that woke narratives have the power to trample facts and fairness. This phenomenon has escaped the confines of academe and now plays out at the highest echelons of American political power. Neither hacks on Twitter nor the president of the United States cared what really happened at Del Rio, not when the lie was more seductive and useful.
Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review.