Why BIG Lies Work

“In the simplicity of their minds, people 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 such impudence. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and continue tothink that there may be some other explanation.”

What the sociologists are telling us, is that by the time facts become clear, people are emotionally wedded to the beliefs planted by the propaganda and find it a wrenching experience to free themselves. What happens is, those who believed “the big lie” begin to denounce and ridicule the truth-tellers rather than the liars whom the truth-tellers expose with facts.  A current example is the impassioned debate over illegal immigration, gun control, abortion, same-sex marriage, 9/11 and the birth place of Obama.  Eventually, rational fact is replaced with passionate defense of emotional investments.

Oh, and the quote I opened this bit of fact with?  He was an insignificant individual of foreign birth who led a nation into oblivion and the world into war.  But he understood the power of “The Big Lie”.

So please remember this when you hear these famous words of Rahm Emanual …

“You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

There’s a ‘crisis‘ for everyone; Borders … Economy … Health Care … Banking … H1N1 Flu … Climate Change (formerly Global Warming) … and the list goes on and on.  The only ones who benefit are those in power.


  1. Really, and Cheney invaded Iraq for what fricking reason?

    Lies of the left are met by lies of the right.

    But a lot of our brave men and women died for those lies in Iraq- and are still dying.

    The ugliest fact is that we took troops from Afghanistan- where they we trying to kill Bin Laden- who brought us 9/11!!!

    That fact alone should make Cheney stand trial- and I voted for that clown in 2000!!!

    To say anything beyond that simple truth to obfuscate that lie is truly unpatriotic.

    So, to comment on the lies *you* think are important, but not more than timewasters or socialism, while the big lie that killed is still out there is unamerican.

  2. Veritas Vincit says

    Cheney did not invade Iraq. Keep in mind he had 535 accomplices to that crime. My point is that the U.S. Congress did nothing. That’s called a “sin of omission”.

  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Cheney#Iraq_War

    A pretty accurate portrayal.

    Now, he and the President orchestrated that war with *false* intelligence, including pressuring the CIA *not* to tell congress the truth.

    Sorry, that qualifies as one of the prime instigators, if not *the prime instigator* of that conflict.

    To point the blame at those deceived by his lies is classic disinformation.

    If the truth is victorious, you are defeated.

    Change your name.

  4. Veritas Vincit says

    Bupkis, its the responsibility of Congress to be the counter balance to the executive branch or did you forget that in civics class? That’s why they have the two standing committees on Intelligence – on in the House and the other in the Senate.

    Under your model, there are no leaks in Washington and Bush/Cheney pulled off a complete coup.

    Of course you never heard of the USS Maine or Pearl Harbor before either.

    If Congress was snookered by the dynamic duo, then why didn’t they use their Congressional powers to shut the war down???

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