The opposition to Donald Trump in Washington, D.C. is committed to a single goal: to neutralize the president. As with any major election where the outcome represents a sea-change in the political arena, the winner faces the possibility of an assassination.
But there is more than one way to neutralize a person. In Frank Herbert’s science fiction epic Dune, the author intimates that there are many ways to kill a person and that in the game of power the most effective way to eliminate an enemy is to overwhelm them with petty tasks. In the book, it was the population who was being effectively eliminated from the realm of politics by overburdening them with a shaky economy which forced them to use all of their time working to survive. But with the president, a similar tactic may also apply.
Author and political strategist Dick Morris has suggested that this is what is happening to Donald Trump — assassination by leaks.
“Rather than hiding behind a grassy knoll with a rifle,” he says, “they’re hiding behind the First Amendment and a computer terminal.”
According to Morris, members of the opposition within the federal sphere are autonomously leaking White House information to the media. The media takes these leaks and sensationalizes them, printing exaggerated headlines on everything the president does or does not do.The result, among those who are still listening to the enemy, is that Donald Trump appears to be eccentric, childish, and undisciplined.
Morris goes on to say that these anonymous leaks amount to a kind of trial by the press where Trump cannot face his accusers, cannot see the evidence, and he is not afforded the opportunity to defend himself against a constant barrage of slander.
The mainstream media has also developed a tactic that creates a reverberation effect by printing and reprinting each other’s stories so that people encounter the same screaming headline in different forms through the course of the 24-hour news cycle. This gives people the impression that the story has been corroborated by numerous sources, when in fact, it is just the same claim being repeated with no real proof, no evidence, and coming from totally biased and faceless sources.
As far as the public is concerned, the tactic is backfiring. The stories that are coming out are constant, petty, and monochromatic. They are a meaningless drone that fades into the background. Like a company commander in a boot camp who is angry no matter what, and eventually, the recruits acclimate to it — the press is making itself irrelevant. We are reminded of Isaiah 54:17; which reads ‘no weapon forged against you shall prosper […].’
But in terms of the constant noise and accusations that the president faces, it is having a very negative effect. Of course, Trump can also acclimate to the incessant whine of the MSM, but he still has to answer questions about the leaks and maneuver to keep from being overwhelmed by them. During the Vietnam War, the Vietcong would say that a tiger can kill an elephant if he scratches the elephant once a day. For Donald Trump, the threat of death by a thousand cuts is very real.
Consider the three most recent “scandals.” The firing of James Comey, the Russia investigation, and the supposed exchange of classified data by Trump to a Russian ambassador; Comey was not doing his job, and the president had the right to fire him; the Russian leaks are totally unsubstantiated; and as far as the sensitive data goes, there’s no proof Trump shared anything that he didn’t have a right to share.
In other words: these so-called scandals are complete non-issues.
But the left-wing media doesn’t need real scandals in order to create a hostile atmosphere for Donald Trump and his supporters. All they have to do maintain the fog of lies that surrounds the administration. That fog will give the Never-Trumpers the excuse they need to carry on in their work to undermine the president. But even worse, the fog is essentially a distraction which gets more reasonable people caught up fighting phantoms.
For Donald Trump to survive this, and for the movement to go forward, the president and his support base must change the narrative. We have to ignore the lies. Arguing against them does not change the minds of those who believe and benefit from them. We have to drive the narrative by changing the subject from fictional accusations to facts before the fog of lies transforms into something more substantial — and more dangerous.
~ Conservative Zone