The Feel-Good Poison of "Extreme Makeover" in a Society Desperate for One!

Who in the world is not a fan of Ty Pennington? He would seem to be all of life’s best qualities and virtues stuffed into one “hunk” torso! Only the most calloused soul could be unmoved by the miraculous misery-to-joy transformation in the lives of some of life’s greatest victims. I myself have cried like a baby during some of these shows! Hence the first red flag…it feels good!

“Americans, for decades marinated in contradictory leftist ideology, are losing the feel and taste for accuracy.” “No phenomenon better expresses the triumphant idiocy of mindless, pseudo-sophisticated leftism than the West’s popular culture.” “What is undeniable is that popular culture has launched an, as yet, unabated assault against the idea and practice of virtue.”- Kelly O’Connell

So how could a virtuous hunk be guilty of an assault on virtue? How clever are the architects of our demise? VERY! It is hard to pick from the ever-growing list of Traditional American Values under assault in our world today, but let’s choose two. How about Family Values & Free Market Capitalism? Many would argue that these are two of the four cornerstones of our society…Freedom to Worship and our Constitution being the other two.

By the way, Ty Pennington may very well be a dyed-in-the-wool Conservative for all I know. I have no doubt he has worked his a** off to earn his success! He and the contractors who contribute are all beautiful people. But he has become a part of a leftist fairy tale, wittingly or otherwise. Here’s what I mean. What the show creates is the perception of happily-ever-after based on a complete contradiction to one of the four cornerstones, Free Market Capitalism. It is pure Liberal Ambrosia! What the producers fail to show are the tragic and inevitable losses of what was never earned in the first place, after the cameras have gone. Give a man a fish…

Unfortunately, it doesn’t end here. Oprah is a one woman assault on our greatest virtues. I personally believe that individualism & individual responsibility died on the Oprah Winfrey Show…where Political Correctness & Group-Think grew wings! There were two shows that clinched it for me. The show where every audience member was given a free car; and the show where she flew everyone to some tropical resort…with John Travolta piloting the plane! More feel-good ambrosia anyone?

So here again, we invite yet another Trojan Horse of feel-good compassion and inclusion into our hearts by day to loose the hidden enemies of our most traditional & sacred values by night! It’s kind of like one of the vampire movies where the beautiful girl wakes up a little weaker every day. The masters of propaganda have created pure honey for the masses in shows like Glee & Modern Family. As a Conservative singer-songwriter, I can’t even begin to tell you how offensive I find the hit show Glee! Seductive harmonies mask a relentless assault on true virtue, intelligence…and originality! And when you add these pop culture gems to the social engineering of the NEA in our schools, the effect is a thousand times more devastating to our society than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki!
The Evidence- A Liberal-Jewish wife demands that her Conservative-Gentile husband turn off a TV show exposing growing anti-Semitism and the threat to Israel in a studio filled with religious scholars and holocaust survivors! How about that for a new definition of insanity? Only Pop Culture is powerful enough to turn true heroes into villains! And isn’t it interesting how the greatest defenders of the four cornerstones all turn out to be villains? Isn’t it just a little fascinating that our disapproval of the Weiner’s & Rangel’s is completely overshadowed by our passionate disdain for the Beck’s & Palin’s?

So, what to do? In the days before journalism lost its soul, we used to have to read between the lines. We would be wise to do that here as well. In the meantime, I would like to end on a very positive note. Mainstream has not reported on one of the most recent assaults on our most important cornerstone, the right to worship. But an appeals court has reversed the Texas judged who had denied Texas graduates the freedom to pray during their graduation ceremony! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ac/20110604/us_ac/8588373_appeals_court_rev...
 They just wanted to thank God, but the rest of us need him for our own miraculous Extreme Makeover!

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Comment by Chip Murray on June 7, 2011 at 10:13am
Thanks Chris! Lisa, I think Andrew has mentioned that to me...I will try to do that for sure, now that she has made me a fan!!

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Comment by Lisa Mei Norton on June 7, 2011 at 9:07am
Great piece, indeed...I believe Andrew Luck, one of our members here, is on Kelly O'Connell's show every Sunday at 4PM ET...you should call in sometime!

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Comment by Chris Ross on June 7, 2011 at 9:04am
Chip excellent Post per usual!!

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Comment by Chip Murray on June 7, 2011 at 8:02am

Thanks Lisa...Hopefull enough of us are starting to figure this stuff out on our own. Here's the O'Connell piece...truely brilliant!

Who Defines “Truth”

When Politicians Re-Write the Dictionary? Kelly O’Connell

The very notion of truth itself has been tied, stretched out and

crucified for political advantage in America. This is why we are in a

dreary swamp, a national malaise. Our current struggles are all the

more remarkable considering most result from wrong ideas. A simple

attitude adjustment, ie a “reality check”—would eliminate most of our

seemingly permanent issues fairly quickly. Our troubles occur because

disreputable political doctrines are raised over common sense. For

example, huge deficits undermine America’s ability to continue its

military and humanitarian roles, home and abroad. And yet, the notion

of serious spending cuts is regarded by liberals as more horrible than

an offer to barbecue holy cows in downtown Bombay.

 

The problem in America today is our “official” national narrative is

based upon a torrent of false, leftist ideas, directed by political

theory towards relentless failure on every front. In other words, the

elites uphold the tenets of Marxism. A key example is Political

Correctness. This devilish doctrine claims no action is bad, in

itself—as long as fostered by an ideologically acceptable group. This

is actually a leftist stalking-horse for a myriad of debilitating

socialist ideas. It will bring down the might of America—and great

will be its fall.

But the main concession laying a foundation for the rest—is the Death

of Truth. Americans, for decades marinated in contradictory leftist

ideology, are losing the feel and taste for accuracy. Let’s not forget

politics is meant as a receptacle for truth, not vice versa. Marxism

is totalitarian, including controlling what topics can be discussed.

This article regards exposing and repudiating the diabolical attack on

the idea of Truth by soulless leftism.

I. Current Sickly Situation

Among many present problems bedeviling America, consider: Giant

deficits; mass unemployment; expanding foreign wars; welfare

mentality; huge budget shortfalls; mothballing important programs like

NASA; illegal immigration; international instability; growing red tape

and bureaucracy; roaring inflation; spiking fuel prices; chronic

education failure; growing resistance to classic American values; US

global leadership flaccidity; burgeoning socialist programs; federal

resistance to state self-defense measures; rampant family dysfunction;

indifference and opportunism during national disasters; claiming

American exceptionalism is a problem; Hobbling US industry with carbon

legislation; taking over American industry to “save” it; Demonizing US

business; nationalizing healthcare in the name of the poor; attacking

the wealthy; etc. And how many of these would not be quickly addressed

and dispensed with by the Founders?

II. Causes

The causes of the Death of Truth in America are but a few. First, John

Dewey, redoubtable leftist reformer, took aim at the US educational

system and decided socialism must be the model. This one change robbed

from the average American student the ability to think for themselves.

Therefore, as we can see operating almost without check today—the

well-meaning US population is like an unformed fetus in the hand of a

master propagandist. In other words, given capitulation of the

mainstream media to Marxism, and leery of the lash of Political

Correctness, the average citizen does not have a prayer to think

through the fog of lies and find truth on the other side.

A second cause of the Death of Truth in the US is the concurrent

collapse of the church. Materialistic humanism rises in the vacuum.

The one institution basing its creed on unassailable truth is stepping

aside while sightless nihilism leads the blind into the pit of

despair. The Church’s raison d’etre, Jesus Christ, is called Truth

incarnate. The Church and Believers are described in the Bible as Salt

and Light, but what good is this new, liberal, Politically Correct

Church? When the Church stops proclaiming its truth, lies and fraud

step into the gap. And then all hell breaks loose.

A third cause is Political Correctness, the triumph of the Marxist

Frankfurt School. The arrival of these academics to America saved them

from Hitler. But their introducing Marxism by way of Political

Correctness tainted the soul of the USA. But, if Marxists can inject

their ideas into the culture, and therefore kill Truth—cannot we at

least attempt to counter-serve our own convictions?

III. Application

The following topics have been conscripted into the Marxist fable:

A. Energy

Americans are impoverished by fact-blind politicians claiming the

energy industry is simply evil. They say there is no good American oil

recovery method, for example. Further, a narrative has emerged:

Righteously angry politicos insist energy production is an attack

against Mother Earth, the horrid face of unacceptable capitalism. Safe

energy sources are being depleted as “Peak Oil” was reached long ago.

They assert whoever tells you different is a liar. So, we must now

protect our planet and accept shrinking economies in order to survive.

Americans must buy energy from other countries and bankrupt ourselves

in the process. But is this really the way the USA must end? No.

America has more sources of petroleum energy than any other country.

For example, there is more petroleum in the ground between Colorado

and Utah than in Saudi Arabia. So why aren’t we creating our own

gasoline and saving trillions? Political fictions block the path to

freedom.

We must never forget that liberalism is based upon Marxism, which

condemns all capitalist enterprises as evil by definition. Further,

Man-made Global Warming theory, shown created from bad science and

utterly disproved, is still the basis of our energy policy.

B. Fiscal Policy

Spending policy in America is currently insane. Permanent deficits are

the death of government and attendant society, feeding from it like

parasites on a dying host. History shows hyperinflation has a single

cause—rampant printing of fiat currency. The US is currently using

this to create revenue. Certainly this Administration must have

scholars aware of the Weimer Republic, where a wheelbarrow full of

currency was not enough to buy a loaf of bread. So what gives?

Apparently, “good” fiscal policy results in outcomes more conducive to

socialism. But Keynesian deficit spending is technically disproved by

such luminous authorities as Hayek. This means it doesn’t work because

it can’t work. Don’t Americans have a right to know this?

Scariest is the notion there is no such thing as tax rates too high.

This is because leftism seeks the socialist/Marxist state where only

government has the moral right to own property. But the practical

effect of high tax rates is government is under no compunction to

spend wisely.

Most indefensible is the notion it is immoral for private citizens to

spend money they earned, whereas it is wholly ethical for government

to spend that which it does not earn. Sadly, there seems to be no

effort put into discovering whether government wastes money of its

citizens, because—to a real liberal—this is an irrelevant issue. So

liberal “truth” is that workers are slaves of the deified state which

toil to meet the arbitrary goals set by their elite masters. Beware

the whip hand raised high, friends!

C. Popular Culture

No phenomenon better expresses the triumphant idiocy of mindless,

pseudo-sophisticated leftism than the West’s popular culture. The

actual knowledge of the real world of those who celebrate pop culture

is in direct inverse proportion to their felt sense of superiority to

those with whom they disagree. Observe the scorn heaped on those who

dare reject the wisdom of these philistines on their support of

abortion, gay rights, environmentalism, or their incipient

anti-capitalism and loathing of religion.

But the true wonder is watching these same illiterates try to lay a

rational foundation for their circuitous beliefs. Pop culture offers

daily terrifying displays of the ravages of pure propaganda, its

victims wholly unaware of being caught in its sticky grasp. What is

undeniable is popular culture has launched an, as yet, unabated

assault against the idea and practice of virtue.

D. Science

Science is made a common harlot for liberalism. Impossible, you say?

Why, because science is “self-regulating”? Well, that’s certainly a

popular yet hilarious belief! In fact, any thoughtful person realizes

every crazy and illogical theory proposed by liberals is accompanied

by some bastardized “scientific” proof. Consider, for example, blatant

lying supporting the Global Warming theory, such as the doomsday

“hockey stick graph.”

Like any good act of prostitution, there is a proper agreement wherein

both parties get something precious for their graft. Liberals receive

their precious “proof,” without which inane proposals could never be

taken seriously. And “science” gets the funding it needs and social

opprobrium it desperately craves.

Science’s corruption is seen on several strata. On an ideological

level, if our society is no longer seeking truth through use of the

scientific method, but instead is simply a tool in the pursuit of some

craven end, we have lost our way. What would be an example? Consider

if major evidence was discovered seemingly disproving a quintessential

tenet of Global Warming or Evolution? What would be the scientific

community’s reaction? One can well imagine. The discoverer would be

blackballed and termed a “Creationist,” or a “Capitalist Idiot.”

Further, no respectable scientific journal would publish their

findings. Eventually, the person would be driven out of the academy.

Thomas Kuhn, in his epic Nature of Scientific Revolutions describes

how one set of scientific ideas is pushed aside by another in a

“paradigm shift” revolutionizing everything in its path. And yet, how

can such shifts take place when disagreeable facts are simply buried

like Pompeii by an angry Vesuvius?

Philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend infuriated Karl Popper when he

described scientific theories as no more accurate than, and roughly

analogous to, the ancient myths of pagan society, in Against Method.

But unless we have a looser grasp on our favorite scientific ideas, we

are bound to be buried in similar PC type of “science” as practiced in

the old USSR, or “Lysenkoism.” This term describes manipulation or

distortion of the scientific process to reach a predetermined

conclusion dictated by ideological bias, related to social or

political goals. (Scientist Alan Sokol also proved how easy it is to

fool scientists when using the right kind of Politically Correct

vocabulary.)

IV. Remedy

crThe remedy for the pervasive, blindly self-righteous, leftist

stupidity all around us, done in the name of “liberalism” is to learn

how to think, then logically work through all obstacles before acting.

But any remedy against mindless group-think must include the following

antidotes.

1. A commitment to learn how to think for oneself. This would include

studying logic and fallacies, philosophy in general, and history. Also

add to this economics and religious doctrines.

2. Our children must be likewise inculcated in the above study and discipline.

3. We must then commit to challenge those whom we encounter who are

brainwashed into liberal blindness by gentle yet firm debate.

4. Having stated the above, we admit that only through debate,

dialogue, and engagement with our ideological foes, do we have any

chance at redeeming this balefully lost culture before it’s too late.


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Comment by Lisa Mei Norton on June 7, 2011 at 7:39am
Once again you nail it, Chip....thanks for keeping it real and bringing the truth to light!

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