Are You In A Propaganda Echo Chamber?

Are You In A Propaganda Echo Chamber?

Echo Chamber From the Urban Dictionary: A person who totally, obsequiously agrees with everything another person says.

If you have a wide circle of friends on Facebook you probably encounter friends with all sorts of political views. I have a tendency to seek out those with a point of view opposite of my own. I like to  understand where people are coming from. I also like to be challenged on why I believe what I do.

Recently I noticed two of my friends on FB were really angry at Trump and Trump supporters. Of course, I could not resist. I usually find items that are pure one sided propaganda. I then throw in a link to present a counter to that point of view or a link to the truth. Often times the friend or their friend leaps in and answers with more illogical ranting or more links to websites that are at the very least one sided. This of course leads to another counter link or explanation of how logic works. Very soon they get it and reply with more anger which only makes them seem less intelligent.

I was in a unit that broadcast propaganda as one of the main missions. As an AGR i was assigned to that unit for just under 23 years. I became very interested in propaganda and how it works. It is now so easy to spot. I then became a Christian and ended up in a church lead by one of the nation’s foremost apologetics experts. I learned a lot from good old Dr. Robert Morey.

As a student of debate and logic it is easy for me to destroy left wing propaganda. The left has a tendency to focus on emotion rather than reason. I never use bad language and try to educate people on FB. It is hard to do this without hurting their feelings. Once they are exposed to the truth, logic or a counter point of view they flip out.

One person I worked with (I’ve been retired 14 years) is still serving. She finally got so worked up over a 2 week period she told me she did not want me to comment anymore. I guess it was shredding her inner beliefs but she could not admit it. You could tell her emotions were running high. I tried to remind her of the one thing I learned in the military that helps a lot during stressful times. Emotion eradicates skills. If you are emotionally invested in a point of view and it freaks you out to hear another point of view you cannot win an argument or think clearly.

In the end I suggested if she wanted to live in an Echo Chamber then she should simply unfriend me. Her frustration reminded me of these young people in college who cannot stand hearing an opposing point of view. They say they need a “safe place” to be educated. WOW, that has changed since I was young. We prided ourselves on our ability to understand all points of view. You did not have to agree with it but you should always try to understand it.

Bottom line, if you are for Trump try not to live in an echo chamber. Both sides can be guilty of this. Get out there and challenge and be challenged. Always do  your research. Don’t surround yourself with people who agree with you. If you are right you should be able to defend your point of view with facts or plausible counter arguments.

Watching Cruz Today – Now I Remember with Clarity

Watching Cruz Today – Now I Remember with Clarity

It is after 4PM and I’m catching Ted Cruz on the news being interviewed in Washington. During the interview he was asked several times about supporting Trump.

Each time Ted said he trusted the American people to make the right call. That is NOT the question. He spun away on other questions as well.

Now I remember with clarity one of the reasons I did not support Ted and do support Trump. Cruz, Clinton  and many others spin and spin. Donald Trump may meander when he gives an answer but at least he doesn’t obfuscate!

The Fatal Flaw – I Told You So!

The Fatal Flaw – I Told You So!

I’m posting this because I want to be able to say “I told you so” when Trump wins.

I just caught the news. They were pointing out that Hillary (or her superpac) is using Trump’s Republican opponents words against him in a new advertisement.

Let me ask a simple question. If the words spoken by Trump’s opponents caused them to lose the nomination what makes Hillary think using their words will help her win?

This is the fatal flaw in the thinking of all those who have come against Trump.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

That saying is going to come into play more times than you think this election season. It is one of the main reasons Trump has won and will win. We’ve been trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. INSANITY!

OK, I told you so. Note the date time stamp on this post.

Who Should Be Trump’s VP?

Who Should Be Trump’s VP?

That is the question so many are asking. This task is daunting and extremely important. While it may be true that less than 1% of voters consider who the VP is when asked, I believe it sets a general tone. This tone can balance the candidate for President, especially during the debates.

I’ve listened to the talking heads. They all make some good points. The political analysts point out there are really only a few states (and actually counties within those states) that count during the typical Presidential election. Ohio is one of the most important states. That causes many to suggest Kasich as VP. Others point to the need for the Hispanic vote and suggest someone like Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico. Then there is Rubio since he is Hispanic and the list goes on and on.

Trump’s stance towards illegal immigrants has alienated much of the Hispanic vote. As a side note this still confuses me. Why would so many law abiding Hispanics want illegal immigrants competing for citizen jobs? It’s beyond me. Obviously law abiding legal Hispanics should be looking to elect someone who will help increase their quality of life. The ones that understand this seem to be in the minority. Bottom line I don’t think picking a Hispanic will do much.

Now there is the black vote. Carson is very likeable but I’ve heard he is not interested. Second, Carson does not have political experience. As good a man as he is there are probably plenty of places for his skills. First would be overhauling Obamacare. Second would be Surgeon General. Carson would also make a fine Ambassador.

My pick: Elbert Guillory. The downside of Mr. Guillory is he has no Washington D.C. experience. Trump is going to need someone who can navigate the House & Senate to help him get things done. This does not have to be his VP. The upside is Guillory does have political experience at the state level. His calm demeanor would balance out Trump’s flamboyant nature. His life story is amazing. He’s belonged to both political parties. His reasoning for his positions are sound and convincing. On top of all that Guillory presents himself so well you cannot help but listen to what the man has to say and he has plenty to say.

 

 

Veterans Unite  and Here is Why!

Veterans Unite and Here is Why!

Can you imagine Hillary Clinton as the next Commander in Chief?

Clinton denies seeing 600 requests for extra security for Libya where Ambassador Stevens and three others died as well as 3 others injured. This is not political and is NOT in dispute for any reasonable person. It is Clinton’s word for word testimony.

You can view this only two ways. Either she is incompetent or she is lying. If 600 requests did not get enough attention to reach her then the staff she appointed was incompetent making her incompetent. If she is lying and it cannot be proven you know what that means. She was given Plausible Deniability. In other words it is a cover up. There is no third way to see this. Quote from the Wikipedia article linked to above:

Arguably, the key concept of plausible deniability is plausibility. It is fairly easy for a government official to issue a blanket denial of an action, and it is possible to destroy or cover up evidence after the fact, and this might be sufficient to avoid a criminal prosecution, for instance. However, the public might well disbelieve the denial, particularly if there is strong circumstantial evidence, or if the action is believed to be so unlikely that the only logical explanation is that the denial is false.

A personal note. I requested parachutes be sent several times for my aircrew flying missions over Haiti during the restoration of Jean-Bertrand Aristide to power in 1994. The request reached my Wing Commander each time. Each time it was denied. Long story short it almost cost him his first star as a General. When the after action report reached Air Force Special Operations Command Headquarters all Hell broke loose.

If a few requests for parachutes got a Full Bird Colonel reamed out and almost cost him a star then what should 600 requests cost Hillary? The Presidency? I think so. I’m not going to go into a litany of reasons Hillary should not be Commander in Chief. That alone is good enough for me.

Does anyone in their right mind think this kind of person should be Commander in Chief? Even if you think Trump is capable of the same things he is an unknown quantity. I give him the benefit of the doubt. On the other hand Clinton has a record and I am NOT impressed. It is time for ALL Veterans to unite behind Donald Trump.