Friday, February 17, 2017

Observations From the Back Row: Framing the Issue

By Rich Kozlovich

Update 2/17/17:  Although Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, have strict gun laws and Missouri did until recently.  A friend e-mailed me to say: "I live in New Orleans and it is easy to buy a hand gun and to get a concealed carry permit and Louisiana has a State Wide open carry law with no license required."  So I wish to alert you to that, but the surrounding points remain the same.  RK

One of the things the media and the left is exceptionally good at is "framing".  They "framed" a lot of good people by smearing them with unfounded, unproven and unprovable charges...with the help of a corrupt media.  But that's not the kind of "framing" I'm talking about.  The "framing" I'm concerned with in this article is the "framing" of issues via language. 

George Orwell demonstrated this in his book 1984 - which I do wish more had read it along with Animal House.  He called it "Doublethink is an inherently contradictory part of Newspeak and 1984 Party politics. According to the novel, doublethink is, "To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it."

My friend Maury sent this to me from someone named Jeff, however, I don't know who actually originated it, but I thought it was worth promoting. 
Today I placed my Glock 9mm pistol on the table right next to my front door. I left its clip beside it, then left it alone and went about my business. While I was gone, the mailman delivered my mail, the neighbor's son across the street mowed the yard, a girl walked her dog down the street, and quite a few cars stopped at the Stop sign near the front of my house

After about an hour, I checked on the gun. It was quietly sitting there, right where I had left it. It had not moved itself outside. It had not killed anyone, even with the numerous opportunities presented to do that. In fact, it had not even loaded itself! Well you can imagine my surprise, with all the hype by the Left and the media, about how dangerous guns are and how they kill people.

Either the media is wrong, or I'm in possession of the laziest gun in the world.

The United States is third in murders throughout the world, but if you take out just five left-wing cities—Chicago, Detroit, Washington DC, St Louis and New Orleans—the United States is fourth from the bottom, in the entire world, for murders. These five cities are controlled by Democrats. They also have the toughest gun control laws in the USA. It would be absurd to draw any conclusions from this data, right?

Well, I'm off to check on my spoons. I hear they're making people fat.
The left has always been about "framing" everything in a way that mislead and distract from truth and reality.  Nothing the left says is what it means. What we need to do is take a stroll down Clarity Lane.

The abortion industry is "framed" as being "pro-choice" by the leftist media, when in reality they're pro-abortion. The anti-abortion people are "framed" by the leftist media as pro-life.  Okay, so what's wrong with that? They call them pro-life so they can call them hypocrites because most of those people are conservatives and most of them believe in the death penalty.  In reality pro-abortionists believe in murdering the innocent, while anti-abortionists believe the innocent have a 'right' to life and believe executing those who are proven guilty of having committed unpardonable crimes is justice, not murder.

The more contemptable the left's positions are the more "framing" you will find.  In order to confuse the public they frame infanticide as reproductive rights, reproductive choice and reproductive freedom.  All logical fallacies.  No one on the right is opposed to them chosing whether of not to get pregnant.  That's their choice and freedom.  Murdering that unborn child is none of the above. 

What's really disgusting is their use of the terms reproductive health care, reproductive access and fetal rights.  Murdering an unborn child is murder, it's not about health care, or access to health care and it certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with the rights of the unborn.  And when those on the right work to assure the unborn actually have rights - the left goes insane.  As for women's rights - how does murdering their unborn child enhance a woman's rights? 

Here's the reality.  If you're pro-abortion it means you don't believe abortion is murder.  To be anti-abortion means you absolutely believe it's murder.  It's that simple!

We constantly hear the left pontificate about multiculturalism, diversity, fairness, equity, inclusion,  inclusiveness, opportunity, empowerment.  All that sounds good, but what does that actually mean?   Reality has shown us it means racial quotas, discrimination against whites, special rights and preferential treatment for protected minorities, the exclusion of white males, especially heterosexual Christian Caucasian males,  and now since the left has embraced radical Islam - Jews.

The left wants to invest in the future with community initiatives.  Who could rationally argue with that?  Except that's not what it means.  Reality has shown us it means redistribution of wealth, and an unending stream of borrowed money being wasted on programs - many duplicated - that don't work.   All promoted by "community organizers".  What's a community organizer?  Well, they don't seem to have jobs so I'm not sure where their money comes from - maybe George Soros - or how they became so expert on everything where they should be directing what we're doing in society - but we know what they are - agitators, troublemakers, radicals and anarchists - which means community organizer is a code name for a communist.   

Truth is the sublime convergence of history and reality.  Everything has an historical foundation and context.  Everything we're told should bear some resemblance to reality.  If what's presented to us fails in either one of those categories - it's wrong!  All that's left to do is develop the intellectual response to explain why it's wrong.  That means we have to read and pay attention to something other than games in the sports arenas.

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