“We Conspire To Produce An Unaware And Compliant Citizenry”

BY Herschel Smith
7 years, 7 months ago

PJ Media:

One of John Podesta’s emails released by WikiLeaks this week exposes how progressive elites seek to exploit the unwashed masses. The email features one of Podesta’s colleagues from the Center for American Progress admitting that the institutional left “conspires to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry,” ostensibly to impose their radical agenda on us without much resistance.

The correspondent is Bill Ivey of Global Cultural Strategies, “the online representation of the ideas, writings, and affiliations of author/consultant Bill Ivey.” He is an author trained in folklore and history, a trustee of the Center for American Progress, a former team leader in the Barack Obama presidential transition in 2008, and the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in the Clinton administration.

In the email from March of 2016, Ivey expresses concern about the rise of “opinionated blowhard” Trump and frets because the “citizenry” seems to be awakening.

Well, we all thought the big problem for our US democracy was Citizens United/Koch Brothers big money in politics. Silly us; turns out that money isn’t all that important if you can conflate entertainment with the electoral process.

Trump masters TV, TV so-called news picks up and repeats and repeats to death this opinionated blowhard and his hairbrained ideas, free-floating discontent attaches to a seeming strongman and we’re off and running. JFK, Jr would be delighted by all this as his “George” magazine saw celebrity politics coming. The magazine struggled as it was ahead of its time but now looks prescient. George, of course, played the development pretty lightly, basically for charm and gossip, like People, but what we are dealing with now is dead serious.

How does this get handled in the general? Secretary Clinton is not an entertainer, and not a celebrity in the Trump, Kardashian mold; what can she do to offset this? I’m certain the poll-directed insiders are sure things will default to policy as soon as the conventions are over, but I think not.

And as I’ve mentioned, we’ve all been quite content to demean government, drop civics and in general conspire to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry. The unawareness remains strong but compliance is obviously fading rapidly. This problem demands some serious, serious thinking – and not just poll driven, demographically-inspired messaging.

I’m not insulted.  I actually feel a bit sorry for your ignorance.  Mr. Ivey, you make the same mistake that most other progressives make.  Oh, there’s a lot of couch potatoes around who like to watch night time sitcoms, wear stupid clothing and cheer for their favorite band of criminals on Sunday.

But you’re missing the larger point.  The NRA is blamed for rousting the masses of gun owners, for telling them what to think, and for getting in the way of “common sense” gun regulations.  You see the world this way because progressives need their leaders to tell them how to think and what to do.  To the extent that the NRA fights the Senate, Congress and President, they’re doing what we tell them to do.  To the extent that they don’t, they are being recalcitrant.  In the total absence of the NRA, our views wouldn’t change one iota.  We don’t look to them for our world view.

Similarly, messaging won’t change things for us.  When I say “us,” I mean more people than you know.  Donald Trump is a symptom, not the disease.  The only other candidate who had any chance of winning was Ted Cruz, and he was as hated by the establishment as Trump is.  Trump didn’t ascend to the top because of his television persona, but because it’s all being burned down by the people.  Trump is the vessel.  The people threw gasoline and lit the match.

As for the goal of conspiring to produce an unaware and compliant citizenry, you’re far too late for that.  America is the most heavily armed nation in the world.  I’ve seen your plans.

The legislation has already been written. H.R. 4269 would enact a national, permanent ban on the manufacture and sale of so-called “assault weapons” and all firearm magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. The bill, introduced last December, already has149 Democratic co-sponsors (218 are needed to pass the House).

H.R. 4269 would ban all AR-15 and AK-type rifles and all civilian versions of military rifles produced anywhere in the word within the past 60 years or so. The bill would also ban all parts kits, stripped receivers, “bump-fire” stocks, thumbhole stocks, trigger cranks, so-called “compliant” rifles, and “any… characteristic that can function as a [pistol] grip.” Law enforcement is exempt from the bill’s provisions.

H.R. 4269 is not a “kick down the door and confiscate ‘em” bill. Existing rifles and magazines are “grandfathered” (but the transfer of existing magazines is permanently prohibited). Gun banners know that it is literally impossible to perform a door-to-door gun confiscation in a nation of 300 million people, and that any attempt to do so would certainly be met with violence. Consequently, they have pre-empted the “Come and take it” crowd by employing a long-term strategy. Once the manufacture and sale of certain weapons is prohibited, it is only a matter of time before the legislation would be amended to outlaw the transfer of “grandfathered” rifles as well as magazines, thus enacting a de facto confiscation within a generation.

This won’t work.  No one will comply.  You don’t honestly think we’re going to spend our hard earned money on guns and ammunition, teach our sons to shoot and fend for themselves, and then turn the guns over to you in our wills, do you?

As I said.  It’s too late.  There is an inevitable split coming to America.  Your plans for collectivism can’t control the American spirit.  Every turn of the screw by you will only make matters worse and the people more ungovernable.  But since your world view works from the top down, I don’t expect you to understand this.  That bodes darkness for the near term.

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  1. On October 14, 2016 at 3:09 am, Bustednuckles said:

    Ammo is the weak link in that chain.
    They are working on that too.

  2. On October 14, 2016 at 6:43 am, MattBracken said:

    BLOAT: Buy Lots Of Ammo Today.
    You can’t have too much ammo unless it sinks your boat or keeps your airplane from taking off.

  3. On October 14, 2016 at 9:32 am, CJ Klekar said:

    Don’t forget magazines, also…

  4. On October 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm, Craig Miller said:

    Unfortunately, all of my serialized modern weaponry along with thousands of rounds of ammo was lost while I was fishing. It seems the weight caused the hull to fail and the boat sank. What crappy luck I have.

  5. On October 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm, Lt. Greyman, NVA said:

    Pity, those of us who would resist could have used that ammo…

  6. On October 24, 2016 at 10:58 am, Craig Miller said:

    Yeah, I probably should have not taken all my stuff on that ill fated boat ride that managed to wipe all of my registered weapons and ammo cache off the books. I will be more careful next time.

  7. On October 20, 2016 at 9:45 pm, TSA_TheSexualAssault said:

    Always bring enough boat.

  8. On October 14, 2016 at 4:58 am, UNCLEELMO said:

    Let’s ask the California DOJ what the term ‘collectivism’ means to them, shall we?

    Compliant Citizen- “Can I keep a registered assault weapon rifle that I inherited?”

    Kamala Harris- “No. Pursuant to California Penal Code sections 30915 and 30935, any person who obtains title to a registered assault weapon by bequest or intestate succession shall, within 90 days do one or more of the following:
    – Render the weapon permanently inoperable.
    – Sell the weapon to a licensed gun dealer who has a permit from DOJ to purchase assault weapons.
    – Obtain a permit from DOJ to possess assault weapons in the same manner as specified in Penal Code sections 32650 – 32670.
    – Lawfully remove the weapon from this state.
    Thanks for asking. Have a nice day!”

  9. On October 14, 2016 at 6:43 am, MattBracken said:

    If you have 18 guns, and Hillary’s new gun laws ban 12 of them, how many guns will you have?
    18 guns.
    Your move, Hillary.

  10. On October 14, 2016 at 8:45 am, L O said:

    ^ This^

  11. On October 14, 2016 at 9:30 am, JoeSmith06811 said:

    What are you doing with only 18 guns?

  12. On October 14, 2016 at 10:21 am, Fred said:

    Perhaps more than 18. Fudds will be looking to sell.

  13. On October 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    Exactly, Matt. What the hell are these people smoking to believe that we will comply? One more thing. The ratio of “indians” to “chiefs” always favors the “indians.

  14. On October 15, 2016 at 12:57 pm, kozanne said:


  15. On October 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm, TSA_TheSexualAssault said:

    18 guns plus the guns of fudds who sold theirs at a discount rather than donate to the shredder. At least 47 guns.
    And at least 2000 cartridges per gun. Everything kitted together, ready to issue to patriots. At least before the boating accident, it was quite a marvel of inventory.

  16. On October 14, 2016 at 7:11 am, Frank Clarke said:

    Every time I read something like this, I’m reminded that we are inching our way toward a second civil war and I wonder how long it will be before the first shots are fired. Do they not understand this or is it that they believe they will emerge from the rubble unscathed?

  17. On October 14, 2016 at 9:21 am, bobk90 said:

    The Shots have already been FIRED…. Going back at least to “Ruby Ridge” in the 90’s but most Americans are to wrapped up in the, what I call, the “Consumer Matrix”… Like the Movie it’s not Aliens but Elite Scumbag Bankers who control the reality that MOST are Stuck in, Never seeing the TRUTH!!!

  18. On October 14, 2016 at 9:36 am, JoeSmith06811 said:

    Trump is completely “red pilling” Americans to this scam and with Wikileaks dropping bomb after bomb the public is getting it.

    Plus the libs gained currency and power off the backs of a constantly abused police force and military they like to call racists and baby killers when it helps them. No, I don’t think the police or military will do their bidding the way they think.

    At the end of the day deceit and lies build a negative balance that must be worked off.

    We’re the accountants and God will not be mocked.

  19. On October 14, 2016 at 10:16 am, B said:

    There is nothing more dangerous than a Christian soldier who has made his peace with God. Let’s do this.

  20. On October 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    Or as poet Colin Ryan wrote in “When Men Become Truly Free” (read it here: http://tinyurl.com/CRyan-Truly-Free ) “[A] man with nothing left becomes fully empowered
    And he is the most unassailable weapon against evil”

  21. On October 16, 2016 at 2:12 am, Poshboy said:

    Not yet. We’re close, But not this month. God bless you for your strength and faith. It will matter. And it will be victorious.

  22. On October 15, 2016 at 5:58 am, SWIFT said:

    We’ve been compliant too long. I hope the first shots are fired today. It has been said that we should not leave all these constitutional assaults for our children to clean up. This generation needs to get some steel in their spines and clean up their own mess.

  23. On October 16, 2016 at 5:05 am, Chuck said:

    No we will be cleaning up the mess of the “Greatest Generation”.

  24. On October 14, 2016 at 7:38 am, Swath - PROUD DEPLORABLE said:

    They understand very well they are pushing us into civil war. You ever heard the quote “Out of chaos comes order.” The ruling pigs truly despise anyone not towing their marxist line. They are delusional enough to think they can be the victor in a civil war. They are truly danderous. Some of the quotes below from Friedrich Nietzsche can be seen in our current society.

    Friedrich Nietzsche Quotations

    “Every man has his price? That is not true. But for every man there exists a bait
    which he cannot resist swallowing.”

    “Truths are illusions [that] we have forgotten are illusions.”

    “The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”

    “Out of chaos comes order.”

  25. On October 14, 2016 at 10:27 am, Fred said:

    I think I saw you over at #Gab. Look me up.


  26. On October 16, 2016 at 5:08 am, Swath - PROUD DEPLORABLE said:

    Hi Fred, I am not on Gab but I plan to get on the Breitbart twitter like account soon. I will see you there.

  27. On October 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm, Poshboy said:

    Well, at the end of the day, and after the last 1,000 rounds have been fired into the enemies of the Constitution and our venerable liberties, it will have been on the heads of the collectivists and their rancid philosophy. None of us ever wanted this fight. This is entirely their doing.

  28. On October 16, 2016 at 5:05 am, Swath - PROUD DEPLORABLE said:

    It will be on the collectivist of course but they have a lot of useful idiots to use as cannon fodder. They will push their agenda until they break or fight those who believe in the constitution. The constitution is simply a document to be altered to mirror their philosophy. Federal agencies have become a part of the marxist and that is apparent by the action of James Comey in the Clinton email investigation and the IRS Tea Party fiasco.

    The signs are everywhere and the elite no longer care if it is apparent to everyone. They are on the terminal run of their takeover and expect a fight. We will begin seeing more people set up by federal agencies in make believe plots like the three just arrested in Kansas for the bomb plot against Somalis. If Clinton wins the white house expect it to advance very rapidly.

  29. On October 14, 2016 at 8:28 am, Douglas Mortimer said:

    They are trying to play the long con, but we are at a tipping point where people just say, “eff you I won’t comply”. And we won’t. You can only have too much ammo if you’re drowning or on fire.

  30. On October 14, 2016 at 8:51 am, L O said:

    Im curious….. anybody follow up on Conn. black gun/ high cap mag, ban? implimented in 2015?…I havnt heard a peep about it.

  31. On October 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm, Archer said:

    Last I heard, estimated better-than-90% non-compliance with the registration requirement on rifles, and even better than that on magazines.

    And it has to be estimated, because without registration, they don’t know … which is kind of the point.

  32. On October 14, 2016 at 9:34 am, Duke Norfolk said:

    Yep, to borrow from Vox Day: Lefties always lie; they always double down; they always project.

    They can’t even get good compliance in Australia and Europe. There are still a lot of “illegal” guns in those parts. They’ll get almost no compliance in the US; as already seen in Conn, NY, etc. The only way they get ’em is to come get ’em. Molon Labe

    And yes, I think that a fracturing is coming after a civil war. Timing is the question.

  33. On October 14, 2016 at 10:29 am, Fred said:

    The Eastern Europeans are arming up against the muz hordes.

  34. On October 14, 2016 at 10:07 am, DAN III said:

    I agree with the “buy ammo” crowd. Do the best you can to “buy”. But, the problem is….there is a limit to any one person’s cash. One can only buy so much of anything.

    Truly, if Klinton is anointed, I believe there will be bloodshed.

  35. On October 14, 2016 at 10:42 pm, creative_dude said:

    Yeah, there is a limit on cash. We can only buy so much of anything. So the new question is will we buy toys? Or things for the future. Only adults are capable of deferred gratification. Do we deserve freedom?

  36. On October 14, 2016 at 11:04 am, GeoBlue said:

    So again I ask, what is holding people with balls marching in to these crooked asinine politicns and mega rich nwo type homes, offices, etc… And hang their ass!!! Are we that pussified people??

  37. On October 14, 2016 at 11:30 am, Diane Dina said:

    GeoBlue, I hear you but most don’t. McCain and Obama destroyed our Bill of Rights with their NDAA. Not a shot was fired. That was 4-1/2 years ago. The tyrants are incredibly stronger now than 4-1/2 year ago. Look at just their weapon development. We are actually weaker, especially financially. Sadly, the legacy of the so-called Liberty Movement will be our contentment with kicking the can down the road…

  38. On October 14, 2016 at 11:32 pm, Paul X said:

    The revolution comes in its own time. It’s not a thing that anyone has control of. What you see happening are the necessary precursors to the final blowup. Probably, it will be an debt-driven economic crash that kicks it off, but that is just speculation.

  39. On October 15, 2016 at 9:38 pm, Poshboy said:

    Geoblue, I’m as eager as you to rid our Republic of this swine, but we’re not at the off just yet. All of us will know exactly when that will be. Claire Wolffe said it best, and we are luckily still there. God bless.

  40. On October 14, 2016 at 11:04 am, firefirefire said:

    I’m still trying to recover from the loss of all my firearms when my boat was swept out to sea and lost during a storm.

  41. On October 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm, TSA_TheSexualAssault said:

    Why we have friends.

  42. On October 14, 2016 at 11:44 am, Diane Dina said:

    Patriots, the gun-grabbers don’t need our guns. They just need our total distraction by threats of gun control. Meanwhile they prepare for a war where we will bring guns to a drone fight. Yea, tell your loved ones to grab a gun, dig a hole and don a ghillie suit. What a plan…

  43. On October 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm, Hypo said:

    Every drone must land. They all have technicians and operators. They have people deciding on targeting. There are no Green Zones big enough to stay out of rifle range here in the Homeland. They will leave the pod. Do you know where your local Fed Offices are? Does it have a direct ramp onto the Interstate or a rail station? Do they travel in convoys of MRAPS? Did we win in Afghanistan?

  44. On October 20, 2016 at 9:52 pm, TSA_TheSexualAssault said:

    Total Victory Afghanistan! The Poppies must grow!

  45. On October 14, 2016 at 7:53 pm, Warmongerel said:

    You don’t think many, if not most, of our patriotic soldiers will turn those drones around and fly them towards Washington DC?

  46. On October 14, 2016 at 11:33 pm, Paul X said:

    “Those who drone, will be droned.”

  47. On October 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm, Frank Clarke said:

    The updated version of “Live by the sword; die by the sword”

  48. On October 14, 2016 at 10:46 pm, creative_dude said:

    Which is more expensive, a drone or a half dozen shotgun shells? Who do we trust more, our friends and neighbors or the self appointed anointed in DC?

  49. On October 14, 2016 at 2:21 pm, Strelnikov said:

    I’ll see you on the barricades.

  50. On October 14, 2016 at 4:57 pm, TimeHasCome said:

    The Libs get a chub every time a gun is taken away.

  51. On October 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    Chub? I figure they get a full-on woody. A few of ’em probably come in their shorts!

  52. On October 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    I would really like to know what those idiots are smoking if they honestly believe gun owners will comply. Perhaps a few will but I strongly suspect that the vast majority will not comply.

    Couple of principles I’d like to restate here.

    1. ALL governments derive their power (just or otherwise) from the consent of the governed. If enough of the governed become riled up enough there WILL be a change in government.

    2. ALL compliance is voluntary. Even when said compliance is coerced, a bad enough situation will induce non-compliance.

    3. The ratio of “indians” to “chiefs” always favors the “indians”.

    4. Sufficient numbers of sufficiently motivated unarmed peasants can take down an armed and armored knight. As “someone” (Wikiquotes is fairly certain it WASN’T Stalin) said, “Quantity has a quality all its own.”

  53. On October 14, 2016 at 7:42 pm, Lt. Greyman, NVA said:

    “Sufficiently motivated unarmed peasants”

    Actually history shows the opposite. Millions will die before anyone lifts a finger, and those that will die are the leaders, the gun owners and those who know eough to be a danger.


    “And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things
    have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night
    to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and
    had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass
    arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of
    the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling
    with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on
    the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had
    boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people
    with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?… The Organs
    would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport
    and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would
    have ground to a halt! If…if…We didn’t love freedom enough. And even
    more – we had no awareness of the real situation…. We purely and
    simply deserved everything that happened afterward.”

    Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  54. On October 14, 2016 at 7:57 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    Ah, Lt? Are you disputing my thesis that a sufficiently large number of sufficiently motivated (enraged) unarmed peasants could swamp an armed/armored knight by sheer force of numbers? Or are you saying that it has never been done. I understand that peasant rebellions are few in history but surely you must agree that if enough people get mad enough they can do pretty much what they please. IMS, the French Revolution was mostly accomplished by unarmed peasants. I’m pretty sure that the mob which stormed the Bastille was unarmed.

    The problem here is that some Officers and senior NCOs trust the chain of command implicitly. You trust it so much that you cannot CONCEIVE of being given an unlawful order. That attitude L T is going to get you and a lot of others when We the People rise up in justified wrath and do OUR duty (per Jefferson) and replace the current government.

  55. On October 15, 2016 at 9:46 am, Mutant Swarm said:

    If I may provide enlightenment: “NVA” stands for “Northwest Volunteer Army,” a fictional “action arm” of the Northwest Front. The Northwest Front is a white separatist movement based in the Pacific Northwest. An author named Harold Covington has written a series of novels depicting what a successful separatist campaign (and its aftermath) might look like. northwestfront dot org

  56. On October 15, 2016 at 4:13 pm, Lt. Greyman, NVA said:

    I am firmly behind you, if not even with you on leadership, my friend. We already have our safe houses, our communications secured, our cell organization, weapon stashes, etc.

    I merely say that, given history, it is VERY unlikely that the “cold dead hands” guy who is talking at the gun show about taking back ” ‘Mmerica” is going to be capable of scraping the “I support our troops” sticker off his truck and putting two in the head of the FATPO (Federal Anti-Terrorist Police) officer. Nearly every rebellion has been lead by the elites, and Aristocrat guys like Matt Bracken and John Ross are too few and far between.

  57. On October 15, 2016 at 4:38 pm, Frank Clarke said:

    vonClausewitz. It was one of MikeB’s favorite quotes and because of that became one of mine.

  58. On October 16, 2016 at 2:19 am, Poshboy said:

    No, most of us will tell them to shove it up their backside. And then do somethihg about it. They’ll then have to show up at work and decide if ihe paycheck is worth the label of treason. And its consequences.

  59. On October 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm, Billy Mullins said:

    Reading Colin Ryan’s poem again, I decided I ought to post it here. Forgive me it it is too long Herschel. You are more than welcome to delete the post if you deem it too long – or for any other reason. It IS, after all, YOUR blog.

    When Men Become Truly Free
    By Colin Ryan

    There comes a times in the lives of men
    When the ruthless and the criminally insane
    Who rule the masses for their own gain
    Make the fatal mistake of enjoying too much
    Their psychopathic entertainment
    They lose control in their lust for blood
    And take too far their need to tread men down
    By destroying any sense of a secure life
    And taking away each and every freedom
    Stealing the last piece of wealth they possess
    So they cannot even care for their own
    Stifling their voice with laws and corruption
    Beating them down with rule by force
    Where no justice exists for those being played
    And there is no direction left for men to turn
    When this insane game is taken this far
    Comes the time when men have nothing left to lose
    This is the time when the minds of men are freed
    It is a time when man loses his fear of death
    This is the time when a man becomes invincible
    He becomes free to do whatever he must do
    Without fear for his life or for his future
    He will take control of the destiny of the world
    Away from the bloodied hands of the soulless
    Any action he takes he will take with a surety
    That he must do something for he has no future
    So the act he chooses will be all the greater
    For when faced with oblivion and with no way out
    He will take down as many of his oppressors with him
    Gladly die in a selfless act to change the world’s future
    This day is coming soon as it always does
    The perverse minds of evil always self destruct
    As their addiction to our suffering can never be sated
    Exerting control for their paranoia and fear of men
    For every good man will take down these brutes
    Every free man will give up himself for his brothers
    For a man with nothing left becomes fully empowered
    And he is the most unassailable weapon against evil

    ©Copyrighted by Colin Ryan (2010)

  60. On October 14, 2016 at 9:27 pm, deplorable cp said:

    This is really sick!

  61. On October 15, 2016 at 3:55 am, gem39 said:

    Yes, buy ammo now.

  62. On October 15, 2016 at 2:01 pm, lineman said:

    The thing is men, they are correct in their assessment… Why do you think we are in the mess we are in…If there were actually a ton of smart concerned citizens we wouldn’t have the corrupt incompetent leaders we have…Most people are mouth breathers that can barely tie their own shoes…The stupidity out there is overwhelming… Sad That…

  63. On October 16, 2016 at 4:37 am, pogeybait said:

    When these elitists are no longer afraid of openly admitting to their various inevitable schemes shows the sheer depth of their core beliefs because nobody is denying the content of these e-mail leaks. It’s time that we consider their behavior and actions seriously and we should start listening and prepare. It’s not ammo nor weapons but time.

  64. On October 18, 2016 at 2:38 pm, LarryA said:

    They really need to quit telling me it will be okay because they will grandfather my guns.
    I am a grandfather. It makes me think about my grandchildren.
    They don’t want me thinking about my grandchildren.

  65. On October 20, 2016 at 9:53 pm, TSA_TheSexualAssault said:

    “Get off of my lawn.”
    Clint Eastwood in Grand Torino.

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