Where have I been? Somehow I have not been sync into all things politics. I recently came across the latest NRA ad hosted by Dana Loesch. The ad sparked an abundance of criticism from much left and even the right because it gives this inclination that liberals preventing Trump from making America great again. The rhetoric from the ad has placed me in a state of complete bewilderment.
I was obliged to view the video about three times to grasp the concept of what the National Rifle Association was trying to achieve. Take some time out of your busy schedule to watch the 1 minute NRA ad.
“They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler. They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.”
“All to make them march. Make them protest. Make them scream racism and sexism and xenophobia and homophobia. To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law abiding. Until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and STOP THE MADNESS. And when that happens, they’ll use it as an excuse for their outrage. The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clinched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.”
Let’s analyze this message line by line. Dana, you begin the ad a saying, “They use their media to assassinate real news. They use their schools to teach children that their president is another Hitler.” Is there any need to suppress the truth, you are obviously referencing the left. This passive language illustrates fear of condemning a particular group.
She continues to mention, “They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse “the resistance.” I am just a little perplex; I am conscious that many in Hollywood have criticized the Trump presidential campaign and the administration, i.e., Robert De Niro facetious but boorish public service announcement. Dana, art is art, I never knew we discriminate movies based on politics. Are we are now attacking the free exercise of expression?
Whether we agree with these protestors bawling about racism, sexism, xenophobia, and homophobia is irrelevant. The beliefs and views of the left and the right differ dramatically in regards to -isms and -phobias 1st amendment protects the freedom of speech especially the type of speech that is an aversion. Now, Dana I totally agree with you, when demonstrators abruptly began rioting (smashing windows, burning cars, and blocking infrastructure). It is frustrating to witness the abuse of the first amendment to the point where speech turns into violence. Who can negate the Milo Yiannoplous riot at UC Berkley resulted with the burning of school property and a woman pepper sprayed for wearing a “Make a Bitcons Great Again” hat.
You end with the following, “The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with a clenched fist of truth. I’m the National Rifle Association of America, and I’m freedom’s safest place.” What freedom is being hindered by the protestors? Inconvenience, well if that is the case, I guess freedom just an exacerbation. We all should be against violent demonstrations. Furthermore, if the rhetoric from liberals are nothing other than lies then march with the clenched fist of truth as Tommie Smith and John Carlson did in the 1968 Olympics.
Keep in mind Dana, the “black fist” symbol you gratuitously referenced in a few of your interviews is symbolic of the Black Power movement. That being said, maybe you should march next to Shaun King since you are a supporter of the Black Power movement.
The NRA ad sends the message of divide and conquer. It is lucid that the country is divided politically since the inauguration of the 45th president. The release of this new ad fails to alleviate tension amongst the left, but rather exasperate the tension. Dana and the NRA are perpetuating the division of this country between races and even politics especially when the ad articulates the disparity of the left and the right’s president. While neglecting the importance of the first amendment. Whether the gun rights group is oblivious that their message is to divide and conquer, which I highly doubt it.