A post by Maynard
Watching Obama spew lie after outrageous lie in support of his agenda, I throw up my hands in frustration.
It’s a complex world and I make no claim to having sole possession of the truth. I may even be wrong. So I’m willing, even anxious, to hear the best arguments of those who differ with me.
But today’s political discourse is pure garbage. It makes no connection to reality whatsoever. Obama says he’s cutting the deficit while he’s raising it. Obama says he’s transparent while he’s making backroom deals. Obama says he’s bringing consensus while he’s ramming his extreme agenda down our throats.
I could go on, but is it even necessary for me to say these obvious things? So let’s ignore politics for a moment and contemplate human psychology.
All politicians and salesmen and anyone else who practices professional or recreational seduction understands the principle of the Big Lie. It’s worth reading the Wiki entry.
Here’s what Adolf Hitler had to say on the subject in “Mein Kampf”. This is interesting, not for its Nazi origin or what it says about Hitler, but for what it says about us:
…in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.
We are betrayed by our own intellectual integrity. Because we would never lie so blatantly, we just can’t believe the guy in the spotlight would do so. There must be some misunderstanding. Let’s give the speaker the benefit of the doubt. And so, as Adolf observes, we waver. And then it’s too late and we are lost.
Life has taught me to believe my own eyes and ears. But I understand the appeal of the Big Lie, and the natural temptation to hesitate, if for no other reason than to avoid awkwardness.
Whether we live or die as a nation depends upon how many of our fellows accept the words of the politicians in contradiction to their own senses.