Jun 21 2010
I know I will get slammed for the comparison, but some times the acts fit the crime. The Obama administration’s PR campaign is mirroring the PR campaign instituted by the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels. I am saying mirroring, not identical. We have yet to hit the point where political opponents are more than roughed up by labor union goons. There are no concentration camps out there. But some core methods are eerily similar.
For example, Team Obama and the liberals in DC keep trying to find a way to silence critics on the internet and control free speech. While the compliant news media is all tingly in the legs over Obama’s irrational policies, the internet and a few real journalists are threatened with boycotts and censorship when they lodge objections. How is this different from the 1930’s equivalent of book burning?
Goebbels rose to power in 1933 along with Hitler and the Nazi Party and he was appointed Propaganda Minister. One of his first acts was the burning of books rejected by the Nazis. He exerted totalitarian control over the media, arts and information in Germany.
The internet is the modern day, electronic version of books containing historic knowledge and wisdom. It is also at times nothing more than a comic book.
The lack of ability for Team Obama to assume overt control as Goebbels did does not mean the desire and effort are not being applied! What about the Fox News ban to the White House Press corps in 2009? What about the proposal by Team Obama for controls on the Internet? I loved this string of pretzel logic:
“A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government,” he wrote. “Democratic efforts to reduce the resulting problems ought not be rejected in freedom’s name.”
You don’t get much more Goebbels like than that! Or can you?
Goebbels was famous for instituting Hitler’s “Big Lie“ – something so audaciously wrong people hesitated to react:
The Big Lie (German: GroÃŸe LÃ¼ge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, for a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”
All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. – Adolf Hitler
Remember, not all insight and wisdom comes from evil, but it can be used by evil. This Big Lie theory is probably a very valid observation, given all the fringe conspiracy theories that run from the truthers to the birthers. In fact, Nazis made huge leaps in science, math and engineering – all valid. They just twisted this knowledge to evil purposes. They twisted this knowledge to THEIR purposes.
If you feel your cause is righteous (like you need to save the planet or something dramatic) you can rationalize using any tactic, especially if you do not know how that bright idea of yours was used and abused in the past.
So the Big Lie is a method to trick the general public into following the wrong path – based on establishing false premises. Was the Stimulus Bill a Big Lie? It did nothing for the unemployed at large, but it did shovel tons of money to state and federal jobs, which coincidentally filled the coffers of public employee unions. All purely accidental I am sure.
Was the health care bill a Big Lie? It could have been since most people were covered with top rate insurance, but will now trade that in for crappy government plans on the false promises this will reduce cost while covering everyone. And of course all this will come to pass without death panels limiting care to those who need to get on with shuffling off their mortal coils.
What is becoming evident with Team Obama is they employ the Big Lie all the time. And they will emphasize it with inaction in the face of critical issues, as a way to inflate the lie to sufficient size. Take immigration reform and the Arizona crisis with rising violent crime.Â It has been recently exposed by Â US Senator (no less) that the President Obama has allowed the situation in Arizona to deteriorate so he could apply the Big Lie:
On June 18, 2010, Arizona Republican Senator Jon Kyl told the audience at a North Tempe Tea Party town hall meeting that during a private, one-on-one meeting with President Obama in the Oval Office, the President told him, regarding securing the southern border with Mexico, â€œThe problem is, . . . if we secure the border, then you all wonâ€™t have any reason to support â€˜comprehensive immigration reform.â€™â€ [Audible gasps were heard throughout the audience.] Sen. Kyl continued, â€œIn other words, theyâ€™re holding it hostage. They donâ€™t want to secure the border unless and until it is combined with â€˜comprehensive immigration reform.â€™â€
Well, this explains why Team Obama wants to sue Arizona for instituting a law identical to federal laws now on the books. If Arizona FIXES their problem then Obama’s Big Lie disappears. And remember how Goebbels had a compliant press that distributed the Big Lie? We have that in this situation here as well. Tom Maguire has highlighted some serious falsehoods promulgated by Team Obama and the New York Times regarding the rise of crime near the border. No wonder a free internet is so bad for government run journalism.
This is the Obama Modus Operandi and is being applied to the Gulf Oil Spill as well. Was it incompetence that delayed the government action – or was it something else? Here I verge on the brink of conspiracy theory myself, so Â I will not draw conclusions but draw attention to some disturbing facts.
First, Team Obama literally forged a scientific consensus on their crazy decision to close down all off shore oil drilling for 6 months. A decision that will stop Gulf oil production for years and expose us to more risks as wells are shutdown and the best rigs and people move to other regions of the world. The government outright lied, and was called on it by the scientists whose names had been used on the forgery:
Ken Arnold, an engineer and consultant, said the changes went beyond just the drilling moratorium. The Interior draft he looked at included timelines for each safety recommendation. The “bulk” of those recommendations, he explained, were all ones that could be done within 30 days. And most of the longer-term provisions would result in only “marginal increases in safety.”
Yet when the final report came out, the timelines he saw had been removed, no doubt because they argued against the necessity of a six-month moratorium. Mr. Arnold adds that the Administration’s decision to allow industry to continue drilling “gas injection wells”â€”which, he says, are no more risky than production wellsâ€”only shows the moratorium makes “no sense.”
Who could be so crass as to take a crisis like this and exploit it thusly? Well, why do we have a crisis like this? The oil could have been burned off at the site of the explosion – it did not need to travel to all the coastal regions. But that option (along with chemical dispersement) was derailed by our government. The oil could have been sucked up by a flotilla Â of international ships, avoiding the damage to wetlands, wildlife and summer vacation plans. Except those ships were held at bay by the government. The oil could have been contained with booms, blocked by sand bars, etc. All efforts blocked by the government. The crisis became epic due to a series of strange acts of inaction. How ironic.
Was it orchestrated this way? Well what does this story tell you?
The panel appointed by President Barack Obama to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is short on technical expertise but long on talking publicly about “America’s addiction to oil.” One member has blogged about it regularly.
Environmental activist Frances Beinecke on May 27 blogged: “We can blame BP for the disaster and we should. We can blame lack of adequate government oversight for the disaster and we should. But in the end, we also must place the blame where it originated: America’s addiction to oil.” And on June 3, May 27, May 22, May 18, May 4, she called for bans on drilling offshore and the Arctic.
“Even as questions persist, there is one thing I know for certain: the Gulf oil spill isn’t just an accident. It’s the result of a failed energy policy,” Beinecke wrote on May 20.
Two other commissioners also have gone public to urge bans on drilling.
A panel instituted to INVESTIGATE the spill is stacked with liberal policy spouters and one or two people technically capable of grasping the basic physical forces and engineering being applied to the problem? It would seem from this bit of evidence the plan all along was to bolster the Big Lie (i.e., we need to halt use of oil, no matter what the cost).
And don’t think this approach is limited to the White House. Speaker Pelosi recently exposed her part in the health care big lie as she decided to let Medicare patients and doctors suffer to get her liberal agenda through.
These people are not leaders, they are liars. They create crisis so they can lie about the cures they propose. Cures to end the free market system of America – not to do anything about their Big Lies.
This time, the comparison looks to be valid – Goebbels would be proud.