Culture war: in the land of the blind, the one-eyed Reid is king

It's clear Democrats and the mainstream media's talking heads have lost control of the marketplace of ideas; that is to say, their dominance of culture-transmitting influence.

Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

WASHINGTON, December 9, 2016 — According to ancient Norse legend, the god Odin craved knowledge to such an extent, he was willing to gouge out an eye as payment for a drink from a well whose water unlocked the mysteries of the universe.

Like Odin, outgoing Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid has one functioning eye. Unlike Odin, his knowledge, even with a drink of mind-expanding water, is no greater than a simple brick.

In an interview with POLITICO, Reid, who announced he is retiring from the Senate, blamed his party’s stunning presidential defeat – after losing control of the House and Senate – on FBI Director James Comey for not keeping “his mouth shut” concerning the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s illegal handling of classified government information, in which he said the Justice Department’s decision not to indict Hillary Clinton shouldn’t “suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no [legal] consequences.”

The other culprits, of course, are the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch.

Charles (left) and David Koch.
Charles (left) and David Koch.

Last September, an overwrought Reid screeched, “The Kochs and their dark money empire are flooding the airwaves with misleading and false advertisements.”

Americans for Prosperity, a Koch-sponsored political action committee, sat out the presidential election but spent heavily on 2016 senate races, hence Reid’s outrage.

He also urged President-Elect Trump to “rise to the dignity of the office instead of hiding behind your Twitter account.”

During a telephone interview on NBC’s Today, host Matt Lauer chided Trump saying, “Perhaps having fights on Twitter would not be appropriate for the president.”

It’s clear the mainstream media’s talking heads have lost control of the marketplace of ideas; that is to say, their dominance of culture-transmitting influence.

These entities no longer hold sway in fly-over country, where people – as presidential candidate Barack Obama told a room of elite San Francisco donors – cling to their God and guns.

After he was forced to resign as the Obama administration’s green-jobs Czar in September of 2009, current CNN personality Van Jones wrote in the New York Times:

“Anyone with a laptop and a flip camera can engineer a fake info-virus and inject it into the body politic. Those with cable TV shows and axes to grind can concoct their own realities. The high standards and wise judgments of people like Walter Cronkite once acted as our national immune system, zapping scandal-mongers and quashing wild rumors. As a step toward further democratizing America, we shrunk those old gatekeepers — and ended up weakening democracy’s defenses. Rapidly developing communication technologies did the rest.”

Van Jones.
Van Jones.

It was Jones who seven years ago planted the idea that America’s mainstream media was at risk of being supplanted by “fake news.” So, who is this Jones?

Jones resigned from his White House job after conservative radio and television talk-show host Glenn Beck exposed him as a co-founder of the Maoist organization Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM).

A document released by STORM in 2004 explained that it came into existence in response to the fall of the Soviet Union, saying that “although very few people from our generation identified with Soviet ‘socialism,’ the fall of the world’s first and most powerful socialist nation undermined the material strength and public legitimacy of the Left around the world.”

Then came the Obama administration.

If Jones’s radical past was not an issue for the mainstream media, who observed Walter Cronkite’s “high standards and wise judgments,” neither were the radical inclinations of presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Nearly a year after Obama’s election as president, POLITICO reported that a group of “several hundred left-leaning bloggers, political reporters, magazine writers, policy wonks and academics have talked stories and compared notes in an off-the-record online meeting space called JournoList.”

The focus of the group during the 2008 presidential election was to harass any fellow journalist digging into Obama’s radical associations. In particular, his relationship with the Rev. Jeremiah “God damn America” Wright.

Michael Tomasky of the Manchester Guardian urged fellow JournoList members to attack any story concerning the twenty-year bond between Obama and the Rev. Wright. “We have to do what we can to kill… this idiocy in whatever venues we have,” wrote Tomasky.

The Washington Independent’s Spencer Ackerman suggested a coordinated shift in focus by planting stories calling Obama critics like Fred Barnes of the conservative Weekly Standard or GOP political strategist Karl Rove “racists.”

JournoList may have disbanded shortly after the conspiracy was exposed, but recent revelations prove the left-wing cabal’s web has only widened.

According to WikiLeaks, ABC’s David Muir and George Stephanoplous, along with The New York Times’s Amy Chozik and Gail Collins – to name just a few – were among the list of those coordinating coverage with the 2016 Clinton campaign.

The wailing and gnashing of teeth among outgoing Democratic leaders, entertainment personalities and members of the press is that Trump skillfully undercut their years of influence over the public imagination within Twitter’s restrictive 140-character limit.

2016 marks a monumental push-back in what political columnist and former presidential candidate Patrick Buchanan dubbed the “culture war.” In his 1992 address to the Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas, Buchanan said:

“This election is about more than who gets what. It is about who we are. It is about what we believe and what we stand for as Americans. There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a culture war, as critical to the kind of nation we shall be as the Cold War itself. For this war is for the soul of America. And in that struggle for the soul of America, Clinton & Clinton are on the other side.”

Patrick Buchanan addresses the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas.
Patrick Buchanan addresses the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas.


  • The Supreme Court redefined marriage to include same sex couples.
  • The Pentagon sanctioned women in combat and the recruitment of transgenders.
  • And the Justice Department violated the separation of church and state by hounding nuns for refusing to violate their religious conscience and pay Obamacare’s mandated contraception and abortions for employees of Catholic institutions.

In 2016, Americans answered Patrick Buchanan’s call of a quarter century ago to reject the Clintons and “take back our cities, and take back our culture, and take back our country.”

The election of Donald Trump was not political push-back. It was cultural.

A reality denied by one-eyed Harry Reid and the lefty blind mice of the news and entertainment industrial complex.

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