The American public is continually and subtly bombarded with propaganda and much of it comes from our corrupt media.
Propaganda is used in logos, posters, verbiage, particularly sound bites, et cetera to distort the truth and to subtly influence our thinking as you know. It is also used to diminish the opposition.
I remind myself that wiith logos, sound bites, posters and any type of advertising or propaganda, it is so important to be mindful but not responsive. Propaganda is such a sly, manipulative infiltrator into one’s unconscious.
Propaganda is used by all sides, some more than others.
Propaganda is by-and-large is deceitful or exaggerated and it is used to manipulate. Putting the candy by the cash register or a wholesome child’s face on a sugary cereal is somewhat harmless, but when propaganda is used to distort our more important choices in life, it’s dangerous.
The basic principles of propaganda are familiar to most of us but this might serve as a reminder because it will be used against us more and more under our statist administration.
When Maxine Waters calls all Republicans “demons,” she is using a propagandist’s tactic.
It is also a way to goad people into overreacting so they can be labeled extremists or stupid. Ridicule tends to infuriate people and they negate their own arguments with exaggerated reactions as their opponents had planned.
Repeating the same adjectives over-and-over to paint people with the same brush eventually paints its way into peoples’ subconscious and it is particularly insidious. Say it often enough and people will believe it. For example, making Tea Party people synonymous with all Republicans and then labeling them extremist gives them all one identity which is meant to diminish. It leaves no room for argument or differentiation among viewpoints.
Constantly saying Republicans want dirty air and dirty water (Obama) or that they are obstructionists (most of the Democrats in Congress and the President have made this accusation without proof) becomes part of the public consciousness despite the fact that it offers not one bit of fact.
Denouncing special interest groups such as anyone supporting the other side and not your own is name calling.
Adjectives are problematic. The “extremist Republicans” or the “lying politicians” (hhmmm…well, maybe that’s a bad example.)
THE STRAW MAN
This is the art of illogical reasoning. All Catholics are for contraception, therefore the church needs to get in tune. The church is against women’s rights and it has nothing to do with religious freedom. This tells the church that their views are not acceptable because a majority says they are not – that is illogical. A equalS B, therefore, A is C. To say ‘all Catholics are for contraception therefore it is not a religious freedom issue’ – one has nothing to do with the other. This sets up a fallacious rationalization not based in logical reasoning.
We have multiple examples of this. Calling Poly Sci major, Al Gore, an expert in Global Warming is an absurd generality in that there is nothing scientific about Political Science.
Calling things green, natural or organic doesn’t make it so. Solar energy uses coal in its formation and since much of it is made in China, it is done so with a great deal of pollution.
Calling Obamacare moral doesn’t make it so. In fact, some view it as outright theft and government intrusion on personal liberties. Certainly it alters our capitalist system for all time.
Another way is to transfer the power, prestige, respect, and authority of a symbol or group from one to the other without basis – false comparisons.
Fred Thompson advertises for reverse mortgages so they must be good. Another for instance, I went to a rally of anti-war activists. When they started out, they had desecrated flags and photos that depicted soldiers as murderers. Now they hang U.S. flags and have signs pleading to bring our soldiers home safely.
Another was almost heard at the House hearings on religious freedom. Instead of speaking directly to the issue of religious freedom in this ongoing battle between the churches and the HHS rule to mandate abortifacients/contraceptives, the Democrats wanted to bring in a young woman with a compelling, irrelevant story about a friend who died and might have been saved by contraceptives. The story had no scientific or religious relevance to the topic and was only meant to pander to the emotions so it could be used later on as a talking point.
Making it about women’s rights instead of sticking to the point is transfer.
Then there is guilt-by-association such as calling people racists, nativists, and xenophobes because they want borders and a planned, orderly immigration system and support Donald Trump. If you support Donald Trump, you are likely a deplorable and irredeemable.
Climate change theorists continually use non-peer reviewed papers as if they were as credible as peer reviewed. Since they have been kept secret, we now know data was falsified and one doesn’t know what to believe. The purpose of peer review is to provide the important scientific vetting. Some people will say peer review does the opposite, but not if it is a careful scientific analysis.
People whore themselves out all the time. Don’t pick a candidate because some well-known person likes him.
JUST ONE OF YOU
When a politician like Obama who grew up in Hawaii with all the benefits of a reasonably well-off family, went to the best colleges, made a living that puts him in the highest brackets of society starts talking to people in ghettos as if he were one of them, he is being disingenuous. He is not and never has been – one of them. When Hillary tells you she is the champion of the everyday American but lives in splendor and tells bankers she doesn’t relate to the middle class any longer, she is not just one of us.
Present only the facts that benefit the argument being presented (and not labeling it as opinion) – one-sided arguments. Lying by omission in alleged fact-based publications or other media. For example, in an article by Bill Moyers on the Church-Obamacare controversy in 2010,he did not mention the fact that most religious facilities are self-insured, rendering the “indirect” payment option, the supposed solution to the religious objections, moot completely.
Most people want to conform and get along. They want to go with a winner. When polls and statistics are skewed, they push people towards a particular candidate.
That’s why you hear things like only the “fringe” is opposed to Obamacare and anyone opposed will kill millions of sick and old people. Everyone prefers Obamacare.
I heard a Progressive from the Demos Foundation on Cavuto who said Progressivism and Government in charge of most or all our needs is what the American people want. If he says it enough, people will jump on board.
Giving people two choices – you are with us or against us or you are part of the solution or the problem. You are a “true conservative” or you are not is a good example. In the case of the Iran deal, Obama said it was his way or war, which was untrue – there were many other choices. When it comes to climate change, the left is now talking about imprisoning dissenters though science is about free thought or at least it used to be. The reality is that our world is mostly shades of gray and most things are never black and white.
These are meant to exclude the opposition or put the opposition on the defensive. It cheapens the opposition. Labeling Republicans as extremist and wanting to kill old people by destroying Medicare is patently untrue but it makes for a good sound bite. No matter how much they say they want to save it, people often remember the first sound bite. Stay away from extremist labels whenever possible though calling Obama a madman and Hillary evil might be okay given the Wikileaks revelations.
People are often demeaned because they are smart or intellectual, being called geeks or nerds. The same holds true for non-intellectuals who have intelligence and commons sense or are just correct on an issue.
Calling Obama an extremist for wanting to eviscerate 80% of our nuclear weapons is not inaccurate since we are at war with enemies proliferating nuclear weapons. Coming from an area of strength, not weakness is advisable.
All the intellectual, pinot noir drinking sophisticates say it is so, therefore it is so. You want to be in with the in-crowd, don’t you?
The Affordable Care Act which is not affordable and has us on an unsustainable trajectory financially is euphemistic. Clean energy which requires corrupt processes to be built, especially when built in china, is not so clean and it sure isn’t cheap.
The Fairness Doctrine which takes away free speech or The Employee Free Choice Act which takes away the right to a secret ballot are good examples. Lying with positive words to clean up a not-so-positive reality!
If there are any changes to Medicare, you will all die, the left told us. In fact, trillions of dollars will be taken from Medicare to fund the unsustainable. Eventually, seniors and the entire country will be pushed onto a less effective Medicaid system. Doctors are dropping Medicare or threatening to do so because of the changes stemming from Obamacare.
All Republicans are neo-cons – there is no in between. Meanwhile, many wars were started by Democrats and Obama has set us up for a third World War, especially after giving Iran the okay to develop nuclear weapons in nine years.
Dare to be different. Black Lives Matter appears to be different but they aren’t, they are the useful idiots. Their agenda is the agenda of the Progressives, funded by George Soros.
Without considering the research, implications and other factors, we could be all wrong. It doesn’t mean you have to change your values, only keep an open mind.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Divide people, pinpoint the enemy, and give them no voice. Bacrack Obama and Hillary Clinton are masters of it. We are all being divided along pro and anti-Democrat lines. Deplorables, irredeamables, blacks, whites, Latinos, LGBTs, white middle class men, police, cowboys, Catholics, Evangelicals, Atheists…the list has gotten very long.
Be careful with this. We should consider the future, but the crystal ball clouds up in our ever-changing world. How many times has Al Gore predicted we would be underwater?
Every person is an individual and is unique to be valued for his/her viewpoints. Let reasonable arguments prevail.
HOW GERMANS BECAME NAZIS
“The essence of propaganda,” Goebbels once remarked, “consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never again escape from it.”
Political propaganda demands steadfast loyalty and ridicule of the opposition, it transforms enemies of the past into friends, eliminates or rewrites history, demands unwavering faith with each new erratic change that erases all traditions and valued institutions of the past.
Propaganda manipulates people into accepting only one side of events by lying, obfuscating, and omitting facts. It goes beyond enticement or persuasion. It’s twisted.
Joseph Goebbels, the brilliant sociopathic propagandist for the Hitler regime, used his understanding of mob mentality and modern propaganda to bring Hitler to power and help him maintain the adulation of the mob. Eventually, that adulation turned to terror but that is not how it began. The press was Goebbel’s biggest supporter.
Goebbels, as Minister of Enlightment, was charged with ensuring that no one in Germany read or saw anything that was damaging to the Party and that the views of the Party were presented in the most persuasive manner possible, no matter what it took.
Joseph Goebbels became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister in 1933. He was given power over all German radio, press, cinema, theater and German culture. He used films, print, posters, speeches, and rallies to glorify Hitler and the ideology of the Party.
Joseph Goebbels once said, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.” What would he say about our press today? That it’s a good start?
The propaganda machine Goebbels employed utilized imagery, often through poster art. It was used to boost the morale of workers, telling them they are the front. They used it to depict the Nazis as a force for good while outlining who the enemies were.
Some posters included slogans such as, “The people will rise,” “freedom and bread,” “Forward with the powers of renewal!” They were always colorful, often in red print.
Slogans that were short and easily remembered were very popular. Goebbels said, “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”
The scapegoating of minorities, such as Jews, furthered their grandiose perception of self. The propagandists needed a common enemy to blame for unemployment and the Jews fit the bill. They were often caricatured in cartoons, film, and posters.
The Nazi propagandists, without the Internet, social media, or TV, used the radio to their advantage. Goebbels called it the eighth great power. He arranged for the German government to subsidize cheap radio sets so that almost every household had one with which to hear the Nazi lies.
Film was a popular medium for Goebbel’s use. A Department of Film was set up in 1933 with the expressed goal of “spreading the National Socialist world view to the entire German people.” One of their films, The Wandering Jew, was a documentary style attack on the Jewish people.
The press was controlled. One paper called Der Sturmer (‘The Attacker’) was rabidly anti-semitic and pornographic. Even Goering wouldn’t allow it in his offices.
Political correctness became ingrained. The media was used to convince people of what was safe to think and to say.
Even music and opera became part of the propaganda machine.
Goebbels knew people had to be entertained first before they could be convinced. He combined entertainment and propaganda in a way that have never been accomplished before.
Most of all, Goebbels promoted the cult of personality surrounding the Fuehrer. His image was shaped through all forms of media. Hitler was a powerful and charismatic speaker who appealed to the emotions and the mob mentality. The combination worked. Propaganda needs the leader who can convince people he is their savior.
There wasn’t much resistance to the propaganda. People did not appear to rush to the defense of Jews.
Once a leader in this new and warped culture became entrenched, nothing seemed to affect his standing. In fact, disreputable behavior enhanced his image.
Propaganda was all that Germany knew.
Events surrounding the Fuehrer were filled with splendor with splendid words and lots of marches and flag waving.
Then there was the Hitler Youth who were entertained with sports, games and fun activities while being subjected to ongoing indoctrination. It didn’t always work well and rebellious youth were hanged.
No matter what lies were uncovered, the lack of credibility never affected the teflon leader because of the unceasing propaganda glorifying him, thanks to the master of deceit, Joseph Goebbels. Propaganda set the stage for the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.
Can people be swayed by propaganda if they don’t already hold these beliefs deep-down? It would seem so.