Welcome. Welcome, welcome! Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. And we are ready and got a lot to cover today. And we have some great interviews, as usual. I’m looking forward, John Schlafly is going to be back with us. He’s got a great column this week. And also a man named John Bennett. John Bennett is the former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party. He’s now running for Congress. He’s a Marine, decorated Marine, a family man, a pastor. Very interesting guy. Came through the swamp. I visited with him. I like him a lot. We’ll talk with him in a few moments.
But first, let’s talk about oh, tomorrow I’ve got Natalie Winters from the National Pulse on which leads me into what you need to know for today. I want to talk to you about the media more. And she is at the National Pulse, that’s Raheem Kassam‘s outfit that does a lot of great reporting. And this young woman, Natalie Winters is an investigative reporter, does great stuff, has written a piece breaking down exactly all the details on what Amazon is doing in paying for their employees to get abortions and reimbursing them, even; so, we’ll talk to her tomorrow. And we also will catch up with Austin Ruse tomorrow, who is the President of the Center for Family and Human Rights, C-fam.org. Friend of mine. Good guy. Talk about some of the pro-life stuff.
But first, what you need to know today, I want to talk about The Narrative Machine with you. And I want to try to use an example of what’s happening with abortion and the Roe v. Wade decision to try to illustrate how the left goes about this, how they go about it. Earlier in the week, James Staake, who runs, he and his wife run YourAmericanFlagstore.com. He talked about how when they canceled him, they didn’t do it, he thought, by having a meeting, like a command control thing, they did it by all sort of following the leader and following the herd mentality, which is exactly like what I have told you over and over again. And so let me start by saying the Narrative Machine is not run by one Oz-like figure behind the curtain. Instead, its principle is more like what Václav Havel, the former Czech Republic President, the late Václav Havel who was an essayist and a poet, wrote about in 1979.
He wrote about an essay called The Power of the Powerless.
And he talked about how behind the Iron Curtain, the Soviet Iron Curtain, you had a situation where what you did was you sort of pre complied with what you thought would be necessary. So a shop owner, in his example, put out a sign that said, Workers of the world unite, not because they were told to, but because they knew if they did this, it was relatively benign.
I mean, who cares? That sounds like, all the workers of the world unite. And it sent a signal not just to the powers that be but to the regular folks.
You’re safe here.
And what James Staake said, a few days ago, he and his wife run YourAmericanflagstore.com.
It’s not command control coordinated somewhere.
It just happens.
They all fall in line. Now watch this.
The Narrative Machine.
I told you that a few days ago that on the major national shows, the attorney general of the United States, of Michigan, said she refused to enforce a law.
She didn’t say she preferred the law be changed. She said she refused to enforce the law. This language is almost like conscience language. It’s intentional. And the media goes and runs and takes this quote and says, oh, you see that? These are the principled people who are refusing to enforce the law.
Now hold that for a second and go to the AP. The AP, the Associated Press ran a headline and the headline was in the last 36 hours, Senate bid to codify Roe blocked by GOP filibuster. And you go down and read the rest of the facts. And the actual reporting is the bill proposed by Democrats controlled by a Democrat House and Senate Congress is it failed in the Senate, 51-49.
It failed. There was no filibuster that was invoked. There was nothing.
And they put it up on the floor and it failed.
So why is it that these two sources, these two major news outlets, one is Politico and the Meet the Press that is covering the attorney general of Michigan, who is basically saying she’s above the law and she’s covering it glowingly. And then they’re lying about the news story in the Congress.
And are they coordinated? They’re not coordinated. Let me say that they’re not formally coordinated, but they’re directionally. The world view they have is that this is what they should do and it’s everybody else’s fault. So the photograph that runs with the AP story is a near teary Kamala Harris hugging one of the members of the Senate after this vote fell short.
It failed. It failed.
The answer to the question is, did the Senate pass this? No, it failed. And the failure, frankly, is an indication that the American people don’t want that. That’s how this works. You can either have a representative democracy or you can have a dictatorship or you can have a vote of the people. A plebescite. We’ve got this republican, democratic Republic.
But watch The Narrative Machine. Now the Narrative Machine is, oh, Jen Psaki, big government says about the protests at the Supreme Court, justice’s House, something like, you know, none of this was a big deal. And what’s the big deal? In other words, everything is directionally, moving together, and it doesn’t have to be coordinated. I mean, that’s the eye opener to me on James Staake’s point, an interview a few days ago, if you go to ProAmericaReport.com, you can hear it. He said one after another. It was like he said, shoes dropping. Or bricks falling into place. First his web host person blocked and then PayPal blocked, and then this block. And they sort of got in this herd mentality. That’s what you see. That’s the narrative machine. The power of it is that once it gets the momentum going a certain way, the story, the narrative becomes sort of repeated and managed by the people.
And on abortion, the notion now, they tried on Monday and Tuesday of this week to say that there’s going to be criminal. We’re going to go out andarrest women that have abortions. That seems to have died down a little bit.At least that coverage of that. But you watch how this goes.
The Supreme Court leaker is not a leaker. It’s some sort of patriot that’s done something really good, that’s done something amazing. And by the way, there’s another leak, another leak in the last 24 hours. It sounds like somebody saying what the internal deliberations of the court are again.
But my point here is the narrative machine is not coordinated, but the aspects of it are big media, AP and Meet the Press, NBC and Politico, big media, big government.The messaging comes together from big government, whether it’s Schumer, Kamala Harris, whether it’s Pelosi, whether it’s Psaki, she seems to have an outsized influence. And then big tech goes right along with it. Big Tech, whether you’re talking about Bezos, if you don’t think the impact of Bezos and Amazon saying we’re going to pay for abortions for people that have to travel, doesn’t impact other businesses, you go out and find a small business that relies on Amazon, and most of them do. And they’ll say, I’ll do whatever it takes to stay in good with these guys. I don’t particularly want to be political, but I’m not going to be getting in the way because that’s my livelihood. James Staake and his wife, when everybody shut him down, he said, well, it was a God thing. We prayed about it because we were about to go under. And he said, we have all sorts of friendsand examples now of people to go bankrupt. And he said, just but for the grace of God, we got a break and this break and that break. But most of the time people just go under.
And at a certain point we’re all the way back full circle to the Václav Havel essay, The Power of the Powerless.
You don’t have to announce that everybody has to do XYZ PDQ when it’s clear that the only way to survive and thrive is to do XYZ PDQ. And so Václav Havel’s example is a grocery store is going to put out a sign that says, the power of the people unite the people of the world, unite the workers of the world, unite because it’s easier to go along with the trend, go along with the flow when everything else will come in. And pretty soon, it’s not just self censorship. It’s not even the thing, we talked about this a few months ago, inaction, being frozen by an action. It becomes incumbent on normal people who are selfish in the sense that they want their family to have a food and a living in school and all. And I don’t mean selfish in a negative way. I mean self supporting, self sufficient, self focused in a family sense, hopefully, once you see the way the wind blows, you’re going to set your sails. And over and over again.
We’re watching another big example, big tech. Did you see the response to Elon Musk from the people, the Twitter feed people, people that objected to that. Did you see what big government does when they name a Disinformation czar, who’s as loony as anybody out there on any side. The new press secretary for the White House, dramatically. It’s incredible. They like, look at us, we got the first African American woman. I think she might even be gay. I don’t know. And so here we are. It’s a big deal.
Except, you know what? In 2016 and 17 and 18, she regularly posted that the election in 2016 and then the election in 2018 in Georgia’s governor’s race, they were fraudulent. She had no proof, no courts had proven what she asserted. And she said there was an illegitimate presidency. It was a flawed election. She didn’t believe elections were done free and fair.
Well, that’s what a lot of folks said after 2020. And they found themselves knocked off a Twitter, knocked off a Facebook shut down. People lose GoDaddy accounts, excuse me, GoDaddy accounts and Yahoo accounts. Because if they take the position. But if you take it on the right side of the argument, on the right side of the issues, meaning on the left, if you take it on the correct side for the powers that be, you’ll be okay.
In fact, you won’t just be okay. You’ll be promoted and protected. And again, human beings are naturally adaptive. We look around and see how do we do the best we can? How do we succeed the best we can? How do we find the best way forward? And when you see over and over again that thebest way forward is to follow the narrative flow as it’s indicated by big government, big tech, and big media. Pretty soon you’re living in a place you don’t need a disinformation czar to enforce it. When you’ve got Bezos enforcing it and you’ve got Facebook enforcing it.
There’s another story out that Zuckerberg’s Bucks, the Bucks that Zuckerberg spent on the election. I don’t think the money was spent illegally, meaning Zuckerberg gave it to a foundation. I think people that got the money might have done illegal things. I don’t know for sure. But now there’s another story about someone who was a big election activist who got a bunch of Zuckerberg’s money.
Again, after a while, the only people that are dumb are the ones that don’t see what pays, what makes sense. What direction things are going. And that’s a problem. A major problem.
All right, we’ll take a break. And like I said, I’ve been talking about James Staake. That interview you can go listen to it over at proamericareport.com and we’re coming up in a moment. John Schlafly’s got a new column this week and also talk to John Bennett, former chairman of the Oklahoma GOP and now a candidate for us Congress. Be right back.
It’s Ed Martin here on the Pro America Report. Back in a moment.