Guest MINDSETTER™ Santos: Political Correctness, Weaponizing Social Engineering
Friday, November 13, 2015
Much as it seems these narratives and directives are hatched in some secret Star Chamber, fact is the genesis of these mandates are handed down from Mount Academia, progressive and power hungry minority interest, propped and fueled by a complicit state run media. Generations of Americans wrangle with simple conversation, unable to communicate without first filtering every thought to insure it doesn’t offend or violate the tenets of the PC Gospel. The alternative for the meek and unsure is to find safety and shelter in silence. By design these crippling commandments are passed down thru the generations. Over several decades political correctness has morphed into a cultural cancer emasculating the American culture and identity one thread, one generation at a time. The law and consequences of the PC Gospel don’t apply to all however, many of the politically protected enjoy full immunity. Diversity and multiculturalism have marked the demise of the “America’s Melting Pot”, and the birth of Identity Politics and the Hyphenated American. Race, religion, gender, and class warfare, are all powerful instruments of the progressive arsenal of identity politics engineered to divide Americans. Factions and wealth classes are kept at odds, warring with each other like so many fleas arguing over who owns the dog while their progressive protagonists continue to fuel their manufactured anger. The Founders principle of equal justice for all has been co-opt for social justice flavor of the month, and rants of social equity simply translate to equal outcome over equal opportunity. Chuck a stone in any direction and it’ll no doubt land at the feet of some politically protected group. Empowered by their protected minority status, they’re often proxies fighting the ground war on targets selected by progressive interest.
North of 70% of adult Americans identify with the Christian faith. Their faith and moral fabric is rooted in thousands of years of church doctrine and history, yet their belief in the sanctity of life and traditional marriage has made them long standing targets demonized by the progressive left and their proxies. The siege on Chick fil A and Hobby Lobby over principles of faith clearly telegraph no target is too big to attack. By their own reckoning tolerance is not requisite or exercised. June 2015, Washington’s “Men in Black” rule bans on same sex marriage were unconstitutional. It wasn’t enough the beneficiaries of that ruling embrace their win and simply walk away, they continue to demonize and denigrate those who answer to a higher authority than the Supreme Court. The interests of the politically protected are absolute and supersede that of their targets guarantee of freedom and protection under the First Amendment. The dirty little secret is the Progressive end game isn’t to right a manufactured wrong or seek social justice for the oppressed it’s to target and diminish the institutions of faith and the moral authority of millions of Americans achieving compliance and control by brute force if necessary. The vacuum of faith is fertile ground for the creep of moral equivalency.
Race and equality have morphed from righteous cause into the most divisive, brutal and unforgiving instrument in the progressive arsenal of social engineering. It has in fact evolved into an industry invested in in mass production of dependent and angry victims. For decades, Reverends Al Sharpton racial arsonist and frequent visitor to the Whitehouse, Jesse Jackson, and Louis Farrikhan have been catalytic in that growth. Sharpton’s influence is evident by the city blocks of homes and business scorched by fire, and business robbed and looted, another product of social justice. In perpetuating the race war Sharpton and company have sold out the very people they’ve sworn to advocate for and defend. Arguably if the Reverend Martin Luther King were alive today, he’d forget he was a man of God for a spell and deliver his own brand of justice on the Reverends Three. As a nation we are clearly divided, there are now people of color, and there is everyone else. For the former there are no rules of engagement, they are not obliged to be tolerant as they demand of others. For the latter there is “White Guilt” a centuries old sentence passed down generation to generation with no parole or expiration date. Their only offense is lineage and the color of their skin.
As “monumentally moronic” (PC Police take notice) as the PC and social engineering directives we’re peppered with daily they’re not without purpose. The concept of freedom and prosperity made possible by a rogue band of Americans despots that defied a tyrannical government to win their freedom doesn’t reckon with the Progressive vision of hierarchical power and wealth redistribution, a far from original concept that maintains wealth is a finite resource to acquire it requires theft from another. Translation… “You didn’t build that”. That vision is reflected in every social engineering directive and is diabolically simple divide and conquer keep the fleas arguing over who owns the dog and the dog will be yours.
Related Slideshow: Rhode Island Biggest Political Scandals
Buddy Cianci, 1984
Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci resigned as Providence Mayor in 1984 after pleading nolo contendere to charges of assaulting a Bristol man with a lit cigarette, ashtray, and fireplace log. Cianci believed the man to be involved in an affair with his wife.
Cianci did not serve time in prison, but received a 5-year suspended sentence. He was replaced by Joseph R. Paolino, Jr. in a special election.
Brian J. Sarault
Former Pawtucket Mayor Brian J. Sarault was sentenced in 1992 to more than 5 years in prison, after pleading guilty to a charge of racketeering.
Sarault was arrested by state police and FBI agents at Pawtucket City Hall in 1991, who alleged that the mayor had attempted to extort $3,000 from former RI State Rep. Robert Weygand as a kickback from awarding city contracts.
Weygand, after alerting federal authorities to the extortion attempt, wore a concealed recording device to a meeting where he delivered $1,750 to Sarault.
Thomas Fay, the successor to Bevilacqua as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, resigned in 1993, and was later found guilty on three misdemeanor counts of directing arbitration work to a partner in his real estate firm, Lincoln Center Properties.
Fay was also alleged to use court employees, offices, and other resources for the purposes of the real estate firm. Fay, along with court administrator and former Speaker of the House, Matthew "Mattie" Smith were alleged to have used court secretaries to conduct business for Lincoln, for which Fay and Smith were business partners.
Fay was fined $3,000 and placed on one year probation. He could have been sentenced for up to three years in prison.
Edward DiPrete became the first Rhode Island Governor to be serve time in prison after pleading guilty in 1998 to multiple charges of corruption.
He admitted to accepting bribes and extorting money from contractors, and accepted a plea bargain which included a one-year prison sentence.
DiPrete served as Governor from 1985-1991, losing his 1990 re-election campaign to Bruce Sundlun.
Buddy Cianci, 2002
Cianci was forced to resign from the Mayor’s office a second time in 2002 after being convicted on one several charges levied against him in the scandal popularly known as “Operation Plunder Dome.”
The one guilty charge—racketeering conspiracy--led to a five-year sentence in federal prison. Cianci was acquitted on all other charges, which included bribery, extortion, and mail fraud.
While it was alleged that City Hall had been soliciting bribes since Cianci’s 1991 return to office, much of the case revolved around a video showing a Cianci aide, Frank Corrente, accepting a $1,000 bribe from businessman Antonio Freitas. Freitas had also recorded more than 100 conversations with city officials.
Operation Plunder Dome began in 1998, and became public when the FBI executed a search warrant of City Hall in April 1999.
Cianci Aide Frank Corrente, Tax Board Chairman Joseph Pannone, Tax Board Vice Chairman David C. Ead, Deputy tax assessor Rosemary Glancy were among the nine individuals convicted in the scandal.
In 2003 Operation Dollar Bill, a codename for an undercover investigation by the FBI, looked into corruption in the state of Rhode Island. State Senator John Celona was investigated for accepting money and gifts from CVS, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, and Roger Williams Hospital.
In 2005, charges were filed against Celona for accepting gifts and money from CVS, Roger Williams and Blue Cross & Blue Shield. These companies all had interest in legislation that Celona was involved in as the Chairman of the Senate Corporation Committee.
Celona did his best to receive a lenient sentece by cooperating with the governemt and proved to be a key witness in the conviction of two former Roger Williams Medical Center Executives. Celona was later sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
N. Providence Councilmen
Three North Providence City Councilmen were convicted in 2011 on charges relating to a scheme to extort bribes in exchange for favorable council votes. In all, the councilmen sought more than $100,000 in bribes.
Councilmen Raimond A. Zambarano, Joseph Burchfield, and Raymond L. Douglas III were sentenced to prison terms of 71 months, 64 months, and 78 months, respectively.
Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau resigned in 2012 before pleading guilty to federal corruption charges.
Moreau admitted that he had give contractor Michael Bouthillette a no-bid contract to board up vacant homes in exchange for having a boiler installed in his home.
He was freed from prison in February 2014, less than one year into a 24 month prison term, after his original sentence was vacated in exchange for a guilty plea on a bribery charge. He was credited with tim served, placed on three years probation, and given 300 hours of community service.
38 Studios was a video game company founded in 2006 by former Major Leaguer Curt Schilling. First based in Massachusetts, the company moved to Rhode Island to secure a $75 Million loan guarantee from the state’s Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
In 2012, 38 Studios released its first game, “Kingdoms of Amalur”. In May of 2012, 38 Studios missed a payment of $1.125 million to the RIEDC. Later that month 38 studios paid a check for that amount, but it was later returned by the state for inefficient funds. On that same day 38 Studios did not make the payroll for its employees.
At the end of May, 38 Studio laid off all of their employees. In June, 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy. At the same time Federal and State officials begin a probe of the company. That year the state sued 38 Studios as well as Schilling.
In May of 2014, a report came out that the video game company knew that the money they had received was not going to be enough to cover the development of their first project.
The Rhode Island State Police and FBI raided and sealed off the State House office of Speaker of the House Gordon Fox on March 21--marking the first time an office in the building has ever been raided.
Following the raid, Fox resigned as Speaker of the House. Days after the resignation from Fox, Nicholas Mattiello was chosen to replace him.
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