As American mass media and social platforms work to misinform the public, it is important to understand how important lies are to the success of the Left.
Socialist regimes of all types, whether they call themselves Communists as in the Soviet Union, National Socialists in Nazi Germany, or Venezuela’s’ Chavistas depend heavily on suppressing the truth and insisting that blatant lies be accepted by the general public. Hitler, in his infamous Mein Kampf book, discussed the use of lies so vast that no one could “fathom the reality that they were not the truth.” His propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, said it best:
“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.”
In 2020 America, we are seeing the Big Lie hard at work in so many different ways, on many different fronts. Consider these items that are accepted as fact, but are in reality sheer nonsense.
The allegation that America suffers from legal systemic racism is at the top of the list at the moment. Yes, there are some evil individuals with hatred in their hearts. But they are individuals. To be "legally systemic,” laws, rules, and official procedures would have to be in place. Since the end of segregation and other oppressive measures in the 1960s, there has not been systemic racism in American law.
The Democratic Party, which alleges the existence of systemic racism, is portrayed as the political grouping that helps Black Americans. Nothing could be further from the truth, and only the warping of both history and current events allows this fabrication to continue. Historically, Democrats are the party that supported slavery and segregation. Margaret Sanger, who is idolized by Democrats, began her campaign to spread the use of abortion because she believed too many black babies were being born.
Since the 1960s, Democratic “poverty” programs have provided numerous jobs to political appointees, but have done next to nothing to truly undo the poverty that is the legacy of slavery and segregation. When successful blacks, such as Justice Clarence Thomas, Dr. Ben Carson, or others point this out, the leftist media and Democratic leaders attack them with everything in their arsenal.
Two of the most currently powerful leftist groups, Antifa and Black Lives Matter, claim to be organizations that want greater democracy. That is utterly false. Both have engaged in extensive violence. They oppose constitutional governance. Neither is in favor of free speech. They beat and batter those who dissent. They and their arrogant supporters use every device including physical threats and actions, economic pressure, and more to suppress those who do not surrender to them. Their drive to “defund the police” and label their opponents as racist is clearly a way to eliminate any obstacle that stands in the way of their illicit push to gain power.
Perhaps the greatest Big Lie comes from the supporters of socialism. Nations that have adopted socialism have endured loss of freedom, loss of opportunity, and a diminished economy. The USSR collapsed because of it. North Korea and Cuba are hellholes. The Scandinavian countries are abandoning it. The people of Venezuela, who should be awash in wealth due to their nations’ natural resources, are impoverished because of it. Even China utilizes a limited form of capitalism to build its economy. But The Left is all for it.
Goebbels would be proud of his 21st Century heirs.
Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy and Government.