The Narrative in AmericaSubmitted by jonat3 on Sun, 03/17/2013 - 23:14
You know, I'm generally not a conspiracy theorist, since I think some people take these things too far. But I'm getting some nasty vibes here where too many coincidences occur one after another.
For starters, I think some people might have noticed how the mainstream media is trying to woo Libertarians. The wooing is so eerie and creepy, it makes most of us want to puke. These guys have been painting us as crazy and lunatics just mere months before, yet the speed at which they changed their minds and trying to appeal to us is simply astonishing. It's so astonishing that I get the feeling that we are being manipulated and I believe this manipulation occurs on a greater scale than even some people inclined to conspiracy theories might believe.
For example, I've long since thought that most politicians were just batsh*t insane. They've been so disconnected with how normal human beings think, I've just accepted the notion that they are crazy and stupid people. But the thing is, they aren't crazy and stupid at all. We've seen various youtube videos outlining how the powers that be influence the narrative behind the scenes. These fellas don't act batsh*t insane, because they are crazy and stupid, they act batsh*t because they know that people are gullible and easily manipulated. If they act batsh*t crazy, people listening to them will be more inclined to copy their opinions and then as a result, they become more tractable. There's even a slashdot article outlining this particular phenomenon:
But they've been doing it for so long that I sometimes forget that there are genuine manipulative purposes behind their actions.
Take McCain for example. How can anyone sane even think the way that McCain does? Doesn't he have the presence of mind that the way he thinks is not how most Libertarians (heck, scratch that, most AMERICANS and even most of the known world) think? Is he really that out of touch with reality? And the thing is, there's a very real possibility that he really doesn't think this way. If this is the case, then what was his agenda in attacking Rand Paul?
Perhaps it's because I'm an outsider looking in from the outside (I live in the Netherlands), but one thing I've noticed from American culture is that American culture usually revolves around a NARRATIVE. You can see it in American documentaries and movies, the way politicians speak, the way people talk when they give presentations and lots of other little things. Personally, I believe this tendency for a narrative can especially be seen during the times of the Wild West. The stories told of these times (and also during) tend to be beautiful fairytale like stories with a specific style of storytelling accompanied with a hypnotic, rhythmic kind of quality. Usually with simplified concepts of good and evil. I think alot of aspects from those times still reside in the America we know today.
Looking at American culture from the outside in, it's like you guys are living in a perpetual narrative. The way the media brings the news (combined with other things), it's like living in America is the same thing as having life be like an eternal Hollywood movie. Compare that with Germany and the Netherlands, life here simply seems more drab and mundane in comparison (though we are steadily drifting to the American style). Life in America, it's like good and evil are clearly defined concepts. Here, it's more difficult to tell the difference.
Which brings me back to McCain and all other media pundits. It's possible that being used to the Hollywood style of living, you guys don't realize how impeccable the timing of each event was that happened in recent months. The impeccable timing of these events are usually not seen in reality, but only within movies. It's clear to me that what's really happening here, is that the powers that be are carefully constructing a narrative here and that the American people are being manipulated to fall for this narrative.
I mean, most people already noticed that the complete turnaround of all the media pundits concerning Libertarians have been abnormal in general. I don't think I need to look for past youtube videos and compare them with current youtube videos in order to demonstrate the extreme contrast. This general trend is already enough to have anyone's alarm bells set off. I mean, who wouldn’t be creeped out by Ann Coulter trying to cozy up with Libertarians?
Then we have Rand Paul doing his filibuster, who has been successful in creating a good narrative with his demonstrative act. Other politicians with opportunistic intentions soon joined in, cause instinctively they KNEW that this narrative had a good chance of succeeding with the people. Rand Paul is the hero of the story and what is a good hero story without a good set of villains? So the villains soon show up (McCain, etc.) to combat the hero.
But the powers that be can leave NOTHING to coincidence. There’s been a large group of people that have been brainwashed into thinking that Libertarians are crazy lunatics. But the powers that be want to go the Libertarian route today, so these people must then be reverse brainwashed. Difficult to do? Hardly. These people on the top look at the people below with disdain. They believe us to be gullible like sheep and easily manipulated. And the sad truth is that this view is probably reality. The lovely thing with narratives is, is that you can let people do one thing in particular in one moment and then let them do a totally contradictory act the next time around by simply making them believe that their act is not contradictory. With the correct narrative supplied, everything is possible. People that are good in creating narratives are generally good with stringing along seemingly incompatible story elements in a coherent whole. We’ve seen it with our own eyes how the powers that be crowned Romney to be the next coming of Christ. We’ve seen how far they would go to construct a coherent narrative around Romney. The media manipulation was simply obvious.
So like I said, the powers that be leave NOTHING to coincidence. For a narrative to be successful, you must first have pundits and other people placing this narrative in the correct context for people in a form they can easily absorb. And lo and behold, someone does indeed show up to do this for us: David Keene. He paints a beautiful picture about the old being replaced by the new. The story of GROWTH and how parties need to include instead of exclude. With this narrative now in place, Republicans can now continue the story and accept libertarians without fear of being called a hypocrite. Undoubtedly, more people besides Keene will follow that will continue to paint this narrative.
What am I actually trying to say here? I’m saying that the Republican leaders have setup McCain and Graham to take the fall for the sake of the Republican party. While I do believe that Democrats and Republicans collude together to exclude third parties, I do believe that on anything else they are competitors. There was a previous youtube video on here explaining how the battle between Romney and Obama was unusual, because we’ve seen for the first time a split in the funding of these parties. They usually fund both parties to do their bidding, but this time around there was a divergence. If Romney had won, he and his friends would have made a tidy sum of money by him passing a law to expatriate money from abroad. Obama on the other hand was funded by a different group of people with their own set of interests to consider. What this tells me, is that while some of the political battles are a farce, they do actually expend some effort in order to become the controlling power. The party that comes into power, will be the power that benefits the most and reaps the largest rewards.
With the above in mind, the Republicans realize that their current narrative is inadequate. Being the practical buggers that they are, they switched gears in order to co-opt the Liberty movement, because otherwise they would never get to become the party in power ever again. And they can’t have that, because how would they ever suck the people dry in such an event? So after the loss to Obama, they immediately constructed a new narrative, this time with a Libertarian tinge. They purposely setup Graham and McCain to take the fall in order to create this narrative. And it’s not even a real fall, since the correct narrative could easily reflate their bubbles back to normal. Afterwards, all they need to do is having pundits and the like further expand on the narrative.
What is unclear to me at the moment is how Rand Paul is involved in all of this. With Ron Paul, it’s pretty unlikely that he’s corrupt, since he sacrificed too many years and too much potential profits in order to be corrupt. I’ve generally not been too overly critical on Rand Paul, because as RP believes, I do think politics is a necessary element in order to succeed. But the recent events have been disquieting, because there’s no doubt in my mind that a narrative is being created here. If I’m right, it’s highly likely that they will attempt to influence DP opinions on here by having paid posters trying to peddle their narrative on these boards. Be aware of posts that have an overly simplified notion of good and evil and are judgmental in nature (which are usually posts not based on reason and deliberation). Especially scrutinize posters that post threads that can potentially influence the narrative. Be especially paranoid of posts that push you in a direction you already have a tendency to lean in. They can easily manipulate you that way. I mean, it’s nice hearing David Keene talk about an issue I wholeheartedly agree with. Nonetheless, it’s dangerous to assume that people that seemingly agree with us are our friends.
Regarding Rand, it’s best to watch events unfold for awhile. But remain watchful and never assume that you cannot be hoodwinked. People who generally believe this are the people scammers are delighted with.
Anyways, tell me what you think.