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Progressive propaganda – then and now
Posted By Ellis Washington On 06/01/2012 @ 8:31 pm In Commentary,Opinion | No Comments
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent. …
~ Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda
President Obama’s sustained attacks against presidential GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital is a shameless frontal assault against America and her free-market capitalist system, but it has backfired disastrously against Obama. Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker said that Obama’s tactics against private capital were “uncomfortable” and “nauseating.” Nevertheless, just a few hours after telling the truth about Obama’s anti-capitalist demagoguery, Obama’s people yanked his chain and Booker was forced to appear on “Meet the Press” before a surreal hostage-like background and a stressed-out look on his face to recant for daring to tell the truth against messiah Obama.
Booker’s cowardice didn’t stop other notable Democrats from speaking out against Obama’s liberal fascism including: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. John Warner, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, former Car Czar Steve Rattner, former Rep. Harold Ford, former Clinton adviser Lanny Davis and most recently former president Bill Clinton. All have publicly sided with Bain.
Obama’s liberal fascist attacks on Bain Capital and against American capitalism remind me of an earlier more radical time in history when Hitler was running for election as chancellor of Germany in 1932. No, I am not calling Obama a Hitler, but I am stating in the most emphatic manner that Obama and the Democratic Party are using Nazi propaganda campaign tactics against Romney and the GOP.
Out of hundreds of propaganda campaign posters Hitler used to both deify himself and demonize his political foes, I have found two posters that were particularly vile and reprehensible, yet very effective in promoting Hitler’s National Socialist Party (the Nazis). The first one is titled “Arbeit und brot” (work and bread).
Carefully examine the campaign poster above (circa 1932) where the Nazis promised the German people work and bread for voting for Hitler and the Nazi Party. The bottom left side of the poster reads: durch liste 1 (meaning “through list 1″). In other words: Vote list 1, or on the first ballot vote for a straight Nazi Party ticket. This propaganda poster exploited the German people’s desperate need to end the social catastrophe of World War I and the economic hyperinflation of the previous failed government – the Weimar Republic (1919-1933).
The diabolical message of this simple but powerful poster portrays the Nazis – descending from from Mount Olympus like Zeus or the Greek gods of antiquity – to save the people and satisfy the desperate needs of Germans with “work and bread.” As the people are frantically grabbing for work (tools) to earn their bread, Hitler and the Nazis are grabbing for the votes needed to enslave the German people.
Remember that the word propaganda comes from the Latin verb propagare, meaning “to propagate” “to reproduce” or “to spread from person to person.” We must remember that Hitler did not take power by force; he was voted into office using the democratic process and his superior rhetorical skills to convince the people to vote for him. Once he tricked the German people to elect him chancellor, they became, in the words of historian Daniel Goldhagen, “Hitler’s willing accomplices.” Hitler next quickly suspended the constitution, burned down the German parliament building (the Reichstag), declared martial law and combined the presidency with the chancellorship to become Germany’s absolute dictator, or fuehrer. He then launched World War II and the Holocaust against the Jews.
The second propaganda poster is titled: “BOLSHEVISM [COMMUNISM] WITHOUT THE MASK” and is based on the tried and true deceit where propaganda takes 1 percent of the truth and mixes it with 99 percent lies.
In this second poster, Hitler’s use of propaganda combines his venal hatred of the Jewish people and Communist Russia (which strategically exposed Germany’s eastern flank), deceiving the German people into believing that the Jews and the Communists had formed an unholy alliance to dominate the world – which was a Big Lie. Hitler really wanted to demonize his enemies, Russia and the Jews, by connecting them together as the embodiment of evil and blaming them for all of Germany’s present economic, political and social problems. In reality Communists and Jews have nothing in common other than the fact that a few German and Russian Jewish academics, socialists and leftist intellectuals were Communists or Communist sympathizers.
This poster is not only anti-Semitic, but hypocritical because it hid Hitler’s coalition with the Communists he treacherously used to become supreme chancellor of Germany on Jan. 30, 1933. Of course, once Hitler secured power, a few months later he used Machiavellian tactics to torture and murder the Communist and unionist groups by the hundreds of thousands, and in his 1941 invasion of Russia, Hitler killed Communists by the millions.
The translation of this propaganda poster, Bolshevism without a mask, was Hitler’s scheme to manipulate for his own political ends Russia’s Communism and their infamous 1917 Bolshevik Revolution under Lenin and later Stalin, which marked the Soviet Union (Russia) as the world’s first Communist nation. By connecting Communism (the hammer and sickle) with the symbol of the Jewish people (Star of David), Hitler was free to disenfranchise, torture and murder the Jews by the millions. Who would care? They are just a bunch of dirty Communists – a lie Nazi propagandists used to enslave the minds of German people through relentless media exposure. This poster promoted Hitler and the Nazis’ hatred of both Jews and Communists as being the murderous monsters behind the mask.
In conclusion, remember the infamous words of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s minister of propaganda, who said: If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. Obama can’t run on the truth of his four-year record as president because it was an unmitigated disaster that has pushed America to the brink of another Great Depression. Therefore, he must resort to misdirection, chaos theory, lies and Nazi tactics using shameless campaign propaganda against Romney. Obama’s lies and continuous propaganda reminds me of the conclusion of Goebbels quote above – “The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the [Socialist] State.”
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