Hearing and seeing what they expected


Very few people are critical listeners or observers. Most see and hear whatever they expect and then move on. On the other hand, as a friend said years ago, you have to believe it, i.e. reality/truth, before you can see it.

Was the 2020 election stolen or saved? Molly Ball wrote a book-long article in Time Magazine last week entitled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election.” It’s an exceptionally long read for a magazine article, but equally in-depth with many details. Her opening lines set the tone, or better, the goal of her heroes and heroines’ conspiracies.

Ball wrote, “A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing. The nation was braced for chaos. Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country. Right-wing militias were girding for battle. In a poll before Election Day, 75% of Americans voiced concern about violence.”

Actually, after the election, “liberal groups” continued to riot and protest their usual causes in big cities. But those riots and protests continued to be “mostly peaceful” according to media reports.

Those like Ball who believed, “Right-wing militias were girding for battle,” surely believed they were doing so in preparation for a Biden win. In case you missed it (ICYMI) the new and improved LEFT narrative includes fear of “white nationalist and far-right wing militia violence.” I guess it’s about time to recognize those groups. “Far-left wing” Black Lives Matter and Antifa supporters have continued protesting routinely across the nation since last May. As House Speaker Pelosi said, “People will do what they do.”

You’ve likely heard about congressional committees considering some new domestic terrorist laws after the January 6 attack on the Capitol. This consideration raised alarms among minority organizations who feared their constituents might become targets of any new domestic terrorist legislation. More than 150 civil rights groups signed a letter to Congress a few weeks ago expressing concerns for their communities. They identified themselves as the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

The group wrote, “We must meet the challenge of addressing white nationalist and far-right militia violence without causing further harm to communities already disproportionately impacted by the criminal-legal system.” In other words, any new laws need to be directed against white nationalists and other “far-right” wing groups. By all means, let’s make sure we target the RIGHT. We’ve already got plenty of laws against the LEFT. (Please note sarcasm here.)

LEFT politicians and pundits have been trying to rid America of racist words and laws forever. You may remember President Obama’s efforts to remove the term “Islamic terrorism” from public usage, to the extent that in November 2009 when Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people and injured 30 others at Ft. Hood, TX, the White House withheld information that Hasan was Muslim, and labeled his terrorist act “workplace violence.”

Political correctness in America contends that only whites are racists, and that no other races are capable of being racist. If only that were true. Molly Ball’s article in Time detailed coordination among thousands of diverse people and organizations along with complicit media allies to remove from the White House the great white leader of racists everywhere. They saw and heard what they expected.


Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at