Stupid Is As Stupid Does. . .
Vol: 110 Issue: 20 Saturday, November 20, 2010
One of my favorite films of all time was Forrest Gump. It says a lot about the rest of us that a movie about innocence and honesty can be so captivating.
The most endearing aspect of the Forrest Gump character was how he navigated through life by recalling the wisdom of his mother;
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Another favorite gem of wisdom is this one: “Stupid is as stupid does.”
Senator Jay Rockefeller, son of David Rockefeller, founder of the Trilateralist Commission and former chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, called on the FCC to shut down MSNBC and Fox News.
According to the senior senator from West Virginia, the problem with an unrestricted free press is that it makes it hard for Rockefeller to do his work here in Congress.
“There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to Fox News and MSNBC, ‘Off. Out. End. Goodbye’. It would be a big favor to political discourse; to our ability to do our work here in Congress; and the American People, to talk with each other and have some faith in their government, and more importantly, in their future.”
That is where the big problem lies. Elected representatives aren’t sent to Congress to do their work; they are sent there to do ours. If they were doing our work instead of advancing a predetermined elitist agenda, we wouldn’t be battling inflation, high unemployment and low productivity.
It was elitists like Jay Rockefeller that have spent the past decades stimulating the economies of South American countries at the expense of their own constituencies.
Rockefeller’s clan has been involved for decades in stimulating the economies of Latin America, especially Mexico, Brazil, and Venezuela. During the time he was governor of West Virginia, factories and coal mines closed at a dizzying pace; during the early years of Reagan’s presidency, his poor governance helped put the state’s unemployment up to 20%. He has flip-flopped about the Iraq War, waterboarding, and other issues, especially those related to Veterans Affairs during the time he headed that committee.
Rockefeller’s attack on free speech in America, and his seeming desire to keep the American people from knowing what “their” work is in Congress, rather than having a desire to do “our” work, shows in his actions and his words. Rockefeller has been in Congress since 1985.
Former Nightline host Ted Koppel evidently agrees with Senator Rockefeller. The news is far too complicated for ordinary people to be able to figure out on their own.
We live now in a cable news universe that celebrates the opinions of Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly – individuals who hold up the twin pillars of political partisanship and who are encouraged to do so by their parent organizations because their brand of analysis and commentary is highly profitable.
The commercial success of both Fox News and MSNBC is a source of nonpartisan sadness for me. While I can appreciate the financial logic of drowning television viewers in a flood of opinions designed to confirm their own biases, the trend is not good for the republic.
Translation: It isn’t good for the republic to have too much information because the public who resides in the republic aren’t smart enough to process it. Better to spoon feed them information that doesn’t interfere with the “work” of the elite.
A couple of weeks ago, President Obama explained away the public revolt against his policies by saying that it was too complicated for the ordinary guy to understand.
“Making an argument that people can understand,” Obama told CBS’s Steve Kroft. “I think that we haven’t always been successful at that.”
The entire interview was like that. It wasn’t Obama, it was the economy. It wasn’t the policies, it was that the public was too thick to understand. It wasn’t that the plan was ruinous, it was that certain unfriendly cable networks told the public it was ruinous.
Vice President Joe Biden was interviewed by GQ Magazine about why Obama is faring so poorly in selling his policies to the public. Why is it that the public doesn’t ‘get it’?
“I think what it is, is he’s so brilliant. He is an intellectual. Look think about the guy. This is an African American who had a Caucasian mother, raised in a Caucasian neighborhood by Caucasian grandparents. Talk about a guy who knows what it’s like. This is a guy who gets it.”
Obama gets it. We don’t — because we don’t know what it is like to be an ordinary person – at least, not the way the Obama knows it.
(Have you ever been an African-American with a Caucasian mother who sent you to be raised by your grandparents? No? Idiot!)
This is the latest variation of the application of the Principle of the Big Lie and it’s a fairly impressive remake.
The “Principle of the Big Lie” was most famously explained as a political strategy by no less an accomplished liar than Adolf Hitler. I’ve quoted it verbatim in previous volumes, so I’ll just summarize it here.
Hitler theorized that the more outrageous the lie, the more likely people are to believe it, assuming nobody would tell a whopper that big if it weren’t true.
It creates a kind of sensory overload; your eyes glaze over after awhile and next thing you know, you’re arguing in favor of raising your own taxes for reasons you can almost, but not quite, articulate.
This variation on the theme is something along the lines of;“Who are you going to believe? Me? Or your lying eyes?”
The old lie about it being all George Bush’s fault isn’t working anymore – not because it isn’t big enough, but it’s getting a bit stale.
The new and improved version says that it is the fault of those too stupid to grasp the nuances of Obama’s greatness.
So, how does this fit in with Bible prophecy? The antichrist, according to Bible prophecy, will be personally energized by the most seductive liar in the history of the universe.
When he takes the podium, he will have at his disposal all the charisma, style and charm that seduced Eve into disobeying God in the Garden of Eden.
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (2nd Thessalonians 2:9-10)
THIS is the exact political climate described by the prophets for the last days. When asked what would be the sign of His coming, the first thing Jesus said was “take heed that no man deceive you.”
Everything in the last days is about deception. The antichrist is Satan’s man. Satan means “liar.”
It is hard to imagine a more audacious lie than one aimed at convincing the public that the country’s problems are the result of a too-smart Executive and a too-stupid electorate. But there it is.
I’m not saying Obama is the antichrist – but everything about the Tribulation is a counterfeit. In the antichrist, False Prophet and Satan we find a counterfeit unholy trinity.
The antichrist offers false peace, the False prophet offers false hope and counterfeit miracles.
Where does Obama fit in? Maybe he is the counterfeit John the Baptist, preparing the world for the Great Deceiver still waiting somewhere off stage for his cue.
Or maybe he’s just a really dumb politician that got incredibly lucky. But in any case, he proves that when the real Great Deceiver shows up, the world will be ready for him.
That pump is primed and ready.