This is excellent analysis, Mr. Moran.
But it seems to me that the difference between conservatives and liberals comes down to the difference between Cassandra and Pollyanna.
The right suffers from the curse of Cassandra. That is, they always speak the truth, but nobody ever believes them.
The left suffers from the prognosis of Pollyanna. That is, they see sunshine everywhere--peace, love, freedom, happiness--while dark storm clouds are glooming all around.
The American people, who have always been of a conservative mind, easily distinguish between the two. When given the choice between the unpleasant but true and the ever-hopeful but false, the American people will always choose the former, buck up, and do what they have to do.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 24.09.2006 @ 11:54
"I feel assured I should write for the mere yearning and fondness I have for the beautiful, even though my night's labors should be burnt every morning and no eye shine upon them." --KeatsComment Posted By GawainsGhost On 23.09.2006 @ 23:06
Ha! Well said, well put, Mr. Moran. And you're right, the French are the scum of the earth.
By the way, if you want to increase you loathing of the French, read Henry VI. Shakespeare knew the French very well.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 19.09.2006 @ 14:45
Feminism: "I'm smarter than you. I'm better than you. I make more money than you. I have a career!"
And the male response to it: "Buy your own house, bitch."Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 17.09.2006 @ 16:52
You are right on the mark here, Mr. Moran. Journalists, and indeed the main stream media as a whole, are nothing but a bunch of grievance mongers. That's all they do--whine, complain--because that's all they're capable of doing.
Don't look for reasoned thought and careful analysis among journalists. You won't find it. Katrina proved this to be true. Everything the press reported--the levies breeched, sharks swimming the streets, cannabilism, gang rapes, shootings in the Super Dome--was wrong. None of it was factually correct. None of it. Yet to this day, journalists won't admit it. They can't, because to do so would be to admit they are incapable of doing other than blindly reporting rumor as fact.
It seems obvious to me that journalists believe they can "change the world" simply by being contrarians. No matter who says what and no matter what occurs, they are going to take the opposite position and throw a fit.
The Pope's message, and the media's coverage of it, illustrates more than anything else the great debate over intention vs. interpretation you have touched on occasionally. The Pope said what he meant and meant what he said. The meida, without any regard to the actual statement, any historical context or reasoned understanding whatsoever, interpreted it incorrectly and reported it contrarily, masquerading rumor as fact disguised by shallow grievances and false accusations.
But that's about par for the course.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 16.09.2006 @ 10:56
Well, the reason the left has their panties in such a twist over this is because they fervently believe they own and control the old media, which is theirs to use to determine what Mr. Moran calls "the Narrative" but is more accurately described as "the pseudo-Narrative."
It matters little whether this show is aired in its entirety or altered beyond recognition. In today's world, the original edit can be shown all over the world via the internet. Moreover, any historical inaccuracies in the film can be exposed in a matter of minutes. So the truth will out, and nothing can prevent it.
This is what drives the leftists to distraction. Their feeble grasp on old media is weakening and they have no control over new media. And like the spoiled children they are, their only response is a screaming fit.
I've always said there are two and only two kinds of people. One kind read Orwell's 1984 and identifies with the tortured individual and says, "Thank God I'm an American." The other kind reads 1984 and identifies with the oppressive government and says, "Oh, that's how it's done."
The people on the left today are of the other kind and grew up thinking they knew how it's done. Thus the infiltrated the Democrat party, then the largest and most influential party, old media and academia. Goebbell's Big Lie is their mantra; Orwell's Newspeak (i.e., political correctness) is their strategy; intimidation is their tactic; and totalitarianism is their goal. By the 1990s they had almost fully realized their will to power.
But along came talk radio (thank you, Rush!) and the internet, then the bloggers and most recently video blogging and Wide Awakes Radio. The left's tenuous hold on media and their ability to determine the pseudo-Narrative is fading right before their eyes, and there's nothing they can do about it. No wonder they're livid.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 9.09.2006 @ 09:36
This is excellent commentary, Mr. Moran. Anyone who is not shocked and disgusted with the behavior of Clinton in this episode is obvioulsy not familiar with the myth of Narcissus.
I understand that this film also places blame on President Bush for the attack on 9-11. I don't plan to watch this film, or any other politically correct version of the events of that day, but I do have a few questions.
Will the film accurately portray the fact that Al Gore's petty legal tactics to deny reality delayed the transfer of power, thus inhibiting the president-elect's ability to staff his cabinet and government, only months before the attack?
Just wondering.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 7.09.2006 @ 19:23
I am not sure if this is a feint, as it well might be, as much as a strategy. The enemy no longer needs to blow up planes or hijack and fly them into buildings. A few carefully coordinated disruptive events can accomplish the same goal--crippling the airline industry, causing economic damage and spreading fear, terror.
How long the American people are willing to just go about their lives, like the persecuted people of Israel, in these circumstances, with the constant fear of attack and heightened insecurity, remains the great unknown. But at some point, whether it results from simply tiring of an intolerable situation or another castrosphic attack, collective rage is going to set in.
There are many dark clouds brewing on the horizon, in Iran, in the Middle East, in Europe, in Britain, in Africa, in North and South America. These disruptions of airline flights are only a small part, like balls of hail, of the larger storm, the looming all-out war between Islam and the West.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 4.09.2006 @ 09:06
Now you understand why the Narrative is so important.
The Narrative--that is, Western tradition--is the greatest threat to the lefitst and progressives. This is why they must deconstruct the Narrative and replace it with their own.
Goebell's Big Lie and Orwell's Newspeak are their mode. Facts are without consequence. All they care about is what promotes and advances their agenda, their alternative narrative.
Never has the search for Truth been more important than it is today.Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 1.09.2006 @ 19:16
I'm not worried about the President being assassinated. The secretive service are too good to allow that to happen. Of course, it might happen--as Michael Corleone said, "If history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anybody"--but it require an extremely rare breakdown in security for it to occur.
I'm more worried about someone else in a leadership position. Say, the leader of an anti-immigration group or an English-only advocate or a Republican, for that matter. Someone with far less protection.
When it becomes accepted to use vitriol and vulgarity, condescension and calls for violence against your opponent, how far are we from riot and anarchy?
As long as the left openly embraces assassination as an acceptable recourse to reasoned debate, the situation is only going to become more volatile. And eventually someone is going to get killed.
And then what?Comment Posted By GawainsGhost On 1.09.2006 @ 10:42