Satan’s scribes

 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  John 8:44

Trump’s rallying cry of “fake news!” doesn’t resonate with Middle America because of any personal charisma.  It resonates because Middle America figured it out long before a person running for office was willing to say it out loud, repeatedly.  Traditionalists have known for some time that reporters will go to great lengths to cast them as villains, dangerous throwbacks who are out of touch with the present.  It stands to reason, then, that anyone who appears to speak for them on the national stage will be excoriated for it.

Despite presenting an opportunity for sobriety and excellence, the election of President Donald Trump has been an unmitigated disaster for the political media, which have never reckoned with their role in Trump’s elevation and eventual selection, and which have subsequently treated his presidency as a rolling opportunity for high-octane drama, smug self-aggrandizement, and habitual sloth. I did not go to journalism school, but I find it hard to believe that even the least prestigious among those institutions teaches that the correct way to respond to explosive, unsourced reports that just happen to match your political priors is to shout “Boom” or “Bombshell” or “Big if true” and then to set about spreading those reports around the world without so much as a cursory investigation into the details. And yet, in the Trump era, this has become the modus operandi of all but the hardest-nosed scribblers…

When a headline reads “Lawmaker Involved in Scandal,” one can immediately deduce that the lawmaker is a Democrat. Why? Because if he were a Republican, the story would make that clear in the headline. Without fail, stories that begin with “Republicans pounce” are actually about bad things that Democrats have done or said, while stories about bad things that Republicans have done or said begin with “Republican does or says a bad thing” and proceed to a dry recitation of the facts…

Which brings us to the press’s most infuriating habit: its selective defense of American institutions… Institutions matter until the Supreme Court rules in a way that annoys the editors of the Huffington Post, who immediately cast the same judges who yesterday were beyond reproach as “illegitimate” or “corrupt” or too male or too white or too Catholic or too rich or too mean. Institutions matter until the economy produces results that irritate Paul Krugman, at which point the system is held to be “rigged.” Institutions matter until Barack Obama wants to change the law without Congress, at which point the story becomes what the president wants and not whether what he is doing is legal. Institutions matter until Donald Trump wins an election, and then the entire system needs junking and is probably being run by the Russians anyway.

Read the entire piece excerpted above.  Nowhere has this consistent slant of the press been more visible than in the propaganda “coverage” of the Mueller investigation…

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‘Privilege?’ No… personal responsibility

Our society has spent the past half century tearing down the idea of traditional families, roles and responsibilities.  Now that there’s enough data to compare the trajectories of those who left that path with those who stayed on it, there are cries of “unfair privilege” for those whose lives continue to be enriched and sustained by traditional families and practices.

It’s so bad now that schools are being indoctrinated to alter (read: virtually eviscerate) their disciplinary systems, simply because some groups of students allegedly can’t adjust to a school environment “privileged towards Whites”  (never mind that the breakdown of the family and its accompanying disciplinary issues are hardly confined to a single ethnic group):

Last week we were stunned to learn that chaos has been the norm in the St. Paul, Minnesota school district, due to a student disciplinary policy that replaces suspensions with time-outs, counseling and other less punitive measures.

We also learned that the controversial policy was influenced by the Pacific Educational Group (PEG), a radical San Francisco-based consulting firm that claims black students lag behind academically, and tend to have more disciplinary problems, because American K-12 education is designed to benefit white students – aka “white privilege.”

Now it’s becoming obvious that several other large school districts around the nation are in the same situation as St. Paul.

They’ve all instituted radical disciplinary policies to reduce the number of black student suspensions, they’ve all experienced serious behavioral problems as a result, and they’re all included on a recent list of PEG client school districts.

The entire linked story is a must-read: i.e. kids getting a ‘stern talking to’ after setting a classmate’s hair on fire!  Yes, the inmates are truly running the asylum now.

If this so-called PEG is saying in effect that minority children can’t be expected to comply with simple concepts like not punching their teachers in the face, or not burning their fellow students, why isn’t that “racist?”  Because if what they’re alleging is true — that such groups are somehow incapable of being taught any self-discipline or functioning like the rest of society — then we’ve gone full-circle back to the arguments of the segregationists!

…only this time instead of it being eeeeeevil Whites claiming there’s some inherent inferiority in these groups, it’s the minorities’ own advocates!  So which is it: you can’t act civilized, or you refuse to act civilized?

This need not be cast as a racial issue, although the race-baiting industry undoubtedly will continue to do so.  No, this is a character issue.  What used to be called (of course) “White flight” has now morphed into families (of all backgrounds) who care about their children removing them from the zoos that our public schools and many neighborhoods have become.  Those families who care about raising self-disciplined children with the potential for a future will continue to do all they can (however meager at times) to distance themselves from the rot of the rest of society.  Naturally, those with a vested interest in conflict will do all they can to reduce or try to shame such options.

But eventually it may come to a point where those who care about actually living in a civilization, versus a jungle, feel they no longer have anywhere to which to retreat.  At that point, it will get very ugly.