“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.”
This is an excellent definition of the “Big lie,” however, there seems to be no evidence that it was used by Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels, though it is often attributed to him.”
The OSS on the other hand in its psychological profile of Hitler described his use of the big lie:
His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.
Sitting in prison after the Munich beer hall putsch taught Hitler 2 things. First that it is well neigh impossible for a mob to overthrow a state and seize power. The Russian revolution succeeded in overthrowing Czar Nicholas only because the army joined the mob.
Secondly, that a state can be paralyzed. After his release Hitler became respectable. Nazis formed a political party and ran everywhere. Though never winning a majority they put enough Nazis in the Reichstag to paralyze it. President Hindenburg eventually appointed Hitler as Chancellor and the Nazification of Germany got underway in earnest.
The paralysis of the central government was the key and to accomplish it the Nazis never needed a majority. Only respectability and big lies repeated over and over.
Our nation has been poisoned with the big lie. Donald Trump didn’t lose the election; it was stolen from him with massive voter fraud on the part of Democrats. The fraud makes Joe Biden’s Presidency illegitimate and makes the Democrats criminals and traitors. Criminals and traitors need to be imprisoned and executed.
Based on the big lie Red States everywhere are making voting more difficult to make it more “secure” notwithstanding that the 2020 election was the most secure in our history. Makes no difference – the election was stolen so there HAD to be fraud. Too many Republicans cannot accept that Trump lost; they are all for “democracy” and elections so long as their candidate wins all of the time.
Sounds like Russia or Hungary. They have elections but the same candidate wins all the time.
After the insurrection last January and the assault on the Capitol, 147 Republicans voted the House and Senate voted to overturn the results of the election. After all the election was stolen from Trump. And besides the riot consisted not of his supporters but Antifa.
These same Republicans blocked an effort to establish a bi-partisan committee to investigate the attack. Lets just move on; there’s nothing more to see here. Never mind that the FBI has arrested and charged hundreds of insurrectionists many of whom are claiming they took their orders directly from Trump and were storming the capitol to ensure that Biden’s election was not validated in the Electoral College according to law.
All the while screaming “Hang Mike Pence,” building scaffolds and searching for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
The obstructionism by Republicans begun in the Obama years is in full swing particularly in the Senate where Republicans can and do block everything the President wants to do utilizing the filibuster which requires 60 votes rather than a simple majority of 51 to pass virtually anything. Democrats have 50 seats and the Vice President in case of a tie but there are two Democrats that continue to seek “bi-partisanship” and have gotten nowhere twice since the inauguration. The Covid relief bill got zero Republican votes and the bill to set up an independent commission to instigate the insurrection got only 6 and needed 10.
Both of these “moderates” are being played for fools. I can hear the odious Mitch laughing his ass off. Dems will continue to bring Biden’s agenda to the floor and watch defeat. How long will it take before our two “moderates’ become convinced the GOP doesn’t want to rule with Democrats; it wants to rule. Those 147 Republicans who voted to overturn an American election and install Trump are still sitting in the chamber.
Meanwhile, Trump indicated this week that he expects to return to the Presidency in August and that a new inauguration date has already been set. I presume he is counting on the “audits’ of votes being conducted in Arizona and Georgia by local Republican governments. Both states have been counted 3 or 4 times. Arizona has become a laughing stock what with examining paper ballots for bamboo which would indicate the ballots were shipped in from China.
A few days ago retired General Michael Flynn called for a Myanmar style coup de tat here in the United States which would correct the stolen election and re-install Trump in the White House. Nobody ever heard of General Flynn prior to Trump’s election.
The first clue that we were dealing with a Strangelovian Jack D. Ripper character, however, was when Flynn appeared at the GOP convention and led the crowd in “lock her up” chants about Hillary Clinton. It was clear: He was afflicted with the right-wing disability called Fox News Brain Rot. So when Trump unexpectedly won his upset that November, one of the most unnerving of his early decisions was to make this unbalanced former general his national security adviser.
After the election and Flynn’s elevation to the White House the New Yorker published hair raising profile of Flynn’s descent into madness at the Pentagon and everyone knew he’d had some very odd interactions with the Russian and Turkish governments. Suffice to say that Michael Flynn was nutty from the get-go and the mere fact that he was once the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and then became the White House National Security Adviser should make all Americans question the quality of our national security system overall.
It would seem to this old retired guy that calling for a military coup constitutes sedition and that he should be locked up in a jail somewhere pending trial. Oh wait. I forgot. He was in jail until give a full pardon by Trump. And of course there is Marjorie Taylor-Greene sitting in the House. I find it difficult to believe that voters in her Georgia district actually elected this woman who is clearly bat shit crazy.
A Qanon devotee she believes the California wild fires of last year were started by space lasers owned by those wealthy Jews. Last week she blasted mask wearing as akin to Nazis forcing Jews to wear the Star of David. This woman sits in the American House of Representatives. I could find a better rep in an hour at any decent restaurant.
So listen to the lies, the talk of a coup, the Congress stacked with those who voted to overturn the election results, the movement to restrict voting, the Qanon conspiracies of Dems and pedophilia, lock her up and Trump returning triumphantly to office in August most assuredly followed up by arrests.
Oh and last month more than 100 retired U.S. generals and admirals signed an unhinged open letter parroting former President Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the integrity of the 2020 election results and accusing President Joe Biden of driving the country toward a “Marxist form of tyrannical government.”
Released under the banner of a group called Flag Officers 4 America, the letter (pdf) was viewed by analysts and other ex-military officials as an alarming use of rank to launch an overtly partisan broadside against the sitting government.
If you don’t believe the Republican party is now thoroughly neo-fascist in nature you had better get out more. I have some nice land here in Florida to sell you.
There may come a time in the near future when I will not be able to write this; indeed a time when I will have to take it down.