The Left’s Politics of Distraction

Posted on Jan 10 2013 - 11:00pm by Harrison

Barack Obama has won a second term and the Congress remains divided just as it was before the election.  The American people didn’t turn against the Republican party (they would have thrown them out of power in the House) even if they did turn away from its presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

When I was a teenager I visited New Orleans and was given a few hours to wander around the French Quarter by myself (it was an exhilarating and terrifying opportunity).  It was a weekday afternoon and I came upon a side street where, in progress, was what I later learned was a game of Three-card Monte.

The guy was hosting his game on an overturned trash can.  There were a crowd of spectators watching with some cheering (more on this in a minute).  I was perhaps 13 or 14 and was intrigued.  The cards were bent in the middle and it seemed like someone was winning.  I only had $30 or $40 in my pocket so I didn’t play, but the guy who was winning eventually started losing and left only to be replaced by a new guy.

Being a street smart, cautious person by nature, I figured it was a scam and left.

Wanna win big?

Wanna win big?

Looking back on that experience today it seems like it was such a cliché with the Three-card Monte and the shady looking “dealer” but people were falling for it and losing their money.

And remember those people “cheering” on the players?  Standard practice, I learned later, was to have a person planted in the audience to offer support or, perhaps, to play a few games so as to encourage others to participate.

It’s all for show… a game of distraction and a carefully orchestrated show meant to sucker people in and rob them blind all without them putting up a fight.

The American people are witness to a game of Three-card Monte right now… today… it’s the spectacle of several Congressmen and women proposing bills to restrict our 2nd Amendment rights… it’s Vice President Joe Biden saying the nation’s president might use his Executive Order “authority” to do what Congress won’t:

The president is going to act.  There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet, but we’re compiling it all.

And in a further irony, Attorney General Eric Holder, himself embroiled in a gun running program to Mexico, is going to help lead the fight against the 2nd Amendment:

Thus far, Holder and the Justice Department are staying quiet about what recommendations the attorney general might be making to the president as a member of the task force.

But gun-rights groups are suspicious of Holder’s involvement and fear he is pushing the White House toward tougher restrictions on gun ownership and increased penalties for illegal firearms.

So this is the battlefield.

What does it have to do with a game of Three-card Monte I witnessed in New Orleans so many years ago?

Because it’s about distraction.

The real emphasis is on raising taxes and spending.

Obama got healthcare “done” (at least part of it) during his first term… time to bump taxes up, grow the welfare state, and increase the size of Government.

Obama can’t win this argument if everybody is focusing on dollars and sense.

But if they’re… distracted… maybe slip something in..?

Obama has deployed governors, Congressmen and women, his Vice President, and a host of administration people to fan the flames… cheer the restrictions on just like the guy in the audience of a Three-card Monte game.

Then, while everybody’s tied up arguing about guns and murders and bans and Piers Morgan getting deported BAM! your taxes went up!

See how that works?

4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. LD Jackson January 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM -

    You may very well be right. I would like to think the American people could keep their eyes on two targets, but I’m not convinced of that. Conservatives have trouble enough watching one ball, much less two of them.
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    • Harrison January 11, 2013 at 5:49 PM -

      I think “distraction” is the name of the game here.

  2. edge of the sandbox January 14, 2013 at 7:47 PM -

    Interesting analogy, but I disagree. Obama might waste his post-election bounce on this, but the three-card monte guy didn’t exactly risk losing any standing with his audience because people who didn’t like him simply left.
    Reid actually put a provision in Obamacare that forbids the federal government from creating federal gun registry. However, on state level they might start with California, and move to ban guns elsewhere.
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