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Politics And Facts In The Age Of Obama

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"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, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State."

- Joseph Goebbels

With the evil canniness of a man drunk with power, the Nazi evil genius was right. And while America today could never remotely resemble the German Reich of 65 years ago sometimes I wonder if many in the mainstream media read the playbook of the Nazi minister of propaganda. In a climate of political hostility towards President Barack Obama, the national rhetoric has become angry, uncivil, hateful and untruthful. Lying now trumps truth each and every day.

In fact, lying is now as natural to the nation's top leaders media, civic, political, financial and otherwise that the American public expect it and have become so desensitized to it that it has become an integral and normal part of doing the business of politics. So that every word that President Barack Obama utters is routinely distorted and regurgitated by a groups of people with a one-dimensional agenda. For example, not satisfied to blame the president for the BP oil spill, the TV pundits were out in force spinning the lies that his pick for the US supreme Court was another "Harriet Miers" an allusion to President Bush's failed candidate.

Still, in the end President Barack Obama and his Administration will not be judged and remembered for the mountain of lies and innuendoes that their political enemies including the rabid, neoconservative elements in the Republican Party and right wing fringe lunatics like the Tea Party and Birther movements conjured up, but by the positive results of far-reaching domestic policies, protecting America from the threat of terrorism, and how much the quality of life of all Americans improved or declined during his tenure.

But make no mistake about it, unfortunately, the President and his party still have to contend and deal with those who dwell in the realm of conspiracy theories, irrationality, rumors, distortions and untruths. It becomes a real drag on one's sanity to have to relate as sane, reasoned people who hang their hats on sanity and rationality to a loud, boisterous, clanging group of near-zealots the kind of folks led by the vapid and intellectually challenged Sarah Palin who the mainstream media treats as some heroine completely obfuscating the fact that she is nothing more than a presidential also ran and first time loser.

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