“There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see.” – Da Vinci
I’ve often written about motivations. It’s an issue which, while difficult to pin down, is critically important in politics. To understand the moves made on the chess beard, one must first understand the man making them. Without analysis of motivation, we cannot ever truly hope to understand politics, nor can we look ahead to what’s happening next.
Barack Obama has recently been using a flawed statistic regarding equal pay. Despite being called out on it by many in the media—including the liberal media—he continues to use it. We can never hope to know why he would do such a thing without understanding Barack Obama in the first place. Take a look at the circumstances around him, and we can narrow down the possibilities. Obamacare is failing, and the mid-term elections are upcoming. Republicans are going to run their campaigns on Obamacare’s unmitigated failure, and Democrats need something that will take attention away from the failed legislation. So, Obama has shifted focus to equal pay. There is the motivation. Survival instinct has lead him to use a misleading statistic. He needs it, and he knows many Americans will blindly follow him.
Now, Attorney General Eric Holder is doing something similar. According to Awr Hawkins of Breitbart:
“On April 15th, Attorney General Eric Holder asked Congress to approve $15 million that can be used to prepare for shooting incidents…”
Holder claims that mass shootings are on the rise, saying: “As a nation, we must confront this alarming rise and all of its underlying causes—honestly, factually, and without regard for political consequence. We must deal with these incidents whenever they happen—but just as importantly, we must prevent them whenever we can.”
However, when one takes but a moment to do any research whatsoever, the claim proves false. According to James Allan Fox, a criminologist at Northeastern University, who has been studying the topic for decades, mass shootings are not on the rise. Following several recent tragedies, Fox said: “There is no pattern, there is no increase.”
I’m not writing this to discuss gun control, and all the mess that goes with that debate–though gun control measures are ludicrous (two cents)—I’m writing this to ask a question: why would Eric Holder lie? More specifically, why would he lie about this issue in particular? There are two real possibilities. He could be unaware of the fact that mass shootings are not on the rise–though that is doubtful, given his position. How could he make a statement like that, and not know his facts? The only other possibility is that he knows he is lying. He’s too smart to not know.
Now that we’ve established that Eric Holder is deliberately lying, what come next? Why? What is to be gained from lying about this? The war of public perception. Conservatives know the statistics, and liberals are already in the gun control camp, but there are those who aren’t on either side, those who can be manipulated. If a prominent administration official comes out, and says unequivocally that mass shootings are on the rise, most people who haven’t already decided their position on gun control are going to assume that he’s correct. Why would he lie? It’s a subtle manipulation of public perception.
With this perception manipulation, the liberal argument—if you can call it that—gains power. Politics is all about perception, and the Democrats are experts at it. It’s always important to understand motivation. When we know the why of our enemy, we can outmaneuver them. Gun control advocates will always lie, even if they don’t know they’re doing it. We need to be two steps ahead at all times.