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gun.memeThat seems to be the “logic” of this Facebook meme, which I’m more than happy to debunk.

This meme illustrates the dishonesty of Democrat’s growing cadre of unhinged fanatics. From their mouths, their representatives preach a moderate stance on what they call “gun control” – case in point, Hillary and Bernie’s comments during the debate – but memes such as this betray the real agenda of of those who would vote for this would-be Socialist dictators.

Intellectual Dishonesty of the Left Re: Gun Control
When it comes to their anti-gun message, the Left continues to be dishonest, insidious, and malicious. This meme is a perfect example. It draws a false equivalence between slavery and gun ownership, even though the two are completely unrelated issues. Also, it highly suggests the Left’s ultimate goal: to rid the Constitution of the 2nd Amendment.

Diabolical Democrats and Their Hidden Messages
So why mention gun ownership and slavery in the same context? That simple. They wish to link the two subjects to create the appearance that one is equal to the other. When you read it, did your mind fill with images of angry white men – neo-Nazis, the KKK, white supremacists, and militia/survivalists? Chances are it did, and that exactly what the meme’s creators were hoping you would do.

This tactic is called a false equivalence. It’s a logical fallacy that describes a situation where there is a logical and apparent equivalence, but when in fact there is none. In this case, here’s what the creators of this meme want you to think: gun ownership is akin to the owning of slaves. Owning slaves is evil and immoral, thus America abolished the practice. Now it’s time to abolish gun ownership because it, like slavery, is evil. Learn more about false equivalence here.

Moreover, this tactic is a common practice in neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and subliminal messaging. You don’t have to be an expert in either of these disciplines to see this. One only needs to know enough about these tactics to recognize when they are being used. (Note: NLP and subliminal messaging aren’t inherently evil. Like most things, the good or bad of it is determined in individual cases of usage.)

Gun Advocates Were Right All Along
If you’re pro-gun like I am, you’ve probably already experienced the verbal barbs of progressives and social justice warriors. They love to make fun of us if we say things such as, “The liberals want to take away our guns!” or “Obama is going to take our guns.” Whether we actually say these things or not, we get called crackpots, paranoid, gun nuts, etc. while they (falsely) preach a moderate position on gun control. (Consider Bernie and Hillary’s comments during the Democratic Debate.)

So I’ll say it again, the gun advocates were right all along. When I see this and other memes being shared by those who vote Democrat – two of my Facebook friends – I can draw no other conclusion than to say that the Left wants to take away everyone’s right to bear arms. They want, as the meme clearly states, to do away with the Second Amendment. And they’re not above tricking, duping, and manipulating YOU into going along with them.

You Fail Again, Progressives and Internet Social Justice Warriors!
By comparing gun ownership to the owning of slaves, you’re attempt goes a long way to rally more fanatics to this already-fanatical cause. I’m sure your friends at the coffee shop will be proud, but you’re not fooling me… or any of the hundreds of thousands of intelligent, responsible, conservative gun owners.

One More Thing About Responsible Gun Ownership…
I can’t say enough about Jay’s Sporting Goods in Clare, Michigan. Easily one of the biggest hunting, fishing, and camping supply stores in the state, with a wide selection of rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Note: I bought my first gun there – a H&K USP Mini in 9mm. (Too bad I sold it to pay for my divorce!) If your heading up north, it’s well worth your time to stop in at Jay’s… Their friendly, helpful staff will help you with anything you need.

Trump  Usually, I’m debunking Facebook memes but this time, I’ve found one with which I can agree.

Before I launch into my diatribe, I feel the need to disclose this: I am not a huge fan of “The Donald.” In fact, I’m not a small fan or even any kind of fan at all. At his most harmless, I consider him a carnival barker; at his worst, I believe he’s a Democrat plant to further discredit the Republican party. Furthermore, I think there are many on the G.O.P. roster who would make a better POTUS than the Trumpster, Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul, to name a few.

With that out of the way, I’ll address the meme, starting with its statement. Since at least the 1990s, liberals/progressives/social justice warriors have long relied on a tried-and-true tactic when they feel threatened in a political argument. It’s a tactic that combines both a strawman and ad hominem attack, and is rather effective at shutting down any opposition.

Quite simply, it works like this: if someone disagrees with the latest liberal policy, those who support it can simply call the detractor a racist, sexist, misogynist and/or homophobe in order to silence the opposition. While intellectually lazy, this tactic is amazingly effective since no one wants to be labelled any of these terms. We live in the social media age, and word of one’s perceived transgressions travels fast and far. Today, people labelled racist, for example, risk public ridicule, violence, and possibly even losing one’s job.

This is exactly what makes Trump so appealing.

“The Donald’s” angry diatribes against illegal immigration and other hot-button topics has become the voice of a specific American demographic long denied the opportunity to express theirs without fear of retribution. Being self-employed and independently wealthy, Trump doesn’t isn’t beholden to the purveyors of the current narrative, thus he shows no fear of the backlash of angry ISJWs screaming for his head on a platter. In short, this forms the basis of Donald’s appeal.

I’m not the first person to criticize the Left for its knee-jerk labeling and inability to withstand scrutiny. Yet even with so much criticism, the majority of those that make up this group continue to rely upon these tactics to silence their opposition. No surprise there… People will continue to engage in bad, immoral, and unruly behavior as long as said behavior continues to reward them. But in doing so, the American Left is completely ignore Newton’s Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

As the meme states, if they keep this up, they might want to get used to the phrase “President Trump.”

ISJW  This meme is exactly what’s wrong with Internet social justice warriors and their mentality. Right here, in black and white, they state that if you don’t think exactly the way that they do, then you are part of a “problem. My response: the only “problem” I’m part of is the one they’re creating in their head and projecting onto the world.

Rant over.

Tom

I found this gem while scrolling through my news feed. Read it over and let it sink in.

Got it? Good!

Whoever created this meme tapped into a bigger truth than he/she perhaps realizes. On the surface, it’s an affirmation of how cool, detached, and independent people can be, but I see it as yet more proof that people are so full of shit… especially when they’re trying to convince you that they don’t care if others accept them or not.

How do I know this? Because I used to be a “Tom.”

There was a time when I took great pains to let people know that I didn’t need anyone’s love and acceptance. As a result, people went out of their way to not  invite me to various social gatherings and functions. As a result, I would become pissed/hurt/offended; in fact, I would become filled with righteous indignation at the injustices of a world that would reject me just because I was different, unique, outside of the mainstream.

Self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone?

The way I see it, people who don’t need others also don’t need to let the world know this. They’re happy to go about their various pursuits. Those who make a point of grandstanding about not needing people are perhaps the most needy people of all… they’re just too afraid to admit it. Again, I know this because I was “Tom,” and I was the king of projection and overcompensation.

In the end, ask yourself this: If Tom really didn’t need love and acceptance, his back would’ve been turned on the crowd as he floated off into his own little world of solitary happiness and fulfillment.