Phony Rage

J. D. Pendry

People come in two basic types.  One makes decisions, like who they believe should lead our country, based on questioning and analyzing factual information presented to them.  The second makes those important decisions according to emotional reaction to the information, whether factual or not, that is presented to them.  The second group is kool-aid drinkers - the people who are so committed to a belief or to a person that they ignore or deny the facts that get in the way of what they want to believe.

Dishonest people rely on phony rage to keep the anger level of their uniformed and mainstream media propagandized kool-aid drinkers high enough to cause them to act emotionally rather than logically.  Phony rage is created by phony people trying to portray themselves as someone they are not.  Misusing facts and telling outright lies about things and people in order to deceive and anger their mind-numbed connoisseurs of kool-aid is what they do.

We are certainly better prepared and more focused on, you know, taking our arguments, and making them effective, and disseminating them widely, and really putting together a network, uh, in the blogosphere, in a lot of the new progressive infrastructure, institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress. – Hillary Clinton at the Yearly Kos Convention, August 4, 2007.

Media Matters for America, an organization Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton appears proud to have help start, recently employed the phony rage tactic.  They did it by taking a comment made by Rush Limbaugh and using it out of context.  Mr. Limbaugh while discussing those who lie about their service records, like Jesse Al-Zaid Macbeth, referred to them as phony soldiers.  Just so happens that phony soldiers, like Macbeth, are generally anti-war too.  Mr. Limbaugh was accused by Media Matters as characterizing all Soldiers or Veterans who oppose the war as phony Soldiers, which simply isn’t true.    Sadly, members of the United States Congress repeated the lie, feigning their own outrage and adding to it their own characterizations of Mr. Limbaugh, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid characterized Mr. Limbaugh as unpatriotic.

“But last week, Rush Limbaugh went way over the line – and while we respect his right to say anything he likes, his unpatriotic comments cannot be ignored.” Democrats.Senate.Gov

I don’t recall Mr. Reid characterizing his colleagues as unpatriotic when they (and he) said much worse – and meant it.  I also don’t recall Media Matters or any of their affiliates giving a rat’s hind leg about any of their unpatriotic and slanderous words directed toward our military.  Maybe this is why:

"In the last year, grassroots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the Party doesn't need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it's our Party: we bought it, we own it, and we're going to take it back."  -, December 9, 2004 (some contributions of note)

Media Matters and  have been in the news for the past few weeks, beginning with the General Betray us ad and continuing with the phony, phony soldier smear.  As things come out of these organizations, it’s important to know how they tie together and that they actually do own the Democratic Party.   At the top of the list is the Democracy Alliance founded by a former member of the Clinton Administration, Rob Stein.  The large donor name that appears throughout these liberal organizations is George Soros, one willing to use his billions to promote his political views and to purchase politicians.  On the Democracy Alliance list of funding recipients, you’ll find Media Matters and the Center for American Progress.  Mrs. Clinton was also proud to “help start and support” the Center for American Progress, which is headed by former Clinton White House Chief of Staff, John D. Podesta.  One of the organizations listed as affiliated with MoveOn is  VoteVets is an anti-war group started by Iraq War Veteran Jon Stolz and lists as one of its advisors General Wesley Clark.

“I’ve known Wes for a long time,” Shelton said. “I will tell you the reason he came out of Europe early had to do with integrity and character issues, things that are very near and dear to my heart. . . . Wes won’t get my vote.” – General Hugh Shelton former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff

I respect the honorable service of any man or woman.  Some members of VoteVets including General Clark joined in on the Limbaugh smear and in my view compromised their honor and integrity, for General Clark it appears it may not have been the first time.   Those things are also very near and dear to my heart.

I’ve spent some time today studying these groups so I thought I’d share it.  I hope it wasn’t too boring for you.  Their influence is obvious. I recommend that you take some time and study them too.  During our never-ending election cycle there will be many more moments of rage shared with us.  If we are to survive, we need dump out the kool-aid and learn for ourselves how to separate fact from fiction.

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