Monday, October 6, 2008
McCain-Palin and the Big Lie
"His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it."
This passage is from the Wikipedia article on the phrase "The Big Lie," quoting the wartime Office of Strategic Services' psychological profile of Adolf Hitler. (Wikipedia cites this as a source for the profile.)
Today we seem to be hearing quite an echo of this phenomenon in the McCain-Palin campaign's despicable and desperate attempt to smear Barack Obama with the guilt-by-association brushes of Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers instead of addressing the deepening economic collapse of the nation.
I refuse to believe that the American people are stupid, emotional and unsophisticated enough to buy this Big Lie.