Challenge to our Republic

| 11 Jan 2021 | 07:19

    A big lie (German: große Lüge) is a propaganda technique used for political purpose.

    The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book “Mein Kampf,” about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”

    Hitler believed the technique was used by Jews to blame Germany’s loss in World War I on German General Erich Ludendorff, who was a prominent nationalist and anti-Semitic political leader in the Weimar Republic. The claim that Germany was not beaten in 1918 was itself called a big lie.

    Various fact checkers have accumulated at least 30,000 lies or strongly misleading statements made by Donald Trump over the past four years. The vehicles for these lies has mostly come about through his use of social media - mainly Twitter although television has played a role as well.

    Most of the lies have been repeated over and over and, following the truths propagated by the leaders of the Third Reich, those lies have been accepted as truth. This has lead to an alternate universe involving many millions of US gullible people.

    They have become addicted to those lies and are now upset that the social media leaders have cut off the vehicle for the spread citing then to be a locus for insurrection.

    The wonder is not why Trump has been cut off. The wonder is why it has taken so long.

    It took an assault on the cradle of our Republic to have them flip the switch.

    The question now is, like the long haul effects of corona, what will be the long haul effects of the biggest lie of all - election theft.

    Gerard Freisinger