Sunday, September 05, 2004

repeated, repeated, repeated

Here it is again, again, again. (via Ramesh Ponnuru)

Former senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) took the defense a step further by comparing the Republicans' misleading statements to those of Nazi Germany. "You've just got to separate out fact from fiction. . . . Too often, too often, in this country, if you hear something repeated, it's the old Hitler business -- if you hear something repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated, you start to believe it," he said.
John Glenn is a grown man. I always considered him right, honorable and thoughtful. This is shameful, absolutely shameful. My father taught me long ago that Hitler was Hitler and there is no one else like him.

Politics today as it was yesterday and the day before and the day before that and ... is the process of out-repeating the opponent. Outright lies tend to die quickly, with the damnable ones causing damage for the teller. Stories or statements ringing of the absurd are either ingnored or shrivel with just the sunrise of truth told. On the other hand, stories or statements with a ring of truth, will stay in the political debate until such time as they are dessicated by the heat of the noontime sun of truth. So rather than telling us, telling us, telling us something we already know about the results of repetition, do what you obviously you have to do -- start doing your job of separating fact from fiction.

To get you started, Mr. Glenn, take heed of Goebbels words (I'll highlight the important ones for you):

"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." --- Joseph Goebbels, German Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945
Mr. Glenn, let us, the people, the electorate, not be shielded from the consequences of the lies before it is too late. Tell John Kerry to release his all Vietnam service records, all of his medical records, his wife's full tax returns, and the names of the foreign leaders who support him.

And while you're at it, tell John Kerry to quit using all his powers to repress the dissent of the Swiftvets.

Update: Forgot the Goebbels reference . Sorry

1 Creaks:

Anonymous Anonymous creaked ...

Perhaps it is time to stop believing what your father said and start thinking for yourself.

9/05/2004 12:45 PM  

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