Politics

It’s All About the Narrative

bush-seniorIt was 1992, and a presidential election year. America was in the third term of a Republican presidency. Ronald Reagan had served two terms and George Herbert Walker Bush was coming to the close of  his first term. As Commander in Chief, he had just ousted Saddam Hussein from Kuwait. George Herbert Walker Bush thought he was well positioned to be reelected president.

Turns out he was wrong. The American people decided to replace the sitting president, who had flown fighter planes in WW II, been Ambassador to the United Nations, and served as Director of Central Intelligence and Vice President, with a 46-year-old governor from Arkansas.

Many say a third candidate in the race had been the spoiler. Others claim it was the “economy, stupid”. I believe the reason President George H.W. Bush was not reelected was the narrative that had been spun. I am old enough to recall that the media had repeatedly run headlines that referred to President H.W. Bush as a wimp. Imagine that? A man who had served his country in WW II, flew 58 combat missions and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, was defined by some in the media as a wimp.

The media also ran stories portraying George H.W. Bush as out of touch with the American public. During a grocery store visit, they depicted President Bush as someone who was surprised to see a barcode reader. That was false.

Sure, President Bush had broken his promise of “no new taxes” and ran a less than enthusiastic campaign. Yes, he did look at his watch during a presidential debate, and many were running around saying the reason he lost was because “It’s the economy, stupid.”

I believe it was actually “the narrative, stupid”.  Too often a narrative is being carefully woven by the press and other operatives. Movies, advertisements, news and books are the threads that are spun to create the fabric of our nation. It is a delicate cloth — seemingly flimsy. But this veil is often just the right consistency to cover faults of the chosen, while enhancing qualities of those same chosen. It can also hide positive attributes of those that are not among the chosen. Our perception of issues and candidates are being stealthily manipulated, constantly. This narrative overlay can mask and at the same time magnify.

To protect ourselves from singularized propaganda, we must at least be aware of the overarching narrative surrounding us. Pay attention to the themes of entertainment. What was the message of the play you just attended? What news stories are repeatedly highlighted, while others are ignored or positioned in the back pages? What are the school curriculums and what are the master test questions that these curriculums are being designed to accommodate.

The national narrative is always under construction. Do you agree with the themes of the current narrative? Themes I consistently see in the narrative these days are: solar and wind are better than fossil fuels; treatment of criminals is more important than treatment of their victims; capitalism is demonized, while socialism is angelic;  the individual must be subservient to the collective for the “greater good”. These are themes I disagree with. I think it is time we  halt construction on this national narrative.

The current “national” narrative is nudging us to places we may not wish to end up. Let’s start reading, watching and promoting books, movies, articles and more that have themes we actually agree with. If we cannot find any, let’s start creating our own material that can contribute to a narrative we do agree with. Pay attention to how history is recorded and who is recording that history. What is the narrative of this history being presented to the next generations? Because history has shown us, “It’s the narrative, stupid.”

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Blruce Daubert
5 years ago

Thank you Sir for a very well written article . My experience the last year has been DO NOT WATCH THE MAIN LINE MEDIA. Fox news, one has to filter their reporting; REMEMBER who owns the news network and WHO are they connected to, follow the money.

cragan
5 years ago

Thank you Ms Erbio.
Some people just don’t have any respect for others anymore. Even on this site. Some of the comments are filled with unpleasant words.
I thought this is an organization for old/matured people and will be freed of cursing and name calling. Every time I read a put down comment I think about Paul writing to the people of Corinth (the church) 1 Corinthian 13:11. And when you’re at it read the history of Corinth ( the city) compare it to today’s America.
Did any of you see Obama 2014? it was scary, Obama still won the election. The democrats want Hillary in office. They just do not care about facts.
Romney is a good man. People wanted him to be nasty, he couldn’t, he is a follower of Christ.
I don’t care about Hillary’s physical health. I do care about hers and Trump’s mental health.
Thank you.

O. Ryan Faust
5 years ago

Your human nature is being used as a tool against you. If you want to do what is right, be careful. The left creates shortages, then tells you to conserve electricity, water, gasoline . . . anything, then when you do, you feel good about yourself and THEIR CAUSES!! They know that by becoming a participant in doing what they’ve manipulated you into thinking is the right thing to do, you become invested in their causes. They’re manipulating you through your own sacrifices to feel aligned with them.

Wouldn’t you rather live where people are set free to produce wealth and distribute it as free men and women? Instead democrats create regulations that prevent free people from producing wealth. Manufacturers are so burdened with regulations they can’t compete with companies overseas and American jobs end. Under Obama the labor-participation rate has gone steadily downward until half the private-sector workforce is now out of work.

Peter V LOCKE
5 years ago

“…solar and wind are better than fossil fuels; treatment of criminals is more important than treatment of their victims; capitalism is demonized, while socialism is angelic.” I happen to be one of those in favor of renewable (and nuclear) energy sources. The others: I disagree strongly. But overall, get the government out of it. Ultimately, free markets will prevail, but power centers can manipulate the outcomes, and ultimately make getting there more painful.

Patricia Sorenson
5 years ago

I agree whole-heartedly! The media and the “Good Ole Boys” resent Donald Trump. They really do want the control of the
minds and the activities of the people of the United States. His presentation of ideas and policies may be rough around the edges, but it puts America first.

Ronald Carney
5 years ago

Trump used the media to win the nomination. Initially they thought he didn’t stand a chance at getting it particularly when they were attempting to make fun of him. That boomeranged on them. Now they are really trying to scorch him. Look at all the headlines. Today’s was a a real corker. Hillary has more than the 270 electoral votes needed. (Hey, if she does, somebody really has the fix in).
What amazes me that here in NC there are very few bumper stickers for either candidate. I know that many who support Trump do not particularly want that known, (only because of the “buffoon image” created in the media), What surprises me is the lack of Hillary stickers. I have yet to see one here in the Foothills, while in previous elections the democrats had the stickers going from day one.

Jay
5 years ago
Reply to  Ronald Carney

Haha, I’d say Trump didn’t need the media’s help to create his “buffoon image.”

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago

Ms. Erbio brings up in the last paragraph of her article about reading more written material and watching more films for themes we support. I encourage people to buy tickets for films, not just borrow or download, and purchase books rather than go to the library. Things like “Hillary’s America,” and “Clinton Cash” for example.
Now why would I suggest spending more money then maybe you have to? Simply because we have one vote only, but we can maximize our vote and our voice by purchasing Conservative material that many distributors and booksellers who are Liberal would prefer not selling, if they can use the excuse of “we don’t offer it because it doesn’t sell. The NY Times hates it when Conservative books are made No. ! bestsellers. “Hillary’s America” has been distributed in only a limited number of theatre locations. Politically Conservative products are not encouraged and are rarely given a positive review, if any review at all. My local theatre writer in the newspaper called “Hillary’s America” the “latest Right-wing polemic…vile stuff.”
In order to maintain a larger audience, these products need to be kept before an audience.

Marilyn L
5 years ago

As Paul E has stated, Bush believes in the One World Order and while he was in office he signed us up for Agenda 21. Agenda 21 comes from the UN. Do some research on it. Find the document on line and read it. You will see that we are already being controlled in many ways by the UN. The UN has control over ;our national monuments and parks thanks to Bush. Also, do some research on the Bildeberg Group. It’s an eyeopener to see who attends these yearly meetings. Find out what the plans are for the US once the Agenda 21 is completed.

Clark Kent
5 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn L

Better buy LOTS more aluminum foil for your hat, amigo.

Eagle Eye
5 years ago
Reply to  Marilyn L

Yes the Bush dynasty is involved with the New World Order and all the ancilliary progrmas attached to it.

Diana Erbio
5 years ago

Thank you, Ivan Berry and PaulE for the kind words about my article. It is always encouraging for writers to know people are reading what they write! I appreciate all the comments. I just wanted to mention a few books and websites that readers might be interested in that I have come across that are more in tune with a narrative I agree with…
I am currently reading an excellent series by Robert Bidinotto. The main character, Dylan Hunter is an investigative journalist who is intent on shining a light on criminals who are getting a pass from the legal system and using the bureaucratic system for criminal activity. I read the first book “Hunter” and am in the middle of “Bad Deeds”.
Also I would like to point out the Tara Ross Facebook page where American history is posted daily. I have learned so much about the lesser known heroes and events that have greatly contributed to the fight for freedom and the preservation of it. I am sure many of you will enjoy it.
Also if you are looking for books to help teach the younger generation about the value of individualism and freedom, there are many books at the conservativechildrensbooks website, my book is included :-)
Let’s try to spread a narrative of individualism and the value of freedom!

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Thank you for the information Diana. I will definitely check them out. Teaching the younger generation is what the future of America is all about and our only hope of salvaging what is left of our republic.

Ivan Berry
5 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Thanks again. You constantly amaze. However, be careful in singling out (or dueling out) someone or some two that aren’t too popular with this newsletter’s monitors.

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Ms. Erbio, i just wrote something above which might interest you. Any comments?

Diana Erbio
5 years ago

I agree with your comment about “purchase power”, Charles.

L. N.
5 years ago

I have watched The Narrative changed throughout the years. What the kids are being taught in school it scared me as I watch my own kids go through school and the social climate change to socialism it has consumed me. As I watch the elections and the extreme differences between the media I can tell there’s bias on both sides but the majority of the bias is what concerns me even more.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  L. N.

When you first saw what your children were being taught and it scared you, what, if anything, did you do to try and counter it?

PaulE
5 years ago

Very concise and well written article on how propaganda, commonly referred to these days as “the narrative” (such a politically correct terminology for such a disgraceful intent), has been so effective in shaping multiple generations of minds to gradually accept socialism in this country. Sadly with 80 to 85 percent of today’s youth, ages 18 to 25, now identifying socialism as the preferable model over capitalism, the future of America is largely written. Most of their parents also unfortunately hold similar values. The Progressives (Socialists) have labored long and hard over the last 100 plus years to systematically undermine the nation to make it ripe for “the transformation” (conversion to what today is known as a socialist democracy) and now we are right at the very edge of joining that club of failed nations.

Your paragraph stating “The national narrative is always under construction. Do you agree with the themes of the current narrative? Themes I consistently see in the narrative these days are: solar and wind are better than fossil fuels; treatment of criminals is more important than treatment of their victims; capitalism is demonized, while socialism is angelic; the individual must be subservient to the collective for the “greater good”. These are themes I disagree with. I think it is time we halt construction on this national narrative.” says it all.

The public’s perception of reality, on so many different subjects, is so terribly skewed at this point. Their almost total lack of ability to process empirically accurate scientific, economic or historically correct information, when presented to them in an orderly step-by-step process, speaks volumes to the death of critical thinking skills in the general public. They mindlessly “believe” the propaganda, “the narrative”, that they have been fed a steady diet of for decades. Yet when you ask them to explain either the “why” or the “how” for any of their beliefs. In short justify their position by stating actual real, empirically proven facts to back it up, the best most can do is say “That’s what I heard on TV or that’s what I read in the New York Times, Washington Post or some other progressive publication pushing “the narrative””. The other most common alternative I’ve heard is “I heard that’s the consensus opinion”, as if 100 people endlessly repeating inaccurate information or a blatant lie somehow makes that erroneous information or lie something other that what it really is. This is sadly the state of a large and growing percentage of general public today. They can endlessly parrot “the narrative” on any number of subjects, but little else. Is it really any wonder why the nation, as a whole, is in such decline as it is today?

Excellent article as always Diana. Keep up the excellent work.

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

All very true. Propaganda becomes perception, perception becomes fact, and fact, even based on dishonesty, becomes the truth. Think of “hands up, don’t shoot” setting the narrative for the Ferguson effect.
When Democrats mention the racism of the past, you will never hear them refer to the racists as Democrats, even though, in reality, all the racists were Democrats. All this was effectively laid out in Dinesh D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America.”
Unfortunately, the Democrats with the aid of the modern mainstream media have convinced people ignorant of history, but not too ignorant to vote, that all the problems, all the bad images of America, and all the racism comes from Republicans.
Think also of the comment Rik made about the young female Democrat. She, like 99.9999% of young voters and old ones for that matter, have no idea who Saul Alinsky is. Another untold story in “Hillary’s America.”

PaulE
5 years ago

Yes Charles, I speak with young people several times a week. From my own experience, I would say at least 80 to 85 percent of young people are the same as that young girl Rik encountered. Intellectually stifled and incapable of any sort of rationally coherent thought. They are, for lack of a better term, simply the modern day version of the “useful idiots” Stalin spoke of decades ago. They have been thoroughly and systematically brainwashed by both the mainstream media and the public education system in the socialist narrative of America. They cannot think for themselves and by the time they graduate from college, no longer have any desire to do so. They are lost, so I don’t spend much, if any, time on them anymore. They are simply incapable of anything other than parroting “the narrative” they see and hear daily. I instead concentrate on the 10 to 15 percent of young people who, through a solid parental upbringing and their own deep-seated intellectual curiosity to question the false narratives presented to them, have managed to avoid the effects of the relentless progressive indoctrination process. They are what the future of the great American experiment. No matter how small a segment they may ultimately be or even if they end up having to migrate to another country to live it.

George Goyer
5 years ago

The Democrats retained their racism through the cynical efforts of LBJ. After he killed civil rights legislation proposed during Ike’s administration which would have supported black human dignity, and seeing the positive empowerment of the black community emerging from the work of MLK , “judge a man by his character not the color of his skin” putting a crack in the plantation wall, he changed the narrative and the “heart” of the Democrats with his own Civil Rights Act which as he was heard to say,”I’ll have the n…..rs voting Democrat for the next 200 years.” As I see it he changed the plantation to the inner city and changed the dehumanized image from farm animal to White Household pet, robbing them of the human dignity that should have been protected not undermined, as it was with incentive payments for self and family destructive behavior. Before his War on… 70% of black households had a father in the house, now it is 40% or below. Is it any wonder some black youth goaded by the victim stick in the keepers hands is angry. By their fruits you shall know them. It was my hope Ben Carson could change the narrative in a big way, but every little bit helps.

Howard Last
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

There were two things that did Bush in IMHO. They were raising taxes after his “No New Taxes” pledge. The other was his “New World Order” speech. There was one additional item which most people were not aware of, but I was and still am against, he was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). The CFR wants to control the world. Ever wonder why nothing really changes no matter who is in office? Look up CFR members and you will see why. Some of the members are or were Clinton, Carter, Buckley (yes the great conservative). Reagan was not a CFR member, but his Secretary of State George Schultz was. The CFR big shots are George Soros and Henry Kissinger. There are two other organizations to be very afraid of they are the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group, the head of both is Henry Kissinger. And did anyone say United Nations? It is long past time we got out of the Tower of Babble on the East River.

PaulE
5 years ago
Reply to  Howard Last

I don’t disagree with you regarding George H.W. Bush. Both he and his son were very much Progressive Republicans and governed as such. The assumption that many people had that Bush the First had actually learned something from Reagan and become a true conservative were of course completely unfounded and incorrect. Once Bush became President, he quickly reverted to his prior progressive stances on many of the issues. Thus he paved the way for his own defeat to Clinton four years later.

Charles Lopresto
5 years ago

The Left wing narrative is successfully perpetuated by the equally Left wing media, that frames the story in favor of Democrats and against Republicans every time. While you can name examples on a daily basis, one great example happened this week with the terrible floods in Baton Rouge.
In 2005, during the Katrina Hurricane disaster, President Bush flew back from Crawford, Texas, and decided to go to New Orleans. I believe he was advised not to land, because of the logistics of a sitting President arriving and the distractions it would produce, so he did what became known as the infamous fly over. The media and the Democrats went bananas. Then Senator Obama gave one of his now famous snarky sophomoric speeches about the President being out of touch as he looked down from a window. A similar comment was made by Hillary Clinton. The left had been riding President Bush since 911 when he appeared to casually react to the incident at the World Trade Center. It was revealed later that he wanted to appear calm in front of the young school children he had been reading to in the Florida classroom. There was nothing there of concern, but for the Lefties, every thing Bush did or didn’t do was a concern, partly as a result of their disgust with him winning the controversial 2000 election decision.
The flyover was relentlessly pursued by the media and celebrities for several years.
Fast forward to yesterday (Friday, August 19), and Donald Trump travels to Louisiana while President Obama golfs at Martha’s Vineyard. Clinton is no where to be found either, probably napping. And what is the reply of the Obama administration…the difficulty of the arrangements that would have to be made to accommodate a sitting President landing there, and the distractions it would produce. I guess while you can’t effectively see a disaster from the window of an airplane, you can see it from the 18th hole of a New England golf course.
Once again, we see the all familiar television split screen. An unfortunate event on the left screen, and Obama’s golf cart on the right screen.
But the mainstream media doesn’t say boo about the apparent hypocrisy. And rather than acknowledging Trump’s visit to Baton Rouge, they focus on his campaign organization changes because, as we all know, it makes for a more “appropriate” negative-Trump story. And that is what is really important, isn’t it?

Rik
5 years ago

Just yesterday, a young late teen girl, and I do mean girl, knocked on my door, smiled and wanted to convince me to join the Democratic Party. When I proceeded to inform her that I don’t support Communists, she huffily proclaimed that I was rude. I asked her if she knew who Saul Alinsky was and to check both Hillary and Obama’s relationship to him? She just turned and walked away. Ahh, the old saying of “ignorance is bliss” came to my mind. I fear our country is already lost to it’s citizens, we will now be “ruled” and deservedly so!

Tom
5 years ago
Reply to  Rik

Oh, interesting. Saul Alinsky was a rebel all right. I guess he died in 1972.

Chuck
5 years ago

There should be more regulation of the First Amendment not the Second Amendment. Words can be the most dangerous thing

William Kocses
5 years ago

Sadly this issue is throughout our society, one area I am concerned with is the loss of our public schools, now government schools! Where God & County have been lost.We are loosing because we the people are becoming we the governed.

John Balazek
5 years ago

In the early 20th Century the Communists came up with a list of 40 things that would destroy our society. The only item left on the list is Civilian Disarmament!

Ivan Berry
5 years ago

Ms. Erbio, so well said; and lest we forget, that narrative is but propaganda. It’s prime purpose is to change the culture in order to change the people prior to changing government. Thus, change for change’s sake; progressives are never done. It is always but in one direction: less liberty, more central planning, the collective replacing individual responsibility, duty and rewards.
You seem to be doing your part in providing material to contribute to the narrative for liberty, and we should thank you. More like you are sorely needed.

Michael Beardi
5 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

Ms Erbio, well stated. We will prevail, our constitution and the freedoms of speech and right to bear arms.

Thomas B.
5 years ago
Reply to  Michael Beardi

One the of the first things my college history professor told my classmates and me was “The greatest lesson we learn from history is that we [mankind] do not learn from history.” He was right, and the reason is that we human beings have a spiritual sickness curable only by the Creator Himself, by His death, burial, and resurrection to pay the penalty for our breaking His law/laws. Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and you too will be saved from yourself; I speak from experience!

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