American Elephants

If the Facts Don’t Fit, Just Change the Facts. by The Elephant's Child

The progressive, postmodern left is under the delusion that they are better people, more virtuous, less racist, more compassionate, more loving, much more fair-minded and far more tolerant than those who disagree with them politically.

They have the odd characteristic of listening only to themselves. Their knowledge of the beliefs and aspirations of the other party (the evil right-wingers) comes from what they claim we think and say, rather than risking any actual exposure to Republican thought. You will notice that they are unable to defend their ideas without ad-hominum attacks or calling names. Maxine Waters said Republicans are “Demons,” which was new and different.

Where they excel is in redefining the ideas and thought of the right. We have an excellent example right now. Conservatives are outraged at the idea that Catholics are to be required to pay for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs for their personnel and employees — in complete opposition to Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of religion.

That has been redefined by Democrats as “Republicans want to ban birth control.” Nancy Pelosi, Patty Murray and Kathleen Sebelius have gone public saying just that. I’ve already seen the ads on the internet. That it is a complete lie is no problem.

Paul Ryan’s heroic efforts to find a way to save Medicare from collapse, have been redefined as “eliminating Medicare“, and “pushing Granny over a cliff.” That this is a complete lie is no problem.

A move to prevent vote fraud by requiring voters to show picture ID, something the rest of us have to do every time we pay by check, is redefined as “disenfranchising poor black Americans.”

Small business and Chamber of Commerce complaints about excessive regulation preventing job growth are redefined as Republican attempts to “gut the regulations” that protect ordinary people.

Republican efforts to force the government to approve drilling permits and build the Keystone XL pipeline have been redefined as “Republicans’ don’t care about clean air and clean water.” Obama said that, repeatedly.

Republican support for Israel has been redefined as opposition to the “Peace Process,” and unconcern for poor Palestinian refugees.

Conservative opposition to ObamaCare has been redefined as not only opposition to better more caring medicine, but an attempt to go back to the day when people were forced into bankruptcy by evil insurance companies.

Legitimate concern about domestic terrorism (at least 45 attacks) and Islamic radicalism is redefined as Islamophobia.

Demand for safe borders and enforcing immigration law is redefined as racism and anti-Hispanic prejudice.

Conservative objections to money squandered on unworkable “clean energy” projects like Solyndra, electric cars, biofuels, electric batteries, wind farms, giant solar arrays is redefined as Luddite opposition to the demands of the 21st century and/or subservience to Big Oil.

They not only redefine the subject, they turn it into a direct personal attack on people who disagree.  In the Progressive world, they don’t tolerate disagreement.

Here is Obama’s speech at a fund-raiser this week in San Francisco. You’ve got the toughest economy, the worst financial crisis, worst economic crisis (no it’s not) since the Great Depression, redefined on the spot into an America that’s moving on the right track. The job growth of 250,000 jobs last month is redefined into a great accomplishment even though in the same month 1.2 million people quit looking for work and dropped out of the labor force.

If you have the patience for it, read the whole speech. This is dazzling footwork at creating the coming Utopia, if he can just redefine human nature, and redefine the mess he’s made, and redefine his own failures into accomplishments. Will the people buy it?


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