26 March 2011

The Bigger The Better

Those who read and remember history know what The Big Lie is. Read a summary here, if you want a refresher. Now read about how "the Republican Party of Wisconsin is seeking, under the state's open-records law, to obtain e-mail sent by a Madison professor who has publicly criticized that state's Republican governor." I'll wait. Did you notice this paragraph in the middle:
"I have never seen such a concerted effort to intimidate someone from lawfully seeking information about their government," Mr. Jefferson said in the statement. "Further," he added, "it is chilling to see that so many members of the media would take up the cause of a professor who seeks to quash a lawful open-records request. Taxpayers have a right to accountable government and a right to know if public officials are conducting themselves in an ethical manner. The left is far more aggressive in this state than the right in its use of open-records requests, yet these rights do extend beyond the liberal left and members of the media."
In other words, it is the liberal left that is the danger here. Now, go back to the first link and notice this comment.

"The phrase (Big Lie) was also used in a report prepared during the war by the United States Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler's psychological profile: 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."


1 comment:

Rob Kirkbride said...

Excellent column Fred. The first Big Lie the Republicans told was through Ronald Reagan who convinced the average American that they could be part of the Republican "club" too. They didn't have to be rich, didn't have to belong to a country club, didn't have to own stock. Everyone was welcome. And the public was duped into believing them. The truth is, you can vote Republican all you want, but unless you are rich and powerful, you're still not going to be part of the club.