Libertarian commentary on the News, #14-38C: Propaganda is big news

By Nathan Barton

Good morning! Propaganda is all around us: the government version of advertising, with all the lies and exaggerations of any slimy used car salesman, coupled with a very powerful voice.  Even on the conservative (and increasingly anti-government) talk shows, the commercial time is filled with public service announcements, many of which spout government propaganda about forests, global warming, food stamps, and many other things.  MSM and local newspapers are full of it. Election campaigns REALLY push it. Today’s news (somewhat short, I admit) has some great examples.

The Fuehrer’s propaganda machine is working overtime, presenting the man who climbed over the White House fence “armed” with a small pocket knife as an armed and dangerous nut case whom police had encountered several times before. Machetes and ammo (without weapons to fire the ammo) in a car and not on the man constitute no danger at all.  These revelations actually simply point out that the Secret Service and the DC and other nearby police failed to properly evaluate a threat, and therefore failed to do their job even for the squatter in 1600 PA.  What hope do the rest of us have for protection from violence? Only our own and our family’s ability to defend ourselves.

Colorado police claim to have taken nearly a hundred pounds of meth, produced and imported from Mexico, off the market in a series of raids which included arresting 17 people.  Some of those people sold side orders of meth along with tacos from a roach coach (food vending truck).  This, of course, provides a significant price support for meth sold in Colorado, and encourages people to again start making meth in local clan labs, instead of importing it.  The war on some drugs continues to do more damage than good.  But the police are crowing about their success, as expected.  Which ties to the next story.

Bradlee Dean, a religious and political writer and speaker, has been booted out of several schools for stating that the national, cop-run DARE (Drug Awareness and Resistance Education) Program (in MOST of the nation’s schools, including many private schools, “inadvertently” teaches students to use drugs.  He is wrong: there is nothing “inadvertent” about what it does: familiarize students with what drugs can do, what they look like, even how to use them.  This is a typical propaganda operation and has been for years.  Until people wake up to that fact, they will continue to endanger their children.  Cops see this as good: continued employment, opportunities for plunder (forfeiture), and naive sources for their own supply will all increase as long as DARE is there.

I call it “trying to escape from the Stalag.” The White House has issued (by imperial decree, natch) new rules to combat tax inversions. The Treasury Department tightened tax rules Monday to deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to lower-tax countries, part of a White House effort to slow a wave of so-called corporate inversions that effectively reduce federal revenues. Or so they claim. One of Wayne Allen Root’s points (see yesterday’s column) was that even a fair corporate tax system, similar to what many countries have, would create a reverse inversion: it is the FedGov’s own actions and theft that drive companies to flee the gulag.  Of course, this is a perfect opportunity for the Fueher and his minions to continue to blacken the names of businesses, and they are taking full advantage of it.

And of course, this week the White House really is crowing about how a half-dozen foreign attack aircraft joined the USN, USMC, and USAF in bombing “selected” Caliphate targets in what used to be part of Syria.  This is, of course, propaganda on many levels.  Even better, a “leader” (“The Turk”) of an Al-Qaeda affiliate was killed. The Fuehrer wasted no time this morning (Wednesday) crowing about how HE ordered the attacks and had more and more “allies.”  Once more, he boasted of ignoring the Constitution and of Congress as his lap dog.

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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