Propaganda is to a democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
— Noam Chomsky

Your instinct, rather than precision stabbing, is more about just random bludgeoning.
Simon Pegg bludgeon quote

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people.
— Oscar Wilde

Out of the night that covers me, Black as the Pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbow'd.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLies but the horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds, and shall find me, unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate:I am the captain of my soul.
— William Ernest Henley

The fact is, the public make use of the classics of a country as a means of checking the progress of Art. They degrade the classics into authorities. They use them as bludgeons for preventing the free expression of Beauty in new forms.
— bludgeon quotation by Oscar Wilde