One of the great admonitions of our time isn’t from our time…
“Believe little of what you see, and none of what you hear.”
This was presented to me with regard to the media–and that was decades ago. It’s truer now than it’s ever been. The fact is that the media in this country (and elsewhere, as you’ll see in just a moment) simply cannot be trusted. Truth is obscured or dismissed, half-truths are sold as fact, and when half-truths aren’t available, outright lies are created out of thin air. We’ve seen it over and over again by the “mainstream” media, exposed for a very long time by commentators like Rush Limbaugh but laid completely bare with the ascendancy of Donald Trump. The people we allow into our livingrooms every night are lying to us as a matter of course–and we’re letting them. That’s part of what has the country in the situation it finds itself in right now.
It isn’t just the mainstream media, though. The internet has given us many things, not the least of which is the free flow of information. The problem is, anyone can say anything (factual or not) and get away with it. If they can find an audience for their story, no matter how outlandish, that story can gain traction. Another old saw goes “tell a lie often enough, and it will be believed”. This is the basis for disinformation campaigns like the Steele Dossier, created entirely to smear Donald Trump by his rival Hillary Clinton (and her fellow Democrat criminals) and parroted by the dutiful, sycophant media.
Anyone can get caught up in it, or fall victim to it. It can be used from almost anywhere, against any target, to a greater or lesser degree of success. Sometimes the point is just to sow a seed. Sometimes it’s to grow a whole garden of disinformation from which lies can be picked later. And sometimes it’s just wishful thinking turned into absurd “news”.
Case in point–I’ve been made aware of an article, seemingly originating in China, that lists eight or nine Patriot organizations (the Civilian Defense Force included) who are supposedly going to march “fifteen thousand armed people” into Washington DC on January 19th to ensure that Joe Biden doesn’t occupy the White House. That was the first iteration of it. Since it came to my attention, the story seems to have expanded. Now we’re told that this occupying force (again, supposedly made up of the CDF and eight or nine “militia” organizations) is going to take the Capitol, “arrest” the Democrats in Congress, “hold them in the basement”, and put them on trial. This activity is going to take place, we’re told, on or about January 21.
This comes as quite a shock to me; you’d think I’d know something about it as the Founder and National Commander of the Civilian Defense Force. Oddly enough, this is the first I’m hearing about it.
I haven’t reached out to any of the other groups mentioned, but I’m pretty confident the leaders of those organizations know nothing about any of this either.
It’s a lie. Not a bending of the truth; not a bit of manipulation. No–it’s completely made up out of thin air.
For the record, allow me to utterly disavow any knowledge of any such plan, and deny entirely the validity of it. This isn’t how we operate, wouldn’t be something we’d do even if it WAS how we operate, and is so ludicrous on it’s face that it barely deserves mention. I’m not clear where this fiction came from; is it the wish of an overzealous Biden-hater? A planted story by Chinese Communists to discredit the Patriot movement? A really bad joke?
Whatever it is, it’s clearly spreading and gaining new nonsense as it does. I’ve been told that it’s been spotted on at least two websites, one of which seems to be referring would-be members our way. This is a two-edged sword; we’re always happy to have new Patriots come on board, but if they are joining us expecting that we’re going to march on the Capitol, they’re going to be very disappointed (and may well have a serious screw loose besides). Like all lies of this nature, as it spreads it’s going to more and more seem to be the truth, and over time it’s going to be hard to separate the fact from the fiction–just as it will be hard to convince those who believe that it isn’t what it purports to be. This is the entire point of disinformation, which leads me to believe that this article may be more than just some Rambo wannabe’s fantasy; this could actually be a planted piece that is designed to ultimately hurt the Patriot movement and paint all of us with some kind of “terrorist” black brush.
We aren’t terrorists. We aren’t evil. And we certainly aren’t marching on the Capitol (we aren’t stupid, either).
If you’ve come here expecting that you’re joining such a group, you should probably just dip out now–you’re going to be very disappointed. We are law-abiding, defense-minded guardians of our neighborhoods. Think King Leonidas, not King Richard.
As for this and stories like it? Don’t believe everything that you read, especially when it comes from the Chinese (which, incidentally, includes just about the entire “mainstream” American media).
Little of what you see, none of what you hear. That’s the maxim that applies, these days more than ever.
ADDED January 9, 2021 — An addendum to this post was just written and can be found here.