(c) by Mary Griggs
I’m very disturbed by the sheer number of speakers at the Republican National Convention, including the Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates, to use deliberate falsehoods in their speeches to their party faithful and the American public.
I can’t tell if it is a lack of respect in the intelligence of their listeners or, worse, a sort-of Joseph Goebbels “Big Lie” strategy. Historians may remember the Father of Propaganda’s famous quote:
“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.”
There are easily proven lies of the Wisconsin auto plant closing during the Bush Administration (see Detroit News) or the myth-making that the Republican Tea Party tried to work with the Obama Administration to get the countries economy back on track (see Fox News). There is even the fiction that Romney built his success on his own when it was a FDIC bailout of Bain that gave him his start (see Rolling Stone). Ryan’s speech was even called ‘deceiving’ by a Fox News columnist. Six of the biggest lies are outlined on AlterNet.
But one of the most insidious lies over the convention was one of omission. Nary a mention was made of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that not only gave the country a large part of the debt we currently face (cost is estimated at $3.7 and $4.4 trillion) but also damaged so many of those sent to fight it. Not only didn’t Romney mention the veterans but the Ryan budget would have reduced their post service disability care.
I’m not saying that all the Republican speakers and PAC’s lied. Or that more of them are liars than those on the other side. Just that the number of falsehoods is staggering and it behooves all of us, as conscientious voters, to check the facts before we push the button on a pack of lies and their tellers.
When you hear a speech or an ad, you owe to yourself and the nation to check it out. Here are some sites that do the checking for you: