Editor’s Note: This was completed prior to the election on November 8, 2016. While Donald Trump won, the concepts are illustrative of the need for the traditional media outlets to construct a reality to support their candidate of choice.
It takes a Potemkin Village
Let that phrase sink in for a moment. What does it truly mean? Originally Potemkin villages were staged inspection points for Czar Katherine in Russia c 1780. As the Czar would travel her kingdoms, destinations along the way would be designate as a point of interest. In order to avoid the wrath of Katherine the stops would be “cleaned up” or made presentable to their ruler. In many cases the village was just window dressing to present a pleasant view to avoid punishment, yet in realty their pristine condition was vastly different from an average shtetl.
This concept persisted through the Soviet era, as Potemkin Villages were used as showcases for journalists from the West. Walter Durante and other journos were stationed in Russia to record the progress that the new Soviet Union was making with their grand experiment of socialism. Stalin, now at the helm, proclaimed as his predecessors that they were building a new society based on scientific principals.
Durante reported for ten years on this progress but in reality he was escorted to Potemkin villages, set up to further the illusion that a new civilization could be engineered. Potemkin Villages were the proof for the West to admire. Stalin was revered for working miracles.
The concept of a village as a fulcrum of societal engineering was adopted again by Hillary Rodham Clinton in her book It Takes A Village. Here we get thinly guised kibbutzim practice for raising children, taking responsibility for development from a communal perspective. This time around we are treated to social science and anthology as proof that we should engineer a future by yielding to the collective good of the community. Further controversy surrounds the book, as Barbara Feinman, the ghost writer and researcher claimed to have received no credit for her work. At many appearances Hillary claimed she wrote the book herself.
During the campaign of 2016 the Hillary Rodham Clinton candidacy has been plagued by scandal and outcry. Prior to the DNC convention, HRC was under investigation by the Department of Justice and the FBI for violating federal law during HRCs tenure at the State Department. It was revealed that HRC had operated an unsecured email platform that house classified information, in direct violation of federal law. In addition, further email communication has surfaced that proved collusion between HRC staff efforts to scrub emails of classified information. This cover up included destruction of unauthorized devices that illegally held email, destroying the email server itself so that FBI could not perform their own forensics, and lying under testimony.
Instead of focusing on the elements that would normally disqualify anyone from presidential candidacy, the establishment media has performed blocking and maneuvers of indirection. They have created a new point of focus away from serial felonies in support of the HRC candidacy. By constructing this new reality they have in fact created a virtual Potemkin village: clean things up, distract from unfavorable truths, and propagandize to promote a pernicious agenda. The irony is that HRC claimed that she alone penned “It Takes A Village”, and now the illusions that provide her cover are promoted by a media that operates in a quasi Apparatchik role, actively defending when discernment of crimes should be the focus.
It Takes Potemkin Village to elect Hillary Rodham Clinton. The village is for our “benefit” and disguise the fences encircling us as mere landscaping. Part of the normal topography of a controlled mind.