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Republicans and The Big Lie

Warning: I’m going full Godwin’s Law right from the start.

During the middle of the 20th Century, the world watched as the German people were led into a disastrous multi-front war. Rational people have struggled to understand how the German public could have been led down the path to war and genocide.  More than sixty years later it is still hard to believe it all happened.

These quotes offer an explanation about how a seemingly rational, modern populace could have descended into such madness.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” – Joseph Goebbels

“It is not truth that matters, but victory” – Adolph Hitler

“The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.” – Adolph Hitler

“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it” – Adolph Hitler

“Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.” – Adolph Hitler

When I look around at the political climate in this country leading up to the 2010 elections, I am struck by how successfully the GOP has managed to mislead the American populace. I have come to the sad conclusion that the real difference between the Republicans and Democrats can be explained by the quotes above.

The Democrats looked at the disaster of the 1930’s and 40’s and came to the conclusion that we must always be on guard against this happening in America. The GOP looked at the same disaster and saw a road map to electoral success. How else to explain the shouts of socialism, death panels, trickledown economics, or the Iraq war?

What GOP lie of 2010 bugs you the most?


  1. creamer

    I’m not sure this is anything more than political opportunism.

    During the peak of his involvement in the early 2000s, Iott said he dressed up about a half dozen times a year at the most. He said he wore the Nazi uniform in battle re-enactments, presentations at schools and public events.

    Asked what he said while wearing the Nazi uniform in the schools, he said, “We talked about the atrocities that were committed and it was a horrible, horrible part of history. But we can’t forget about it or, you know, sweep it under the rug. Because those who forget about history are destined to repeat it.”

    lifted from articl on HP today.

    Unless somone has somthing more substantial, it would be hard to look at his past actions as anymore than that of an actor playing a role. The website for the Wiking SS re-enactors disclaims any lnkage to any hate group.

      That being said if he didn’t think this was going to be a problem politicaly he would seem rather naive.

  2. DTOzone

    “Cut spending, create jobs” It annoys me because it’s so fucking wrong, but no one is willing to believe it, because it just seems everyone is brainwashed into thinking it’s true.

    I can’t even convince people who got tax cuts that Obama cut their taxes. I mean it’s right there in black and white and they don’t believe.

    This country is finished. Not a moment too soon if you ask me.  


    Never in my life have I ever seen money trickle down from on high.

    The one that’s gnawing at me right now is the idea that Obama must reduce the deficit.  This is both a lie and a ploy. Whenever the Republicans get in power, they claim deficits don’t matter.  In fact, according to them, deficits are good for the economy.  Then, when the Democrats get in power, they start saying we must reduce the deficit.  Which we do.

  4. At times, I feel like going out on the street and scream at people. It hasn’t even been two years since George Bush was in office, yet the electorate is on the verge of handing control of Congress back to the very people that led us into this mess. Angry voters complain about irresponsible spending and want to let the people that brought us an underfunded NCLB, Medicare Part D, a huge Homeland Security bureaucracy, and two unfunded wars change things?

    Sometimes I think our only hope is in the changing demographics of the electorate. However, I’m not so sure the GOP oligarchists (is that a word?) won’t find some way to co-opt the Hispanic vote, possibly through the use of religion.  

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