At a legal proceeding at the agora in Athens in 330 BC, Aeschines brought evidence against his opponent Demosthenes with the following introduction:
A fine thing, my fellow Athenians, a fine thing is the preservation of public records. Records do not change, and they do not shift sides with liars, but they grant to you, the people, the opportunity to know, whenever you want, which men, once bad, through some transformation now claim to be good.
He could have been talking about any Republican running for president, and a lot who aren't.
Demosthenes defended himself by artfully avoiding any substantive discussion of the evidence or any events relating to the charges. The evidence of his wrongdoing was not considered and Aeschines lost the contest.
We don't have to look back 2300 years to find examples of Republican style chicanery, obfuscation, prevarication and lying to avoid the evidence. We only have to look back 80 years to the 1930s in Germany to find an example that is being reflected by Republicans today.
The Nazis started their program for the total oppression of the Jews by making it illegal for them to vote. Then they declared the Jews treasonous, unpatriotic, unproductive and anti-German.
All of those declarations by the Nazis about the Jews are being repeated, verbatim, today by the Republicans about the poor and the unemployed.
Frank Gaffney, a Republican propagandist and misinformer, in his own words:
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