American Elephants


What is Conventional Wisdom and Where Does It Come From? by The Elephant's Child

Talking points come down from Think Progress or Media Matters and are repeated  in the same exact words by liberal pundits and members of Congress, over and over. We see examples of the technique constantly. At the moment it is the “War on Women,”  It’s sort of a “throw it up against the wall and see what sticks.’ If repetition works to make it seem like reality, they will continue. If it doesn’t work, they will either redefine the problem, or simply go on to the next one. Repetition is the key, as I explained. The very quotable Richard Mitchell said it succinctly:

The intellectual climate of the nation today came from the public schools, where almost every one of us was schooled in the work of the mind.  We are a people who imagine that we are weighing important issues when we exchange generalizations and well-known opinions.  We decide how to vote or what to buy according to whim or fancied self-interest, either of which is easily engendered in us by the manipulation of language, which we have neither the will nor the ability to analyze.  We believe that we can reach conclusions without having the faintest idea of the difference between inferences and statements of fact, often without any suspicions that there are such things and that they are different.  We are easily persuaded and repersuaded by what seems authoritative, without any notion of those attributes and abilities that characterize authority.  We do not notice elementary fallacies in logic, it doesn’t even occur to us to look for them, few of us are even aware that such things exist. We make no regular distinction between those kinds of things that can be known and objectively verified and those that can only be believed or not. Nor are we likely to examine, when we believe or not, the induced predispositions that may make us do the one or the other. We are easy prey.

We are easily persuaded by what is fashionable, or popular — or cool.  A celebrity is defined as someone who is famous for being famous — granted, many have actually accomplished something; we usually identify them by their accomplishment. But there are others who are famous simply because we have seen their names or pictures. We make judgments about people by how they are dressed, or by their appearance, their grooming. We are drawn to sunny happy people, cute children, puppies and kittens, American flags and apple pie.

Politicians play on our perceptions with all the tools of their profession. They know all the tricks. We don’t have to fall for it.  Here is a fascinating social experiment  about perception. Food for thought.  I guess awareness of our own fallibility and a healthy sense of humor are the best defense.

Getting hard to keep the sense of humor active.



An Ugly Mob in Action. by The Elephant's Child

This was the scene when Wisconsin legislators voted to adopt Governor Scott Walker’s effort to balance the Wisconsin budget, save the taxpayers and save union jobs.  Legislators were led out of a tunnel in the capitol building and escorted to a bus commandeered by law enforcement. The mob, whipped up by demagogues was violent and threatening. Shouting obscenities, death threats and pounding on the bus windows and doors.

This is typical union action.  They achieve their aims by intimidation and threats. They rouse the mob with appeals to emotion, exaggerating, lying, and making outrageous claims.  What on earth was the hypocrite multi-millionaire Michael Moore doing there? What was Jesse Jackson doing there? Neither had the slightest legitimate interest in  the Wisconsin budget problems.  But there were cameras there, and lots of media attention. And useful idiots are easy to manipulate.

Unions were pleased with the mob scene, sure that it would appeal to the emotions of Wisconsin voters. I would think it would be an eye-opening example of just what unions are all about, and it’s not a pretty discovery.



Winnie the Pooh and Ahmadinejad Too! by American Elephant

Welcome Michelle Malkin readers and People’s Cube comrades! We hope while you’re here you’ll stop and have a look around our humble little grass-roots conservative, capitalist pig blog and tell us what you think!

I can’t think of a better metaphor for Barack Obama’s childish foreign policy than the one proffered by his own “key foreign policy adviser” and presumptive National Security Adviser, Richard Danzig:

Richard Danzig, who served as Navy Secretary under President Clinton and is tipped to become National Security Adviser in an Obama White House, told a major foreign policy conference in Washington that the future of US strategy in the war on terrorism should follow a lesson from the pages of Winnie the Pooh, which can be shortened to: if it is causing you too much pain, try something else.

Mr Danzig told the Centre for New American Security: “Winnie the Pooh seems to me to be a fundamental text on national security.” [read more]

Obama’s foreign policy? Big soft cuddly America gets the stuffing knocked out of it. As Jim Geraghty at The Campaign Spot observes:

It’s good that Obama is going to Iraq and Afghanistan. And he would be wise to articulate a national security policy that relied more on personal meetings with Gen. David Petraeus and less on reading Winnie the Pooh.



The Man Obama Wants to Talk To by American Elephant

Amadenijad

…has just announced that Isreal will soon die and disappear.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted on Monday that Muslims would uproot “satanic powers” and repeated his controversial belief that Israel will soon disappear, the Mehr news agency reported. “I must announce that the Zionist regime (Israel), with a 60-year record of genocide, plunder, invasion and betrayal is about to die and will soon be erased from the geographical scene,” he said.

“Today, the time for the fall of the satanic power of the United States has come and the countdown to the annihilation of the emperor of power and wealth has started.”

Since taking the presidency in August 2005, Ahmadinejad has repeatedly provoked international outrage by predicting Israel is doomed to disappear.

“I tell you that with the unity and awareness of all the Islamic countries all the satanic powers will soon be destroyed,” he said to a group of foreign visitors ahead of the 19th anniversary of the death of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Yes, by all means Senator Obama, legitimize this crackpot terrorist by offering him unconditional meetings with the leader of the free world. Brilliant!

Barack Obama — useful idiot.

Meanwhile, John McCain absolutely slammed Obama on Iran in front of AIPAC:

“It’s hard to see what such a summit with President (Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad would actually gain, except an earful of anti-Semitic rants, and a worldwide audience for a man who denies one Holocaust and talks before frenzied crowds about starting another,” McCain told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

He criticized Obama for seeming to suggest that Iran is trying to develop a nuclear program because the U.S. refuses to engage in presidential-level talks. McCain said the Clinton administration in particular tried to engage Iran for two years, even lifting some sanctions, to no avail.

“Even so, we hear talk of a meeting with the Iranian leadership offered up as if it were some sudden inspiration, a bold new idea that somehow nobody has ever thought of before,” McCain said as dozens in the audience laughed.

You can read the entire speech here.
 



John McCain Wins in Landslide! by Emerald City Elephant

Help Susan Sarandon Move

At least he will if Americans learn the insufferable, arrogant, idiot — radical socialist Susan Sarandon — has promised to move to Canada or Italy if he wins.

SUSAN SARANDON, who appeared in three films last year and won kudos for her TV movie “Bernard and Doris,” is still not a contented soul. She says if John McCain gets elected, she will move to Italy or Canada. She adds, “It’s a critical time, but I have faith in the American people.”

…What? You thought Susan of all people would be for Hillary Clinton? Well, no. She told John Hiscock: “I thought the whole point of feminism is that you’re not supposed to be defined by gender. I don’t understand the reasoning behind that, because I wouldn’t vote for Condoleezza Rice, and I hated Margaret Thatcher.”

Contribute to John McCain here.

American Elephant adds: So, does she take her insufferable idiot husband, Tim Robbins, with her?




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