There is a crisis at our Southern border. Or not. It’s so hard to determine by listening to Leftists over the past few months. It was waaaaaaaaay back…a month ago, that Leftists said the immigration crisis we’ve been seeing since, oh, forever, was a manufactured crisis. Now, when the visuals are in their favor, it’s a humanitarian crisis.
Don’t try to figure it out, folks. It’s not meant to make sense.
But it does raise the question of what a manufactured crisis is. If only I had a means to explore this in greater detail…oh, wait!
What the Left thinks it means – a bad situation created by Republicans designed to assist them in some way
What it really means – pretty much anything Leftists say is an actual crisis
Say what you will about President Donald Trump, he did call out the current immigration crisis well before the Left decided to make a hypocritical political spectacle out of it. The problem was the Left was too busy trying to cultivate the notion President Trump was a racist to bother with actual human lives. Hence, they went with the “manufactured crisis” talking point.
Today, that talking point has blown up worse than the Hindenburg, only less flammable.
The key to the Left’s approach to any crisis, real or more fictional than a Joe Biden anecdote, is primarily political. Can the situation be used to further a cause, shame the GOP, or make money that can be funneled to like-minded politicians? Ideally, they try to check all three boxes, but any combination of the three will do.
Let’s take a look at a “real crisis” the Left was championing at the same time the immigration crisis was brewing, gun violence. Whenever there is a shooting of any kind, the Left seems to have Tweets, talking points, and videos ready to go asking the GOP and the NRA about the blood on their hands. The visuals they put forth are compelling, which makes it easier for them to insert their solutions, which always seem to fall back on taking steps towards restricting gun rights. And it almost always works because it plays on the visceral emotions we have after a tragedy while hiding the real motives behind the proposed solutions.
And what was accomplished after all of that falderal? A few of the survivors got media attention more favorable than Il Duce in his prime, some feel-good legislation was demanded, and nothing got done. Sure, the Left blames Republicans and the NRA for that, but there’s another element to consider: Leftists need crises to justify their actions (or inaction) while creating an environment where they can simultaneously be white knights for the cause and cursory victims. In other words, they want to be heroes and martyrs at the same time without understanding the irony behind it.
The thing to watch for when Leftists talk about a real or manufactured crisis is the kernel of truth within the rhetoric. The best liars are those who can take an insignificant amount of truth and turn it into a well-crafted lie, and the Left does this like maestros. Yet, even the best liars occasionally slip up or give up what is known in poker parlance as a “tell,” a little something that gives away the illusion. With the border crisis, the Left’s tell is trying to rewrite recent history when a previous President was caging children in substandard conditions. If only I could remember that guy’s name…he had a funny sounding name, like…Barack Obama. Once the lie is discovered, the Left will tell another one to make it seem like the first lie was no big deal and the current lie is the important truth you need to know. That’s why when the Left got called out for saying nothing when President Obama started the program to separate children at the border they moved to “But Trump’s doing it now.”
Kinda puts a bit of a damper on the Leftist talking point about Obama not having any scandals in his 8 years of being President. (Brian Terry and Christopher Stephens were unavailable to comment on Obama’s lack of scandals.) By moving the goalposts, Leftists are trying to protect Obama at the expense of people they claim to care about, or in this case didn’t care about until the optics were right.
Whenever the Left talks about crises, it’s important to walk it back using a simple question: Who benefits? Who benefits if the border crisis gets worse? The Left, because it can be placed at President Trump’s feet when they are the ones trying to milk every last drop of political gain they can out of it. Who benefits if gun violence isn’t curtailed? It’s the Left again because they can continue to fundraise off painting the NRA and President Trump as prohibiting sensible gun control laws. With every crisis, see who benefits from it to figure out what the truth of the matter is.
The same principle applies when the Left doesn’t make something into a crisis. Who benefits by calling the border issue a manufactured crisis? The Left, because once you start digging into the reasons behind the crisis, their fingerprints are all over the place. Once you figure out the set-up, you can unravel the lies pretty simply with a little deductive reasoning and just enough political disdain like your humble correspondent.
The border crisis isn’t manufactured by any stretch of the imagination. It’s real, and calling it manufactured does a disservice to those who have to deal with the consequences of inaction. On the other side of the coin, giving attention to crises that actually are manufactured makes it harder for people to trust and react compassionately to real crises, a little something the kids like to call empathy burnout. With a little discernment, you can pick out the charitable wheat from the political chaff consistently and can act accordingly.