George Barnes wrote an interesting piece in the Telegram and Gazette on Jan 27th. 2018 on welcoming the world to our melting pot. He opines on the altruism of unfettered immigration to our country. He employs the commonly used Conviction of Position that the United States is "..a nation of immigrants.." This is an utter falsehood.
First of all, we are a Soveriegn nation. As far as our history of immigration is concerned we are NOW the descendants of immigrants. Actual documented and adjudicated 'immigrants' who take the Oath and join as Citizens number only a few hundred thousand a year. This hardly qualifies in a country of 350 million (or so) as a nation of immigrants.
What we are?
Is a Soveriegn nation with a serious border control issue!
This is the reality; but Liberals are convinced of their position, outraged at the idea of any discussion on this issue and accepting the absurdity that we actually ARE a nation of immigrants.
Dictionary.com defines 'Conviction' as;
1. a fixed or firm belief:
4. the act of convincing a person by argument or evidence.
5. the state of being convinced.
I left out 2-3 because it dealt with criminal convictions.
Bing.com does it one better..
a firmly held belief or opinion:
synonyms: belief · opinion · view · thought · persuasion · idea · position · stance ·
the quality of showing that one is firmly convinced of what one believes or says:
synonyms: certainty · certitude · assurance · confidence · sureness ·
I mentioned how the use of the term 'American Democracy' is now rooted in our lexicon. We are not a Democracy.
Every time we have a heat wave, hurricane, blizzard it is now the absurdly accepted Conviction of Position that it is all because of Anthropogenic Climate Change.
These are just small examples. Just perk up your ears and listen to the way people and pundits maximize the use of such phrases.
It matters not the presenting of alternative facts. In fact if Conservatives adopted the concept of Liberalism and presented how opposing people 'felt' or, 'believed' or, were 'convinced' of they would be laughed out of cable news!.. But that is Selective Outrage and will be discussed in the next blog segment.
Conservatives are always held to facts, yet are disregarded anyways. Liberals have the finger on the pulse of society.
In an old Rush song the line goes; ".. we get the drunken and the passionate pride of the citizens along for the ride.."
Getting back to George Barnes and his opine in the T&G. He writes further to talk about his Irish heritage.
Look.. Every one of us has an anectdote. We all came from somewhere and from some one. Liberals want to segregate and define our individualism. It is the only way Liberals can to steal that last vestige of our intrinsict and birthright fact that we are Americans.
By accepting the absurd that we are a 'nation of immigrants' can Liberals further define us and label us separate as.. Simply... Americans.
So, how is it Liberals are so easily convinced of their positions?
Pete Townsend of The Who once wrote; ".. cuz ya know that the hyptnotized never lie.. Do-Ya!"
It comes from indocrination. It comes from years of the same metaphors, worn out songs on the Hit Station! Teachers using textbooks written by Liberal revisionists. Eventually we get masses of millions completely devoid of critical thinking and easy, empty vassals (not vessels). And don't they all just agree on the Absurdly Accepted mantra?
Mark Dice does great video expose's where Liberals pontificate on positions they know nothing about. They do so because they are taught to regurgitate predetermined answers to everything and anything. Ami Horowitz did the video blowing the lid off the myth of voter ID being racist. Here is the link;
What is thoroughly entertaining about this video is the reaction of the black Americans he interviews. The white Liberals he interviews are so dyed in their convictions the boiler plate explanations roll off their tongues with little effort and even less thought! Whereas the black's reaction runs the gammit of incredulity to outright laughter. Sadly, what is not mentioned in the video is the underlying premise that Liberals think blacks are stupid, lazy and generally poor.
Convictions are difficult to alter. There are entire safeguards in place to reinforce these convictions in the minds of the empty vassals. Television plays an important role and is an important tool. What we see and hear is carefully choreographed to fit a narrative, promote that narrative even justify it's existence.The talking heads of most major networks are the mouthpieces of an editorial board that hands them the talking points. This, in turn, is read from the teleprompter to an eager audience. The advent of internet media and alternative news sources would make one think that the likes of CNN or MSNBC would alter their tactic or risk losing more of their audience share. Instead, they double down on the narrative. This is purposeful.
The audience these outlets have chosen to cater to are the extreme Left. The 1% population of trans, gay, Socialists, Anarchists, Enviro-wackos, Militant Feminists, ANTIFA and the easily 'Triggered'. Better known as Millenials. Tactically this is ingenius. Reinforce a narrative to a specific audience receptive to said narrative. An audience convinced of their position and unlikely to be swayed from that conviction.
Unfortunately, conviction of position stymies growth. Having a set idea of something that is unwavering shuts out the ability to see and understand a position that differs from your own. This is why the 'tolerant' Left tends to become very intolerable when faced with opposing viewpoints. The rioting at Berkely over Milo Yanopolous, the recent ANTIFA crowds at the two Boston Free Speech Rallies, the shouting down of speakers at college events. There is no lack of examples. Seattle Washington was the latest in rioting by the tolerant Left because some one came to excersise their Constitutional Right of Free Speech.
Shortly after the Charlottesville riot I went on air to discuss the event. I repeatedly remarked how I was not defending the Nazis but that they have every right to practise, speak and peacably assemble. As difficult as this may seem to the reader how I felt about the First Amendment had nothing to do with the facts of the First Amendment. I don't like the Nazis any more than you do but that has nothing to do with facts.
More of the lexicons used to reinforce the conviction of position are the 'phobics'. Homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic. Every description under the sun to showcase an imagined unreasonable fear of one group or another. What is always missing when these terms are tossed around is Oikaphobic, the unreasonable fear of oneself or one's own culture.
When the principle that children should not be exposed to homosexuality is presented the term homophobic is thrown at you. When the principle that no matter how many body parts you alter you cannot change the X or Y chromosome is presented the term transphobic is thrown at you. It is all well and good that a person feels this way or, believes these things it is just a position that is being taken and has no impact upon the facts presented or the fact that these facts are factual.
Finally, one last thing that is hardly mentioned anymore is the old adage that one person's rights end where another person's rights begin. The conviction of position throws this out. A certain position becomes the lexicon and therefore any one who disagrees with it therefore must have something wrong with them. So, a George Barnes who insists that we are a nation of immigrants is simply carrying the water for the already convinced and becomes legitimate in his position. They have every right to feel this way. Whatever facts are presented to the contrary are irrelavent and whoever holds to those principles have no rights at all.
I am convinced of it.
.... And That Is The Diatribe....