Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Big Lie

You get to cast your vote for a new leader today and only your vote counts.

Here are the facts about the top three candidates.

Candidate A - Hangs out with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists. A man who fancies the ladies, he's had not one, but two mistresses. A chain-smoker, he sips on about 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B - Was booted from office twice, sleeps until noon and used opium in college. An opinionated, cantankerous sort, he has loud arguments with his wife and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C - Is a decorated war hero and best-selling author. He's also a vegetarian who doesn't smoke and only drinks an occasional beer. He has never cheated on his wife.

As you already know, appearances can be deceiving.

In this case, Candidates A and B represent what history considers two of the finest democratic leaders ever to emerge; Franklin D. Roosevelet and Winston Churchill. They were the leaders who halted a raving lunatic - Candidate C - from taking over the entire planet.

On this day, in 1889, Candidate C was born in Linz, Austria and his brand of megalomania has endured like few before or since. Perhaps, it was because Candidate C had a clear understanding of the power of "The Big Lie". As he openly admitted in Chapter Ten of his book, "In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously".

Few leaders in history have ever distorted truth like Candidate C as he compared his country's plight to the prosperity enjoyed by the British Empire.

Candidate C was convinced that people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if repeated frequently enough, sooner or later people will believe it. This may be difficult for some to digest, but as Churchill once stated, "Personally I'm always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught".

Is there an element of truth in Candidate C's opinion?

How else does one explain how otherwise ordinary, honest, hard-working citizens be so misled as to follow a path of utter destruction towards the horrors of the Holocaust?

Appearances can be deceiving.

Underlying truths take a certain amount of effort to detect.

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think”

p.s. ... Given the seriousness of this topic today, and the controversy it may generate, it may help to bring a little levity into the picture.

WARNING: This video may offend everyone from Realtors to speculators reeling from the housing credit carnage. If you decide to proceed, and insist on watching, TSB recommends you adjust your sensitivity meter to the "off" position.

In yet another case of an online parody taking on a life of its own, hundreds of web pranksters are dubbing over a scene from the movie Downfall. Released in 2004, the Oscar-nominated picture depicts the final 12 days of an agitated leader who clearly sees the writing on the bunker wall.

The Downfall clip has been remixed almost 100 times, lampooning everyone from the New England Patriots, to gamers banned from Microsoft's Xbox, football star Cristiano Ronaldo leaving Manchester United, Barack Obama giving a speech in Berlin and being forced to see an Adam Sandler movie.


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