By James Shott ~
Why is it that leftists feel it’s necessary to put their fingers on the scale to tip it in their favor, or will work to change the rules to achieve their purposes, with little or no hesitation in doing so? We saw this when the Obama IRS punished conservative applicants for nonprofit status with a grossly slow and difficult application process.
Activist judges often reinterpret the Constitution and laws to mean something more to their liking than what was originally intended.
We are now learning how the Department of Justice misused procedures in an effort to influence the 2016 election.
We have seen how many news outlets ignore positive stories about President Donald Trump and the good things that are happening and instead favor stories that benefit Democrats, ignoring their duty for balance and objectivity.
This accusation is one that many dispute, of course, not wishing to give any credence to such complaints. Trump angers Democrats and a large portion of the news media by labeling the practice “fake news.”
The Media Research Center provides some detail to illustrate this behavior with three examples.
First up: “On Aug. 8, Republican congressman Chris Collins of the Buffalo, New York, suburbs was indicted for insider trading and lying to the FBI. ABC, CBS and NBC played this story to the hilt, with 18 minutes and 24 seconds of coverage in just the first 24 hours.”
Then, on Aug. 21, “Prosecutors indicted California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter on charges of wire fraud and campaign finance violations. The morning and evening newscasts on ABC and CBS spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the story in the first 36 hours. In contrast with Collins, Hunter was ‘lucky’ that there was breaking anti-Trump news – the conviction of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of former longtime Trump confidante and lawyer Michael Cohen to charges of campaign finance violations.”
But then, “These very same three networks, these champions of public integrity, were bored to tears by the indictment and trial of former Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia. During the year and a half between his 2015 indictment and 2016 conviction and sentencing for misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening programs offered a measly 68 seconds of ‘news.’”
An actual conviction of a Democrat got barely more than a minute combined among the three networks over 18 months, while unproven charges brought against two Republicans earned more than 23 minutes of air time in just 36 hours, roughly 22 times more, not counting the differences in the time frames of the cases. And Collins by himself received 16 times the attention that Fattah got.
Facebook and Twitter control posts and tweets from people who express ideas their employees disagree with, mostly conservative ideas, although they cloak this by saying these items do not comport with their community standards. Google searches produce results that reflect the Left’s positions at the top, rather than a nonpolitical set of results.
These things occur because those in charge disagree with conservative ideas and values and work to keep people from seeing and discussing them.
America, being the Land of the Free, is a place where contradictory ideas exist, are encouraged, and are freely debated. Persuasion is the method by which ideas and values achieve dominance; force and coercion are against the rules. Or they used to be.
But when the Left can’t win the debate or gain support for its ideas through civil debate and discussion, and then won’t accept that its positions failed to gain traction with a huge number of people, it then resorts to other means.
Leftists’ ultimate goal is control, therefore no method is off-limits. The ends justify the means. Cheating and unfair practices are now the preferred methodology of the increasingly socialist Left.
And if it gains control of Congress, the presidency, and the courts, it will be in the position to impose all manner of control over the people.
The Left has already proposed some wild ideas, one of which would have made Trump’s victory impossible had it been in effect. It wants the presidency determined by the popular vote, not through the Electoral College, which has been the process since the early days of the country, and for good reason. “It didn’t work for us in 2016,” leftists say, “so let’s change the process.”
Even more absurdly, they say, since this guy we really don’t like won, let’s do away with the presidency.
Other unworkable ideas include: A college education for all is no longer an option; it is now a right. Free health care, which is so expensive it would bankrupt the country, must become reality. People with no skills or training who work in the lowest-level jobs must be paid $15 an hour.
This is the type of thinking that produced those wondrous and desirable places like Castro’s Cuba and today’s Venezuela, the antithesis of what America was created to be.