The Oklahoma City Bombing saved Bill Clinton’s Presidency. He was a lame duck, having led his party to defeat in the mid-term elections. OKC gave him the crisis he needed to turn his fortunes around. Everybody who thought he sucked suddenly became practioners of the politics of personal destruction. Everybody who thought the Assault Weapons Ban sucked became a member of the Militia of Montana. Everybody who listened to conservative talk radio became partially responsible for Timothy McVeigh.
History is repeating itself.
Some kid shoots cops and Glenn Beck and all conservatives “own” that, so the Obamanoids tell us.
If you have a Ron Paul bumper sticker on your car, the Missouri State Highway Patrolman who stops you for speeding on a deserted road in the middle of the night has already been filled with propaganda about you guaranteed to fill him with adrenaline. You’ll be lucky if he doesn’t stick his pistol in your ear when he asks for your license.
Now our federal Department of Homeland Security is identifying the usual suspects for future demonization should a crisis arise. And we all know a crisis is too good to waste.
This is part of a more widespread ongoing information campaign to plant and reinforce critical themes into the American official, and broader public psyche, a continuation of the “clinging to guns and religion” message so frequently found in the rhetoric of President Obama and his acolytes. Watch for reinforcing messages from other venues and other government organizations. It will be used by talking heads, journalists and administration officials to make agenda-driven analysis sound rational as they work to delegitimize, marginalize and divide Americans, precisely when it is apparent that significant grass roots opposition movements are gaining steam.
The Tea Party Movement represents the same kind of resistance to Obama that the Militia Movement posed to Bill Clinton. Don’t be surprised if it is discredited in similar fashion.
In the information battle we live through, every media story and every government report is suspect. Experts, universities, think tanks, non-profits and interest groups are all tools for the spin masters and propagandists whose ethics are defined by “the ends justifies the means” of Saul Alinsky’s model. The DHS Rightwing Extremism paper is merely a recent example of how the American people and their law enforcement agrencies are manipulated . When those who excel at information manipulation and media control also sit in government the price of truth becomes eternal skepticism.
We who will be scapegoated need to start educating the public about the decade they slept through, lest they fall for it again. Preemptive counterpropaganda.
UPDATE 03272010: TEA Partiers will be the designated scapegoats this time around, and just like last time, when all armed Patriots were successfully conflated in the public memory with the Covenant, Sword, and the Arm of the Lord, responsibility for every broken window must be laid at the feet of the most vocal opponents of The Regime. Rush Limbaugh was around to be scapegoated last time. Since then he has been joined by several effective pro-liberty/free enterprise/entreprenuerialism/capitalism/limited government/Constitutionalist anti-Statist advocates.
Well, keep it up boys, just keep it up, um except for one thing: you rat bastards are going to cause another Murrah federal building explosion, you are. And then – what is Beck – maybe at that point Beck will do the honorable thing and blow his brains out.
What would such as he know about doing the honorable thing?
How Clinton exploited Oklahoma City for political gain
It was a political strategy crafted while rescue and recovery efforts were still underway in Oklahoma City. And it worked better than Clinton or Morris could have predicted. In the months after the bombing, Clinton regained the upper hand over Republicans, eventually winning battles over issues far removed from the attack. The next year, 1996, he went on to re-election. None of that might have happened had Clinton, along with Morris, not found a way to wring as much political advantage as possible out of the deaths in Oklahoma City. And that is the story you’re not hearing in all the anniversary discussions