Although the Democrats always maintain a steady stream of anti-Republican messaging, some efforts are more strategic and require more preparation than others. These are the major propaganda campaigns that truly move the needle.
We’ve seen the Democrats execute a handful of them since President Donald Trump first arrived on the scene. They all begin with a well-defined objective and a coordinated plan of action. The party works together and sticks together.
Because we’ve witnessed several of these from start to finish over the past six years, we’ve become adept at recognizing the signs that one has begun. You might read an article that sounds a little “off” in the New York Times, or hear an unusual remark from a Democratic politician. Then a week later, a pundit may refer to it on a cable show, and within a couple months, the entire American left is focused on it. This pattern has grown very familiar.
This strategy comes from the late communist/community organizer Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals,” which says, “Accuse your opponent of what you are doing, to create confusion and to inculcate voters against evidence of your own guilt.” Alinsky drew heavily from the writings of Karl Marx and from the tactics used by Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels famously pointed out that a lie, repeated a thousand times, becomes the truth.
Every propaganda campaign directed against the GOP has followed the same formula. The effort to portray then-candidate Donald Trump as a Russian asset began with Yahoo writer Michael Isikoff’s late September 2016 report that U.S. Intelligence officials were investigating ties between Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page and the Russians. Shortly afterward, a second article appeared in Mother Jones. Just before Election Day, The New York Times published another damaging story.
The questions surrounding then-President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky which ultimately led to his first impeachment originated in the same way.
The Democrats are in the early stages of advancing a new narrative and it goes like this: Republications are undermining our democracy and pose the greatest existential threat to America’s future as a democracy.
Aside from the fact that America is not a democracy, but a democratic republic, these remarks are breathtaking. Hypocrisy comes to mind. The Democrats are accusing Republicans of what they themselves are doing.
An early reference to this narrative came in a March Vox article, which was entitled, “The Republican revolt against democracy, explained in 13 charts.” Its lede states, “The Trump years revealed a dark truth: The Republican Party is no longer committed to democracy. These charts tell the story.” Author Zack Beauchamp writes:
The Republican Party is the biggest threat to American democracy today. It is a radical, obstructionist faction that has become hostile to the most basic democratic norm: that the other side should get to wield power when it wins elections.
A few years ago, these statements may have sounded like partisan Democratic hyperbole. But in the wake of the January 6 attack on the Capitol and Trump’s acquittal in the Senate on the charge of inciting it, they seem more a plain description of where we’re at as a country.
But how deep does the GOP’s problem with democracy run, really? How did things get so bad? And is it likely to get worse?
On Tuesday, an article by far-left economist Robert Reich topped the page over at RealClearPolitics. Reich was terribly upset about Joe Manchin’s decision to vote against the For the People Act. The title of the piece? “American democracy is fighting for its life – and Republicans don’t care.” After glancing at the title, I thought a conservative must have written it. I was wrong.
Referring to the voter reform laws recently passed in Georgia and Florida, he wrote: “Then came the post-Trump deluge of state laws making it harder for likely Democrats to vote, and easier for Republican state legislatures to manipulate voting tallies.” Reich is living in an alternate universe.
Also on Tuesday, The New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay, the one who found the dozens of American flags she saw on pickup trucks in Long Island to be so intolerable, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” I posted about her remarks here.
She told the panel: “Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, because essentially the message was clear, ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’”
“Because, you know, the Trump voters who are not going to get onboard with democracy, they’re a minority. You can marginalize them, long-term. But if we don’t take the threat seriously, then I think we’re all in really bad shape,” Gay said.
Brzezinski “totally” agreed – naturally.
Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza joined Fox News’ Laura Ingraham to discuss the Democrats’ latest propaganda campaign on Monday night.
Ingraham was outraged. “The idea Dinesh that the Republicans are anti-democratic? They’re the most anti-democratic people out there. They shove these mandates down. They want us all scared. They don’t want our freedoms to be protected. In the end, they’re the oppressors.”
D’Souza said, “The left uses the rhetoric of democracy, but in reality, they don’t really believe in it. They believe that public opinion is something to be moulded from above. And this is why they’ve created this coordinated set of institutions from education to the media, ultimately to tell the public what to believe.”
Ingraham played a clip of Rep. Jim Clyburne (D-SC) who was upset that H.R. 1’s chances of passage are all but dead. His words illustrated the point perfectly. Clyburne said, “If we’re not careful, the greatest democracy on the face of the earth will go the way of the Roman Empire.”
The Democrats want to take away all vestiges of democracy so they can maintain power for the long-term. Then, they’ll blame it on the Republicans.
Mark my words.
The Democrat Party uses the rhetoric of democracy, but in reality, they believe the American public is something to be molded from above.https://t.co/Nn0LEBNuFt
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 8, 2021
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