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We Need An Army Of FACTITIONERS

Based on today’s Twitter thread, with some edits and additional links.

Some ideas for President Trump about communication.

Not auditioning for a job.


Not that he needs my help: The President is inarguably the world’s greatest living communicator.

But as someone who has worked in a communications-related capacity — in the government, the private sector, and academia — for more than 20 years, I see some potential problems down the road.
The most pressing problem is that “#QAnon” must deliver soon, or else the people who have been following this hashtag, expecting some kind of justice to happen that so far has eluded the American public, will no doubt become greatly disillusioned.

By “deliver” I mean specifically long-promised arrests (this is an old screenshot provided as a sample) following on a reported 18,510 sealed indictments (October 30, 2017-February 28, 2018). I mean not unofficial compilations of questions and answers, but an official governmental narrative to accompany the coded text.


The second most pressing problem is that the President needs an army of really good communicators, as part of a whole-of-government approach to cost savings and improved service.

Guess who did that very well?

The Clinton Administration, with the National Performance Review (NPR), which became the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, which gave birth to the Federal Communicators Network. (See also the book documenting its results.) Here is a screenshot of NPR’s archived description.
For many years I have been an active member of the Federal Communicators Network (FCN), which was born during the Clinton Administration as a way of ensuring the President’s message got out. Here is a screenshot from its archive.

FCN is GREAT. (Check out its current website; please note that I do not speak for this group or any federal agency or other entity, either officially or unofficially; all opinions are always my own.)

Thanks to FCN, a grassroots self-help network that costs nothing to the taxpayer, I have:
  • Received free training from my colleagues.
  • Learned to benchmark appropriate vs. inappropriate communication where the lines are gray, although we are in dire need of governmentwide policy and standards, which a group of us argued in a research paper we released in 2016; here’s a brief summary.
  • Learned how the Washington bureaucracy works.
  • Learned that the Federal government is WOEFULLY understaffed in communication, and tends to WOEFULLY undervalue its communicators as well.
The truth is that federal communication has suffered across all administrations I’ve served within — Bush, Obama, and Trump — although I would argue things are much worse today than ever due to understaffing, lack of strategic direction and lack of standards.

The reason for this is so stupidly simple I can’t even believe I have to say it.

But since we appear to be in a not-so-silent civil war with one another, with grave implications; and since I believe President Trump is a God-fearing patriot, and will not penalize me for speaking my mind with good intent, I am going to go for it.

Put bluntly, federal communication suffers when we don’t focus first on the facts.

It’s so simple.

It’s easy.

“Where’s the beef?”

Rep. Trey Gowdy is a great patriot. He has said he’s “a pretty lousy politician.” Because politics is only about winning.

But government communication should be about facts. Not about winning.

President Trump, my advice to you, when it comes to communication, is this:

Stop talking in riddles.

Just give us the facts.

The fact of the matter is (as much as some people might not want to hear this) that not everything President Obama did was bad. To make this assertion is simply insane on its face.

I worked for several different departments/agencies while President Obama was president: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, USAID, the U.S. National Archives, and NIST. (Yes, I was busy.)

Obama clearly accomplished some important things — while also selling our country down the river. Yes, the two can coexist.

A political approach to government communication is inherently faulty.

We must simply tell the truth.

It is also wrong to argue that the media will twist what we’re saying. The media will do what it will do.

The government is paid by the taxpayer. Taxpayers need the facts. President Trump needs communicators to address, for example:
In a day and age when the public is flooded with skewed information (not necessarily fake news, more like distorted news) a trusted government source (or sources) is needed more than ever to sort out the facts from the lies.

Believe me when I tell you that I totally appreciate mistrust of the government. I get it. Just from the very little I have read this past year, it’s abundantly clear that the American public deserves better.

But the solution to biased, political, echo-chamber communication from the one side is not biased, political, echo-chamber communication from the other. Even if we like that side.

And we can criticize the government for a lot of things, but the amount of technical expertise it has is seriously not one of them. If it takes a long time for the government to produce communication, it’s because a lot of experts weigh in.

President Trump, what I’m telling you is not a matter of rocket science. Any simple person can see it. To produce good communication, you must clearly state the facts. To clearly state the facts, you need a lot of staff on hand. These people must be qualified, and empowered.

But there is more.

In any Administration, there are going to be people and organizations (not to mention coordinated networks) who seek to tank the President and the Presidency no matter what. They will seize on anything.

As a fact-based communicator, one is faced with the political dilemma of such intentionally destructive behaviors.

This is where I believe an opportunity exists to partner with the public. I know for a fact that I could walk through any 7th grade classroom with a blindfold, point to the nearest student, and put them in charge of a social media campaign that would rival anything the “grownups” have to contribute.

I know for a fact that millions of people will stop everything to stand up for what is right, even in the face of constant smears and defamations. (Watch Fulcrum News founder David Seaman pray to the Lord here for an end to child sex trafficking.) I attended that march.

Mr. President — I have said before, and I will say it again, that I believe God has sent you to save our Nation from destruction. But we cannot only rely on one man. As there will unfortunately always be a Negan.


My advice to you is to focus not on the single “heroic” individual who will lead a thinly staffed group of political messengers.

Don’t pay for people to sit around generating fluff, wasted words, propaganda.

Focus instead on an army of FACTITIONERS.

FACTITIONERS are practitioners of fact. They share information with the public. The public picks it up and shares that. And adds its own commentary.

We should not be relying on a few people who can “interpret” the #QAnon code. We should not be getting our info from anons who give us bits and pieces and screenshots. This is not a workable long-term strategy.

It is perfectly fine to say, these are the facts, this is as much as we’re going to say, and the rest we leave up to you to run with. It is fine not to answer stupid troll questions.

GOD BLESS AMERICA.


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Copyright 2018 by Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. This blog post is hereby released to the public domain by the author. All opinions are the author’s own. Creative Commons illustration by geralt via Pixabay.

Ezekiel 36 and #QAnon's Threat

A Twitter thread shared today. Edited slightly for readability and to add some additional links.

Starting a thread to respond to #QAnon's threat: "We are saving Israel for last."
All of us are well aware that Israel, as a nation, is responsible for its deeds. Good and bad. We can't simultaneously say it's a democracy, and then hide behind theocratic explanations for same.

Few of us, myself included, are qualified to act as spokespeople for Israel. I am not even going to try.

All I want to do, today, is share some words from the weekly Torah portion, which we read in synagogue today and which tends to parallel current events in ways that can only be described as scary.

The focus for now is on part of the supplemental reading ("Haftorah") for today: Ezekiel 36:16-36. God rebukes the Jewish people for straying from religion, and adopting immoral ways. He will cleanse us of our sins, because frankly we're making Him look bad.

Again, to be clear, I'm not saying that everything Israel does is bad, or that Israel necessarily represents the Jewish people. Only that Biblical prophecy clearly articulates what will happen when we sin.

I can assure you that no man will destroy the Jewish people. Not #QAnon, not Iran, not Russia. Not radical Islam. Not even the kind of Jews who try to channel our faith into the worship of demons.

And demons are very real.

(As we do a close read of the text, let me say in advance that I know the good people who read my Tweets are not anti-Semites at all.)

This is the prophet Ezekiel talking. 36:16 --"When the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their way and by their doings; their way before Me was as the uncleanness of a woman in her impurity." 

Notice the continuous use of the word "blood," and the term "idols." I believe this refers to occult behavior-copying non-Jews: 36:18 -- "Wherefore I poured out My fury upon them for the blood which they had shed upon the land, and because they had defiled it with their idols."

Verse 19 clearly states that expulsion from Israel was a punishment. ("The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.") -- "I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; according to their way and according to their doings I judged them."

Yet regardless of this temporary situation, we know that Israel is the Jewish Holy Land (Genesis 15:18-21, 28:13, 23:31) and will be returned upon repentance. Even if we are so bad, we have to be cleansed through fire, God forbid.

Verse 20 -- The Jewish people will sin in exile, causing non-Jews to say, in effect, "no wonder they were expelled." "And when they came unto the nations...they profaned My holy name; in that men said of them: These are the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of His land."

Verse 21 -- Despite His anger, God has mercy - because of His holy name, e.g. the Jewish people have harmed the reputation of holiness with their sins: "But I had pity for My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations, whither they came."

Verse 22  -- This is self-explanatory; it reiterates Verse 21. "Therefore say unto the house of Israel: Thus saith the Lord GOD: I do not this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy name, which ye have profaned among the nations, whither ye came."

Verse 23 -- God saves the Jewish people from self-defilement: "I will sanctify My great name, which hath been profaned among the nations, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord...when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes."

Here it is important to note that the Jewish people is not saved through conversion to another faith, but rather through a return to our own faith, which we have defiled through profane behavior.

How does salvation and sanctification of God's name, and promise, happen? 

Partially through the physical transport of all Jewish people to Israel. 

Verse 24 -- "For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land."

Understand that this reading is supplemental to the Bible reading about the "Red Heifer," a sacrifice some say atones for the Golden Calf, which of course was idolatry, as the Jews got restless waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain with the Torah.

The Red Heifer is a complicated concept, but one thing stands out, again - the color RED. Red = blood = impurity = sin. Verse 25 -- "And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you."

Recall how the brutal gang MS-13 cuts out the human heart. Satanists harvest blood. The heart also implies love; a corrupted heart is "a heart of stone." Verse 26 -- "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."

Bottom line - there is no question that the prolonged exile we Jewish people are in is caused SOLELY by our own transgressions. But God promises help -- Verse 27: "And I will put My spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep Mine ordinances, and do them."

Bottom line: The problem with Zionism is not the concept of Israel as the land of the Jewish people. It is the concept that we can have it without God. 

Verse 28 -- "And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God." 
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Copyright 2017 by Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are Dr. Blumenthal's own. This post is hereby released into the public domain. Image via Wikipedia.