Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Big Lie

Think Progress » Sen. Inhofe Compares People Who Believe In Global Warming To ‘The Third Reich’
In an interview, he heaped criticism on what he saw as the strategy used by those on the other side of the debate and offered a historical comparison.

“It kind of reminds . . . I could use the Third Reich, the big lie,” Inhofe said.

“The big lie,” is a propaganda technique Adolf Hitler attributed to Jews in his book Mein Kampf. It involves telling lies “so colossal” that no one would believe “others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.”


Half of Americans now say Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when the United States invaded the country in 2003 -- up from 36 percent last year, a Harris poll finds. Pollsters deemed the increase both "substantial" and "surprising" in light of persistent press reports to the contrary in recent years.

I, Nostradamus:
A dangerous world increases the need for comfort, and if filling that need requires a belief in the objectively false (like Saddam-9/11 links, or Iraqi WMDs), so be it. Pointing out that Bush did nothing to prevent 9/11, or has made us less safe with his new crusade, is unavailing. The faithful vest in the object of their faith attributes based not on reality, but the size of the hole they expect him to fill. A sickening spiral ensues: the further Bush drifts from the moorings of reality, the stronger the support from his disciples becomes.


Blogger Eric Soderstrom said...

You left out my favorite quote from that story - global warming is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people." Now, I don't believe it's a hoax. On the other hand, I'm kind of glad for the heat wave we're struggling with right now in that it will motivate some dimmer bulbs to maybe go see the An Inconenient Truth. Some folks even managed to get the movie shown a the rinky dink po dunk theater in town here. What's funny is they could show it at the Drive-In here and you could go see it at Midnight in a convertible without a sweater.

Anyway - I think it would be fun, just for the sake of argument, to accept his basic assertion, but provide him with a list of bigger hoaxes. For example:

1.) Iraq had ties to Al Queda
2.) Iraq contributed to 9/11
3.) The Atkins Diet
4.) The Gulf Of Tonkin
5.) War of the Worlds
6.) More doctors smoke Camels
7.) Dodge's 5.7 liter V-8 Hemi incorporates meaningful fuel saving technology
8.) The 2000 election
9.) The 2004 election

Please add to the list and I will compile it and send him an e-mail.

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