Don't let the quasi-Orwellians catch you blinking!

I don't like being lied to, and while I have come expect it, what irritates me even more than being lied to is seeing other people being lied to. Especially in the name of "democracy."

A perfect example of the kind of stuff that just pisses me off is the way the Democrats have run their campaign against Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young. (Here's his Wiki bio.) I met him, and I watched him give a short talk and answer questions in a small group setting. He is a rare breed in that he is not only a black conservative, but a black conservative who went to Harvard Law School. To the left, this makes him not merely a traitor, but a double traitor.

To my mind, this makes him a man of great courage, and whether I agree with him on each and every point is irrelevant. (I doubt there is a human being on the face of the earth with whom I agree on each and every point, myself included. Hell, I argue with myself daily right here on this blog!)

The Democrats -- per Party Chairman Mark Brewer -- have decided to ridicule Justice Young by accusing him of sleeping on the bench. That was the agreed upon "narrative" as it worked the last time they campaigned against a Republican Supreme Court justice. The trouble is that this time, they couldn't find any footage of him sleeping, so they had to invent it out of whole cloth. Or whole video. That's right; the techies who work for the Democrats have learned that if you obtain video of people, you will find that because they are human beings they will close their eyes occasionally. It is called blinking, and if you don't do it, your eyes will dry out and become injured. So, those of us who are not suffering from paralysis or brain damage will necessarily and involuntarily do it from time to time. It has nothing to do with sleep, but in the right hands, it can be made to appear that anyone is asleep.

Precisely what the Democratic Party activists did to Justice Young. Fortunately, the underlying video they used was discovered, and someone was able to painstakingly go through it frame by frame to prove that the purported "photographs" showing him sleeping were simply frames in which he momentarily blinked.

Just watch:

This could be done to any living human being and I find it beyond irritating. It's almost Orwellian.

The reason I said "almost Orwellian" is that for something to be Orwellian in the full sense of the term, the government has to be doing it. Here it isn't really the government, but a party that wants to run the government.

I will be blunt here. The people who do this sort of thing are lower than low, and I am glad their behavior at this stage is only quasi-Orwellian. So, it is not enough for me to just say that the above video constitutes good cause to vote for Bob Young in Michigan, or contribute money to the campaign to retain him on the Michigan Supreme Court.

I would go so far as to say that the tactics exemplified by the above video provide an excellent reason not only to support Justice Young, but to vote against the Democratic Party in any way, shape or form. I say this fully aware of the problems I have had (and have) with various GOP candidates, and fully aware that I may not agree with Justice Young on every issue.

The selective editing involved (which makes it look like the opposite of what occurred) reminds me of the time a video showing a Nazi crackpot being exposed and denounced at a Tea Party was edited to make it appear as if the Nazi spoke for the Tea Party.

If Republicans were caught doing the same thing, I would feel the same way. I realize there are those who think the Republicans ought to engage in similar tactics by way of retaliation, but I couldn't disagree more. Two wrongs are simply two wrongs. I think people who engage in such quasi-Orwellian behavior are unworthy of holding office, period.

If they'll do that to get elected, what do you think they'll do when they get power?

DISCLOSURE: I have donated to the campaign to retain Justice Young, and I am proud that I did.

posted by Eric on 10.12.10 at 11:14 PM


Or the time MSNBC cropped a video of a black man with an AR-rifle across his back to use it as an example of extremist WHITE hate of the president at anti-healthcare related rallies?

DG   ·  October 13, 2010 12:25 AM

If they'll do that to get elected, what do you think they'll do when they get power?

I think I have answered that (partly) in the next post up. Heh.

M. Simon   ·  October 13, 2010 4:31 AM

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