In a moral panic, propaganda is used to boil down the complexities of any issue or event to the comic book world of black and white, good versus evil, and Superhero versus Supervillain.
We saw this with COVID, didn’t we?
The COVID pandemic response was reduced to a comic book world.
We had a Supervillain named Donald Trump whom the propagandists assigned the most nefarious and evil motives.
And we had not one, but two Superheroes whom the propagandists assigned noble and virtuous motives.
Superhero Andrew Cuomo delivered the most wonderful, informative, and compassionate press conferences, not like that Evil Genius Trump who used his press conferences to peddle “misinformation.” And every time Superhero Cuomo spoke, it was like laser beams striking at the lies delivered from that diabolical monster Supervillain Trump.
Then there was the half-pint Robin to Cuomo’s Superman, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci’s superpower was infallibility. Every word from his mouth was TRUTH and we could unquestioningly trust him.
We had Good People who dutifully wore their masks and maintained social distancing. The Good People used hashtags like #WereAllInThisTogether, #StayHome, #WearAMask. They swapped out their old social media profile pictures for new ones showing them wearing a mask. And they unquestioningly believed everything they heard in the news while accusing anyone who asked questioned or expressed concern about the threat to our Liberties of being “Grandma Killers,” “conspiracy theorists,” “science-deniers,” or “Trump cultists.”
Everything our Superheroes did was for our good while the only thing Supervillain Trump wanted was to kill us all.
Meanwhile, the Good People were buying Fauci prayer candles and Cuomo “merch” to show their devotion to their superheroes.
The media actively fueled this comic book world propaganda because it served their primary objective of destroying Donald Trump before the 2020 election.
The Democrat Party played along to get their decrepit old candidate into the White House.
After Trump was defeated, the truth all came out. About Andrew Cuomo’s deadly nursing home decision and how the media colluded with him. About Anthony Fauci covering up the COVID connection to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
But in the course of creating this comic book world, politicians and their media handmaids destroyed the US economy, killed millions of jobs, did untold damage to school-age children, and permanently shuttered tens of thousands of businesses.
Under Biden, that same comic book world was used, but with a different supervillain. The Unvaccinated replaced Donald Trump as the supervillain in Biden’s COVID comic book world. The Unvaccinated, wielding their superweapon, “misinformation” were trying to put your lives at risk because they’re evil and selfish. The Unvaccinated, taking out whole populations with a single cough.
The Good People added #GetVaccinated to their list of hashtags and posted pictures of themselves getting their “Fauci ouchie” while lobbing vitriol at those who refused to do the same.
The COVID panic taught the powerful and the elites just how easily propaganda hoodwinks the American people.
A lot of people warned that the Democrats and the media will run this COVID propaganda playbook again on something else. They will find another reason to reduce a complex problem to the comic book world of black and white, and good versus evil.
Well, here we are in another comic book world.
We have a Supervillain named Vladimir Putin. A man so devoid of humanity, he is pure evil – perhaps because he’s sick and losing his mind. He has no motive for invading Ukraine beyond his desire to carry out his evil acts. Supervillain Putin uses his weapon of “Russian disinformation” to hypnotize the weak-minded and ignorant.
We have a Superhero named Volodymir Zelensky (or Zelenskiy or Zelenskyy). He’s dreamy and brave. And unlike Supervillain Putin, you can trust all the information coming from Superhero Zelensky because he believes in democracy and would never lie to you, even if lying helps him get the weapons he so desperately wants.
We have Good People who #StandWithUkraine and place a 🇺🇦 in their social media screen names. They replace their social media profile pictures with images of the Ukraine flag. They unquestioningly believe everything they hear in the news while accusing anyone who asks questions or expresses concern that America might be dragged into a war with Russia of being “Pro-Putin” or “Traitors” who are “parroting false Russian propaganda.”
Same comic book world, different comic book characters.
The media pushes this Ukraine Comic Book World to boost its ratings and increase readership.
The Democrats happily play along because they’re desperately hoping that some of that Zelensky magic will rub off on them and prevent a midterm wipe-out.
They were willing to destroy our economy, overlook Cuomo killing thousands of seniors, run interference for Communist China while elevating a diminutive liar like Fauci all to win an election.
If you think they wouldn’t hesitate to drag America into a war with Russia and kill thousands of American servicemen if it helps them maintain power in November, think again.
They would do it with a song in their hearts.
And half the country, so gripped in the current moral panic that they believe this comic book world is real, would stand up and cheer.
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