Rules For (Conservative) Radicals

Andrew (Saul) Breitbart believes conservatives are losing the digital war for American hearts and minds, to the left.

Read the comment sections of right-leaning blogs, news sites and social forums, and the evidence is there in ugly abundance. Internet hooligans are spewing their talking points to thwart the dissent of the newly-out-of-power.

We must not let that go unanswered.

Uninvited Democratic activists are on a mission to demoralize the enemy – us. They want to ensure that President Obama is not subject to the same coordinated, facts-be-damned, multimedia takedown they employed over eight long years to destroy the presidency – and the humanity – of George W. Bush.

Political leftists play for keeps. They are willing to lie, perform deceptive acts in a coordinated fashion and do so in a wicked way – all in the pursuit of victory. Moral relativism is alive and well in the land of Hope and Change and its Web-savvy youth brigade expresses its “idealism” in a most cynical fashion.

The ends justify the means for them – now more than ever.

Much of Mr. Obama’s vaunted online strategy involved utilizing “Internet trolls” to invade enemy lines under false names and trying to derail discussion. In the real world, that’s called “vandalism.” But in a political movement that embraces “graffiti” as avant-garde art , that’s business as usual. It relishes the ability to destroy other people’s property in pursuit of electoral victory.

I’m not sure how much success libs  have actually had with this.  On the blogs that I frequent, “mobies” as they are now known, are usually very easy to spot, and are subject to fierce beat-downs for their lame attempts to derail. At Ace of Spades HQ, there is currently a moby who’s been frequenting the site under the pretense that he’s a disaffected Republican who was a Romney backer during the primaries.

Nobody is fooled.

He is in fact a hardcore leftist; easy to spot because leftists do not think like conservatives, do not understand conservatives, and thus fail miserably in their attempts to mimic them.

Conservative writer, Andrew Klavan challenged libs, in an oped in the LA Times, to start listening to Rush Limbaugh so they might learn:

If you are reading this newspaper, the likelihood is that you agree with the Obama administration’s recent attacks on conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh. That’s the likelihood; here’s the certainty: You’ve never listened to Rush Limbaugh.

Oh no, you haven’t. Whenever I interrupt a liberal’s anti-Limbaugh rant to point out that the ranter has never actually listened to the man, he always says the same thing: “I’ve heard him!”

On further questioning, it always turns out that by “heard him,” he means he’s heard the selected excerpts spoon-fed him by the distortion-mongers of the mainstream media. These excerpts are specifically designed to accomplish one thing: to make sure you never actually listen to Limbaugh’s show, never actually give him a fair chance to speak his piece to you directly.

By lifting some typically Rushian piece of outrageous hilarity completely out of context, the distortion gang knows full well it can get you to widen your eyes and open your mouth in the universal sign of Liberal Outrage. Your scrawny chest swelling with a warm sense of completely unearned righteousness, you will turn to your second spouse and say, “I’m not a liberal, I’m a moderate, and I’m tolerant of a wide range of differing views — but this goes too far!”

There is more untruthfulness in that statement than in a speech by President Obama. Even the commas are self-deceiving. You’re not a moderate or you wouldn’t be reading this newspaper. You’re not tolerant of a wide range of views; you are tolerant of a narrow spectrum of variations on your views. And, whatever you claim, you still haven’t listened to Rush Limbaugh.

Snap! And then he issues the challenge…

The mainstream media (a.k.a. the Matrix) don’t want you to listen to Limbaugh because they’re afraid he’ll wake you up and set you free of their worldview. You don’t want to listen to him because you’re afraid of the same thing.

Don’t believe me? Well, then, gird your loins. Gather your courage. Accept the Limbaugh Challenge. See what happens.

I dare you.

A Huffpo poster, who could benefit from taking the challenge, wrote a plaintive open letter to the Democratic Party: Wave the White Flag in the Limbaugh War. He believes the Dems, who  are losing this particular propaganda war, should cease and desist, and cut their damages:

President Obama and the Democrats should wave the white flag in their strawman war on Rush Limbaugh. The Media Research Center delivered the grim casualty figures for the Democrats. Since January, the top talk show gabber’s ratings have soared off the charts. Radio affiliates that carry Limbaugh’s syndicated show call the ratings boost he’s gotten from the Democrat’s orchestrated attack on him a “dramatic surge.”

The gabber instantly snatched at the quip and turned it into a multi show bonanza. No matter what topic Limbaugh gassed on, he managed to slide in a reference to Obama’s prop up of him as the Democrat’s prize punching bag. This did three things. It gave him an even bigger pile of fodder to puff himself up as the emperor of talk radio,

(Which he indisputably is)…

claim to be the real kingmaker in the GOP,

Wrong, and anybody who listens to El Rushbo knows this is false. He’s a self described, “harmless, lovable, fuzzball”….

and in a perverse way paint himself as a credible and thoughtful political critic.

(Which all thoughtful, credible, intelligent lefties, who don’t listen to him, know him not to be).

It snapped many shell shocked Congressional Republicans out of their post election funk. Now suddenly feisty and combative, they draw a deep line in the sand against any and everything that Obama proposed. And it stiffened the spines of many timid Republicans and made them determined not to be bullied, or at least appear not to be bullied, by a mere talk show host into standing up to Obama.

That part doesn’t make sense to me. Is he saying that Rush was bullying them into pretending they weren’t being bullied to stand up to Obama? Huh? If he actually listened to Rush, he would know to thank Paul Begala, (aka The Forehead aka The Skull), the mastermind of the “Limbaugh Strategy” for all this counterproductive bullying.  He goes on:

This should have been the red flag warning to the Democrats to drop Limbaugh from their enemies rolodex. But no, they continued to blunder on. They took out ads, radio spots, and email blasts bashing and trashing bogeyman Limbaugh. The idea was to make sure that when the public thought GOP, they thought Limbaugh.

…Any other time this might be fun and games stuff, a side show distraction that bored reporters and TV talking heads used to fill up column space or a talk cast on off a slow news day, but the Democrats just couldn’t let it go. And that insured that the Limbaugh as Democrat’s foil ploy would continue to have shelf life.

Fun and games? The political party in power, using its  powers to target a private citizen, and try to destroy his career…that’s fun and games to these people?  Until it backfires?

And this brings us back to Andrew Breitbart, who’s of course right when he says:

So now that the right is vanquished and thoroughly out of power, why doesn’t it learn from its conquerors and employ similar tactics?

The answer is obvious. The right, for the most part, embraces basic Judeo-Christian ideals and would not promote nor defend the propaganda techniques that were perfected in godless communist and socialist regimes. The current political and media environment crafted by supposedly idealistic Mr. Obama resembles Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela more than John F. Kennedy’s America.

So we’ve got our work set our for us…no doubt about it…but I think we’ve got the moby situation under control.

Hat tip: Jack M. at AoSHQ for The Limbaugh Challenge oped.

Welcome, Ace of Spades morons!  Would it kill you to comment? What am I, a leper?

UPDATE:

Here’s an example of high stakes mobyism is South Carolina politics.

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34 Responses to “Rules For (Conservative) Radicals”

  1. geoff Says:

    Rush has driven libs crazy for years – I remember their reaction back when he released The Way Things Ought to Be. He’s a treasure just for the reaction he evokes from the Left.

    As far as mobies go, you’re absolutely right – they don’t get conservatism, so they’re very ineffective. Of course that’s almost by definition: the only people who become mobies are those who have demonized and dehumanized conservatives so think they’re performing some noble service. If they understood conservatism, they couldn’t treat conservatives as demons, and they couldn’t rationalize what they do.

    …plus they’d probably become conservatives.

  2. Sparky Says:

    Unforntunately, most of the “CONSERVATIVE RADICALS” will be rounded up and sent to re-education camps. Dear Leader is on a power grab never seen in the 200+ years of the United States government. If he achieves his goals, the U.S. government will be involved in every aspect of our lives, from cradle to grave, including how we are to THINK! I will continue to hold and share my conservative thoughts, until I am imprisoned or re-educated or both.

  3. Christopher Taylor Says:

    I agree, I thought Breitbart’s column showed remarkable ignorance for how comment sections work in blogs and how little actual impact – at least positive impact for the left – these idiots have.

    And since you wrote basically what I toyed with, I won’t bother :)

  4. Gekkobear Says:

    Well Deb.

    I’m a Conservative for years now.

    I generally agree with the great bastions of Conservatism, whoever they may be. You know, Rush and Coulter, and the brilliant man GW Bush and others.

    3) But I’m seriously concerned that these mobies might be a sign that Democrats are just too darned smart for us. I mean who could possibly handle such a clever, well thought out, concerted, and intelligent attack. Perhaps we need to simply capitulate in the online wars and take your message away from the internet and back to the fever swamps you usually inhabit; grunting and drooling as you do so.

    Can’t you see, they’re just too smart for us.

    ** Using the patented 3-step moby formula I saw at Ace’s makes the entire process of impersonation almost too simple.

    1) Claim to be conservative
    2) Spurious defense of the claim
    3) Random Dem talking points presented, with issues in the pronouns; mostly as though I were a conservative.

    More fun than it looks, once you get the flow of the thing down.

    And its the internet, nobody knows if you’re a leper or not, so long as you finger doesn’t fall off and land on the keyboard while you’re typing eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    Sorry, I’ll be back from the doctor soon.

  5. Grim Says:

    I’m not going to say you’re a leper, but I think the first joint of your left pinky finger came off and is now jammed between the “q” and “a” keys on your keyboard. You might want to have that looked at.

    Grim

    PS–are you sure you want more moronic commments from AoS?

  6. Deathknyte Says:

    If the lefties ever wanted to truly infiltrate our end of the political spectrum they would have to do several things.

    1. Listen to Rush. Not just turn him on and then yell at the radio. I mean listen to what he is saying. Assimilate the ideas and concepts. They would need to do this for at least six months and probably closer to a year or a year and a half.

    2. Learn to speak the language of the conservative movement. Read the people who write for our viewpoint. Ann Coulter comes to mind.

    3. Accept the concept of personal responsibility as a fundamental building block of existence.

    4. They would have to look at leftist thought critically to be able to give their beginning statements a “feel” that a conservative wrote it.

    I am sure there are other things they would need to do but I don’t want to make it too hard to spot them.

  7. teej Says:

    Where did the previous posts go? We were talking tea parties and I had a sug. and they’re all gone.

  8. Thomas Jackson Says:

    The problem mobies are the dinner party RINOs like Frum and Buckley, and even Bush who profess to be conservatives and are really big government RINOs.

    These are the mobies that must be dealt with. The blog mobies are harmless because they sound so much like Bidan and president BO. Too inflated with hate and bile to persuade anyone and too ignorant to deal with reality.

  9. Trav Says:

    LOL, the problem is Frum, Buckley, and Brooks are mobies. They aren’t RINOs, they are straight up mobies.

    Still want AoS readers to post here? :)

  10. Call Me Mom Says:

    I disagree with Mr. Jackson. The blog-o-sphere is the place to deal with them, because that’s where they are. If we can deal with them through thoughtful, logical, sound reasoning, (and we can) we will win.

    That’s because not everyone who visits a blog will comment. These invisibles are worth playing to as an audience. They may not have heard a conservative point of viewon a particular issue, so if one of these mobies, (or O-bots or whatever we want to call them) is giving us the opportunity on our blogs to address the conservative viewpoint in a way that will make sense to those invisibles, we should do so.

  11. Squatch Says:

    Could you imagine AoS without the mobies and other trolls? It would turn from a rough-and-tumble muddy playground with boys – and a few tomboy girls – playing tackle football and laughing their asses off into a Sunday school class.

    Mobies are part of the whole charm at AoS. That, and ads for lace wigs. If it weren’t for AoS, I wouldn’t have this lovely lace wig and matching wedding dress I’m wearing. So, I’ve been enriched by the experience…

  12. nicedeb Says:

    I know…I almost wrote that into the post…AoSHQ morons LIVE for the trolls. I’m sure Ace loves them because they’re great for traffic.

  13. genghis Says:

    Squatch,

    They’re charming up to a point but eventually “andros” crossed a line last night, so I started tacking on troll warnings to his comments. Then he crossed yet another line and the Trollhammer came out. He tried to continue on under new screen names, but he’s not really a very bright troll. Not only were the new names from the same IP, but he was also posting the screen names as active links to his blog.

    I usually like the trolls and mobies. And everyone seems to have a good time with them. But “andros” was starting to enter “Deb Frisch” levels of obscenity and insanity and had to be shut down.

    And who doesn’t love a stylish lace wig?

  14. genghis Says:

    Trust me on this one Deb, the half-dozen or so of his final comments were simply extremely obscene taunts that made no sense at all. So there was really nothing any of the other commenters could’ve been able to respond to. Once he finally dropped the pretense he went batshit crazy.

    The last 5 or so of his comments that I left up with the “troll warnings” give you a good idea where he was headed. The ones afterward were even worse so I just started deleting them. His goal at that point was simply to try and kill the thread.

    So far Ace hasn’t strangled me yet for the deletions. I’ve only had to do that once before (with Deb Frisch when she decided to pay us a visit one day)

  15. nicedeb Says:

    Eeeeek! Stop using that name…I’ve heard she likes to google herself!

  16. Deathknyte Says:

    What makes leftists think they can post as right wingers convincingly? They have no idea how we talk to each other because I really doubt they bother to actually read what we say to each other.

  17. nicedeb Says:

    I missed the part of the thread where it got ugly. It was funny, when they were uncovering who he really was.

  18. Squatch Says:

    Genghis, was that you who posted proof of andros’ real affinities? I can’t remember… Good stuff, if so.

    That’s why I like trolls and mobies. They out their ignorance for all to see. First amendment in action: Let them speak, they’ll expose themselves as the dumbasses they are.

  19. ol_dirty_/b/tard Says:

    genghis Says:
    March, 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Which thread was that, genghis? I’ve got some morbid curiosity goin’ on here.

  20. nicedeb Says:

    I’m not sure, but he may be talking about the one I linked to:

    there is currently a moby who’s been frequenting the site

    find the link, above.

  21. nicedeb Says:

    No, actually I think I linked to the wrong thread. This one:

    http://minx.cc/?post=285102

  22. ol_dirty_/b/tard Says:

    nicedeb Says:
    March, 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Ah, thank you. I’m gonna go read it right now.

  23. Wintery Knight Says:

    Deb, I got linked by Ace two weeks ago. 1000 people traipsed through to my post about the upcoming Christopher Hitchens – William Lane Craig debating on the existence of God. And I go NO COMMENTS. Isn’t that weird?

  24. genghis Says:

    It was the overnight open thread. Andros had been commenting for quite awhile but things started getting ugly when the comments neared the #100 mark.

    Squatch, it wasn’t me who called him out on his affinities. I’d never actually encountered this moby/troll before, but apparently others had. It was actually pretty funny for awhile and the commenters were doing a nice job of dissecting him.

    He did leave his blog address behind in case anyone feels like wasting the time to go screw around with him at his own place. After all, like the Breitbart commentary Deb & Ace were referencing, the left plays by different rules. And maybe it’s time to throw some of their tactics back in their faces. But this one is kind of a small-fry so I don’t know how satisfying it’d be. Might be fun to swamp him, though I suspect he’d actually thrive on the attention.

    Apologies Deb for invoking the name of “She who should not be named.” Once she turns up in a thread she’s very hard to get rid of.

  25. Brad Says:

    Hello leper!

    “The current political and media environment crafted by supposedly idealistic Mr. Obama resembles Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela more than John F. Kennedy’s America.”

    This observation has occurred to me too. This is why my favorite nickname for Obama is “le petite Chavez”.

  26. Calix Says:

    I suppose if it were necessary to discuss the crazy lady more often we could use a code name. I suggest “Bloody Mary”.

  27. nicedeb Says:

    A couple of years ago, people referred to her as “DF”, which prompted the frequent commenter, “Drunken Faster” to change his name to “Sinistar”. He eventually started the blog, DoublePlusUndead.

  28. nicedeb Says:

    WK, how did that debate go, by the way?

  29. Rillot Says:

    Deb,
    I don’t think conservatives will have much success in this. Liberal thought is based on Political Correctness: liberal guilt, personal attacks to adversaries instead on argument on ideas, psychological argumentation (finding a presumed hidden meaning behind a position, such as racism behind opposing Obama!), guilt by association (as X defends the same ideas and X is despicable, all who defend the same ideas are despicable too), tribal reasoning (just watch how Clarence Thomas was called a “white supremacist in black skin” in the Bill Maher show when Breibart was invited), preference for personalised facts rather than general or abstract principles (‘oh, but I know one person who died because he had no health insurance, so universal healthcare must be implemented’), … and so on.

    Conservatives are not experts in this type of arguments, which utlimately mean the death of reason, and the replacement of fact by emotion, of objective truth by some kind of “faith” to which all must adhere or be damned. Alas, it is the driving force in the digital world. We can lower our standard and fight with the same weaponry, or we can insist on reasoned argument an, well, be damned. For my own part, I’ll be damned.

  30. DGA Says:

    “Eeeeek! Stop using that name…I’ve heard she likes to google herself!”
    My God, have you seen her? Nobody else would touch her so she certainly has to google herself.

  31. Mr. Right Says:

    “As a conserned Christanist Neo-Con Nazi Scumbag like you, I to am vary worryed about the corupshun and evilness we bring to teh world. That is why we are loosing and dezerve to loose. In fact, I think we shud all kill ourselfs now because it is hopless! Yaaay!!!”

    /troll off

    (Misspellings intentional for purposes of a more accurate portrayal.)

    How hard is it to spot that crap, really? And in case you’re wondering lefties, that is exactly what you read like to a trained conservative mind. So do everyone a favor and knock it off, mmmkay?

  32. The Waterglass » The Left’s Tactics Online Says:

    [...] Nice Deb, here’s an article by Andrew Breitbart regarding the left’s tactics online: A digital [...]


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