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The Spread of "Misinformation"

July 29. 2021

I get it.

One hears a lot these days about “misinformation,” especially “misinformation” about COVID, the vaccines, rising crime rates, the effects of Biden administration policies on small business owners and poor people, the effect of inflation (the inevitable consequence of Biden administration economic policies) on the middle class and the poor, and racism, which is the left’s default explanation for why anything bad happens to anyone who isn’t white and self-supporting.

Guarding the citizenry against “misinformation” seems to be the primary objective of the Biden administration and its sycophants in the mainstream media. On the surface of things, that appears to be a good thing, and indeed, it would be a good thing if the “misinformation” (in quotes) in question is truly misinformation, but it isn’t.

My steel-trap mind has figured out, just in time to meet the deadline for this blog post, that “misinformation” is anything the Biden administration doesn’t want you to know. So, for example, according to the Biden administration/mainstream media definition of the word misinformation, this blog is full of “misinformation” and because I am a spreader of “misinformation,” I should be silenced (which they may do one of these days).

Examples of “misinformation” include:

  • The rise in crime is not caused by guns. It is caused by people who lack a functional moral guidance system, most often the result of growing up in a fatherless home.
  • Biden administration giveaways have caused inflation, and inflation harms the poor more than it harms any other demographic. In other words, the fact that the poor, who are disproportionately black, are getting poorer is not due to racism.
  • The Biden administration knows full well that its economic policies are hurting the poor more than they are hurting any other demographic. Note that the Biden administration is not changing its economic policies; rather, they are ramping them up.
  • The vaccines are not a reliable safeguard against COVID and probably would not have passed FDA standards had said standards been applied dispassionately.
  • Tony Fauci may well bear significant responsibility for the pandemic.
  • Critical Race Theory is further dividing us, which suits the left’s purposes just fine.

There’s more, but that should suffice for now.

A fellow wrote me the other day, complaining about the political content of many of my blog entries. “How about sticking to parenting, John?” he wrote. “After all, you’re not an expert on political matters, which is why when you venture into politics, you’re always wrong.”

The fellow means that I spread “misinformation.” He is correct, sort of. To someone who quaffs the progressive Kool-Aid, I don’t know what I’m talking about when I “venture into politics.” He reasons thus: John Rosemond is a conservative in the truest sense of the term; furthermore, John Rosemond is a parenting expert; therefore, John Rosemond’s view of political matters is wrong.

The truth is,

I am an American citizen and have as much right to express my political views as does one of CNN’s talking heads, who are only saying what they have been told to say.
Being a so-called “parenting expert” does not mean that my political views are not valid.
Progressives are attempting to influence the thinking and values of America’s children in ways contrary to their parents’ thinking and values and I view it as my right and even obligation to support said parents, which I do by publishing “misinformation.”

Concerning Point 3, above, a fellow who lives in one of the most rural counties of North Carolina recently sent me the outline of a course his son is being required to take in middle school. The course teaches that (a) all white people are racist or benefit from the racism that was rampant in previous generations (i.e., mine), and (b) need to confront, ‘fess up to, and atone for their innate racism, which has been passed down to them like a gene. In other words, they can’t help being racists, but they need to feel really guilty about it anyway.

The course in question is teaching Critical Race Theory, which was first articulated in 1996 by an avowed Marxist and is based on Marxist dialectical theory which proposes that everyone is either a member of the oppressor class or the oppressed class. In a Marxian world, the solution to unequal outcomes (which is not the same as unfairness, mind you) is income redistribution, which boils down to requiring the guilty (who can be identified by their tax returns) to give what they have earned to people who did not earn it.

Why is this course being required of children in a middle school in rural North Carolina? Because they are trying to divide us, “they” being America’s progressive elites. Why would America’s progressive elites be trying to divide us, the people? Because they are fixated not on the best interests of the people, but on their own best interests, and they advance their obsessive desire for power by manipulating certain people into believing that they are the solution to a problem that really doesn’t exist. Albeit racism was indeed a sordid aspect of our history, America is no longer a racist nation. We are a great people whose greatness is exemplified by the fact that we have thrown off the shackles of racism, shackles that did great harm to both the racists and their victims. Are there people in the USA who are still racist? Yes, but they no longer represent a threat to the freedoms guaranteed to all in the Bill of Rights.

Who, today, represents the greatest threat to the freedoms guaranteed to all in the Bill of Rights? That is the pressing question. The answer is found in the difference between misinformation and “misinformation.”

Copyright 2021, John K. Rosemond

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