Soros behind the curtain, illusions & the ’08 vote – UPDATED

On the endless go-rounds about illegal immigration I wrote a while back:

What if it’s all an illusion, just like the Cinco de Mayo “nationwide protests” by Hispanics was an ‘06 (election year) illusion that had nothing behind it in ‘07 (no elections). What if everyone is being played a little bit, here, being prompted to emotional reactionaryism as a means of reaching into and infecting those Americans of good-will who until the “flashpoint” and the sudden hue-and-cry couldn’t be moved to hate? Moved to grousing, yes, but never before moved to real, unadulterated hate?

Illusionists are clever sorts – they are specialists at making us look at one thing, and convincing us that we know what we are seeing, while they are actually doing something else, entirely. It’s called “misdirection.”

What if the illegal immigration flashpoint was never about immigration at all, but about getting people stirred to “hate.” Who would do that, you ask? Think about it. Who and what does hate serve? What happens to the soul of a nation, when “hate” is the overpowering force driving a majority of people – it doesn’t matter which “side.”

It did not escape my notice that the “spontaneous” demonstrations by Mexican-flag-waving, sign carrying La Raza groupies who were all over the streets in May of 2006 were curiously absent in May of 2007. Back when the conservatives were freaking out by the images of discontented Latinos demanding “the return” of their country, etc, all that radical claptrap, I recall a few blogs remarking on the astonishing number of Mexican flags (scroll down) and wondering who had underwritten them.

Some on the blogs were saying, “this is not real, it’s illusion, it is political theater…pay no attention and go look for the man behind the curtains – THAT is the reality.” I’d assumed that A.N.S.W.E.R was the underwriter of those demonstrations and parades. Turns out it was, according to this article, George Soros.

Didn’t the mainstream media report that 2006′s vast immigration rallies across the country began as a spontaneous uprising of 2 million angry Mexican-flag waving illegal immigrants demanding U.S. citizenship in Los Angeles, egged on only by a local Spanish-language radio announcer?

Turns out that wasn’t what happened, either. Soros’ OSI had money-muscle there, too, through its $17 million Justice Fund. The fund lists 19 projects in 2006. One was vaguely described involvement in the immigration rallies. Another project funded illegal immigrant activist groups for subsequent court cases.

So what looked like a wildfire grassroots movement really was a manipulation from OSI’s glassy Manhattan offices. The public had no way of knowing until the release of OSI’s 2006 annual report.

I also wrote, here:

And by the way, the press has noticed what sets you off, and they’ve been playing to your heat, and you’ve been responding to their bell-ringing like Pavlovian dogs, too.

It can’t feel good to realize you have been played by George Soros and pals, and while you were being played, you weakened your president, lost a good deal of power in Congress (not that your party was using it, but still…) and drew inflexible battle lines flanked by impossible demands and pipe dreams, while – in the end – nothing actually changed. Played by a master, your party became divided, some of you literally became one-issue haters of everything and everyone who did not join in your daily chant; “illegal is illegal.” And in being played, you’ve managed to make a fast-growing segment of the voting populace suspicious of conservatives on the eve of an election wherein literally every vote and every voter is going to count. And where fraud may well be rampant.

I have been loath to write about the ’08 election because the campaigns began too soon. But it is not too early to say that I cannot recall a more urgent or important election in my lifetime. The ’08 election is going to be the one that determines whether the America you love will be recognizable in twenty years. I know I’m not alone in thinking so.

Once upon a time you could say, “who you gonna believe, me or your lying eyes,” with a wry smirk and appreciate the irony. It’s not so ironic, anymore. Now we are in the third act of Hamlet, the King – his conscience pricked – is crying out and the castle is in uproar and Hamlet declares, “believe none of this,” which is good advice. Maybe all of history has been a staged production, but I don’t believe that. Sadly in American politics, circa 2007, very little is real, very few are motivated by selfless love of country, and illusionists are everywhere.

Whoever can manipulate the images, whoever can best misdirect your attention, whoever can mesmerize you with their illusions…that is who will win this election, because too many of us buy into everything we see and hear. Unless we stop falling for it all – for the large-scale productions and the small sound bites. How do we do that? I can only hazard a guess, myself:

Remember that half of what you see is an illusion and the rest of what you see is a passing fashion, and you’ll fret a good deal less, no matter what the issue.

Perhaps the other half of that good advice is to watch less news and television, read fewer papers, spend less time on political forums feeding your rage and paranoia and spend some time – every single day – being quiet and contemplative. I think that’s the only way to counter all of this frenetic noise that leaves you neither time nor room to think and which completely cuts you off from your guts and your instincts. Your guts are there for a reason. Don’t stop using them.

Remember, even the internet – particularly the political forums – contribute to the illusions:

While the internet has a capability of enlarging, the truth is most people surfing the blogs and sites find the ones they like and linger there, in the echo chambers of a few favorite spots, and thus they shrink their worlds. They begin to believe the illusion that because 80 or 800 or 8,000 people frequent the same site and jaw the same sentiments, that there are a whole lot more people agreeing than disagreeing with them. That, in fact, a breathtaking number of people – MOST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, even – believe what they believe.

In fact, the forums are a little like the Mirror of Erised in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That mirror shows the viewer what he or she most wants to see – it shows one’s deepest heart’s desire – but recall Professor Dumbledore’s warning: “this mirror gives us neither knowledge or truth. He warns that men have gone mad before it, mad in their obsessive fascination with the seductive illusion that “the perfect” (which can never be) is somehow attainable.

What I notice happening on both sides of the political spectrum is that left and right are falling into their mirrors and allowing themselves to be seduced by these absolutist dreams – a world where no principals are ever compromised and everything goes along just as each side thinks it should all go along. That’s not reality.

Here is one reality:
a president everyone hates goes to the candidates who feed that hate and who hope to succeed him, and he helps them to not hang themselves or the nation upon the noose of excessive expectations, doled out at whim. He does this not for their good, or for his, but for the good of the nation, the country that rejects him, and the sake of the world. That is selfless, mature, honorable and statesmanlike. Take a good look, you may not see such a one again.

Another reality: If you don’t vote in the next election because the candidates aren’t perfect enough for you – they don’t live in that Mirror of Erised where you can gaze on your happy, perfect dreams – then you will get the government you deserve.

And the last reality:
You won’t like it.

UPDATE: Peggy Noonan is striking a similar theme:

It’s all very controlled. And it’s unworthy of a great nation. When people say the campaign feels artificial, that’s what they mean. It’s not John Edwards’s hairspray or Hillary Clinton’s makeup. It’s that they give every sign of being afraid to speak and listen to those who haven’t been patted down by thought-cops for unacceptable views.

The Republicans are the same. An invitation to debate on Univision, the Spanish-language network? They have scheduling conflicts. What about the Log Cabin Republicans? No time right now.

How unserious.

Unserious, insulating, energy-sapping and ultimately dangerous.

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  • http://opinionatedcatholic.blogspot.com lsusportsfan

    Great post anchoress. We got snookered. Also we got snookered by so called “conservative organizations” that used the same images to line their pockets with 80 to 90 cents of every dollar raised in their direct mails and biaaree emails that filled my box that Bush was doingthis to form a scary “NOrth American Union”.

    We can’t be so naive in the future and we must pray more on these things

    I linked here
    http://opinionatedcatholic.blogspot.com/2007/09/did-conservatives-get-played-by-george.html

  • jrprimm

    Anchoress, you are a lovely tower to visit…and my wife and I appreciate that you are a Yankee fan…:)

    I am reminded of your comment yesterday, of being more contemplative and accepting of His love…which you remind us of today…and had the thought again ‘what did my parents do’ when they faced the terrors of the Depression and WWII and the Cold War with no more knowledge of the future than we do…and yet they overcame and prospered because of their faith…and I am reminded that God gives us strength sufficient to our needs. Right now I am un-employed and we have a house to sell, and I must remind myself of that daily and sometimes hourly. Psalm 37 was the mid day reading today…I recommend it to all. The appalling strangness of the mercy of God.

  • BDC

    Both new and old media are pretty good at manipulation and creating illusions. However, let me suggest that there enough real folks experiencing the real world either at work, at school or
    at play that know we do have an immigration problem, it must be fixed and if it isn’t it just may be the one doomsday prophecy that actually takes place.

    No matter what faith or religion espouses, without law and order anarchy and chaos follow. That’s an indisputable fact. Hate, I agree, does not solve problems though frustration can easily turn to anger. How many people are frustrated with a government that is not capable of
    enforcing current law yet seeks to enact additional complex regulations that it does not have the resources for?

    Shall this country create a whole new set of victims to go along with those we currently have created? What are the consequences of such actions?

    I think the answers are clear.

  • http://davejustus.com Dave Justus

    While I agree with much of what you write here, I can’t share your enthusiasm for ‘going with your gut.’ We certainly have the tools to become informed about these subjects, and if we ignore the echo chamber trap, the internet and other forms of modern communication present us with unparalled opportunities for becoming informed. Analysis by ‘gut’ is I think a very poor way of making any sort of decision, one should strive to obtain complete understanding of the costs and benefits of any given choice.

    I believe that our intellect and reason is our greatest strength as a species. Letting uninformed instict serve as a proxy for it is foolish.

  • TheAnchoress

    Dave – nice to see you here again. Sorry you took me to mean “go with your gut alone,” which I never said. Of course we should use all the tools available to us to learn as much as we can about issues and candidates. But there comes a time when all of that has to also be put aside so that we can also listen to what our own instincts tell us. We’re body/mind/spirit. Informing the mind is not enough. We also have to listen to what’s not being said…and we have to listen to what’s beyond the noise.

    JrPrimm, thanks you’re very kind and I will keep your intentions in my prayers.

    BDC – I don’t dispute that the illegal immigration situation is chaotic and needs addressing and serious, workable solutions. But I think it is important to remember that the situation did not spring up overnight…that until Soros put his money behind the issue in ’06, it wasn’t really on anyone’s radar, not seriously. It was not an issue in the ’88, ’92, ’96,’00 or ’04 elections, recall. It wasn’t the big “definitive and absolute” issue it has become. You can thank Soros for that. And no, nothing is still being done. It’s not enough to be mad about it…people are going to have to come up with realistic, humane solutions worthy of this great country.

  • http://mutnodjmetsmusings.blogspot.com/ Mutnodjmet

    Chilling analysis, and probably the most important post on any blog I have so far read. Your one statement startles me with prescience:

    And fraud may well be rampant.

    If Hillary is, indeed, the Democrat nominee, I have no doubt the Clinton War Room will pull out all the stops (legal and otherwise) to ensure she is elected. My only consolation is that your blog will help me through these hard times.

  • http://www.pal2pal.com/BLOGEE/ Terrye

    Very Good Anchoress and it does not surprise me one bit to know that Soros played a lot of people. The sad thing is they made it easy.

  • http://thepinkflamingo.blogharbor.com/blog sjreidhead

    An excellent post – thought provoking. I wish I were as optimistic as are you. I’ve come to realize, though, that we are being played from both sides of the political fence, left and right. I think to take any organization or group at face value is the fool me once, shame on you – fool me twice yada yada yada.

    Soros is a problem. But, when I consider the conservative weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth against him – I don’t see where he is any worse than a few conservative sources I consider just as disgusting such as Sun Myung Moon. The only difference is Soros has more money. Quite honestly I wish both little boys would pick up their toys and go home. Or, just play with one another and leave everyone else alone.

    SJ Reidhead
    The Pink Flamingo

  • SallyV

    Anchoress, now we know why the good Lord kept you hovering above the blogosphere for a time… so that at the appointed hour you could re-enter the atmosphere with a clarity born of an astronaut’s distinct and lucid perspective. The hour arrived and you hit a pitch perfect high C. You’ve been right all along, of course. But up til now few were of a mind to hear or concern themselves with any consequences beyond next Tuesday.

    Let us hope “misled “conservatives are beginning to feel the hangover from their drunken spree, and realize how badly they’ve been used and how complicit they’ve been in Dr. Evil’s strategy. With the election looming, maybe people will finally unplug themselves from the echo chamber and begin a period of serious introspection.

    Since the Right doesn’t police its own or admit error any better than the Left (despite loud claims to the contrary), I will settle for letting Cons slide by making Soros the scapegoat for recent off-road journeys into brick walls. I can live with that if they just shut up and correct course. They can mumble “Soros fooled me” and I will keep a straight face, even though many of Soros’s most effective agents of destruction are Mighty Righties on a power & purity trip that ends up being indistinguishable from Soros’s evil agenda.

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  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    A-

    You beat me to this story and I’m glad! I was so disgusted when I read it I put it away for today and then came down with a stomach bug.

    George Soros, Hungarian-born Jew who hates Israel and Jews, multi-billionaire who controls the currency of the world and has no problem cashing in dollars if it makes him wealthier. Scum-bag who pledged his entire fortune to defeat President Bush in the last election, and because his dollars couldn’t do that he’s trying to defeat him in his last term.

    George Soros: one of the scourges of the earth.

    I remember an entire blogging team being fired over the immigration issue because they didn’t agree with the owner. Now almost no one of any substance reads that blog.

    Sorry to be so harsh.

  • kelleyb

    http://ibdeditorial.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=275526219598836

    Invester’s Business Daily editors have an interesting Soros item.

  • Gayle Miller

    George Soros will be the first foreign born U.S. President if Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected – and that would be beyond tragedy!

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  • sam

    Am I the only one who just realized that the Mirror of Erised spelled backwards is the Mirror of Desire?!?! This is exactly what people see though thru its lens…what they desire. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like those of us who desire a return to a more conservative, family friendly America will ever get our wish. I keep praying for the re-conversion of America but I feel like such a small speck in a huge maelstorm that I wonder if my voice is even making it thru to him…

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  • http://dicentrasgarden.blogspot.com dicentra63

    Am I the only one who just realized that the Mirror of Erised spelled backwards is the Mirror of Desire?!?!

    Heh.

    Yeah, you probably are. Most HP fans know either from their own deductions or from the Internet. BTW, the best place for all things Potter is The HP Lexicon a resource so complete that JKR herself consulted it while writing.

    The inscription on the mirror reads “Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi” which, mirrored, is “I show not your face but your heart’s desire.”

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