January 24, 2010
Kinda gives "Obama Everywhere" a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
A woman has written the same letter defending Obama to dozens of publications across the country, getting them published in at least 42 newspapers in 18 states, as well as Politico.com, the Washington Times, and USA Today. And the woman, Ellie Light, has claimed residence in many of these states.
Think there might be some phony Astroturfing there?
You know, astroturfing is such an unpleasant term ... Let's call it beneficial cognitive diversity instead:
...we suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies ... will undermine the crippled epistemology of those who subscribe to such theories. They do so by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity.
Because if you use a lot of fancy terms like "cognitive infiltration" and "crippled epistemology", it's much easier to forget how much this smells like propaganda.
Remember this guy? For over half a century he's been an American icon. A hero. The personification of American values.
Now that the smart people are in charge, of course, we realize that he's the Enemy. Someone to be feared. To be ridiculed and silenced. To be infiltrated and subverted:
Welcome to the mob: an angry, wounded electorate, riled by recession, careening across the political spectrum, still craving change, nursing a bloodlust.
Are you paying attention? Freedom is dangerous. And it must be stopped before it threatens that wonderful sense of unity Obama wants to bring us.
Or worse yet, before it kills someone.
Posted by Cassandra at January 24, 2010 01:22 AM
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We're way ahead of you, Mr. Sunshine... er, Sunstein. We even have a name for it: "concern trolls."
A concern troll is a false flag pseudonym created by a user whose actual point of view is opposed to the one that the user's sockpuppet claims to hold. The concern troll posts in web forums devoted to its declared point of view and attempts to sway the group's actions or opinions while claiming to share their goals, but with professed "concerns". The goal is to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt within the group.I don't see why the government can't do that too, except for the pesky laws against it. But they can change those!
Posted by: Grim at January 24, 2010 10:29 AM
"I don't see why the government can't do that too, except for the pesky laws against it. But they can change those! "Maybe. If the gub'ment widgets in question ever concern themselves with the obeying laws in the first place. But writing a carefully worded law, ala the Louisiana Purchase of 2009, in order to exempt the Congress and the Office of the POTUS and only the Congress and the Office of the POTUS, will be more likely.
Laws for thee, but not for the We.
Posted by: bthun at January 24, 2010 10:42 AM
The East German poet Berthold Brecht had a little ditty "The Solution" about how the people had lost the confidence of the government and could win it back only through great effort. The last lines: "In that case, would it not be simpler to dissolve the People/ and elect another?"
Posted by: LittleRed1 at January 24, 2010 06:57 PM
He looks like my Uncle Bob...who, in turn, looks like Abraham Lincoln. FWIW...
Posted by: camojack at January 25, 2010 01:25 AM