Solipsistic Moms Demand Action

“The most fundamental tragedy of my life is that the ones who I see do not exist and the one who exists I do not see.” —Kedar Joshi

sol·ip·sism– 1. The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified. 2. The theory or view that the self is the only reality.

Michael "Nanny" Bloomberg and PR Hack Shannon Watts
Michael “Nanny” Bloomberg and PR Hack Shannon Watts

I’ve never heard the word, but I like it. and it aptly fits Bloomberg’s anti-gun maven, Shannon Watts. Aside from somebody who obviously didn’t get enough attention when she was a kid, Watts is a phony…a charlatan…a poser. According to their own website, Moms Demand Action formed within a day of the Newtown Massacre with Shannon Watts as its founder.

Watts description is that of a 42-year-old mother of five children who is a, “stay-at-home” mom in the idyllic Indianapolis Suburb of Zionsville.  And, Prior to her current noble mission Watts enjoyed a 15-year career as a communications exec in public relations and for some Fortune 500’s.

Yet…we find  that under the name, “Shannon Traugton,” She lists Vox Pop from December 2008 – June 2012 as her profession. VoxPop Public Relations, she describes as, “a strategic public relations agency that helps individuals, companies and organizations accelerate their growth, profitability, reputation and market presence through media relations, product launches, new media, events and promotions, messaging and media training, and issues management,” according to her Linked In Profile.

Watts presents this image of traditional Americana implying that her mission of present at the time of Newtown was that of a stay-at-home mommy. But do remember…this woman is a “public relations” hack. Mission and message are all about perceptions…perception is reality…and reality sucks people in and hooks them.  Heart strings a violins to boot!

What is little known about Watts is this: She is no Knitting Nelly baking the cookies and driving kids to soccer. Nor is Watts some mid-level functionary at public relations firms. The fact is Watts came to Nanny Bloomberg as a Public relations heavy hitter, schooled and savvy to the ways of emotional manipulation via mass media and putting the perfect face on her clients. Watts saw an opportunity and seized upon it. After all, how does Suzie Homemaker in Indianapolis Indiana suddenly become the face and voice of a tragedy that happened 800 miles away?

Her resume speaks volumes. 2005 to 2008 Watts (Traughton)  was Vice President of Corporate Communications for Wellpoint, one of the nations largest health benefits company.  From 2004 to 2006 Watts/Traughton was GE Healthcare’s Director for Global communications. GE Healthcare is a $14 billion healthcare subsidiary of GE for medical diagnostics and devices.  Not exactly the purview of Soccer Moms.

And here is where it gets ugly. Watts was the Director of Global Public and Corporate Affairs for Monsanto Chemicals Company…Yes! so Watts was out front putting a happy face of genetically engineered crop technology, resistance and lobbying against the labeling of genetically engineered products and spinning the company’s lawsuits against farmers.

Watts also shows a history of being neck deep in leftist democratic politics, having worked for five years as a Public Affairs Officer in Missouri State Government.  Watts worked for Governor Carnahan, the Missouri House, and the Missouri Department of Economic Development.  Some will recall Carnahan, who died in a plane crash in 2000 during his re-election campaign, had his memorial service co-opted into a political junket of blowhard speeches. Bill Clinton and Al Gore railed against then Texas Governor George Bush and Senator John Ashcroft (who was running to replace Carnahan).

OpenSecrets.org lists Shannon Watts as a seven-time donor Barack Obama and donations to the Democratic Congressional Committee. She made donations to the Rob Zerban Campaign who went against Paul Ryan in the 2012 election cycle.

The bottom line here is that Shannon Watts is a deceiver, a poser. She is not what she claims to be. She is no soccer mom, but a skilled and savvy left wing, progressive public relations guru, now with her hands on Bloomberg’s money. And she is a mad success. Why? because she can bully and manipulate and threaten where she cannot win on the facts. She is a plastic gardener of astroturf. She knows exactly how to suck the commie mommies into her gun control web.  As I was reading a national Gun blog, I found this comment from a woman who simply goes by the name, “Mina.”

 “Women are by and large solipsistic, which means only their feelings and how they themselves process them or have experienced them matter. Facts, data and truth are very secondary maybe tertiary to their feelings. Deny it if you like, but it doesn’t change how it works. Shannon is working this angle and doing it only as a woman could do it to get other women on board. Its all very calculated and very devious. And very dangerous. However so far, men holding their ground have done an amazing job of discrediting and marginalizing them. More of that is the only way to win.” 

So when you sit back and wonder how the Bloomberg Minion Shannon Watts is so message successful with the numbers she has on her social media, that statement by Mina cannot possibly be improved upon.

Traditionally, these anti-gun groups outspend the pro-gun groups seven-to-one and nearly always lose. Facts are stubborn things. will you stick with the facts?

Rick Olson is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a BA in Social Science. Rick subsequently attended Massachusetts School of Law in Andover MA and is an avid hunter and shooter. Frequently, Rick can be found on the Grok taking up second amendment, hunting, fishing, trapping and wildlife conservation issues. Rick Olson is also a former Police Officer and Deputy Sheriff.
Rick is the Past President of the New Hampshire Wildlife Federation, and the current President of the Londonderry Fish & Game Club. A nationally certified firearms instructor, Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education instructor, for New Hampshire Fish & Game, Rick works tirelessly in advocacy for outdoor sporting men and women across the Granite State. Rick is a former commissioner on the Manchester Conservation Commission and resides in Manchester. He has three children and four Grandchildren.