Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Repeat a lie often enough....

You have probably heard the quote "Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes truth", or some variation of it. It is usually ascribed to either Adolph  Hitler or his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, although neither of them actually said it. Goebbels accused the British of doing it in a diary entry, dated 10/16/1928 ; "The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous." . Hitler accused the Jews of doing it in Mein Kampf when he claimed there was a strategem of Jewish lies using "the principle & which is quite true in itself & that 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."
The quote is much bandied about lately, as it is fitting for the times we live in, but it got me thinking; What is so hard about repeating the truth often enough for it to be accepted? For instance, what if there were voices in the media, on the streets, around the water cooler repeating over and over this simple truth: There is no budget crisis, there is a revenue crisis. Or: The deficit is caused by tax give-aways to the wealthy. Simple, to the point, easily understood and undeniably true, yet no one in the beltway says it, certainly not President Punk Ass Bitch. Someone, somewhere, needs to start saying these things loudly and proudly.
As I contemplated this earlier today the third verse of Slip Kid by The Who kept running through my head:
Keep away old man, you won't fool me
You and your history won't rule me
You might have been a fighter, but admit you failed
I'm not affected by your blackmail
You won't blackmail me
And hence today's angry music hour. Enjoy.

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