Disinformation, Misinformation And Politics As Usual

{OWHNI = Or Whatever His Name Is}

I got one of those email forwards that would be exciting if it were true.  But alas, it was nothing more than a hoax — one that’s been making the rounds for a few years.  It’s the one about Obama’s (OWHNI) college transcripts supposedly being released, documenting him as a foreign student. It made me realize, once again, how vital it is to remain well-informed.  I replied to the email sender, explaining it was a hoax, but felt a heavy sadness for all the damage done by bogus emails.

An unwary public is easy prey for those who would manipulate public opinion.  It goes beyond biased reporting, or stories that remain unreported.  An outright lie is usually only effective for the short-term.  Eventually, when people discover it’s a lie, everyone knows it, and it’s no longer an effective issue.  But disinformation is much more diabolical.  A propaganda tool developed by the Soviets, disinformation is the intentional reporting of falsehoods, mixed with a little truth. If you make it something that people want to believe, and present it as coming from a respectable source, a certain percentage of the public is bound to swallow it.

Then something interesting happens.  When uninformed “believers” pass on disinformation, believing it to be true, it now becomes misinformation.  Unintentionally, falsehoods get spread like gossip, each person in the chain eager to depend on the credibility of the person giving them the information, and not bothering to check the facts.  In this way the story is kept alive, repeating it as if it were true.  And even though skeptical individuals will discover the misinformation as false, enough “believers” will continue passing it along to sustain a long-term impact on public opinion.

This unintentional spreading of misinformation makes “useful idiots” (a Soviet term) of those involved.  There are those who manipulate and those who allow themselves to be manipulated.  The net effect of disinformation is not so much that those who are manipulated are confused, but that they are made to appear ignorant.  Then all the manipulators have to do is put them down and laugh at them.  They no longer need to argue their point because they have made those who are being manipulated to look like fools.  At least that’s their strategy.

I’ve noticed that when you actually make informed, well thought-out arguments, the manipulators are generally silent.  They hope that by ignoring you, you will just shut up and go away.

An informed electorate is the greatest threat there is to the manipulators.  That’s why politicians put so much stock in talk.  They are trying to convince voters that they will give them what they want.  And all that debate blarney passes for “information”.  Most people get sucked in because most people hear something they want to hear and mollify their misgivings with, “Well, at least he’s the lesser of two evils.”  And so the voters are mollified, the power structure “moves forward”, the status quo remains intact (like a race car flying off a cliff) while our founding fathers writhe in their graves.

People can’t keep their freedom unless they are taught how to be free.  Since the 60s our society hasn’t really done that job.  Instead of freedom, we teach license.  Instead of individual responsibility, we teach so-called self-esteem, which is all about “me”, my likes, my pleasures, my opinions.  Instead of a higher authority, we teach that everyone is his own authority.

The very meaning of words depends on one’s own personal preference.  Even a person’s gender is whatever he/she/? wants.  There is no authority.  God is out.  The constitution is made to mean the opposite of what it says.  Judges can make up their own law.  The President can wield dictatorial power to destroy anyone who gets in his way.  Congress knows that and goes along to get along.

If Obama (OWHNI) is no longer useful to the manipulators, they will make sure someone else, who will be useful, gets elected.  The only way we will ever break out of this tyranny and be free again is if a meaningful majority of voters become informed, vote accordingly, and by some miracle, there is no significant voter fraud.  I’m not holding my breath. Unless there is a major sea change in the American voter, I see more of the same in our future.  Flame-out. Crash and burn.

I would say, “Chin up,” but that carries a certain … shall we say, “Il Duce” connotation? But rather, take the long view.  Be an overcomer.  Do the LORD’s will to the end.  Then his authority and power will be ours.  (Revelation 2:26)

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About retiredday

I am Michael D. Day, a regular, everyday guy -- retired. I stand for God-given freedom, which means I think for myself. I believe in being civil, because the Bible teaches that we should love our enemies. But I also believe in saying it how I see it, and explaining just why I see it that way, sort of like 2 Timothy 4:2.
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2 Responses to Disinformation, Misinformation And Politics As Usual

  1. Gina Miller says:

    Just another slam-dunk, Mike! You’re a wise and marvelous writer!

    Like

  2. retiredday says:

    I’m hoping that there will be enough wise voters to make a difference in the coming elections.

    Like

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