The liberals cannot take anything at face value.
On The Joker Poster: The ubiquitous Joker Poster, the one where President Obama is depicted as the archenemy of good, a clown, a socialist masquerading as something else; the Joker. Well, that poster is "racially charged" according to the liberal elitist Philip Kennicott at The Washington Post.
He even goes so far as to distinguish between the 'urban' Heath Ledger Joker and the 'urbane' Jack Nicholson Joker, as if splitting that hair somehow enhances his argument. What to make of this hopelessly complicated argument? Earth to Philip... EARTH CALLING PHILIP KENNICOTT... ATTENTION MR. KENNICOTT: Half the country believes President Obama to be very liberal.
The country believes President Obama is a socialist, something the elite want to ignore. So, they just invent an alternate reality, a thought crime on the part of the artist. The artist must be a racist they assert. They invent and ascribe an intent to the artist.
When choosing alternate explanations Occam's razor applies. The simplest explanation is the most likely one. Ergo, the socialist poster is simply a wake-up call to the liberal elite and MSM. The message? Socialism is Bad and Obama is a Socialist. You are not fooling us. Deal with it.
On the Spontaneous Protests of Big Government: It seems half of America is crowding into their representative's office with shouts of "You work for us!" The unprecedented constituent interest in communicating with their elected representatives during this recess -- never before in the history of this country has such a vocal interest manifested itself -- well this historical first amendment expression, you people are not authentic, the crowds were ginned up by insurance companies, lobbyists and the Republican National Committee. The liberal elite and the main-stream media label them as "anything but real people expressing real views." They simply will not take that at face value.
By the way, if you think the current rallies are big, just wait until August 22nd. Deal with that reality.
In the case of Sarah Palin, there was no bounds to the intent invented: she was pregnant, running for office, not running for office, planning a coup, quit to pick lettuce in Yuma, divorcing Todd, she was avoiding a nervous breakdown, she was hiding a sausage. She famously quipped in response "You know why they're confused? I guess they cannot take something nowadays at face value."
They will not take the plain speaking Sarah Palin at face value, they will not take artistic expression at face value, and they will not take protests of big government at face value.
Liberal Response to Plain Speak: Attack an Alternate Reality.
"Invent Intent" When plain speak crosses the liberal ideology, the message is pure and difficult or impossible to refute. The elitist response is to invent an intent. They must invent a message, an intent they are able to refute.
In the case of the spot-on Joker Poster, they label the artist with a thought crime... racism!. Sometimes they invent racism, sometimes sexism, sometimes it is accusations of some other wrongdoing, such as fraud, waste or abuse of power. Invent Intent. Once they nail the target with an intent, be it a thought crime or unfavorable intent, well they are now free to criticize that invented reality. By the way, it is the liberal elite that embraces racism and sexism; one needs look no farther than Sotomayor for examples of both.
Inventing Intent is not just a weapon of destruction, it is also used to defend the liberal ideology. When you read elite-speak phrases such as 'is trying to' 'attempting to' and the like, those are the gotchas, that is the intention invention. President Obama is trying to live up to his campaign promises... President Obama is attempting to form a partisan coalition... and the like. It is easier for the left to invent that intent than to report the facts. The left loathes facts.
The liberal elite and the main-stream media do not take America at face value. And America tires of it. Oddly now, it is the intent of the liberal elite and the main-stream media that is being questioned. With Good Reason.