Ridiculing To Control

Ridicule is the first and last argument of a fool.  Charles Simmons

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “Anti-vaxxer” – an image of a moron so ignorant of science that they are not worth arguing with?  Well, guess what – that is precisely what that epithet is meant to do – derail and avoid any intelligent discussion before it can even begin. 

While a handful of people may actually be completely anti-vaccine, most lumped into this category are decent, reasonable people with legitimate concerns.  But by calling anyone with even the mildest questions about even a single vaccine an “anti-vaxxer,” the media and politicians get to avoid any and all discussions of the subject.  This is a very clever technique that shields, in this case, Big Pharma from challenge.

Of course by now we should be immune to this type of abuse from the left.  They’ve been using the same techniques against those “climate change deniers” – you know those numbskulls and ne’er-do-wells – who dare question their vague and suspect science. 

To really drive home the point, the  drive-by media uses the line, “All the science is in.” I’m sorry, did I say “line”? I meant “lie.” I’m not a scientist, but I know enough about science to know that it is never all in.

Science is never “settled.” We have theories which we haven’t been able to disprove yet, but debate and speculation are what science is all about. The minute someone uses that phrase, you know they’re hiding something.

As if that were not enough, some prominent politicians and scientists have actually suggested that deniers be jailed! That last sentence should have just made the tiny hairs on the back of your neck stand up and put you on full alert in much the same way as Freddy Kruger walking into your room would. I’m pretty sure jailing dissenters is the polar opposite of what our Founding Fathers had in mind for this country.

Another group of activists who the left thoroughly vilified was the Tea Party.  You’d think it would be difficult to tar and feather a group of people quoting our Founding Fathers and the Constitution. Yet, they proved to be the easiest of all to silence. From the moment the mainstream media began to cover this group, they called them, “Tea-baggers.” Wham! Done! No need for debate.

This clever little nickname, with its obscene implications, was enough to undercut their credibility from the very beginning. Bear in mind, this was not The Daily Show doing a comedy spoof. These were what passed for serious, professional journalists on MSNBC. I’ve got news for them; name calling is neither objective nor responsible journalism.

And now it’s happening again.  After months of lockdown, Americans began asking some pointed questions – questions that people like Fauci, Gates, and governors Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer and Northam don’t want to answer.   

As the cry of revolt went up, the message went out: anyone who is against the lockdown is selfish and/or greedy. In other words, don’t listen to the protesters. They care more about money or a haircut than they do about human lives.

We’re living a textbook example of disparaging a group for daring to not submit to the liberal dogma they are being force-fed.   Wake up America!

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh man out of virtues and good sense by attacking everything praise worthy in human life.  Joseph Addison

Source:  The Mainstream Media’s Great Trick: Ridiculing People Into Silence by George Janek, The Stream

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