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  •  Further to The Big Lie... (2+ / 0-)

    The Republican play-book seems familiar for a reason:

    “Naturally the common people don't want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine 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. 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 to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” -- Herman Goering, while imprisoned at Nuremberg awaiting trial
    But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success. -- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol.1 Chapter 6
    Success is the important thing. Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners. It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. I do not care if I give wonderful, aesthetically elegant speeches, or speak so that women cry. The point of a political speech is to persuade people of what we think right. I speak differently in the provinces than I do in Berlin, and when I speak in Bayreuth, I say different things than I say in the Pharus Hall. That is a matter of practice, not of theory. We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing. It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths.

    -- Speech by Joseph Goebbels on 9 January 1928 to an audience of party members at the so-called "Hochschule für Politik", a series of training talks for Nazi party members in Berlin

    There's a reason that Republicans make decent people's skin crawl.
    •  Wow! That's some powerful stuff ... the one (0+ / 0-)

      striking thing that stands out to me is that Goebbels admitted that he gave different speeches to different groups of people.

      That tactic may have worked in the early 20th century. But in this age of instant communication? It strikes me that the GOP is trying to still use that same playbook, but can't figure out how to adjust it to work in the 21st century.

      Thank you for posting those quotes.

      “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

      by hungrycoyote on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 12:51:01 PM PDT

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      •  Disturbing stuff, isn't it? (1+ / 0-)
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        And while we're on the subject of appears that even The MitBot's fellow God-botherers are sickened by his pathological mendacity. The following article appears on a 'progressive' Christian website:

        Mitt Romney tells 533 lies in 30 weeks, Steve Benen documents them

        The piece begins:

        I’ve written about or linked to a great deal here “chronicling Mitt’s mendacity” — to borrow Steven Benen’s phrase.

        Mitt Romney says many, many things that are not true. He says this despite being in possession of the correct facts of the matter.

        Which is to say that Mitt Romney lies. A lot. He lies more than any other national candidate for office in my lifetime. And I was born before the Nixon administration.

        This is documented. Proven. Validated, verified, demonstrated, catalogued and quantified. Mitt Romney lies., Aug. 29

        Is it my imagination or is there a change in the weather coming? As further evidence, I offer:
        On ABC's "This Week" roundtable Sunday, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd added himself to the list of mainstream political commentators who questioned the sincerity of Paul Ryan's attacks on President Obama during his convention speech.

        "Paul Ryan, what he did in his speech, I think, so stretched the truth, and I like Paul Ryan, I have a lot of great respect for Paul Ryan, but [what] he said about closing the GM plant, which closed before Barack Obama took president, about the Simpson-Bowles bill which -- Simpson-Bowles, which he opposed, and then all of a sudden you see faults Barack Obama for. At some point the truth should matter." -- TPM, today

        Is the incessant lying by Mittens and his sociopath wing-man finally catching up with them? We can hope...
        •  Yes, very disturbing. Wow I didn't realize (0+ / 0-)

          somebody was able to actually count all those lies. The frustrating thing is that there are so many it is difficult to keep track. That number is staggering. I suspect that if Romney hadn't been upstaged by Clint Eastwood Thursday, we would have been talking more about Romney's mendacity on Friday and through the weekend. I hope that more of this is brought to light once talk about Eastwood's performance dies down.

          I was actually watching "This Week" when I started reading your comment. I was asleep when it was on but had recorded it because I wanted to see the reaction to the RNC. Poor George Will tried so hard, but I think Dowd, as well as Donna Brazile won that roundtable.

          "Romney Told 533 Lies in 30 Weeks" would be a great diary.  So many ideas, so little time.

          “Mitt Romney is the only person in America who looked at the way this Congress is behaving and said, ‘I want the brains behind THAT operation.’ ” — Tom Perriello

          by hungrycoyote on Sun Sep 02, 2012 at 04:21:16 PM PDT

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