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Category Archives: Political Philosophy

The purpose of this category is to help people understand the actual differences that exist so that they can better deal with disinformation.

Ever wonder what is going on when politicians say something completely over the top?  Take for example what Hillary said on Friday, “On women’s health, Clinton compares Republicans to terrorist groups.” (CNN)

Increasingly, journalists who cover the White House are concluding that the smears are part of a conscious strategy to distract voters from Obamacare, the sluggish economy, and foreign-policy reverses; the attacks are intended, the thinking goes, to drive up resentment and hence turnout among the Democratic base.

Major Garrett, the CBS White House correspondent, has talked with White House aides who confirm that the administration is working from the theory of “stray voltage,” as developed by former White House senior adviser David Plouffe.

“The theory goes like this,” Garrett wrote. “Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness,” Deliberately misstating information about key issues in order to keep certain issues before the public is often a premeditated strategy.

“The tactic represents one more step in the embrace of cynicism that has characterized President Obama’s journey in office,” John Dickerson wrote at Slate. “Facts, schmacts. As long as people are talking about an issue where my party has an advantage with voters, it’s good.” Frank James of NPR is another mainstream journalist who has concluded that the use of incendiary rhetoric is part of an electoral strategy.

Sourced from, “Stray Voltage Theory,” by John Fund April 20, 2014 7:00 PM @JohnFund

This is not another parade of horribles surrounding the craziness going on right now with this administration’s “negotiations” with Iran. But they are crazy and there is a parade of horribles.

It is about whether we should be worried about Iran and the bomb.

Not, is my conclusion. Defense of Israel and our dependence on Middle-East oil are the issues. Analysis follows. Read More »

Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry.

However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around corporate cronyism in banking.

I doubt we will ever hear these being shouted from rooftops. Read More »