How to Rescue Pop Culture from Progressives

| January 15, 2013 | Comments (4)

LadyLiberty

After reading my post yesterday about the Golden Globes, one of my readers sent the following email:

My only problem is when Conservatives say we abdicated the culture to the liberals. I don’t quite understand what that means. I didn’t abdicate anything, at least not to my knowledge. What are we, who are working with families, supposed to do? Are we supposed to publish newspapers, start networks, or make movies? If you’re not in one of those fields, I think you first have to be good parents and stay on top of your kids like we do. Good parents don’t let their kids be liberals.You also have to talk to your neighbors and join groups like the Tea Party. I don’t raise these questions to be funny. I just want to know what the plan(s) is or should be. I hear this complaint about the culture from conservative pundits but I don’t hear any solutions, other than the vague “we’ve got to get the culture back”.

First, to reply to his frustration with conservatives who note that we have abdicated the culture, I suggest watching the film Agenda: Grinding America Down to fully understand the scope and magnitude of the cultural challenges we now face, due to a concerted effort on the part of American communists to detach the USA from all moral anchors. The communists rightly saw America’s morality as its strength, the source of its economic prosperity and military power, thus they brilliantly (if diabolically) infiltrated our most revered institutions in order to take us down from within, without firing a single shot.

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As for the “conservative abdication of the culture” issue, I don’t think it’s about blame as much as it’s about getting people to understand the urgency to get into the cultural game. Most pundits I hear acknowledge that good, upstanding people are busy working, raising kids, going to church, helping their communities and otherwise contributing to their families, friends and society as a whole. But it’s no longer enough to declare, “I don’t watch so-and-so”, or “I have no idea who so-and-so is because I don’t listen to that trash”. As I said yesterday, the only reason I give a damn about what Julianne Moore falsely claims about Sarah Palin is because way too many Americans who vote give credence to her and other celebrities in our increasingly secular, vapid, Jerry Springer-ized culture.

That said, I certainly agree that one of the ways to stop this insanity is to stop putting any financial support behind it. Which means you first have to be aware that a particular film, actor, director, etc. harbors deeply hostile views toward all things traditionally American — from free enterprise to individual liberty to personal responsibility to belief in God. Yes, they are free to make anti-American garbage and you are equally free as an American consumer to boycott their product.

But don’t stop there. Talk to your friends about it. Inform other people you know who aren’t as politically or culturally astute yet in virtually all aspects of their life are basically conservative. Even with the degradation of American society, most people — whether they admit it or not — live traditional lives. Most Americans love our country and see it as a force for good in the world. Most believe that “government is doing too much”, according to the exit polling done on Election Day 2012.

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So why then, if most folks believe government is too involved in our lives, would they vote to send Obama back to the White House? What is wrong with this picture?

It’s incredulous that there could be such a disconnection but this dichotomy exists among a broad swath of Americans, from the highly educated to those with only a high school diploma. I recently wrote about college-educated family friends who are well into their Golden Years and pride themselves on their moral standards and work ethic who nevertheless voted for Obama twice.

Do you think this couple even knows who Sandra Fluke is, or that the DNC booed God three times at their convention?

Yes, we can rightfully blame the Obamaphile media for not covering such things, but the more insidious problem exists within the culture — television shows, films, music — that subtly embed their agenda in an entertaining package. And why is it that the media would deliberately refuse to expose the elevation of sluts and the attempted dethroning of God at the DNC? Because if a majority of Americans knew what they actually stood for, they’d never vote for a Democrat — or a squishy RINO for that matter.

That’s why I believe there’s still hope. But we have to move quickly. Here are my initial thoughts on how to practically and positively influence our culture:

1. Know Your Enemy – Stay informed of the bad actors, so to speak. You don’t have live and die by celebrity rag sheets, but read blogs like Big Hollywood for a full understanding of who the America-bashing celebrities are. Again, it’s not about caring about their opinion because they’re important people; it’s about caring because their opinion — for better or for worse — matters to many Americans who in turn, vote in elections.

2. Refuse to Support America-Bashing/Culturally Toxic/Agenda-Driven Films, Music, TV Shows, Artists – This naturally follows #1 because once you know who they are, you can withhold your hard-earned dollars from their propagandized products. If enough people stopped financially propping up these clowns, maybe they’d finally be forced to start producing something of quality and value — or pave the way for talented pro-America newcomers to fill the void.

3. Talk Religion and Politics – Remember the old adage about avoiding these “controversial” topics among friends, strangers, co-workers and acquaintances? Well, it’s completely bone-headed and has inflicted a tremendous amount of damage on our culture. There are civil ways of approaching the most pressing issues of our time through the lens of religion and politics, and since a majority of Americans still believe in God and live traditional lives, it’s not as daunting as you might think. Sure, there will be plenty of disagreement, but isn’t it a thousand times more productive to talk about things that directly affect our lives instead of exclusively opining on the weather? Besides, disagreement can also lead to the discussion of new ideas and the discovery of angles you might never have contemplated before.

4. Use Social Media – Ah yes, I hear it all the time. Facebook, Twitter and social media are time-wasters! “I don’t care what Mary is cooking for dinner tonight, or how many baskets Joe’s grandson made at his basketball game.” A completely understandable attitude that also misses the point — and an important opportunity. Social media gives you a chance to communicate with people you might never have known, or in the case of long-lost friends from high school, ever seen or heard from again. Share important information with them, engage them in dialogue about current events and yes, talk religion and politics.

5. Start a Blog or Internet Radio Show – Back in the day, Thomas Paine wrote the pamphlet Common Sense to gin up support for the American Revolution. In the 21st Century, freedom-loving patriots have the benefit of new technology to help them get the message out to Americans from all across the fruited plain. In our present-day cultural revolution, we can use platforms like a blog or a blog talk radio show to discuss cultural issues that in turn, affect our election results and public policies. Promote conservative authors, writers and artists by reviewing their work on your blog and radio program. Uninformed voters might not listen to Rush Limbaugh because they’ve bought into the media lies about him, but they might listen to you, especially if they know you as a friend, co-worker, family member or acquaintance. Even if your audience only includes your own circle of influence, you’d still be making a difference.

6. Start Your Own Film Festival – Invite friends over to watch some of the excellent offerings from conservative film makers like Stephen K. Bannon. Watch The Undefeated, District of Corruption, Occupy Unmasked and Fire From The Heartland, to name a few. Another great choice is In The Face of Evil: Reagan’s War in Word and Deed, which not only offers a compelling biography of Ronald Reagan, but also an important history lesson about the 20th century which many don’t learn in school. Which reminds me, if you have kids let them watch also.

7. Start a You Tube Channel – Building on the same principle as starting an internet radio show and blog, create a YouTube channel, where you can post videos of yourself discussing a particular topic. A few stellar examples of people who do this quite effectively are Steven Crowder and Bill Whittle. If you also possess a talent for singing, writing songs and acting, consider creating online “films” that inspire and educate. At the very least, if you don’t have the time to start your own channel, share these types of videos with your contacts on social media to help spread the word.

This is by no means an all-inclusive list, so I will definitely add to it as new ideas come to me. What suggestions do you have? I’d love to hear them and include them in a future post.

UPDATE: Many thanks to the wonderful Bernard Lutchman for the recognition on his blog! Check it out here.

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About Daria: Daria DiGiovanni is an accomplished writer, author, blogger, internet radio host and social media professional. She released her first novel, Water Signs: A Story of Love and Renewal in 2008 and is currently at work on a sequel, Sea To Shining Sea. In addition to her blog, she contributes content to a variety of sites, ghostwrites books, provides training on social media platforms, manages social media accounts for individuals and businesses and hosts various internet radio programs, including Writestream Tuesday, and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss. Daria launched the Writestream Radio Network in March of 2013. Rejoicing in the flow of creativity, the network features hosts Lisa Tarves (Just Believe and Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss), John D. Gresham (Military Monday), Dr. Billie Eizenberg and Attorney Sheena Benjamin-Wise (Family Power Hour), and Kristyn Fetterman (Love, Liberty & Lip Gloss). In November of 2013 she released Reflections on the Ring, a book she authored for Lori Colombo-Dunham and looks forward to the release of Steps To Salvation, a book she's currently writing for client Shlomo Attia. View author profile.

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  1. VLL says:

    The most difficult thing about the above is that I’m often choosing between speaking my mind and keeping “certain” friends and family at all. If I totally alienate them, I lose my own perspective. I do not want to live in an echo chamber of my own choosing.

    I cannot speak about either catholicism or politics over Thanksgiving dinner without triggering an apocalypse of dogpiling that provably ends in being shunned permanently. So long as I keep my mouth shut and let them spout half truths and dam lies, I can continue to be treated like a human being. Just gotta “learn my place.”

    Second problem: I do not know how to evangelize either in soundbytes. The left is exemplary at this. A trained parrot or sock puppet could do a leftist’s job. But we need professional apologists. Ironically, this makes us look like liars.

    Maybe we need our own little conference to troubleshoot these problems. The Critical School was so successful, after all…

    • Daria says:

      Hi VLL, thanks for your comments. It’s definitely NOT an easy thing to do, rescuing Americans from 60+ years of indoctrination through pop culture. These messages have been so successfully embedded into the American psyche in spite of the lessons of history (which is not being properly taught in school). It will take years of undoing.

      But we have to start somewhere. And I agree with you, we need to have more sessions/training on how to take a page out of the Left’s book and start appealing to people on emotion vs. fact. Yes, we have the facts on our side but the reality is that the Left has been so successful in part because they exploit emotion (e.g. class envy, sloth, etc). We need to do the same through fiction, entertainment, etc. but on behalf of individual liberty, personal responsibility, limited government and so on.

      I am part of a Facebook group called “Conservative Libertarian Fiction Alliance” which is comprised of liberty-loving authors, writers and readers. As far as Writestream is concerned, on my Tuesday show I interview many of these authors whose mission is to both entertain and instruct.

      We have our work cut out for us because the Left has been in control for decades. But together, we can do it!

      Wishing you a very blessed, healthy and happy 2014!

  2. VLL says:

    *grin* _That_ is how I found you. :) I’m a “baby writer” so I’m just happy I found a place where I can define the problem and examine priorities. I want to put my shoulder in and actually help solve this thing, rather than merely sit around and complain.

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