― Adolf Hitler
Unless you’ve been dodging bullets in the Ukraine or selling black market toilet paper in Caracas lately you’ve undoubtedly been forced to watch endless commercials for a program called Everyone On. (everyoneon.org)
The Everyone On campaign tells the tale of two middle-aged white women who have “never been on the internet” (There may be more Japanese WWII soldiers residing in caves than that) one who is being directed on how to pay her bills online and another who is having her first video chat with some long-lost family. While the whimsical music plays we share the trepidation and then joy of both women as they conquer their fear of computers and reach out into the electronic ether, all for the sake of saving a trip to the bank and/or having to spend “quality” time with relatives.
This all happens with what appears to be a public library in the background. We watch them staring into the computer monitors as their calm handlers carefully bringing these unfortunate women out of 1992 into the modern era…of 2006. Then, the commercial is played again….back to back. Then, during the next commercial break it is played again. Rinse. Repeat. This commercial is literally on every channel i’ve scanned, all. day. long. The only idea more oversold than this may have been “Just say No”
If your child had been abducted you’d be lucky if an Amber Alert was played a 10th as much as this commercial is.
“The principles underlying propaganda are extremely simple. Find some common desire, some widespread unconscious fear or anxiety; think out some way to relate this wish or fear to the product you have to sell; then build a bridge of verbal or pictorial symbols over which your customer can pass from fact to compensatory dream, and from the dream to the illusion that your product, when purchased, will make the dream come true. They are selling hope."
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited
The people behind these commercials are an organization called Everyone On (.org) that wants to teach huge numbers of American citizens, you know, the ones who have never tried the internet, how to get online. You see them everywhere, with their flip phones and Thomas guides, too proud to step foot into an Apple store and risk having their digital pants pull down.
As I'm writing this piece from the year 2014 I did a little research online. The campaign is fronted by an organization slyly called Connect 2 Compete; link to them and you’re immediately shunted to…. www.everyoneon.org. At first glance C2C appears to be an entity that provides cheap or free PC’s, laptops and tablets…if you are first approved. When you try to qualify you’re directed to….everyoneon.org !! that’s convenient !! they caught my curiosity so I followed them down the rabbit hole. The commercials rang true, all I had to do was enter my zip code and I was directed to free training classes near me. A 15-mile search brought 11 results…..all public libraries. Wait, aren’t public libraries, like, the GOVERNMENT ? why don’t the twice-every-15 minute-commercials mention that the US Gov’t is paying to train people to video chat and avoid paying their bills in person ?? warm up my tinfoil hat, we’re going on a treasure hunt.
In addition to C2C The ads also quietly reference “The Ad Council”. I have vague memories of the Ad Council, always there, in the background, like Weber bread and RC Cola. The first thing you encounter on their website is that the Ad Council is about “Effecting Positive Social Change” and that they are a private, non-profit organization that “Marshals volunteer talent from the advertising and communications industries, the facilities of the media, and the resources of the business and non-profit communities to deliver critical messages to the American public” which “produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas such as improving the quality of life for children, preventive health, education, community well being and strengthening families”.
How organic. More importantly, who gets to decide what message is “critical” ?
-- The organization accepts requests from sponsor institutions for advertising campaigns that focus on particular social issues. To qualify, an issue must be non-partisan (though not necessarily unbiased) and have national relevance.
The Ad Council is behind some of our most enduring memes like “Loose lips sink ships” “Only you can prevent forest fires” (created to warn of the danger that the Japanese might deliberately start forest fires by shelling the West Coast of the United States) and “Keep America Beautiful”
Iron Eyes Cody would truly be weeping if he saw how his seemingly benevolent message had been turned into the pseudo-science of Global Warming.
“It would not be impossible to prove with sufficient repetition and a psychological understanding of the people concerned that a square is in fact a circle. They are mere words, and words can be molded until they clothe ideas and disguise.”
― Joseph Goebbels
In particular, the “United Negro College Fund (1972–present) campaign, with its slogan "A mind is a terrible thing to waste," has helped raise more than $2.2 billion and helped to graduate more than 400,000 minority students from college or beyond”. But, if this program has been so successful why do we have a black population and culture that is more dependent, less successful and more indoctrinated by the Democratic Party than at any time in our history ? the Ad Council’s track record for actual success is spotty at best.
“The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information.
With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.”
― Henry A. Wallace
Just because the Ad Council has a dubious liberal past it doesn’t mean that they’re not a selfless group of benevolent citizens. Let’s look at who is running the show today:
Chairwoman Debra Lee, CEO of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Ms. Lee was just nominated last week to serve on Obama’s President's Management Advisory Board (PMAB) and is a major donor to the Democratic party. Debra Lee is a black Progressive who reminds us that “Mother’s Day is meant for Activism”
No conflict there !! i’m sure she keeps her liberal activism at home when she works for the Ad Council.
The Board, executive staff and the sponsors are a veritable who’s who of major corporate America, banking, advertising, higher education and fund raising.
All of which leads to…..Fascism. Progressives love to paint the Right with the term of Fascist but it’s pure projection. Anywhere you find a government/industry connection you’ll find an leftist thirsting for personal power and the public’s money.
“There is actually another, more accurate term for public-private partnerships (PPP). It’s called fascism; plain and simple. Private business may act as an administrator but the state still pulls the reigns. From a political perspective, public-private partnerships are quite ingenious. Politicians remain in control while convincing voters they believe in the efficiency of a robust private sector. And when issues arise over the performance of a service, whatever private firm granted the monopolistic privilege of delivery can be treated like a scapegoat despite having to operate within government established guidelines. The state escapes criticism as the public ignorantly clamors for more protection from those evil hearted businessmen. To the ruling establishment, public-private partnerships are “heads I win, tails you lose.”
So, lets review: The Ad Council is a multi-billion dollar organization with clear ties to the American government, it was created as a propaganda outfit by one of our most Progressive Presidents-Franklin Delano Roosevelt, it has the look, sound and feel of a community organizing outfit and it is currently running hundreds…no, thousands of commercials a day on major networks of all types and sizes, with the stated goal of “teaching” people to get online, for free…all at the time when the only requirement to partake in President Obama’s signature program..Obamacare…is the ability to access information online.
If you follow the money, the Ad Council is a huge, government-sponsored media hydra that exists to enlist and train new enrollees of the single, biggest welfare program and Progressive scam of all time ? Today, the Ad Council is simply a taxpayer supported agitprop wing of the Obama administration.
From the inception of Obamacare, the President and his minions have been fixated on “The Website”, that magical portal that would transport the poor, sick and unfortunate to the promised land of free healthcare. We’re 5 months into the website rollout and it can be called nothing less than a monumental failure, both in planning, execution and cost. Then, as the central mechanism of Obamacare is failing the government-tied Ad Council rolls out the inescapable Everyone On campaign. It isn't hard to find a connection between Obama’s failure to meet their own signup criteria and the biggest advertising push ever, solely designed to solve his problem, and all paid by the public without their knowledge. For the Washingtonistas, the same mindset that fixates on the website as Savior would naturally blame the proletariat's supposed inability to get online for Obamacare’s early meltdown....their only answer, a new Apollo program to teach the simpletons how to sign up…..for their own good.
"In politics nothing happens 'by chance.' If something happens, then you can bet that it was planned that way."
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt