Have you ever suspected that the speaker for a cause is manipulating you in the service of an agenda that he won’t divulge?
If you haven’t – take a look at “I Can’t Believe You Said That!” – a compendium of unguarded quotes by Fred Gielow.
Gielow is a conservative, so he looks at the left, but the principle holds with all sort of causes.
Here are some quotes I selected to illustrate the point:
Some colleges, such as Bowdoin, seem to encourage sexual behavior by their students.
Why? I hope the reason is not this:
Wilhelm Reich – Austrian American psychiatrist: “You aren’t going to debate people away from the existence of God. But what we found was that if you get people involved in deviant sexual behavior, the whole idea of God just disappears automatically.”
We remember when presidential wife and later Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that ‘it takes a village’ to raise a child. We took that as meaning that the friendly local cop, the teachers, and so forth, all helped bring up a child. Then we read:
Wlliam Seawell – professor of education, University of Virginia: “Each Child belongs to the state.”
Hillary Clinton: “There is no such thing as other people’s children.”
There was a recent “people’s Climate March” against Global warming in NYC. It drew hundreds of thousands of people who want to save the planet. Or do they?
Consider Christine Stewart – Canadian Environment Minister: “No matter if the science is all phony, there are still collateral environmental benefits…Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
Yes, but then why not argue for justice directly? Why treat us as lemmings?
Then there is Stephen Schneider, consultant to Federal agencies: “We have to offer up scary scenarios [about Global Warming]…and make little mention of any doubts one might have…Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
(My advice: be honest).
There was a movement to require radio stations in the US to give equal time to all viewpoints. To any thinking person, this is a bad idea, since you would need “impartial” bureaucrats to decide what is “fair” and what is “balanced”. But then you read:
Bill Ruder – Secretary of Commerce under JFK: “We had a massive strategy to use the ‘Fairness Doctrine’ to challenge and harass the right-wing broadcasters and hoped the challenge would be so costly to them that they would be inhibited and decide it was too expensive to continue.”
Not exactly fair, is it?
I’ve quoted homosexuals and feminists in a prior post that oppose the family unit. Here is a quote from a very angry homosexual:
Michael Swift – author of The Gay Manifesto: “We shall seduce [your sons] in your schools, in your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms…in your seminaries…in your movie theater bathrooms…in your truck stops..wherever men are with men together. Your sons…will do our bidding….They will come to crave and adore us.”
Some of us suspect that liberal ideas may hide a more radical end game. We are right:
Norman Thomas – Socialist Party presidential candidate in the 40’s: “The American People will never knowingly adopt socialism. But under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”
I sometimes hear what sounds to me like a ‘conspiracy theory’ by some on the right that there is a plot to create “world government”.
So it was a surprise to read Arnold Toynbee – well known British historian: “We are at present working…to wrest this …force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local states of the world. And all the time, we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”
I would argue that Al Queda is also working to that goal (universal Caliphate). Which raises the question of who would be in charge of that world government? Who would it represent? Us?
Now we’ve heard that Islam is a “religion of Peace” from both President Bush, and President Obama. As a reader of this blog points out, Islam can be interpreted on various levels, and some interpretations are peaceful. However, consider:
Louis Farrakhan – supreme minister of the ‘Nation of Islam’: “God will destroy America by the hands of Muslims…God will not give Japan or Europe the honor of bringing down the United States; this is an honor God will bestow upon Muslims.”
But not to worry, George Soros, a financial speculator and funder of left-wing causes, says this: “The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States.”
What about government child care? That’s got to be inspired by compassion, no? Well, no:
Ellen Willis – progressive, journalism professor and writer for Rolling Stone and the Nation: “The object of every feminist reform…[including] child care programs, is to undermine traditional family values.”
Then from our current president, Barack Obama:
“When we ground out our cigarettes in the hallway carpet or set our stereos so loud that the walls began to shake, we were resisting bourgeois society’s stifling conventions.”
So next time a car comes through at midnight in your street blaring loud music and waking you up, now you can excuse it.
We know that propagandists lie to us, for instance, 74 years ago we were told by German propagandists that our President, Franklin Roosevelt, was really a Jew named Rosenfeld. We also know why the Nazis would want us to believe that. But the examples above include people who want us to believe we should support cause “a”, because they know they may not succeed to persuade us to support cause “b”, which is the cause they really support. These people are not always in the propaganda department of a dictatorship, they can be people you meet in universities or elsewhere. Obviously most people who try to persuade you to follow a cause believe in that cause, but sometimes you are being manipulated.
I Can’t Believe You Said That! — Fred Gielow – 2009