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  •  I'm with Queen Elizabeth I... (0+ / 0-)

    ... who believed that was was an unnecessary waste of lives and money.

    Repukes are taking their lessons from the past.  Somehow, they don't believe the military-industrial complex corporations and the mercenary corporations and the oil corporations are taking in enough money for obscene and record-setting profits (some of which will trickle down to Congress Critters' campaign coffers).

    Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power.
    Benito Mussolini

    Fascism, the more it considers and observes the future and the development of humanity, quite apart from political considerations of the moment, believes neither in the possibility nor the utility of perpetual peace.
    Benito Mussolini

    18 April 1946, interview by Gustave Gilbert of Herman Goering in his jail cell while Goering was being tried at Nuremberg, as recorded in Gilbert's diary, later published as a book entitled Nuremberg Diary :

    We got around to the subject of war again and I said that, contrary to his attitude, I did not think that the common people are very thankful for leaders who bring them to war and destruction.

    Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged.  "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece.  Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany.  That is understood.  But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship."

    "There is one difference," I pointed out.  "In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars."

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.  That is easy.  All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.  It works the same way in any country."

    “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

    “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

    Joseph Goebbels

    "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
    Dumbya, May, 2005, when attempting to promote privatizing Social Security
    In time, repetition of lies becomes white noise, and "seems to somehow become the truth" (like WMD lies touted as truth for years), and stupid actions take place because sheeple follow blindly (or are bribed to do so), especially the sheeple in Congress....

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 03:16:44 PM PDT

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