What’s happened to the Republican Party? It has gone from the party of “Honest” Abe Lincoln to a nest of greed-centered sociopaths, science-ing theocrats and ghosts of times best left in the dung heap of history. It’s a party that thrives on dividing the people, appealing to the worst aspects of the human condition to rot America from the inside for the sake of an ideology that is nothing short of an attempt turn America back into the same type of system of oligarchy our founders fought a revolution to escape.
The fact is, since selling out to big-moneyed interests in the first Gilded Age, the Republican Party has not done a single thing to advance the interests of the working class. Quite the contrary, they have worked against the interests of the majority with the goal of turning the working class, once empowered by the New Deal (and too “uppity” for their liking), into the more malleable and compliant working poor. In 30 short years, Reagan’s trickle-down voodoo transformed America from a creditor to a debtor nation, stagnated wages, and turned her from the most to the least upwardly mobile with the widest income gap of all industrialized nations. A record like this is nothing to boast about – even Reagan’s own Budget Director, David Stockman, admits Republicans destroyed the economy. So Republicans simply lie, confident that the ignorance they’ve deliberately cultivated will deter the people from catching on.
Republicans and the “Big Lie”
Republicans have a strategy sure to win the people’s support – lie.
When the lies are debunked and challenged… oh well! The lies are effective, so they’re sticking to them. After all, as Romney pollster, Neil Newhouse said, “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”
Republicans can get away with their lies because they’ve constructed a media echo chamber – made possible by Bill Clinton’s signature on the Telecommunications act of 1996 (deregulating the media) – that has helped turned America into a nation where half it’s citizens never hear the truth, and if they do, they’re told they’re being lied to. It’s a propaganda perfect storm that allows Republicans to get away with framing their entire convention around an out-of-context quote manipulation and a bald-faced, race-baiting lie about Welfare. These lies made the perfect backdrop for Paul Ryan to stand in front of America, as Fox New’s Sally Kohn wrote, “attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.”
How could they be so bold to lie so profusely and brazenly? Dan Amira put it succinctly when he wrote, “Paul Ryan Bets on the Ignorance of America.”
“Most of the millions of people who watched the speech on television tonight do not read fact-checks or obsessively consume news fifteen hours a day, and will never know how much Ryan’s case against Obama relied on lies and deception. Ryan’s pants are on fire, but all America saw was a barn-burner.”
Can’t defend your plan to ramp up the very trickle down policies that destroyed the middle class to begin with? Well… you don’t have to “defend” it if you just deny that it’s your plan!
California Democratic chief John Burton called the Republican liars out for their lies, and likened it to Goebbels “Big Lie” strategy, which was a tactic to continually tell such outrageous lies that the people would believe them merely on the basis of how outrageous and how often the lies were repeated.
“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie … Joseph Goebbels — the big lie, you keep repeating it,” Burton said. “That was Goebbels, the big lie.”
Of course, the infantile Republicans were quick to manufacture their standard feigned outrage for someone calling out their tactics for what they are. The California GOP said Burton calling them “Big Liars” was “desperate, deranged rhetoric” that Democrats were using to “distract” voters from their “failed record.” Funny. If the record was such a “failure,” we would think the GOP would actually be able to tell the truth about it. Ironically, it’s also right out of the Goebbel’s playbook to feign outrage and demand an apology when someone tells the truth about you.
To his credit, Burton later issued a non-apology apology. “If Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, or the Republicans are insulted by my describing their campaign tactic as the big lie – I most humbly apologize to them or anyone who might have been offended by that comment,” he said.*
Republicans are no strangers to employing the “Big Lie” strategy. They used it against Franklin Roosevelt as they tried to weasel out of taking responsibility for their policies that caused the first Republican Great Depression. FDR wasn’t afraid to call them out for it and put the blame for the depression back where it actually belonged.
“Although I rubbed my eyes when I read it, we have been told that it was not a Republican depression, but a Democratic depression from which this Nation was saved in 1933 – that this Administration this one today – is responsible for all the suffering and misery that the history books and the American people have always thought had been brought about during the twelve ill-fated years when the Republican party was in power.
Now, there is an old and somewhat lugubrious adage which says: ‘Never speak of rope in the house of a man who has been hanged.’ In the same way, if I were a Republican leader speaking to a mixed audience, the last word in the whole dictionary that I think I would use is that word “depression.”
Let’s face it. Members of the so-called “Party of Personal Responsibility” only stick to that motto when trying to deny children a school lunch program. When it comes to taking responsibility for the disastrous results of their policies… well.. they just LIE – “big” and often!
Watch: Thom Hartmann break down the Republican Big Lie Strategy, Then and Now:
Multiple Choice Mitt
Paul Ryan gave the “Big Lie” strategy his stamp of approval when he stood in front of millions of Americans and lied right to our faces. His running mate, Mitt Romney, doubled down when he “won” the first presidential debate by peppering the airwaves with 27 lies in 38 minutes. But Mitt is no stranger to lying. He built his whole political career on it.
Ted Kennedy put it best when he said, “I am Pro-choice. Mitt Romney is Multiple-choice.” It’s no secret on both sides of the aisle that Mitt Romney will say and do anything to get elected.
But, this is to be expected. With nothing but a history of class war against working people to point to and a promise of more of the same, Republicans have made clear that their mission is to seize power for the sake of the powerful and roll back the clock to the Gilded Age. They can’t achieve their goal if they tell the people the truth.
You see, the billionaires and their Republican puppets loathe democracy – they loathe “We The People” and will do whatever it takes to continue using the working people of this nation as mere hosts from which to suck profit and discard. They want the working people overworked, confused, and fighting against other struggling people lest they realize powerful interests are using them as the useful idiots in their own demise.
The silver lining in this cloud of having to share the same air as greed-centered sociopaths and their useful idiot puppets, is that the right wing propaganda can only blare loud enough for so long to drown out the dismal reality Republican trickle-down Reaganomics has wreaked before the people realize that they’ve been played.
Sooner or later, the lies of the Republican Party will be their downfall. As Abraham 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.”
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