I am currently on a cruise ship, the Crystal Symphony, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, heading east toward Mexico, in the company of a large contingent of Hillsdale College supporters and employees. On our sea days, we have been presented with a group of the best speakers known to conservatives. Self-identified Democrat Pat Caddell has treated us to some inside secrets of the polling universe, and we have been often startled by how conservative he actually sounds. In fact, I have been pleasantly surprised at how many times he has seemed to agree with my Hero, Rush Limbaugh, about events taking place in the US recently.
Nearly the first idea he expressed, that “the sovereignty of the US has been hijacked by the Political Class against the American People”. Funny, but Rush has been saying this for years. Mr. Caddell cited results showing that 70% of Americans have expressed the opinion that the country is “in decline”, and that today’s children will not be as prosperous as their parents are. He says that the political class has all the power, and uses it to make their own rules-there are essentially separate codes of conduct for the political class, and the rest of the people (to whom they are supposed to be answerable).
Here is Caddell’s Law: The Wisdom of the American People in the aggregate cannot be denied. Pat notes that the elites are allied with the mainstream Press in telling the People what they should think. Again, another place where he agrees with Rush Limbaugh, who has been discussing this for nearly as long as he has been in the public eye. And he agrees with Rush that today’s Democrats and bureaucrats are attempting to nullify the results of the 2016 presidential election that brought Donald Trump to power. He even used the same word to describe what is taking place! Both men, one a staunch conservative, the other a Democrat, have described the same actions of those who believe that Trump’s election was illegitimate, and that he is mentally unstable and unfit for the high office to which he was elected.
In Caddell’s talk on the polling business today, he started by describing how the media’s polls are biased, and ignore responses that are counter to their anti-Trump narrative (thus presenting false results). Bingo! Another area of agreement with Rush! He pointed out the colleges, like Marist and Quinnipiac, that have started their own polling operations, and how their student poll-takers are subtly influencing the answers they receive from those they poll. Remember now that most colleges in the US today are strongholds of progressivism, safe-spaces, snowflakes, and Trump-hatred. And he also noted how often media and college polls over-sample Democrats. Bingo again! Rush has been mentioning this for a long time, that this artificially lowers the ratings of Republicans, and understates the actual popular support for President Trump.
Caddell also notes how the media do minute-by-minute polls when the Republicans are doing poorly or in the midst of a (often media-fueled) scandal; but they go silent when the Conservative party is doing well. Bingo! Rush has mentioned often how the press kept the heat on President George W. Bush, and misrepresented the economy as doing worse than it actually was. Our speaker went over the whole Benghazi scandals, and how the media and the Obama Administration perpetuated lie after lie after lie to deflect attention away from Hillary Clinton’s culpability for the deaths of four of our American diplomats. Bingo!! More agreement with Rush!
Mr. Caddell says that the media are telling us which “truth” we may know, and they suppress the Truth. He thinks, and our audience agrees, that the press are making themselves the enemy of the American public. He emphasized how the advent of 24-hour TV news coverage has expanded the power of the media, and enabled them to literally destroy a law-abiding American’s life and career. Remember Joe the Plumber, whose life was turned upside-down when he was seen as not supporting the previous president? He notes that in the 20th Century, the press deferred to presidents, and did not ask tough questions. Now, they try to destroy the duly-elected president!
Rush has often discussed how the Press does not report what happened, but what they Want to happen, and Pat Caddell is in agreement with that. Mr. Caddell also discussed how in times past White House correspondents for major media organizations were experienced veterans of years in the news business, while today’s “reporters” are raw college recruits, with little knowledge of the way the White House should be covered. They mainly report on events that coincide with their preferred narrative, and ignore things that don’t. Bingo! Another agreement with Rush.
Mr. Caddell also discussed how today’s news-readers sound exactly alike when reporting a particular news story, to the extent of even using all the same words and phrases. Triple Bingo! Rush Limbaugh has had his experienced production team producing montages of all the news readers expounding on the same subject, and you can plainly hear how everyone sounds exactly alike! In fact, those montages are the best part of Rush’s demonstration of how today’s media operate.
So, Mr. Pat Caddell, when are you going to finally admit the obvious? Isn’t it time for you to leave the “dark side”, and come out and admit that you are not really a Democrat, but a Republican? If you do that, and join us, you will discover that we conservatives are real people, who work for a living and appreciate all work and workers. We conservatives do NOT attempt to destroy the lives and livelihoods of those with whom we disagree, we reason with them and try to help them see the light. We clean up after ourselves, and don’t leave the mountains of garbage behind at political rallies like the “progressives” do. And we welcome new people-the best conservatives are reformed “liberals”. You have already seen, over the past week on the sea and in Hawaii, how friendly we are. Join us!