BACKFIRE: Psychological Tricks Used to Advance Russian Conspiracy Theory

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Newspapers lie. And by “newspapers,” I mean the whole mainstream media.

Yesterday I told you how Donald Trump punked the media by pulling a Crazy Ivan maneuver. A critic on Twitter thinks I’m lying. He thinks I’m lying because he read a news article. He read it in the New York Times.

This Twitter critic thinks it’s okay for the New York Times to lie (“Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides”), as long as they only lie in their headlines. If the body of the story contradicts the lie, then my Twitter critic says all’s well. A lot of people probably agree with him. People know that headlines are written to pull people in. To pull people in, sometimes you have to stretch the truth. Sometimes you have to stretch the truth until it snaps like a snow pea.

My Twitter critic is unusual. An odd duck. He reads news stories. Sometimes he reads them twice. But 60 percent to 80 percent of people read only the headline.

People can easily remember snappy headlines because they’re repeatable. And people repeat what they remember. Especially if it’s sensational and snappy.

When the New York Times wrote its sensational, snappy “wiretapped data” headline, it hoped to plant a snappy thought in millions of minds. A thought that people would find themselves repeating to others throughout the day. Which day? Inauguration Day.

Psychologically, the New  York Times did a great job. People are still repeating that January 19th headline. Even Donald Trump.

So maybe the story under that snappy headline cast doubt on the headline’s assertion. I don’t know. I didn’t read it. I didn’t read the article because I don’t want to give the New York Times a click count. Screw them. Besides, that headline told me everything I needed to know: Obama wiretapped Trump’s people.

Like the vast majority of people, I read the headline and remembered it. There’s an 80 percent chance you read only that headline, too. Most of us are not like my Twitter critic.

Since most people read only the headline, most people believe that Trump’s aides were questioned based on information obtained through secret wiretaps. Which is exactly what Trump said in his Twitter storm last Saturday. He said that Obama wiretapped his people. His source was the New York Times.

Maybe that New York Times headline was a lie. Maybe not. If it was a lie, then the whole Russian conspiracy theory was a lie. Can you fault President Trump for believing the newspaper of record?

But if that headline was accurate, if Obama really did wiretap Trump’s people, then Obama re-enacted Watergate and should be in jail.

And it all happened because the media used psychological tricks to convince people that the government wiretapped Trump’s people.

There’s no third avenue here since no one is required to read the whole story. No one.

 

My Remarks to First After Party

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Note:  Thanks to the flu, I missed the first After Party.  Thanks to Ben Evans for reading this for me. 

You probably realize that I have to be really sick to miss a party. Actually, I don’t feel so bad right now, but I don’t want to spread this to the most important people in America. And for the next 12 months, at least,  that’s you: the most important people in America.

Here’s why.

First, you’re here. You answered the call to carry the Tea Party movement beyond just rallies and angry letters.  You’re ready to take our bedrock beliefs and spread them. That’s why you get a button.  (And I don’t.)

Second, you’re pioneers.  Those buttons show the world you were here, at the first After Party.  You didn’t wait until the 3rd one, after all the great press.  You didn’t put your toe in the water or wait to see if the “cool people” would jump in first.  No. Like the people who showed up at the Arch on February 27, 2009, you recognized the challenge history’s presented, and you came out to attack it.

Third, you’re visionary.  You recognize that we must extend our reach–beyond the hard core Tea Party crowd. We need to awaken the Unknowing Believers. And awakening the unknowing believers is the Second most important thing in the world right now.

The unknowning believers are the people who believe what we believe–that governments are created by, and derive their just powers from, the consent of the governed.  They believe that when a government grows beyond its mandate, it’s our job to rein it in. And they believe that fourteen trillion dollars of debt is enough for the Millennials to handle.

For a variety of reasons, though, they don’t recognize that we believe what they believe.
In some cases, that’s because they don’t realize that government has crossed the line and outgrown its mandate. Or, they do recognize that government’s out of control, but they’re afraid of what would happen to them personally if we were to shrink it back to its proper borders. The government has taught people to be dependent.  Weening people off that dependency won’t be easy.  Yelling at the people who are afraid of smaller government won’t help.  And we’ll never get the votes to rein in government if we don’t first win over most of the Unknowing Believers.

Finally, you’re leaders.  You have stepped up to take on the most daunting challenge this Tea Party has faced: the challenge of turning a media phenomenon into a human phenomenon. And this is most important thing: rebuilding the social fabric of the United States.

Why has Facebook attracted 700 million people? Because we need human connections. Human beings have four biological drives that motivate everything we do.  According to Drs. Paul Lawrence and Nitin Nohria of Harvard Business School, who’ve applied to the latest findings of neuroscience and behavioral economics to organizational acheivement,  those drives are:
* The drive to Acquire and Achieve
* The drive to Defend and Protect
* The drive to Bond
* The drive to Comprehend and Create

Now think about those drives. They’re wired into our brains.  They’re also built into our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.

To acquire, achieve, comprehend, and create are all the ways we pursue happiness.

To defend and protect our lives and property–well, there’s the right to life and the Second Amendment.

To bond is embodied in our right to peaceably assemble, freedom of association.
All of these drives require liberty.

There’s a whole book to be written about the moral implications of denying us our basic biological drives, but that’s not what this is about.

This is about awakening the Unknowing Believers by expanding our social networks and arming those social networks with the tools needed to live without the government’s extra-Constitutional powers.

Maybe that’s not as sexy as storming the Bastille with torches and pitchforks. But it might be even more effective.

Who remembers the Whole Foods BUYcott we held on September 1, 2009?

More than one thousand people shopped at Whole Foods in Town and Country that evening, most for the first time.  Some came from as far away as the suburbs of Chicago. They spent over $50,000, and set a new one-day sales record for that particular Whole Foods store.

And many of those people had never been to Tea Party before and never came to one after.

I was collecting receipts that night, and I had the chance to talk to a lot of them.  Some knew they agreed with us from the beginning, but rallies are not their thing.

Others thought we were “a bunch of kooks” until they heard about the BUYcott.  The creativity and the willingess to support with a company that seemed so contrary to the Tea Party opened their eyes. They realized that we are really about liberty and good government.

This second group of BUYCotters–they are the Unknowing Believers.  They are the secret to our landslide in 2012.  They hold the key to preventing Obama from appointing one more Supreme Court justice.  They are the difference between victory and defeat.

And they are begging someone to ask them out on a date.

Tonight, we begin that courtship.

Each month, we’’ll take on a new mission to be completed by the next month’s meeting.  Each mission builds upon the last.   The missions are not explicitly political, though some are what I would call “civic” in nature.

The first mission seems as simple as falling off a log. But appearances can be deceiving.  And because each mission builds on the last, getting this first one right is critical to the success of the program.

Step One:  Name five people you want to form your network.

That’s it.

But be warned.  If these people are already hardcore tea partiers, you’re not really expanding the base.  If they’re hardcore anit-tea party progressives, you’re probably not going to win them over.

Also, to be effective, your network needs to do things–some just for fun, others for a very important purpose.  Either way, you’ll want a network of people you enjoy doing things with, talking, etc.

When we meet in October, you mission is simply to show a card with five first names or initials.  You don’t have to tell anyone who they are.  We’re not going to ask you to drag them to one of these meetings, but we think three of them will want to come before the 12 months are up.

If you can’t get to five?  Okay.  Go with four or three.  Just make sure they’re people who will grow with you.  People who will benefit from being part of your network and who will possibly benefit the movement and the nation down the road.

Oh, there’s one more thing:  stay after the formal meetings for the social meeting.
I’ve said many times that there’s no point in liberty if we don’t enjoy it.  That’s why we designed this After Party to be at least 1 part fun for 1 part work.  (Although I like the 6 parts gin to 1 part Vermouth mixture even better.)

When the formal meeting ends, please hang around and talk.  This group–the folks sporting The After Party 1 badges–should be the model network. This is your team–the people you rely on in a pinch.

This is also your chance to thank the people of the Crowne Plaza Hotel who’ve graciously invited us here tonight.  We believe in spreading the wealth around–but only when it’s OUR wealth to spread around as we see fit.

Also, please thank Boaz Steiner for his help in securing this location for tonight’s event.  And thank Michelle Moore for leading the charge on this new phase of the Tea Party in St. Louis.

When I posted a blog about standing on the steps of the Arch with a sign, I had no idea if anyone would join me. Quickly, several great folks offered to help, to co-host, to speak.

Then, over a thousand showed to up on a cold Friday in February.

The lesson I learned that day is one I hope you’ll carry with you:  If you stick your neck out for the right reasons, others will carry you forward.

Yes, it’s scary to realize that you might look like a fool in public.  Yes, it’s scary to ask someone out on a date.  Yes, it’s intimidating to put yourself out there.

But everyone in this room has already taken the first step.  We might as well go all the way and win this thing.

Finally, we are about to begin awakening the Unknowing Believers by inviting them into our networks.  Until now, so much of our language has been fairly aggressive.  While I don’t intend to relent on any front, I do think there’ more appropriate language for The After Party.  And it’s love.  This passage–overused at weddings and underused everywhere else–seems the perfect message as we begin building our networks:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Oh, one more thing.  I’ve recieved inquiries from tea party goups in Florida, Arizona, Illinois, and New York about implementing the After Party concept there.  This is going national. And it will be big, if you make it big.

Once again, the eyes of the Tea Party movement are on St. Louis.  You’ve never failed to shine. So, congratulations, in advance, for changing the world.

Are You Ready For The Next Wave?

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Do you ever feel like Dan Blackford?

Dan is an original Tea Party organizer. He’s been at it since 2009. And he’s just about worn out. According to the Wall Street Journal, Blackford’s given up his position in the  Houston Tea Party.

All the protests, the organization, the fundraising, the block-walking, has it done anything? Are we better off than we were two years ago? I say ‘No.’

How many other people feel the way Dan feels?  Do you think the past two-and-a-half years were a waste?

You Are Not Alone

Sometimes I do.  Since the end of 2009, I have been ready to throw in the towel many times.  Each time, my friends bolstered me.  They reminded me how far we’d come since February ‘09.  The reminded me that nothing has stopped our movement, locally or nationally.

So now it’s my turn to bolster the spirits of those like Dan Blackford.

Rome Didn’t Fall in a Day

First, let’s get something straight: your expectations must match reality.  The United States has been on the path to bigger government, more debt, and less liberty since the Constitutional Convention.  Larry Elder points out:

Congress began ignoring its lack of authority for charity before the ink dried on the Constitution. When Congress appropriated $15,000 to assist French refugees in 1792, James Madison – a Founding Father and principal author of the Constitution – wrote, “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution, which granted a right to Congress of expending, on objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents.”
Read more: Charity: Not in the Constitution

The tendency of government to grow is not new.  Nor will it go away. Let’s accept what we cannot change and move on.  Please don’t make the mistake of assuming we could roll back sixty years of rapid government growth with a single election. 

Everybody’s Talkin’

Next, let’s look at what we have accomplished.  Let’s begin with the fact that Dan Blackford gets quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal more than two years into the Tea Party era. 

Do you know how many nascent movements and organizations are born and die in any two year period?  Do you know how rare it is for a movement to survive 30 months?  Do you realize much rarer it is for a movement that’s only two years old to drive 100 percent of the conversation about government?

Sure, it’s easy to say, “conversation” is all the Tea Party’s gotten for its work.  That’s what Ellen Gilmore of LaGrange Tea Party told WSJ.  I would tell Ellen that driving the conversation is a very big deal in a republic.

Tomorrow’s decisions—in primaries, in general elections, in school board meetings, and in Congress and the Supreme Court—evolve from to today’s conversations.  In 2008, no one cared what Ellen Gilmore  or Dan Blackford thought about anything. Today their thoughts are on the front page of one of the most read papers in the world.

If we give up now, Dan and Ellen will be correct: it will have been a waste of precious time, money, and energy.

But we’re not giving up.  We’re not standing still.  We are still advancing.

The After Party

Over next several weeks, we will roll out a plan. The plan builds upon our accomplishments and strengths.  It looks reality squarely in the eye.  And it begins to fill the void we feel in our movement and in ourselves.

Once we fill that void, we’ll begin moving the debate a little faster.  We’re going to launch an upward spiral of effective action.

Beginning  Sunday, August 7, read every episode of The After Party series on www.stlouisteaparty.com.  And put a placeholder on your calendar for the 3rd Thursday of every month. 

It’s time to launch the next wave. And you won’t be alone.

 

IF YOU WOULD St. Louis Tea Party Coalition is taking on an ambitious project. Your prayers and any financial help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.  Please use the Donate button on the sidebar at stlouisteaparty.com.  Thank you.

One of America’s Finest Moments

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Over 6,000 American and 10,000 allied warriors gave their lives as a result of Bin Laden’s evil. These nn addition to the 3,000 who died 9/11 and the tens of thousands of others who’ve died at Bin Laden’s hand.

Since Ollie North’s testimony to Congress during the Iran-Contra Hearings in the Reagan Administration, we’ve been working toward this one man’s death.

This is a pivotal moment in US and world history.  After a spate of hurried terrorism attacks to prove they can still act, I expect Islamic terrorism to recede toward the dust bin of history where it belongs.

We may never know the name of the sniper whose bullet carried Bin Laden’s wretched soul to the gates of Hell, but I’m about to down a shot of Maker’s Mark to his good name. His, and every American who’s served since 9/11.

This is one of America’s finest moments.

Tell UMSL to Stop Teaching Industrial Sabotage

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UofMCommieContact UofM President Steve Owens and demand an immediate end to the communist-led industrial sabotage courses that he’s shoving down your kids’ throats

That’s right, UMSL and UMKC are teaching kids how to destroy business in America. They want your job to go overseas.  And the guy leading the class is a proud communist.

No employer in his right might would hire a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Why? Because your UMSL Faculty teaches students to sabotage their employers. 

Here’s part one of the damning report.

You get that students?  Good luck finding a job after your board of regents hired communists to teach you to sabotage the very companies that you’ll try to work for some day. 

Missouri’s taxpayers fund the University of Missouri system.  At least two of those three schools teach courses on industrial sabotage, violence, and intimidation

In other words, UMSL teaches students to destroy Missouri businesses.  And you pay for it.

Here’s part two of UMSL vs. US Jobs

Want to know why companies flee the United States?  It’s because the union movement has devolved into a criminal enterprise. It’s a union movement supported by brain-dead academics like Judy Ancel and the University of Missouri System President and Chancellors.

Remember, unions work for unions, just as corporations work for corporations.  Union bosses and degenerates like Judy Ancel and her accomplice Don Giljum couldn’t care less about a worker. These two wastes of human flesh live for themselves and for their communist ideals.

Want to voice your opinion on this course? 

Call, write, or email Steve Owens, Interim President
321 University Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2011
Doh!  You can’t email the U of M President because his email system was shut off!  Can’t take the heat Steven?  Or is UMSL’s computer network the victim of your Communist Party Department’s sabotage?  So call

 

Or the the Curators of the University of Missouri System.

If they dare try to evade accountability, read them this paragraph from their own website:

The University of Missouri, which refers to the institution, in all of its parts, persons, property and relationships wherever situated, owned, operated, controlled, managed or otherwise regulated, is under the supervision or direction of The Board of Curators of the University of Missouri.

I hear people at UMKC are furious.  Not because Missouri taxpayers are being fleeced by communists, but because the taxpayers FOUND OUT!!

Exit question:  Have you contacted U of M?  Your State Rep and Senator?  Please do. Ask them why we pay to have communists teach students to destroy Missouri businesses. 

****ACTION****

And demand that they pass SB1 pass. This is a bill that makes it a little harder for union thugs to drive business out of Missouri.  And it’s about damn time! 

The man to contact about SB1 is Senator Tom Dempsey from the St. Charles area.  Here’s his contact information:

Capitol Office:
  201 W Capitol Ave., Rm. 332
  Jefferson City, Missouri 65101
(573) 751-1141
  FAX: (573) 522-3383
Tom.Dempsey@senate.mo.gov

District Office:
  PO Box 62
  St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 294-2526

Let Senator Dempsey know that SB1 is vital to Missouri jobs and you want it passed.

UPDATE:  Gateway Pundit is on the UMSL / UMKC story. Also, there’s a report that the local NBC affiliate may be involved in the courses. Folks are checking that out now. And Instapundit has picked up the story.  And the Columbia Daily Tribune weighs in.

Some people will have a bad day tomorrow:

  • Governor Jay Nixon
  • U of M System Interim President Steven Owens
  • The administration at UMSL