The Progressive Family
A Magic Act
Progressive politics is the art of misdirection. As any magician will tell you, performing successful tricks requires you to develop a strong connection with the audience. Progressives do the same thing with policy initiatives. They embrace the environment (everyone wants to save the whales and hug the trees); they champion women's rights (we all want women to feel involved and recognized); they pander to the poor and disenfranchised (especially minorities), promising to make them a part of The American Dream.
The perfected magician sets his audience expectations, so when he actuates his trick, they will be much less attentive to details. Making it much more likely that his sleight of hand actions, misdirection and distractions will effectively disguise his elusive movements to pull the rug over the audience's eyes.
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The irony is that millions of people around the world also believe that major news organizations, both on the private side and on the official government/public side, are manipulating common knowledge by intentionally altering, editing or even fabricating news stories. The genesis of this cultural phenomenon became ubiquitas during the Presidential campaign of 2016 when Donald Trump called out CNN for broadcasting inflammatory charges that could not be collaborated.
Consequently, political partisans in America, and now to a larger degree around the world, are claiming that their opposition has control of the media and is manipulating the public with Fake News.
What if either one, or both impressions were true?
...If you actually had designs on controlling the entire world, wouldn't it make sense to first gain control of the systems that store and exchange information?
In fact, wouldn't it be a prerequisite?
(*FrankenMedia Cabal: A monster stitched together by the forces of anti-capitalist groups beyond just the news media. The FrankenMedia consists of arms and legs of Hollywood studios, newspapers, radio and television talking heads, education and public service unions and gender deniers, globalists and at the head of the monster, the hightech community behind Facebook and Google.)
..The growing destabilization of post-industrial revolution democracies caused by Middle East conflicts, the rapid wealth accumulation of China and Russia and the radical transformations of demographics across Europe, the FrankenMedia Cabal has been developed by communist and Islamic osmosis.
Since American independence, and alignment with capitalism and acceptance of religions, is basically the only realistic resistance to world dominance of communist or Islamic theology, it has to be taken down, at any cost.
And leftist ideologies know it and so do the Grand Marshals of Globalism. By co-opting the collectivist dogma of the left, these FrankenMedia transnational power brokers have merged the forces of revolution, and indirectly usurped their autonomy.
The poor bastards never knew what hit them.
Progressive politicians have convinced themselves they are leading the parade to Paradise. They are the modern version of the useful idiots that were used by the Soviets during the McCarthy era.
Assuming the identity of a Progressive is akin to becoming a 'Made Man' in the Mafia: It gives a person a sense of entitlement and a sense of belonging to a righteous and powerful movement that cannot be challenged.
The latest iteration of this is the 'Woke' movement. This term has morphed from inner city slang meaning being "woke from the man." Translated into English it is being conscientious, dedicated and active against the threat from authority and the racially motivated injustices of white society.
Now it is being used to assign 'Made' status to qualified Progressives who have demonstrated their 'Woke" awareness and commitment to progressive justice through their community activism.
Progressives denounce profiling, economic antagonism, and the politics of skin color. But, like the Magic of David Copperfield, the left is deft at making themselves into something they are not.
One of the main reasons Donald Trump won the election is many Americans have been awakened, or 'woke up' to, the Illusion of Progressivism. Over time, the emptiness of their promises of social harmony and economic equanimity have overcome the mesmerizing messages of the FrankenMedia.