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Shaping the Truth

by baldilocks

Orig­i­nally posted on Sep­tem­ber 18, 2008. Changes are min­i­mal; you’ll see baldilockswhere – and why. Details are con­tem­po­ra­ne­ous.
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What is truth?

Pon­tius Pilate

Well it depends on who’s answering.

And it depends on the phi­los­o­phy of the answerer.

If the answerer does not believe that truth is objec­tive, if he believes that the truth is what­ever he wants it to be, that the truth can be manip­u­lated to his per­sonal or polit­i­cal needs, if he even believes that the truth can con­tra­dict itself, then the answer is: truth is every­thing and noth­ing. The Truth is a Lie.

One of the tac­tics used by the Left is what I have pri­vately called the God-​tactic: call­ing things that are not as though they are, speak­ing a thing into exis­tence. “Let there be Light!” The Left has insin­u­ated itself into an omnipo­tent God’s place and it cre­ates truth as nec­es­sary even if that truth was false­hood five min­utes ago.

Being a crea­ture of the Left, the Obama Cam­paign Admin­is­tra­tion dis­plays this qual­ity and “cre­ates real­ity” as it sees fit. To meet its spe­cific needs, the Obama cam­paign Admin­is­tra­tion declares “Let there be racism” in every­thing that the Repub­li­cans say and do, even if they are say­ing and doing noth­ing. The Obama cam­paign Admin­is­tra­tioncre­ates items nec­es­sary for the goal — win­ning — out of thin air. Like God.

Here’s another exam­ple: when Barack Obama tells the pub­lic that his var­i­ous non-​executive posi­tions qual­ify him for the high­est exec­u­tive office in the land, but Gov­er­nor Sarah Palin’s two exec­u­tive careers make her insuf­fi­ciently qual­i­fied for the sec­ond high­est exec­u­tive posi­tion in the land, the pub­lic is sup­posed to buy it. For the Left, truth does not have to make sense. Truth’s only pur­pose is to ser­vice the endgame: mak­ing Left­ism dom­i­nant in the land. To that end, the Left’s “liv­ing truth” (not this Liv­ing Truth, for sure) must be believed by as many as pos­si­ble. The Obama campaign’s Administration’s smaller “truths” are merely designed to ser­vice the larger “truth” of Leftism.

This is how one can pos­si­bly con­clude that a per­son who has never been an exec­u­tive is more qual­i­fied for an exec­u­tive posi­tion than is another per­son who has twice been an exec­u­tive and is under con­sid­er­a­tion for a lower posi­tion than the first per­son. This is the embod­i­ment of Belief and Faith in the Left­ism — a belief and faith that have been honed and instilled by pub­lic indoc­tri­na­tion of this Left­ism for decades. It’s a belief and a faith that have taken the place of logic with respect to earthly matters.

Addi­tion­ally, we have seen one of the cen­tral tenets of this belief – this faith, this Left­ism – con­tin­u­ously play­ing out in this pres­i­den­tial cam­paign admin­is­tra­tion in this man­ner: any­one who is not both white and male is assigned the iden­tity of “peren­nial vic­tim of white males,” no mat­ter how one may define her­self. There­fore, when you, non-​white per­son, or you, female, repu­di­ate Left­ism, you’re a heretic and/​or an apos­tate to that reli­gion. And since vic­tim­iza­tion is bound up in your non-​whiteness and/​or your wom­an­hood, to a Left­ist you are “no longer black” no mat­ter how much black African DNA is part of your genetic makeup or you are a “female imper­son­ator” no mat­ter how many babies you’ve birthed. This is one of the many ways that the Left has removed the Truth from truth.

The Right some­times for­gets the nature of this shape-​shifting Left­ist “truth” when engag­ing in ide­o­log­i­cal bat­tle. I hear and read some on the Right who sug­gest that we adopt the adversary’s meth­ods, specif­i­cally of cre­at­ing a vic­tim­iza­tion group (white males) and/​or coun­ter­at­tack­ing on the basis of race. To do so would demon­strate strate­gic blind­ness. When you’re deal­ing with an ide­o­log­i­cal oppo­nent who deals in rel­a­tive truth and in demo­niza­tion, it’s mind-​bogglingly stu­pid to aban­don your prin­ci­ples and use their tac­tics. All that will get you is a “See? We told you they were all liars/​racists/​whatever.” The Right can­not win play­ing by Left­ist rules because by Leftism’s rules, the Right is wrong merely by exist­ing and, there­fore, any means nec­es­sary to counter the Right are accept­able for use, even those means which con­tra­dict the Left’s own ideology.

As said ear­lier, at need, the Left will deny an occur­rence from five min­utes past — assert­ing that its “truth” is more true than your Lying Eyes and Ears. Or the Left will deny its own objec­tive and demon­stra­ble racism and sex­ism and, in response, the faith­ful — well indoc­tri­nated from birth and who base their exis­tence and iden­tity on Left­ism rather than on the Truth — will for­get the objec­tive def­i­n­i­tions of both –isms and sim­ply believe.

My exhor­ta­tion is this: don’t get frus­trated (like I some­times become) by the tac­tics of those who would refash­ion real­ity to pro­mote the cause of Leftism.

The louder they howl, the more cer­tain you can be that your side is win­ning. Just have faith in the Truth, even when it hurts, because…the Truth is stronger.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2009; the sec­ond edi­tion in 2012. Her sec­ond novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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by baldilocks

Originally posted on September 18, 2008. Changes are minimal; you’ll see baldilockswhere–and why. Details are contemporaneous.
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What is truth?

Pontius Pilate

Well it depends on who’s answering.

And it depends on the philosophy of the answerer.

If the answerer does not believe that truth is objective, if he believes that the truth is whatever he wants it to be, that the truth can be manipulated to his personal or political needs, if he even believes that the truth can contradict itself, then the answer is: truth is everything and nothing. The Truth is a Lie.

One of the tactics used by the Left is what I have privately called the God-tactic: calling things that are not as though they are, speaking a thing into existence. “Let there be Light!” The Left has insinuated itself into an omnipotent God’s place and it creates truth as necessary even if that truth was falsehood five minutes ago.

Being a creature of the Left, the Obama Campaign Administration displays this quality and “creates reality” as it sees fit. To meet its specific needs, the Obama campaign Administration declares “Let there be racism” in everything that the Republicans say and do, even if they are saying and doing nothing. The Obama campaign Administrationcreates items necessary for the goal—winning—out of thin air. Like God.

Here’s another example: when Barack Obama tells the public that his various non-executive positions qualify him for the highest executive office in the land, but Governor Sarah Palin’s two executive careers make her insufficiently qualified for the second highest executive position in the land, the public is supposed to buy it. For the Left, truth does not have to make sense. Truth’s only purpose is to service the endgame: making Leftism dominant in the land. To that end, the Left’s “living truth” (not this Living Truth, for sure) must be believed by as many as possible. The Obama campaign’s Administration’s smaller “truths” are merely designed to service the larger “truth” of Leftism.

This is how one can possibly conclude that a person who has never been an executive is more qualified for an executive position than is another person who has twice been an executive and is under consideration for a lower position than the first person. This is the embodiment of Belief and Faith in the Leftism—a belief and faith that have been honed and instilled by public indoctrination of this Leftism for decades. It’s a belief and a faith that have taken the place of logic with respect to earthly matters.

Additionally, we have seen one of the central tenets of this belief–this faith, this Leftism–continuously playing out in this presidential campaign administration in this manner: anyone who is not both white and male is assigned the identity of “perennial victim of white males,” no matter how one may define herself. Therefore, when you, non-white person, or you, female, repudiate Leftism, you’re a heretic and/or an apostate to that religion. And since victimization is bound up in your non-whiteness and/or your womanhood, to a Leftist you are “no longer black” no matter how much black African DNA is part of your genetic makeup or you are a “female impersonator” no matter how many babies you’ve birthed. This is one of the many ways that the Left has removed the Truth from truth.

The Right sometimes forgets the nature of this shape-shifting Leftist “truth” when engaging in ideological battle. I hear and read some on the Right who suggest that we adopt the adversary’s methods, specifically of creating a victimization group (white males) and/or counterattacking on the basis of race. To do so would demonstrate strategic blindness. When you’re dealing with an ideological opponent who deals in relative truth and in demonization, it’s mind-bogglingly stupid to abandon your principles and use their tactics. All that will get you is a “See? We told you they were all liars/racists/whatever.” The Right cannot win playing by Leftist rules because by Leftism’s rules, the Right is wrong merely by existing and, therefore, any means necessary to counter the Right are acceptable for use, even those means which contradict the Left’s own ideology.

As said earlier, at need, the Left will deny an occurrence from five minutes past—asserting that its “truth” is more true than your Lying Eyes and Ears. Or the Left will deny its own objective and demonstrable racism and sexism and, in response, the faithful—well indoctrinated from birth and who base their existence and identity on Leftism rather than on the Truth—will forget the objective definitions of both –isms and simply believe.

My exhortation is this: don’t get frustrated (like I sometimes become) by the tactics of those who would refashion reality to promote the cause of Leftism.

The louder they howl, the more certain you can be that your side is winning. Just have faith in the Truth, even when it hurts, because…the Truth is stronger.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her second novel, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2014.

Please contribute to Juliette’s Projects: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or contribute to Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism—->>>>