Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Lies


Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels insisted: “A lie, repeated often enough, will end up as truth.”

Donald Trump denied that he said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.”
He said: “I did not support the war in Iraq.”  Actually, he supported the invasion of Iraq before it took place and only said that he opposed the war after the war started.
Trump asserted the unemployment was as high as 42 percent.  In fact, employment has been rising since the end of the Great Recession.
Trump falsely claimed: “One of the great giveaways of all time, of all time, including four hundred million dollars in cash nobody’s ever seen that before that turned out to be wrong.”  Actually, the money belonged to Iran, for military goods never delivered after the Iranian Revolution.
Trump repeatedly insists: “The murder rate in the United States is the largest it’s been in 45 years.”  According to the FBI, the murder rate is near a 50-year low. 
He repeatedly announced, that he won the election by a “landslide.”  In reality, he lost the popular vote by over 2.9 million votes.

He repeatedly alleges that the election was marred by “massive voting fraud” when in fact there’s no evidence of voting fraud, unless you consider Russian hacking dishonest. 

A democracy can only function on the basis of truth.  If the public is repeatedly told by its president that the murder rate is soaring, it may support policies such as harsher policing and sentencing.  If repeatedly told that Trump won by a landslide, the public may give him a mandate he doesn't deserve.  If told of “massive voter fraud” the public may support further efforts to suppress votes through rigid ID requirements. 

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