I listened to conservative talk radio yesterday, as is often my habit while driving to and from my day job. I know you wonder why anybody would subject themselves to that, but it’s actually a very good exercise in seeing how much intellectual pain one can take. In addition to that, it is also an important thing to do if you want to see what the other side is up to without relying on MSNBC or the myriad of liberal/progressive pages to tell you what’s going on.
It also doesn’t hurt to do that on a regular basis if you’re a writer like I am, and yesterday proved to be a gold mine.
As I’m sitting at the traffic light I heard a caller on KPEL 96.5’s morning The Moon Griffon show actually claim that the county that Moore, Oklahoma is in had not registered a single vote for President Obama in the 2012 election. To the show’s credit, he was pretty much laughed off the air.
That was the stupid, but here’s what I was privy to on the way home. You see, on the evening drive, I get Andy Dean. Andy isn’t your normal Teabagger with a misspelled sign who rambles on and on incoherently about how the President is a Marxist fascist Kenyan Muslim. He’s actually smart, and he also graduated from Harvard (with honors).
The part of the discussion I caught was about all the “scandals” made up by the GOP over the last year or so. While Mr. Dean didn’t actually come out and say it, what dawned on me was the fact that the GOP didn’t care about Benghazi or anything else. What they do care about is making the President look bad, for political purposes. You see, they lost the last election in an embarrassing fashion. They’ve got the House gerrymandered into what could be a flustercluck until the next census, but they want the Senate.
Why do they want the Senate? Easy — they want to impeach the President, and they believe that if they can keep the false outrage going into November 2014, they might be able to pull it off. Unlike the House, they can’t gerrymander the Senate and there’s a different strategy now in play. They’re pushing all in with every hand like a hyper-aggressive rookie poker player with an unlimited stack of pseudo-scandals drummed up by the scores of rightwing sites on their massive payroll. It’s not about finding something they could legitimately criticize the President on and sticking with it. They’re counting on the absent-mindedness of the American public while coming up with a new made up scandal every few days. They’re basically throwing feces at the wall like caged animals, hoping that this constant blitz will stick somehow. That’s how propaganda works — it’s about telling a lie big enough (and repeating it often enough) that people will believe it. Are we going to let them get away with it, or are they doing nothing but sabotaging their own party through their multitude of lies? It’s up to us to decide.
“But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over. Here, as so often in this world, persistence is the first and most important requirement for success.”
– “War Propaganda“, Volume 1, Chapter 6 of Mein Kampf (1925), by Adolf Hitler.
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