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

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Disparaging the Press

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

Oppressors need to control the press in order to deceive citizens.  It’s been used by Republican owned news media for decades.  Congressional Republicans and Trump supporters continue to make deceitful claims about our economy that aren’t supported by facts.  The truth is that while they’ve been telling hardworking, middle-class families that the reason they’re getting economically squeezed was because of an African-American welfare queen was seen driving a Cadillac, or undocumented Mexican women are having anchor babies, or because poor “white trash” aren’t willing to work; they’ve been promoting policies that protect powerful special interests and those who are at the very top of the economic ladder.

In 2004, Ron Suskind an official in the Bush administration bragged t0 “The New York Times”: “We’re an empire now and when we act, we create our own reality.

Donald Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press by convincing the public that the press is engaged in a conspiracy against him.  He uses his tweets, rallies, and videos to make himself appear to be the only credible source of public information. 

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, was asked his opinion of former Vice President Cheney by Chris Wallace.  He answered: “I’ve been searching for a single word that would describe Dick Cheney, and I’m afraid the only one I can think of is insanity.  It’s a deliberate.  It’s a methodical.  It’s often lucid insanity.  But it’s insanity nonetheless.  He can’t recognize reality.  He can’t recognize the truth.”

President Bush left office with an approval rating was 22 percent, and Cheney’s was 13 percent.  Trump has replaced Cheney as the personification of Republican deceitfulness.


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