Contentious Voices – Exerting Control

QuestionA colleague of mine mentioned something in passing that has me thinking about the contentious voices surrounding our lives.  Consider with me for a moment; when the last time you heard just the news was?  No commentary, no hidden bias, no reporting for emotional reaction, simply a description of the events of the day, news?  I cannot remember when I last heard a news report.  It seems that to get the local news, I have to question the motives on the stories, compare news broadcasts for opinions and biases, tune into three or four different radio stations and compare them to the TV, and those to the newspapers, and even then, 90% of what is reported still has to be discounted.

My colleague mentioned that the efforts of contentious voices are to exert emotional control over the audience, for if the audience is emotionally controlled, they are physically controlled.  If they are physically controlled, they can be bent, shaped, and molded into weapons of self-destruction for the entertainment of those controlling the contentious voices.  This insight has me thinking—self-destruction through contentious voices exerting control, all through unbridled emotional understanding.

Exclamation MarkWhen emotional intelligence was first coming out, feel free to read the early papers and books on this topic if you doubt what I am reporting.  Emotional intelligence was declared as the ability to read the emotions in a room and then control the people through their emotions.  For which I have adamantly opposed emotional intelligence as a concept since inception.  I have always felt that trying to control others through their emotions is wrong, in poor taste, and can easily backfire when those being controlled wake up and realize what has been happening to them.  Yet, emotional intelligence has grown as a concept, has broadened in scope, and no one is asking why anymore.  Well, I am, and so are a few others, but the media is working hard to keep us silenced and sidelined as “aluminum hat-wearing non-conformists.”

Yet, contentious voices continue to prey upon people’s emotions nightly and call this “learned commentary,” “democracy dying in darkness,” “in-depth reporting,” and “fair and balanced news,” among many other things.  Republicans against Democrats, Liberals against conservatives, eco-Nazis from both extremes of the planet is going to hell debate, and the list of contentious voices is long and formidable.  Yet, they all have the same playbook, use emotional hooks, sink the emotional hook deeply, and keep pulling that emotional hook every time a person tries to think for themselves.

Dont Tread On MeWell, I would see you escape the hook, wake up mentally, and arise as a powerful individual.  Capable of independent thought and able to reason and think using your own instinct, talents, skills, and innate reasoning.  I am not making a plea to your emotions, and if you ever think I am playing to your emotions, feel free to call me out!  I am not here to enslave your mind, but to free your soul and empower your spirit, to support your goodness, and justify you being the free-thinking person you already are!

Thus, the following reminders regarding emotions.  These are not my thoughts; they originate from Robert Solomon’s incredible book “Not Passion’s Slave: Emotions and Choice,” which you can purchase from any reputable bookseller for a minimal fee or find in a local library.  If you are close to New Mexico, send me an email to lend you my copy.Not Passion's Slave - Emotions and Choice

  • Solomon begins his book with a quote from Jean-Paul Sartre:
    • For the idea which I have never ceased to develop is that in the end, one is always responsible for what is made of one. Even if one can do nothing else besides assume this responsibility.  For I believe that a man can always make something out of what is made of him.  This is the limit I would today accord to freedom: the small movement which makes of a totally conditioned social being someone who does not render back completely what his conditions has given him.”
  • Emotions involve social narratives as well as physical responses, and an analysis of emotions is an account of our way of being-in-the-world.”
    • Emotions are not occurrences and do not happen to us.
      • Emotions are rational and purposive rather than irrational and disruptive, are very much like actions, and that we choose an emotion much as we choose a course of action.”
    • Emotions are intentional: that is, emotions are “about” something.
      • All emotions are ultimately “about” the world and never simply “about” something particular.
      • Feelings do not have “directions.” The relationship between my being angry and what I am angry about is not contingent between a feeling and an object.
    • Emotions change with our opinions, and so are “rational” in a very important sense.
      • But the rationality of the emotion is time-sensitive, socially sensitive, and environmentally contingent. Unless our societal makeup allows this emotional crossover, emotions cannot often cross between social situations, peer groups, and environments.
      • The cause of an emotion is a function in a certain kind of explanation.
        • Contentious voices know this as a truth and use their contention to drive the emotional functionality of the arguments to spur emotional growth to your detriment!
      • The line between emotions and beliefs is often negligible and non-existent.
        • Another truth contentious voices use to spur emotional hooking in the audience to the audience’s detriment and destruction.
      • Emotions are a normative judgment.
        • We decide the correctness of emoting, based upon the social, environmental, and peer aspects at the time the information is provided.
        • Emotions are cognitive judgments of socially wired animals (humans) who use the lightning reflexes of the brain to make these judgments for personal benefits in a social situation, advancing peer associations, or to survive in a specific environment.
        • Emotions change with our knowledge of the causes of those emotions.

Bobblehead DollOn this last point, consider Joe Biden and his words to different audiences on the campaign trail.  To one audience, he pledged to put oil company officers in jail for unspecified environmental crimes.  To another audience, he promised not to kill coal.  Both declarations were later denounced as verbal gaffes, miss spoken words taken out of a larger context, and phrases that did not mean anything on the campaign trail.  Yet, the words fit the emotion being witnessed, and the crowd forming the environment and peer group being addressed.  All politicians do this, and it is referred to as “politicking” or “playing to the audience’s emotions.”

Finally, consider something with me, a thought, those controlling the contentious voices believe you, the audience, their slaves, for they can control your emotions, like 2-year-olds control play-dough.  Are you a slave?  Will you master your emotional judgments to protect yourself and your family?  The choice is yours, and yours alone to make.  All I can do is offer information and ask for your consideration.  But I will make a promise; if you refuse to master your emotions, you will be destroyed by the contentious voices clamoring for your attention.  These breeders of contention will pull you apart emotionally, creating depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and other self-destruction options.

Image - Eagle & FlagThose terrorists rioting over the spring and summer of 2020 were pawns and self-destructive actors to the contentious voices.  We are all living in a time where social influencers play the most extensive role in the lives of people than ever before, and they can play this role because we have unbridled our emotions and refuse to believe that emotions are a choice, a judgment, and a tool for social integration.  While the masses are not taught these things, those controlling the contentious voices know these truths, but they also practice hiding this information to destroy the groups they enslave.  Please, free yourself from bondage, take control of your emotions, and never allow anyone to control them ever again!

© 2021 M. Dave Salisbury
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NO MORE BS: Let’s Treat The Press… Like the Lower Class Life-form, They Are!

Foghorn Leghorn - MedicationIn the White House, a room has been set aside for holding “press conferences,” or as I like to call them, the circus of clowns!  Not to insult clowns.  A politician, or their designated spokesperson, is expected to present information, and the press is supposed to ask intelligent, logical, and appropriately respectful questions to gain clarification for the media channel they represent.  These special press people are supposed to be the best of the best in their media channel; instead, we get whiners, criers, gotchas, and flat-out ignorance for the world to observe.  What a swell time!

Never forget, I am the guy advocating we elect a few more bastards, and I mean that in the most blatant way possible.  So when I call the media a clown circus, I’m presenting my kind and gentle face for their snowflake personalities.  Frankly, I would not trust any of them to sweep a street without screwing that up!

BiasEver see the press room in the White House; not many have, but those who have, reported it is disgusting, and the White House cleaning staff can never stay ahead of the reporter’s mess.  I guess the American Taxpayer should be glad the reporters are no longer smoking or chewing tobacco in the press room!  Tom Clancy reported that the press room is left untouched by the White House Cleaning Staff; after watching the reporters, I can understand why, fiction or not, the press room stories are disgusting.

I detest the reporters of all stripes and sizes.  What does a report do; nothing productive; they write stories, usually as lurid and sensational as possible, to sell advertising for a newspaper, online, or TV media channel.  In reviewing history, I learned that Pres. George Washington never held a press conference.  If he wanted to say something, he said it to his cabinet or in a speech before Congress; no reporter needed, no talking head explaining after the address.

Dont Tread On MeFrom Richard Brookhiser’s incredible book, “What Would the Founders Do? (Our Questions Their Answers), we find this perfectly apt sentiment.  “Whatever the founders thought about the creation of man in Genesis, they considered professional journalists … to be a lower order of being.  No gentlemen ever dueled a journalist; in a pinch, your friends might beat one up for you” (p.142).  Let’s be clear, the founding fathers wrote for newspapers, owned newspapers used pseudonyms to publish their thoughts or attack a political rival, and the skullduggery continued.  The difference was that these men and their wives were productive members of American Society, first and foremost!  I have yet to see a productive journalist.  Forget objective, forget effective, forget honest, forget useful, and never allow anyone to think they can clean up their own messes; and this was in President George Washington’s time.  Journalists and journalism have only fallen from this high watermark in history.

Let us be clear, the US Constitution as amended for the US Bill of Rights; we find the following:

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

An atheists friend of mine claims to not be against freedom of religion; he just wants to be free from religion.  Well, I have the same policy where journalists are concerned.  I am all for freedom of the press, but I want to stay free from the press.  The clowns that call themselves journalists, and yes, I include sports reporters and weather-guessers, in this concatenation of calumny, need to find themselves productive work, just like the founders of America did.

ApathyQuoting Brookhiser again, “Hamilton spoke for the founding journalists when he said, ‘I condemn those indifferent mortals, who either never form opinions or never make them known’” (p. 145).  America is a Republic (if we can keep it), and the only way to keep America a Republic is for Americans to start heeding some advice from the founding fathers.  Form opinions, make them vociferously known, refuse to be governed when the politicians refuse to represent you properly.  Refusing to be governed is NOT an open call for ANY type of violent action, but a call to stand and within the limits of the law to make your voice known!

I suggest the following:

      1. Turn off the TV News, every single channel! None of them deserve to be selling advertising while peddling their current levels of worthless opinions, bias, and self-righteousness.
      2. Be very selective in your online media choices. Feel free to stop anyone from delivering news if they cannot honestly report and allow you to form an opinion.  Right now, the media thinks you are too stupid to develop your own opinion.  I think and advocate differently!
      3. Choose what is important to you as topics, and follow only those stories using non-Google Search Engines. Why do I single out Google because they sell your data, track your searches, and violate your privacy!
      4. Support that which matters to you! This includes media, sports, nonprofits, etc.; you are the central character in your life, not the media, not a talking head on a radio, and certainly not a sportscaster.
      5. Join me in calling for a complete boycott on all corporate media until they learn to be productive first, then a news reporter, journalist, or peddler of advertising between “news.”

Bird of PreyEmbracing a “Liberty FIRST Culture” is the first step in taking back both your privacy and your government.  Journalists do not have a role to play in a “Liberty FIRST Culture.”  Why; because too often, that journalist is fighting to steal your liberty, curb your rights, and spoon-feed fertilizer to you like you’re a mushroom or something.  Well, I know some toddlers who have the right idea when it comes to being spoon-fed anything, throw it back!

© 2021 M. Dave Salisbury
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The images used herein were obtained in the public domain; this author holds no copyright to the images displayed.