Jason Van Tatenhove
“Propaganda” is information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view. Propaganda is often associated with the psychological mechanisms of influencing and altering the attitude of a population toward a specific cause, position or political agenda in an effort to form a consensus to a standard set of belief patterns.
Propaganda is information that is not impartial and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively (perhaps lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or using loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than a rational response to the information presented.” (according to Wikipedia)
This video is a perfect example of propaganda being put out by the SPLC.
We find ourselves surrounded and inundated by it everyday. Over the weekend I came across a new video that was making the rounds across social media. It was, of course, put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center and was narrated by “Waco” Jim Cavanaugh. Waco Jim has spent over 30 years in and leading the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. He has been a part of some of our largest government overreaches we have seen in recent generations, including Ruby Ridge and Waco. Waco saw the death of over 80+ men, women, and children. Ruby Ridge saw the sniping of a pregnant mother with a child in her arms and two teen-aged boys.
Jim was leadership through these actions and now he is again stoking the fire and seeking to further divide us. In this particular video, he speaks on the dangers of a movement of citizens that have come together to stand up against what they see as a government overreach. He begins by presenting the “standoff in Bunkerville, NV of 2014.” What he does not touch on is that the Bundys were literally one of the last families that were still able to make a living in this region through ranching. He also does not show the videos of the peaceful protests that led up to the people combining their 1st amendment rights with their second. This video linked here, clearly shows that the ranchers who came out to protest with the Bundys were specifically unarmed (at first). It was not until a militarized law enforcement arm of the Bureau of Land Management brought in assault rifles, attack dogs, and proceeded to tackle a grandmother, who had just survived cancer treatment, and a pregnant woman almost got mauled, that the patriots decided it may be in their best interests to be armed for the sake of self defense.
I would like to note that it has never been those on the side of the patriots that have initiated violence. The government initiated violence in Oregon, where LaVoy Finicum was killed at a road block procedure. No patriots shot at any government agents, nor at anyone else. The patriots at Bundy Ranch and at Burns, Oregon knew better than to shoot first, because to do so immediately escalates the situation to a deadly force situation. The patriots do not want violence, they just want their government to abide by its founding legal charter and obey their own law. In Oregon the people involved surrendered peacefully. In the video, Jim also mentions the Millers, a husband and wife that killed two police officers in a CICI’s pizza 6 weeks after the Bundy situation. Again, it is completely ignored (or unknown) that the Millers were asked to leave by the patriots at the Bundys’ property fairly immediately and were not a part of the patriots there. When the powers that be put out this type of propaganda we must do everything that we can to shine the light of truth onto them.
I must ask why is it that the SPLC only seems to direct it’s ire onto groups and movements that fall to the right side of the ideological spectrum. Where are their outcries about Black Lives Matter and other like-minded groups who riot, destroy property, and directly threaten law enforcement? The SPLC has never left their Ivory Tower to come out and actually investigate these claims that they make of us all being racists who want to over throw the government. Both of these claims are just plain false. Anyone who has spent any time with the patriot groups knows that they are comprised of many colors. In a recent documentary co-produced by the SPLC “Hate on America, A Town on Fire” they had the audacity to show an image of so called racists that included 3 friends of mine from the area. One is Hispanic, one is Canadian and one, through marriage is the only “white” person in his family. But it does serve as a great illustration as to just how wrong the SPLC gets things. I for one have never wanted to over through the government. I just want to see them do a much better job and follow the laws that our founders set forth!
This type of one sided video serves to further divide us along racial and social lines. Make no mistake there is an agenda to divide us, because the powers-that-be know that we are much easier to control when we are fighting amongst ourselves. I implore all of us to reach out across socioeconomic lines and across blue lines. Take the time to get to know and listen to each other so that we might understand each other a little better as Americans. Dismiss the one sided propaganda.