Big Lie Ahead (Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com)
We are living in an age where good and evil contend against each other in the political arena. Evil uses the Big Lie to confuse us. The Big Lie can be defeated only by truth, what I term the Big Truth. With huge sums of money in support, the Big Lie is winning in the marketplace of ideas. Those of us who support good by the use of truth must speak out more forcefully. The FCC requirement for equal time is long gone and probably won’t return. In a competitive marketplace where no authority exists to enforce the truthfulness of claims, only unrelenting vigilance on the part of good will permit good to prevail over the purveyors of the Big Lie.
The Big Lies (Photo credit: HonestReporting.com)
It should be no surprise that the Republicans are lying about themselves now; they have lied about President Obama these past four years and paid no penalty. If the Big Lie technique worked before, why not use it now? They expect to get away with it at least through election day.
The media have a special place in our system under the first amendment of the US Constitution. It is their responsibilty to present at least two sides of every question to the voters so that the voters can weigh the evidence and make informed decisions. The Founding Fathers believed that in the contest of ideas, citizens would be best served by competing ideas. Voters have a duty in our democracy to inform themselves and make educated decisions. With one side (the GOP) consistently lying, the truth is often hard to determine.
In today’s political world, presenting two sides to an argument, one Democratic and one Republican, is difficult if one side is telling the truth and the other side is consistently lying. My suggestion is that the media seek out members of the GOP, either retired or retiring like Tom Coburn, who are willing to tell the truth. If no truth-telling Republicans can be found, then I suggest that the media adopt the Clint Eastwood method and represent the GOP with an empty chair.
To keep and merit their special status in our democracy, the media must do more to expose political lies by either side. If the media adopt the Eastwood method, then GOP lies will be restricted to paid commercials and FOX News.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP presidential hopeful, campaigns May 9 in Ames. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Very few people will vote FOR Mitt Romney. His extended family and some members of his church will vote FOR Mitt. That is not enough votes for him to win. Most of the votes that Mitt will receive will be cast AGAINST Barack Obama. Why is that when Barack is a good man trying to solve the nation’s problems?
The reason so many will vote against the President is that the GOP are using the Big Lie technique to paint a false picture of the President and his policies. The Big Lie was used in the 2010 election and gave us a dysfunctional Congress. Now it is being tried again, this time supercharged with money freed by the Citizens United decision. What the GOP are doing is what I consider to be the worst case of voter fraud, fraud committed against voters, in my lifetime.
English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If Lincoln were alive today, he would be deeply ashamed of today’s GOP. If Lincoln were alive today, he would be seriously considering becoming a Democrat. Reagan switched from Democrat to Republican saying that he didn’t leave the party, the party left him. Lincoln would be considering making the same statement in reverse; he was not leaving the Republican Party, the Party had left him.
Lincoln said, ” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Of course, Lincoln died approximately 65 years before the invention of the Big Lie, and he never experienced big money politics or dreamed of the possibility of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Let us hope in November that Lincoln was right.
In the demonology of the Right, ACORN still lives on as an evil nemesis that can be used to frighten voters. No mention is ever made that the ACORN organization died because Congress panicked when presented with edited videos that purported to show that ACORN was a taxpayer funded blight on society. Only after ACORN shut its doors did the truth finally emerge, and went largely unreported.
The people who worked for ACORN and lost their jobs had to find employment; they did not just dry up and blow away; they had lives to live and salaries to earn. Being idealistic people, some of the former ACORN staffers in New York are now participants in Occupy Wall Street. The Right is now focusing on that to condemn OWS falsely as ACORN was originally condemned falsely. Falsehoods never die; they become staples of the GOP narrative.
Please see The Big Lie