The Big Lie...

My reaction to Obama’s behavior in recent days was disgust and anger which went out in many directions. His outrageous disrespect of the Supreme Court compounded by the fact that his charges were erroneous, his condescending tone treating all audiences as if he were a pompous elementary school principal talking to students, his distortion of a required report on the State of the Union until it told little of the Union, almost nothing of foreign relations, and much about himself. I could have filled pages . I decided to try to make a point, instead, with a more focused observation. He’s foolishly written off the election of Scott Brown as the public reaction, not to his policies but, to government over a period of many years – at least that is what he says publicly. We need to find out whether he’ll stick to that delusion in the face of many repetitions of that Massachusetts election.

Adolph Hitler is generally credited with the propaganda technique known as “the big lie”. The OSS described Hitler’s technique as, “… never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.” George Orwell put an important additional slant on the definition, ” To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient….”

Whether he knows its origin or, as may be the case, attributes it to his idol Saul Alinsky, there is no question that Barack Obama is the leading current practitioner of the Big Lie, and Orwell’s definition points to a pertinent question where Obama is concerned. Does he believe the lies he tells us or not? In the interest of brevity, focus only on a few of his most recent statements.

In what should properly be called his first State of Obama speech on Wednesday and again today in his remarks to the GOP Congressional Retreat, he stated that the nation’s current economic problems were caused by the Bush administration, that his policies have prevented those problems from becoming worse, and that if not for Republicans “blocking the way”, he’d have made even more progress toward economic recovery and on health care.

Inconvenient facts which he has “forgotten” are that the Democrats took control of both Houses of Congress in 2007, that he, as a Senator, voted for all of the actions he now condemns Bush for and that Congress not the President control expenditures.

Whether his stimulus policy has prevented worse economic conditions cannot be established, but what is certain is that Americans continue to lose jobs, many reports of stimulus funded projects were patently false, and whatever immediate impact stimulus funds were slated for has been delayed by maintaining a slush fund for use in 2010 to re-elect Democrats.

The assertion that Republicans have blocked the progress on economic stimulus and health care reform is absurd. Democrat majorities have had the power to pass both without a single Republican vote. Intramural fights within the Democrat party have been the only impediment to advancing his policies.

Without reciting the litany of endless additional examples of Obama’s big lies, one can usefully address the question of whether he actually believes them or whether he is simply a Socialist ideologue pursuing his goal of remaking America in the Socialist model. Is he just the most dangerous President in the history of our country, or is he certifiably crazy to boot. If, indeed, it could be shown that Obama is delusional to the extent that he genuinely believes his lies, it might be possible to remove him from office on the grounds of mental disability. That course of action, however, would need to be pursued before his health care reforms result in the takeover of the medical profession as we know it.