February 22, 2013—SnyderTalk Editorial: The Oprahfication of America

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February 22, 2013

The Oprahfication of America

A couple of weeks ago, my wife went to Massachusetts to take care of her sister’s children so that she and her husband could take a trip to the Caribbean.  My wife ended up spending two weeks in the Bay State because of the mega storm that hit while she was there and several smaller storms that followed it.

Last Friday, I called to talk with my wife.  She was out, so I spent some time talking with my brother-in-law.  He’s a developer who lives outside Boston, and I’ve talked with him for several years about the importance of buying guns and ammunition.  During our conversation, I explained that he shouldn’t keep putting it off.

To his credit, my bother-in-law has started taking a gun class and eventually he plans to get a permit, but so far he hasn’t bought a gun—pistol, rifle, or shotgun.  I’ve been telling him that he needs all three and more than one of each, plus lots of ammunition.  A few years ago, he could have obtained any of them easily with high capacity magazines for the rifles and pistols, but things have changed.  It’s getting harder and harder to find the guns that he needs, and high capacity magazines are coming under threat in one state after another.

During our discussion on Friday, I told my brother-in-law that the day is coming when he will need those guns.  Notice that I said “is coming,” not “may come,” and “will need,” not “may need,” because I think it’s a virtual certainty, but I’m willing to concede that there is a chance that I am wrong.

For instance, Republicans and Democrats in Washington may have a Kumbaya moment and agree that they should just get along; our nation’s creditors may keep buying our debt at historically low rates even as the dollar becomes increasingly insecure; we may find a way to cut Social Security, Medicare, and defense spending without creating a backlash; the freeloaders among us may have a change of heart and decide as a group that it’s time to get off the dole; criminals may decide that crime doesn’t pay and go straight; and pigs may learn to fly.  Truth is, I think the likelihood of avoiding the inevitable is about the same as the probability of pigs learning to fly.

On Saturday, I called my wife again, and she said that my brother-in-law told her that he felt depressed after our conversation.  I feel depressed, too, but how I feel doesn’t matter.  What I told him is either true or it’s not true; it’s accurate or it’s inaccurate; and how I feel about it is totally irrelevant.

I used to tell my strategy students that they should base their analyses on factual information.  I would say, “I’m interested in finding out what you think, believe, and know.  Please don’t tell me how you feel.”  Unfortunately, in 21st century America how people feel dictates the way they live their lives.  I call this phenomenon the Oprahfication of America.

Oprah Winfrey became a billionaire by capitalizing on the burning desire of Americans, particularly American women, to have others care about how they feel.  Oprah is a master at feeling other people’s pain.  Long before Bill Clinton and Barack Obama learned to cry on cue to show their heartfelt feelings, Oprah was doing it on stage in front of cameras for big bucks.

I believe that Oprah could win the presidency if she decided to run, and I’m not kidding.  Forget the fact that she has no political experience.  Oprah can feel people’s pain and that’s enough to win the presidency these days.  If you have any doubts, try explaining Barack Obama’s victory in 2012.  In 2008, people voted to elect a black president, but in 2012 after four dismal years in office, no other explanation makes any sense.

Obama may have learned to feel other people’s pain from Oprah, but where he learned it is immaterial.  The fact is that he has learned the art of manipulation, and at its core it’s about convincing people that you can feel their pain.  Unfortunately, feeling people’s pain won’t bring Republicans and Democrats together; it won’t solve our deficit and debt problems; it won’t secure our nation’s borders; it won’t inspire people to get up off their lazy derrieres and get to work; and it won’t make us any safer at home or abroad.

Take the Sandy Hook massacre, for instance.  All of us felt terrible about it, and Barack Obama and Dianne Feinstein were the first two out of the gates to launch campaigns attacking law-abiding citizens in the wake of that horrific incident by playing on our feelings.  Nothing they have proposed will affect the criminals among us because criminals don’t care about the law in the slightest.  The only people who will be penalized by their proposed legislation are law-abiding citizens like you and me.

Just once I would like to hear the president explain how he plans to take guns away from criminals.  The reason he doesn’t talk about it is because it’s impossible.  The only thing he can do and the only thing he has done is attack the other victims of the Sandy Hook massacre: law-abiding gun owners who need those weapons for self-defense especially now thanks to pandering politicians like Obama and Feinstein.

Obama and Feinstein are playing on the feelings of Americans at a time when the facts suggest that we need more gun owners in America who have lots of ammunition and high capacity magazines.  That’s why I think buying guns and ammunition right now makes a lot of sense.  If the day comes when you are attacked in your home by a band of marauding criminals, you will rue the day that you decided not to buy a gun.  That mistake may cost you your life.

Buying guns and ammunition is like buying insurance.  You are protecting you and your family against the worst case scenario, and those high capacity magazines that Obama and Feinstein love to hate may help to save your life.  This may seem peculiar to antigun fanatics, but criminals don’t take a break while you reload.  Those magazines enable you to show overwhelming force, and although they may not be the smartest people on the planet, criminals understand bullets whizzing by their heads.

I don’t know how you feel, but I would rather win than lose in that situation.  Excuse me.  I didn’t mean to say “feel.”  I know that our families will be better off if we have the means to defend them properly with 21st century weaponry because that’s what criminals have.

Thankfully, our constitution gives me the right to keep and bear arms.  It doesn’t say muskets.  I am incensed that politicians would play games with my family’s security to score political points at this critical juncture.

This SnyderTalk editorial first appeared in American Thinker.



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Ezekiel 47: 21-23

“So you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. And in the tribe with which the alien stays, there you shall give him his inheritance,” declares Adonai Yahweh.


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Manfred Gerstenfeld: Muslim Anti-Semitism in Western Europe—In 2011 Mark Elchardus, a Belgian sociologist, published a report on Dutch-language elementary schools in Brussels. He found that about 50% of Muslim students in second and third grade could be considered anti-Semites, versus 10% of others. In the same year Gunther Jikeli published his findings from 117 interviews with Muslim male youngsters (average age 19) in Berlin, Paris and London. The majority voiced some, or strong anti-Semitic feelings, expressing them openly and often aggressively. These and other projects and studies reveal that anti-Semitism among substantial parts of European Muslim communities is much higher than in other populations.

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Udi Dekel: The United States and Israel: A Shared Strategy for the Challenges of the Middle East— President Obama’s upcoming visit to Israel, along with the formation of a new Israeli government, is an opportunity for the United States and Israel to formulate a joint strategy toward the challenges of the Middle East. The two countries view the main issues in the region – the Iranian nuclear crisis, the war inSyria, the Palestinian issue, developments in Egypt, and the Israel-Turkey crisis – with concern. Israel’s Prime Minister must take advantage of President Obama’s visit to formulate a joint strategy for coping with the regional challenges based on the two nations’ common interests, and on issues where there is a gap, define the shared objectives so as to map the best course of action and way to deal with the problems.

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Jerry Newcombe: Is Scripture-Quoting a Sign that You’re Nuts?— My wife said, “It’s such a good story. Why should the horrible husband quote the Bible and base his irrational behavior on what he believes it to say. I’m so upset.”

Bridget Johnson: Time Running Out on Sequestration, Yet Admin Stands by WARN Act Defiance—Less than two weeks before devastating defense cuts are set to go into effect without a congressional rescue, the administration is standing behind its pre-election guidance to defense contractors to not issue WARN Act notices of potential layoffs. If layoffs happen without notice by law, taxpayers could swallow $1 billion in promised litigation help.

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Russ Vaughn: Dems Clueless about Combat—A new award system makes it really easy to see who at the top of the chain of command has never been in uniform.

Deane Waldman: Is the U.S. Clinically Insane?—Taking away your freedom to choose in your best interest?

Cindy Simpson: The Truth Be Dimmed—Prominent conservative columnist resigns from liberal paper because of spiked column.



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  • Stand! is a suspense novel that exposes the lies, corruption, and greed underlying the theory that man-made CO2 emissions are responsible for global warming.  Professor Wes Carlyle and Karen Sterling, his research collaborator, carefully scan the audience for their would-be attacker—a member of the enviro-gestapo who has been following them for days.  Wes spots his man in the back of the room leaning against the wall.  Suddenly, another man in the audience steps forward and moves toward Karen at a menacing pace.  With a vicious stroke, he swings a billy club at her head.  Click here to order the eBook.  Click here to order the paperback.
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