Martin Mawyer, President
There’s a new political game in town, spearheaded by power-stealing, rule-trashing liberal Democrats and aided by left-leaning media news outlets.
It’s called “panic signaling.”
Panic signaling is the weaponization of false, misleading or exaggerated fear in an attempt to sow more fear, hopefully along with anger and revulsion, in the hearts and minds of mainstream Americans.
Examples of Democrat “panic signaling” abound. Take a look at just a few:
- Nancy Pelosi proclaiming that President Donald Trump should be stripped of nuclear-weapon launch codes because he has become “unhinged”
My God, Trump could start a harebrained nuclear war!
- House Democrats claiming they live in fear because certain Republican members lawfully carry guns for their own protection.
These murderous, armed Republicans are one angry word away from shooting me!
- The Biden administration’s threat to revoke Donald Trump’s access to future intelligence briefings because “he cannot be trusted” with the same kind of information he’s gotten for the last four years
Trump is such a narcissist that he might destroy America as revenge for being removed!
There was no medical or psychological evidence to support Pelosi’s claim that Trump had become so “unhinged” that he might launch nuclear weapons. Nothing even close. Neither have House Democrats presented even the slimmest evidence that gun-carrying Republicans are ready to unholster their weapons and use them in a criminal way.
The Biden gang has seemed only too eager to piggy-back on Pelosi’s unchallenged claim that Trump has become “unhinged,” with their announcement of a likely ban of the president from future intelligence briefings.
Though these alarmist pronouncements lack any seriousness or substance, the Democrats display no worries about any potential backlash. They know they can rely on left-leaning “journalists” to treat their accusations with the most extreme drama and help parrot these phony fears to the American people.
Here’s a case in point:
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (known as AOC) got tons of airtime when she tearfully detailed the “near-death experience” of hiding out in her congressional office during the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill demonstration.
Except … her story was a complete lie. AOC wasn’t even in the Capitol building.
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), who has an office in the same hall as AOC, just two doors away, outed the socialist by saying the “insurrectionists never stormed our hallway. Egregious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Is there nothing the MSM (mainstream media) won’t politicize?”
No, Rep. Mace, there’s no instance of “panic signaling” the MSM won’t publicize in their tireless campaign to create hatred, disrespect and disdain for patriotic, Trump-supporting Americans.
With no evidence, Democrats and the MSM think they can make Americans believe that Republican lawmakers who support Trump are dangerous, out of control, and on the verge of violence.
Not only Republican lawmakers are a threat, mind you. Equally dangerous are those loudmouthed Trump supporters out beyond the walled, barbed-wired, “safe” confines of Washington D.C.
Some Members of Congress have recently asked for 24-hour armed security, even at home, to protect themselves from Trump followers.
Excuse me? On what basis?
We’ve been watching the homes of prominent Republicans and conservatives for years being threatened by liberal agitators, including the homes of Tucker Carlson, Ivanka Trump, Mitch McConnell and Mike Pence.
Does anybody remember back in 1991 when ACT-UP, an extraordinarily violent gay rights group, set upon the North Carolina home of Senator Jesse Helms and draped it in a gigantic “condom?”
Liberals have been attacking the homes of Republicans and conservatives for at least three decades, yet never have these people demanded 24-hour, taxpayer-funded protection.
Then there was the horrifying 2017 Congressional baseball-practice shooting, which saw Republican Congressmen targeted in Alexandria, Va. by James Hodgkinson, a fanatical Bernie Sanders supporter. The shooting left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise with a bullet in his hip, just one of several people wounded during that act of terrorism. The leftist shooter was killed by police.
But in a classic case of panic signaling, Pelosi has said it is House Democrats who need urgent protection from “the enemy.” “It means that we have members of Congress who want to bring guns onto the floor and have threatened violence on other members of Congress,” she has lamented.
She had a different view back in 2017 after the baseball-practice shooting, when Republicans raised similar concerns over left-wing zealotry that literally threatened their lives.
“Outrageous!” she said. “How dare they say such a thing?”
Pelosi made that comment about a real shooting, not some hypothetical, totally made-up, dramatized illusion of a shooting.
Life for Democrats is so perilous, according to Pelosi and her loyal bootlickers, that there are now calls for an extended National Guard presence and permanent heavy-duty fencing around the Capitol.
Their dream scenario is the American people panicking and believing that Trump supporters are psychopaths spoiling to hunt down and assassinate opponents, and even to nuke the entire world if they don’t get what they want.
Panic signaling is a little reminiscent of the classic fable, The Boy Who Cried Wolf:
The minds of liberal Democrats are a nightmare world of dangerous wolves: Republicans with guns, Americans who love Donald Trump, “privileged” white people on the verge of embracing Nazism, Bible-believing Christians trying to impose morality, the “un-woke,” American nationalists who launch fiery riots to get their way. (Although who was it who rioted, nationwide, all through 2020?)
Democrats believe that if they keep screaming “wolf!” they will eventually persuade Americans that anything, anything is justified to rid the world of their unspeakably dangerous political opponents.
Americans are a peaceful people, though, and courageous. They know phony panic when they see it. Most of them won’t cower before a fabricated enemy.
So what will happen to panic-signaling Democrats when and if they ever actually are in danger? Perhaps they should read the Greek version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which ends with this warning:
This shows how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them.
Except that we already don’t believe them. We know them too well. Especially now.