See Part I, and keep in mind this national 2016 election map
and my “319 Square Miles” synopsis of how Hillary nearly stole the other 3,796, 681 square miles of America had it not been for the Electoral College.
There is much to be pondered.
Beginning with where Part I left off, being lied to by the media: Let’s get this first principle clear. Just because they’ve been lied to doesn’t necessarily mean people will turn ABC, CBS, NBC off or cancel their subscriptions to the print newspapers of their states, or even the New York Times or WAPO. I’d wager that nearly half of the visits (clicks) to their political news and commentary, much of which is misleading if not out and out lies, actually are from people on our side, because most of those people in the red states now know that it’s in our interests to know what our enemies are doing. How better than to note what the Media is telling their followers. Curiosity? Even opposition research? But certainly not edification. E.g., I no longer pay attention to “National Review” but do follow some of their writers. Click-counters may count me as a fan. I’m not.
This is the Media’s existential dilemma in general.
The biggest mistake by the Left and the Media is its still clinging to the notion that the great unwashed out here, while not stinking up Walmart (per Peter Strzok) are really stupid.. We are really quite well-read and informed.
Ancient rules still apply as to how we pass around our information to another. It’s a complete mystery to the Media and Left even though, at one time, they were part of the process. They are mystified how a PhD mathematician named Dr Logic at Missouri State and Ma and Pa Kettle in Chitwood, just outside of Joplin can agree, line item by line item, about a news event. Surely they don’t both read the same news commentaries and go thru the same analytical dot-connecting process to reason things out.
The Media will never ask Dr Logic, or the Kettles, to walk them through how they work things out, man-in-the-street style, for they assume the lesser is simply parroting the greater. (That’s how they see their own tiny universe.) Besides, the last thing they want to advertise is that Ma and Pa might actually be able connect several dots…something virtually no liberal arts graduate can any longer do.
In the Media’s orbit they have all sorts of outreach aimed at various education levels, and a supportive social media who plays their music. From my dalliance with liberalism as a young man, I knew its best selling point was in its exclusivity; a tasty fruit higher up in a tree, but which could only be reached by climbing a ladder only provided by special people, in those days in the English Department, later Law School. If they’d had membership cards they would have been bannered, “Don’t be like those other guys!”
Today, the Media-Left wonder, “How can the lesser minds of Ma and Pa Kettle Land ever connect with the greater minds if they don’t share at least one common denominator?” No one on the Left, their bastard Libertarian brethren, and even many putative “conservatives” can’t picture Ma and Pa holding martini glasses, chatting with the Van Stuyvesants at a gallery opening. But neither can they picture Dr Logic beer-belching at Slim’s Catfish House with the Kettle kinfolk.
What connects these folk?
It’s a very old American practice, but uniquely so, probably unheard of in the more class-conscious parts of the world since at least the time of Westeros, circa 800 AD (the Dark Ages). Into the second half of the 19th Century country gentlemen would quaff ale with farmers, going back to the first Virginians in the 1600s. It would be in the late 19th Century before a new industrial wealth, mostly 1st-2nd generation Americans, who would segregate itself in commercial centers such a New York, Boston and Chicago.
Anderson Cooper did not share the same walkabout to maturity as did David Brinkley, much less Thomas Jefferson.
Even the smallest towns have their elites, most often found in the professions, doctors, lawyers. The education and local government communities are often heavier in red, as some of the most insidious deeds by leftist education come about in red states. I think those events are even highlighted by the media on that fact alone.
But enough about Austin. They are not all red. In fact, as the map shows, many doctors and lawyers actually go to church, and may even teach Sunday School.
Everyone in town knows who they are, and grade them against expectations of their station. Many wear their class on their sleeves; a haughty look, a condescending tone. But others are outgoing, and tries to know everyone by first name. Barbara Bush, a true patrician, knew the White House servant staff on a first name basis, for instance., and sent them cards until she passed away. Donald Trump knew (knows) an inordinate number of kitchen staff in his hotels and construction foremen on work projects over the years.
Since regular folks also come in all shapes, sizes, colors and accents, each of these elites are reported with every encounter, and they pass it on by word of mouth, at one time across the back fence, or
these days, by social media.
I just know that opinions about people, whether a cheating neighbor, a rude receptionist at a business office, or an indifferent bedside manner from a doctor, when passed around in the manner shown above, often has very limited range or staying power. None of their opinions and observations ever work their way into the local newspaper, The Thunderstorm, so local media rarely if ever has a say in what people in the town think about the bigger issues of the day.
Donald Trump is the first president to communicate with the people directly since FDR’s radio addresses in WWII, and Trump is probably the first ever to do it unscripted. That means there are over 60 million who get to know what’s on his mind without an editor or an echo chamber. The media commentary about what he says, (again, see the map) reach far, far fewer, and about half of those, like me, go to see media reaction there purely for curiosity.
I’ve belonged to a local YMCA for close to 20 years now. My “shift”, I arrive around 10 and stay til noon, is comprised largely of retirees like me, and their wives. Many of them are retired factory workers, black and white, and older farmers, and several local government employees. You can tell them because they never make eye contact or smile.
But no one on my shift talks politics. Trump’s name almost never comes up, and in the Obama years neither did his. But to listen to the black men speak of church, work, family, morality in general, I never had to inquire about what their political leanings were, come election day. They clearly disapproved, while many of the local government staff (who apparently kept bankers hours) almost never talked family.
This is anecdotal, of course, but I’ve found that people who enjoy the respect of others can pass on their opinions with only an approving smile, a nod, a glint in the eye, or disapproving with a shrug, or a harrumph, and others will pick up on it. It’s a kind of authority, which Dr Logic knows that Ma and Pa Kettle, four stations of the cross removed from where he stands, will still be able to connect the dots.
Again, in America, an ancient law.
We only know that the power of the major media, the media that is followed by the elites in the smaller cities, those same people in the education, local government and professional community, has ben unable to reach into the community at large, leaving the Media holding the bag, so to speak.
Consider the major headline issues (in no particular order) Abortion, Climate Change, God, Immigration, Jobs and the Economy, and of course the Mueller Report and the possibility of Russian Collusion and Obstruction…then consider the near tie in votes (I’ll not mention “shady votes”), 63 million vs 66 million…46% to 48%…30 states to 20 states, 304 Electoral votes to 200…oh, and perhaps most importantly, 55% turnout. Look for a larger turnout in 2020.
You would think the Media would use a similar 50-50 measure in news commentary about these “vital” issues.
Consult the map again and consider just who the Media is talking to in its commentary about (in no particular order)…
Abortion, Climate Change, God, Immigration, Jobs and the Economy, Islamophobia, …
Part III of this will deal with each of these in turn, to lay out just how out of touch the Left-Media Alliance is with the mainstreams of American thinking, on each subject.
None of these poll favorably to the Left’s current positions, yet they are reported by the media not just favorably but almost exclusively as if everyone is on the same page, when in truth as few as 20%, none even close to 50%.
Even Ma and Pa Kettle know there are two Americas now, and since they are still imbued with a common sense growing more evident by its absent in the blue areas of town, they are not vocal in the social media sense, and never become vocal until they pull Ol’ Betsy from over the fireplace.
Since they can’t find them, since you only know they’re there when in a Walmart, because you can smell them (according to Peter Strzok), but can’t take the chance that they may show up in even larger numbers in 2020, (as we likely will since only 55% showed up in 2016) the Left-Democrats have to find a way to invalidate this voting bloc’s hidden strength.
And the Media-Left hope to do this, which I have asked voter integrity groups to prepare for over two years, is to be able to not just increase the popular vote margin from the 2m-3m (likely illegals in California) from 2016, to closer to 10m or more, with a serious plan of dispersing them into states and districts where they can flip those key states back.
My own view is that this Electoral College scam may only be a diversion, while the Democrats may be laying in “illegal” stores to flip a few red precincts and districts, where only as few as a few hundred or thousand are required.
That requires very intricate scheming and planning. And in the ability to have us looking in another direction.
America is the only nation on earth not built on a lie, much less a collection of them.