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Glenn Beck’s False Flag


Glenn Beck’s False Flag

I have spent some time critiquing Glenn Beck.  His lapses in judgment.   His lapses in logic.  His lapses in humanity.  His lapses in balance.  His lapses in justice.  What I haven’t said often enough is that he has some ideas that are almost right on target.  Why have I not said this?  Is it my lack of balance? My left leaning bias? Do I not want to give ammunition to the far right?  Well, yes and no.  It really boils down to corporatism. But what is it?  My point of view on corporatism is that it is not a right or left issue, it is about the big swallowing the small. So Glenn is half right. And, no, it is not because he is half-wit, quite the contrary.  He knows it is big uncontrolled government not regulating big uncontrolled business that is the problem, but he also knows that on his network, and in his tax bracket, that he is best off not to mention the second half of the equation. He also knows, as do we all, that the solutions, on both sides are the pharmacon of civilization, both the poison and the cure.  The right dosage in the right set-and-setting for the pharmacon is all important.

Now I love a conspiracy just as much as Glenn Beck does, though I tend to see them from the opposite side of the aisle, I love them nonetheless.  I love the pull of the Elmer Gantry’s of the world. I love to look toward whatever and however the morning and the evening star might save us, but in the end as I am brought down the aisle to be saved with the crowd, I am usually more comfortable questioning the savior than blindly following them over the cliff of good intentions.

You may say that I am cynical thinking that every potential solution sounds like a Just So story to be doubted, but we all want to believe, and to do so unquestioningly means we will be sucked into the collective as quickly as we can be assimilated. If you have The Answer, then you are not only to be doubted, but you must be put to the utmost public scrutiny.  To do less is suicide; mentally, physically and spiritually.

The pull of corporatism as defined by the left and the right is strong.  It is stronger than the left wants to hear.  Big business requires big government to both foster it and control it.  Everyone wants to name the disease; we know the symptoms, but not the cause.  Everyone appears to think that naming is understanding and wants to give a prescription to the now named disease, but no one knows the dosage for the pharmacon, nor the proper set-and-setting.   God help us. If you ask those in the middle of road, they’ll tell you it’s all in your head.  While those in the wings will point at each other saying just look at what has been done. We are poisoned or we are cured.  So go ahead and appeal to common sense, but whose common sense?

So how is it that Glenn Beck flies a false flag?  It is easy to see that  for twice the money (to cover his losses), Glenn Beck could have an epiphany, flip the script and move to MSNBC to harangue on the abuses of big business.  Explaining the epiphany alone could carry him a few seasons.  He is a diversion of the first order.  He will tell his new (and many of the old) listeners just what they expected all along. They want to believe. Until the big tent burns and Sister Sarah dies, then he will join the more cynical among us in tears as he carries out the body.  This time the tears may be real.

Ishtarmuz’s Rebuttal to: Cracks in King Obama’s Armor: Winning in November


This is my Rebuttal to: Cracks in King Obama’s Armor the original post by Darla, ADMIN / National Director on July 10, 2010 View Darla, ADMIN / National Director’s blog which is full of such nonsense as I am rebutting here:


Ishtarmuz’s Rebuttal to: Cracks in King Obama’s Armor: Winning in November


The past few weeks have been like a tsunami of unfolding events that lead to the White House Steps. Everyday it seems as though we discover another hairline fracture in King Obama’s armor and a chain of connections to Marx and Alinsky followers.

Here we go again with another bogeyman article about Communists under the bed.  Don’t you know that Americans are more concerned with the real Corporate bullies backing the whole government machinery in this country?  You know, the kind that fund front groups like the Grassfire organization? If you think people are as naive and trusting as they were in the last century, then you are thankfully mistaken. It is people like yourself that are endangering this country with your fascist rhetoric, and your fear of your worldview toppling is just unfortunate.

I remember early in the presidential campaign Obama said “if you want to know who I am look at who I associate with” unlike the many who were in a deep sleep, I took that statement serious and thus began my search and quest to discover the real Obama.

President Obama’s point is that he associates with everyone, unlike exclusionary people that have decided by some label who they should not be associated with beforehand.

Between the handy research of Glenn Beck and … other[s]… these associations as none other than George Soros, The Tides Foundation, The Muslim faith, SEIU, ACORN, William Ayres, Jeremiah Wright, and the Communist Party, among many others.

Oh, I am so scared.  Now if he was associated with Rupert Murdoch on a regular basis and took money from him, then I would be horrified. Let me just say that a high graduate non-journalist misogynist antisemitic bigot as Glenn Beck is such a reputable source that I will not even question it. The proof is there for all to see.

King Obama’s associations run deep in the theology he embraces and governs from. A theology, I believe, that will lead to the demise of the Hope and Change victor from the 2008 election. The fractures in the armor are growing, the lies, the deception, the theology he clutches, the associations he supposedly never had…

This is unlike the Republicans that cost us our civil liberties and more for an unjustified war that we have spent more on than any social programs in generations. Money that will line corporate pockets for generations. Money that no doubt can be traced directly back to the conservative astroturf backers of the front groups you have so wrong- headedly decided to promote.

King Obama’s daily goals are simple… (I can’t repeat her bullshit.)

Not as simple as your goals. You want to repeat the sound bites of such incestuous fake news sources as reported by Fox News clowns that read like any other narcissistic scandal sheet of  Rupert Murdoch’s. This may have worked in the 20th century, but we are not so ignorant these days. Who knows, some of these groups might even become as successful as Glenn Beck at losing sponsors and for the very same reasons.

This dictator truly wants to reshape America into a socialistic regime of the elite and the poor, dumb, working class that is completely dependent on government. His associates have been …

You haven’t got a clue. It was just such rhetoric as yours that have always led dictators to power.  You fight against a label you think others will fear, even though it you claim it to be something it is not, and label yourself in some  flag waving names to cover up (sometimes even to yourself) what you are really doing. The Nazi’s were no more socialists than the the Soviets were Communists.  They were both dictatorial fascists, what we now know as corporatists, and that is where this country is going if the patriotic tea party has it’s way.  Who, may I ask, will stand up against corporations bigger than governments if we remove the government controls on them? I am so livid at the moment. I find it hard to write, but I will fight you with every ounce of my being.

These people are his friends, associates, mentors, advisors, czars, and his staff. The well-constructed walls of deception are starting to crumble. Honest people are stepping up and telling the truth as in the whistleblower case regarding the New Black Panthers and the Department of Justice. …

I judge a man by the content of his character and the quality of his thought.  I don’t care where he was born and I swear to God that the Republicans have been associating with the devil himself and you have bought it hook, line and sinker. You have shown yourself to be shallow, hateful and deceitful.  Your kind and those you would have ruling this country, I have nothing but contempt for.

Yes, the walls are crumbling and all those on the wall will find themselves like Humpty Dumpty, broken up and unable to repair the damage done to themselves or their careers when this is all brought out into the light of day. Well deserving too considering their plan to destroy America’s Republic, Capitalism, the Constitution, the financial structure, the global perspective of the US…

You…The Republicans, and their ilk, had brought this country to it’s knees.  President Obama has successfully kept us from disaster repeatedly, but all you seem to be able to point out are the failures that any reader can see were placed on his doorstep by Republicans.  Why do I want to blame Rupert Murdoch for this?  I would agree on one point though, to the degree that President Obama remains in bed with these corporate bastards, he has failed.  That is also well documented.  Why have you not spoken about that failure?

The most important action we can take this year is simply to “Get the Vote Out”. …

Yes America, you must vote because your life depends on it.

We can take the power away from the radical people in the House of Representatives and the Senate but it will take working an effective strategy. …

Yes, all those radicals that line their pockets with corporate money need to go.

By volunteering to campaign, making phone calls in tight races, or donating to a party, candidate, or group working on our behalf we can bring those walls down. …

Remember also that you vote with your dollars every day.

To view the schedule of primaries and candidate filing dates go here:http://www.politics1.com/calendar.htm

If you want to investigate more about Darla Dawald  and her organization then see below:

Darla Dawald, National Director The Patriotic Resistance www.ResistNet.com A Grassfire Nation Website

This is Dale West (Ishtarmuz) awaiting your decision.


Rules for Reactionaries: Lie, distort, misinform…. (reposted from The Glenn Beck Review)


Rules for Reactionaries: Lie, distort, misinform….

The Glenn Beck Review | Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 11:27 am| categories: Glenn BeckRules for RadicalsSaul Alinsky, means and ends,means justifies the ends.| URL: Note that the Glenn Beck Review is back and here.

How Glenn Beck Undermines His Own Narrative

Regular viewers of the Glenn Beck Show on Fox News know that Beck often refers to Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, A Pragmatic Primerfor Realistic Radicals.

Beck is frequently claiming that for Alinsky, “The ends justifies the means.” That’s it; that is what Beck claims Alinsky believed on the subject of means and ends.

Trust me; I never get the facts wrong

Regular readers of The Review will not be surprised that the reality of the matter varies widely from Beck’s short hand claim. Supporters ofGlenn Beck may be surprised that Alinsky devoted an entire 24 page chapter to the subject of means and ends with 11 rules to follow.

Alinsky’s 11 Rules Pertaining to Means and Ends

  1. Ones concern with the ethics of means and ends varies inversely with one’s personal interest in the issue.
  2. The judgment of the ethics of means and ends is dependent upon the political position of those sitting in judgment.
  3. In war the end justifies almost any means.
  4. Judgment must be made in the context of the times in which the action occurred and not from any other chronological vantage point.
  5. The concern with ethics increases with the number of mean available and vice-versa.
  6. The less important the end to be desired, the more one can afford to engage in ethical evaluations of means.
  7. Generally, success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics.
  8. The morality of means depends upon whether the means is being employed at a time of imminent defeat or imminent victory.
  9. Any effective means is automatically judged by the opposition as being unethical.
  10. You can do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments.
  11. Goals must be phased in general terms like “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” “Of the Common Welfare,” “Pursuit of Happiness,” or “Bread and Peace.”

Alinsky ends the chapter on means and ends by noting that they “are so qualitatively interrelated that the true question has never been the proverbial one, “Does the End justify the Means?” but always has been “Does this particular end justify this particular means?”

On Beck’s Distortion of Alinsky

It’s clear to regular readers of The Review that it is not real important for Beck to get it right, where “it” is the subject he’s talking about at any time. However, when Beck distorts “it” in such a way that his distortion can be easily proven such as it is here with his claim about what Alinsky wrote about means and ends, he only serves to leave himself open to the obvious criticism: Glenn Beck lies, distorts, misrepresents, quotes out of context, etc. for purposes of propaganda rather than to enlighten or inform his audience.

The Glenn Beck Show is not a blend of information and entertainment as he claims; it is a blend of misinformation and entertainment where his viewers are busy checking into people Beck slings mud at instead of fact checking any of Beck’s many false assertions. Mr. Beck; the table has turned.

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Who is Glenn Beck Promoting Now? (reposted from Glenn Beck Review)


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Who is Glenn Beck Promoting Now?

Glenn Beck promoted The Red Network

Over the weekend, The Glenn Beck Review ran Alexander Zaitchik‘s exposé of Cleon Skousen, author of The 5,000 Year Leap, a book that Beck promotes a lot.  It was noted in that exposé that Skousen was a racist.

Media Matters for America is an organization “put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.” No wonder Beck disparages that organization. The link to their coverage of Beck is listed below and right on the blogroll.

http://mediamatters.org/

Yesterday Media Matters released the following:

Glenn Beck promotes book rife with anti-Semitism and racism

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On the June 4 edition of Premiere Radio Networks‘ The Glenn Beck Program, Beck said:

Beck: This is a book, The Red Network. This came in from 1936. People — McCarthy was absolutely right. Now he may not — he may have used bad tactics or whatever, but he was absolutely right. This is a book — and I’m a getting a ton of these — from people who were doing what we’re doing now. We now are documenting who all of these people are. Well, there were Americans in the first 50 years of this nation that took this seriously, and they documented it. And this is from 1936, and in it, it talks about — it’s the who’s who and handbook for radicalism for patriots. This is “Who are the communists in America?” The overwhelming number of communists — labor unions. The other thing that they talked about was, in this book that I was reading last night, they said, you know, there’s this teachers union thing, but you really want to know who the real radical communists are? The NEA. That’s 1936. And they’re talking about this new organization that is really nasty, that you really have to look out for. The NEA. But everything this book has talked about they have mainstreamed.

The Red Network is rife with racism, anti-Semitism, and religious bigotry

Media Matters noted ” ‘Un-Christianized’ ‘colored people’ are ‘savages’ who owe success to Christian whites. As part of a chapter alleging communist and socialist infiltration of religious institutions, [Elizabeth] Dilling wrote:”

Dilling: The colored people are a sincerely religious race. As long as they stayed in Africa un-Christianized, they remained, as did pagan white men, savages. Their pagan brothers in Africa today are savages, while in a comparatively few years, under the opportunities of the American government and the inspiration of Christianity, the American Negroes have acquired professions, property, banks, homes, and produced a rising class of refined, home loving people. This is far more remarkable than that many Negroes are still backward. The Reds play upon the Negroes’ love of their own people and represent them as persecuted in order to inflame them against the very white people who have in reality given the colored race far greater opportunities than their fellow negroes would give them in Africa today. [Pages 35-36]

Elizabeth Dilling

And later in the book Dilling wrote more:

It is interesting to note in Communist literature that criminal violence is always promoted and excused under a cloak of supposed martyrdom. Negroes are urged to fight their white “oppressors,” who actually have freed them and given them better jobs and opportunities than exist in Africa. [Page 55]

That’s one way of thinking about slavery. Dilling asserted that ““God created separate races, but Communism insists upon racial inter-mixture.” She added:

The time was, when Methodism in its zeal for personal purity frowned upon dancing. Some Methodists nowadays who are little opposed to dancing even in a church were a bit surprised, however, when several colored men were introduced into circle dances at a dance given in the parish house of Tittle’s church and were thus forced upon the young white girls as partners. An M. E. Guild member whose daughter attended this dance reported that when she phoned the assistant pastor about this he said that these colored men had been invited by Dr. Tittle himself (one of them being the son of a classmate of his at college), who felt that it was now time that the young people learned to mingle with other races. (God created separate races, but Communism insists upon racial inter-mixture and inter-marriage.) [Emphasis added.]

Glenn Beck sure knows how to pick them! Remember, Beck is not a racist. At least The Review has not been able to document that yet.

Media Matters further noted: “Dilling attacked an organization called Committees for Human Rights Against Naziism that boycotted Germany over its anti-Semitic policies. As part of her attack, Dilling wrote that “it is only fair to note” that Germany’s Jewish population contained “Russian Jews” who “had made themselves prominent in the Red movement,” and if Germany “has discriminated against the innocent also, it has been with no such ferocity and loss of life as the planned and imminent Communist revolution would have wreaked upon the German population”:

Dilling: National movement for boycotting Germany, supposedly because of its anti-Jewish activities, organized by Samuel Untermyer of N.Y. City. No one who treasures American freedom wants fascism or Hitlerism for America, but it is only fair to note that Germany had 6,000,000 Communists bent on Red terrorist revolution and that Russian Jews had made themselves prominent in the Red movement, and that Naziism has directed its attacks more against conspiring, revolutionary Communist Jews, than against nationalist German Jews who aided Germany during the war; if it has discriminated against the innocent also, it has been with no such ferocity and loss of life as the planned and imminent Communist revolution would have wreaked upon the German population, had it been successful as in Russia. Those making altruistic appeals for human rights for Jews in Germany, should at the same time raise their voices urging boycott of atheist Russia in behalf of its persecuted Christians and millions of “liquidated” starved Ukrainians, in order to escape the suspicion that they are protesting for Communist rather than “human” rights. [Page 138]

Again, Media Matters pointed out that “Dilling would later become a full-throated supporter of Nazism who reportedly attended Nazi party meetings in Germany and pro-Nazi rallies in the United States…” and that Dilling attributed the anti-Semitic nature of German fascism in part to “the large number of revolutionary Russian Jews in Germany”:

Fascism, the bitterest enemy of Socialism-Communism, resembles Socialism in the respect that it gives great power to the State and dictatorship over all industry, employment, education, freedom of the press, etc. The points of difference which make it violently hated by the Reds are: its opposition to the “class struggle” and the subjugation of the bourgeoisie by the dictatorship of the proletariat. Rather, it seeks a harmony between all classes and concedes to industrialists, white collar, professional, as well as laboring workers, a place in the social order as necessary parts, not “class enemies,” of the whole, but under State control. It defends some property rights and religion. It opposes Marxist philosophy and the Communist and Socialist Marxian parties. Fascism in Italy is not anti-Semitic. The problem of the large number of revolutionary Russian Jews in Germany doubtless contributed toward making Fascist Germany anti-Semitic. [Page 99]

Historian Professor Jeansonne, in an interview with Media Matters, criticized Beck’s “ludicrous” promotion of Dilling’s The Red Network, saying that she was considered a “crackpot” in her own day who “appealed to the lunatic fringe.” Jeansonne characterized Elizabeth Dilling as probably the “most bigoted woman anti-Semite of the period around World War II,” and said she “did the cause of anti-Communism a disservice.”

Glen Jeansonne

Glen Jeansonne

Jeansonne is author of the book, Women of Far Right: The Mothers’ Movement and World War II.

http://www.amazon.com/Women-Far-Right-Mothers-Movement/dp/0226395898

Beck is promoting a book by a crackpot who appealed to the lunatic fringe. Hmmm, where have we heard that before? Oh, right, Cleon Skousen was a crackpot who appeals to the lunatic fringe although his supporters, all those people around the blogosphere promoting Skousen’s lists don’t think of themselves as “fringe.”

Maybe Beck’s supporters can rationalize this development in his “thinking.” Why does he promote the writings of racists?

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Glenn Beck’s Road to Socialism (Reposted from Glenn Beck’s Review)


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Glenn Beck’s Road to Socialism

Introducing Friedrich Hayek, a European!

On The Glenn Beck Show of 6/8/10, Beck introduced his audience to Friedrich A. Hayek, an Austrian born economist famous for his defense of classical liberalism and free market capitalism. This post will question Beck’s selection of Hayek to defend unbridled capitalism compared with 1) the centralized planning of a socialist economy and 2) the centralized regulating of American, progressive capitalism in the 20th Century.

First, a comment to address Beck’s two-day-running complaint about the cost of the 2010 census. Beck is questioning why this year’s census cost $10 billion more than it did in 2000. Beck fails to mention in this rant that he and others at Fox “News” discouraged viewers from filling out the census form at all or in Beck’s case filling it out incompletely. Why is it costing $10 billion more this year than 10 years ago? The digit Beck needs to use when pointing at who’s partially culpable in this increase in cost to the American tax payers is his thumb! Thanks to Beck and his ilk, more census workers  needed to be hired this year.

Next, to see Beck choose Friedrich Hayek as the voice of reason and free markets after WWII when many were critical of capitalism and looking for alternative ways to organize economic activities differently was surprising considering how often Beck bemoans the influences of European thinkers like Karl Marx–harped on often–and Friedrich Nietzsche, whom Beck mentioned once without further comment, on Americans.

Marx                 Nietzsche

Why did Beck embrace Hayek but not others? Because Beck agrees with Hayek’s “common sense” free market, anti-statist, economic philosophy. Once again, Beck’s principled stands aren’t so principled. It’s also worth noting here that the Framers of the Constitution were influenced by John Lock and Thomas Hobbes. Neither of them were American, but that doesn’t phase Beck when he’s raging against the poison of European thinkers (that he doesn’t agree with).

The book Beck set about to discuss yesterday was Hayek’s The Road to Surfdom.

Beck’s guest to discuss this book was Thomas E. Woods Jr of the Ludwig Von Mises Institute. Woods was the recipient of 2004 O.P. Alford III Prize for Libertarian Scholarship, so he’s not going to be a mainstream analyst of the economy or Hayek’s book.

http://mises.org/

The Ludwig Von Mises Institute is described on their website as “the world center of the Austrian School of economics and libertarian political and social theory.” Thus, it wasn’t surprising to hear Woods claim the following:

Woods: Economic cycles are because of regulation…Canada didn’t have a bank that failed [during the Great Depression]. States imposed single office rules on banks that lead to their failure. During the Great Depression 9,000 U.S. banks failed. Zero Canadian banks failed. Government promises stability, and the people go for this.

Once again, facts are cherry picked to make a point. The Canadian banks were very stable, but the rules Woods cited on the U.S. banks were from the states, not the federal government.

This really gets to the crux of Beck’s support, of why Beck has any followers, people willing to turn a blind eye toward his long record of deceit and his dishonorable hypocrisy. Beck claims that the Obama Administration is on the road to socialism, dependency on the state (welfare, unemployment, etc.) and surfdom.

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For Beck there are two extremes, a black and white choice for America. On one hand is the (white) unbridled, unsaddled capitalism of the 19th Century before the “evil” progressives began the taming, bridling and saddling of the wild horse of laissez-faire capitalism promoted by Beck, Woods and Libertarians in general. That wild horse bucked in convulsions about every ten years of boom and busts throwing off riders who consequently are injured by homelessness, hunger and disease. It is a grey system, i.e., environmentally dangerous.

On the other hand there’s the road to socialism or surfdom to use Hayek’s term. Centrally planned, socialist economies are publically owned and become inefficient, uninspiring, protective of workers, providing full employment but otherwise stagnant and grey (environmentally dangerous). There’s no motivation to excel when wealth is not an option. Marx lacked a psychology in his writings and analysis, and thus he didn’t address motivations, ambition, desires, etc.  It’s no wonder then that Communist economies are in the trash can of history for the most past.

Those are the two extremes: Marxist Communism or Hayek’s wild, unbridled horse. However, socialism is not embraced in contemporary America, is not the Democratic or Obama’s agenda and is not the end game of most progressives. Laissez-faire capitalism is not the goal of mainstream Republicans like George Bush or Lindsey Graham. It is the goal of Beck (sometimes), Hayek and Libertarians: Black and white.

Liberals in the Administration of FDR did not create the minimal social safety net out of compassion or some moral imperative. Socialist candidate for President, Norman Thomas was seen as a threat by elites, and he polled 880,000 votes in 1932. FDR co-opted his supporters by adopting some of the socialist policies to prevent an eventual socialist take-over of the government.

Norman Thomas

If Libertarians and other reactionaries like Glenn Beck actually manage to reverse 100 years of progressive legislation protecting food, the environment, worker safety, working class people in general, the elderly and the poor from abject poverty, homelessness and starvation that charity cannot suffice to prevent in a country of 308 million people, the likelihood of a democratic socialist election in the U.S. would increase as would another enormous crash of the world economy. It is the minimalist government protection against the excesses of unbridled, unsaddled capitalism that is the road to socialism, not progressive, regulated capitalism.

Luckily, the lion’s share of the American people have no interest in reversing the political progress made over the last 100 years. The American people want some kind of middle course, some shade of grey, some regulation of banks and financial services, environmental protections to prevent future oil spills and minimize the ones that happen anyway, etc. That is good for economic freedom, for the captains of industry, and for the super rich like Glenn Beck.  It’s also good for those Beck would prefer to leave unprotected and forgotten by charitable organizations unable to help all those thrown off the wild horse of laissez-faire capitalism.

The question that needs to be answered is how to pay for the shade of grey, the amount of social protections provided and the massive military reach of world hegemony by the U.S. How do we pay for the guns and the butter?  That will have to wait for another post, but it’s worth mentioning one point that Beck always fails to mention when he speaks of his hero, Ronald Reagan. The national debt tripled during Reagan’s eight year regime. If you want a rounded out and balanced view of history, The Glenn Beck Show is not the place to get it.

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The Nobel Peace Prize, The Excluded Middle & Not Glenn Beck


The Nobel Peace Prize, The Excluded Middle & Not Glenn Beck

Aristotle said that people are political animals, that is to say they are social animals.  The recent Rasmussen Reports: on “whether the President deserves the Nobel Peace Prize and whether it is political” is an absurd poll.  The poll itself was obviously done only for political purposes and the questions reflect that purpose.  If we asked how many people believed in aliens, and then asked if those aliens were likely to back a Right Wing or a Left Wing agenda, then we would have had similar results. We could substitute any random idea for aliens here, but aliens will do. The real point here is that the idea that the prize is politically motivated has always been true.  What hasn’t always been true is that political motivation was not always a dirty word meaning that there was a hidden partisan agenda behind the selection. A valid visible political motivation would include that he deserved it due his attempts to change the world’s view on peace itself.  This can be seen by his acceptance speech, which has now disenchanted the Left as much as his nomination disenchanted the Right.

The reason that such distinctions are important is that they illustrate an alarming trend in thought in this country.  What is wrong with the poll is not the questions it contains, but the questions/options that are missing.  It includes no middle ground, no alternative options.  The question of the political role in the prizes can be presumed to have one connotative meaning and imply that the only alternatives are that it is rigged or not rigged. The answer that it is rigged flies in the face of it being considered the most prestigious award that can be given.  So one of my premises must be wrong or the law of the excluded middle is wrong.  The premise that people that think the prize is political, meaning it is biased, is flawed. The implication that it is connotatively construed as bad does not hold unless we would consider that people are paying more attention, think it more prestigious, yet think it is biased. Some would actually have you entertain this as true even though they don’t know the difference between Republican Theodore Roosevelt and Democrat Franklin Roosevelt.

So let us consider the idea that the political motivation is a bias toward the left. The oft-quoted error is that there was no Republican president that has won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Theodore Roosevelt was a liberal Republican President that won the prize and became Progressive after the disenchantment of his party with him.  The progressive roots of the Republican party run deep from its inception and those roots have been lopped off each time they looked south. Woodrow Wilson was a conservative Democrat that had some progressive ideas which emerged as he abandoned his Southern roots.  Nothing is black or white. The error in thinking is the same as in the poll. It is the fallacy of the excluded middle.

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