Fri Jun 1, 2012, 02:48 AM
Segami (14,923 posts)
GOP’s Strategy of DECEPTION
" The Republican Party has a free-floating relationship with truth. The party distorts, insinuates, misleads, and blatantly lies.
The GOP has deliberately exploited myths, misled or lied about: the Auto Industry Bailout, the Bible, the Budget, Climate Change/Global Warming, Conservatism, the Constitution, Deficit/Debt, the Democratic Party, the Economy, the Environment, the Founding Fathers, Gas Prices, the Government, History, Immigration, Income Inequality, Iraq, Jobs, Liberals, Medicare, the New Deal, Barack Obama, ObamaRomneyCare, Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party, Spending, Social Security, the Stimulus, Taxes, Women’s Bodies. It might take less time to list what they haven’t lied about. They have not only been misleading and lying to the American public, they have been doing the same to their own members. The GOP would probably lie about the definition of lie as well, since they have been trying to change the definitions of evil, socialism and fascism along with a few other words. (It has been suggested that we keep checking to make sure the word joy remains in dictionaries.) Conservatives initiated their own Conservapedia in 2006, since they not only reject standard definitions of words, they don’t like the facts on Wikipedia – they consider them “liberal.” So, they make up their own facts. They make up their own reality. They decide that a belief about an issue makes it true. That is today’s Republican Party.
Why do the Republicans make up facts? Because they cannot debate substantive issues with real facts. They cannot govern (how can a party that hates government govern?), so they must mislead and lie. The one real talent the Republican Party has demonstrated is the production of misleading propaganda. Why are their lies so successful? Because they know they can count on most voters being uninformed and gullible — and likely to remember the lie in the headline or TV sound bite, and be too tired, too busy or unskilled to question or search further. American voters are particularly vulnerable to “tailored disinformation.” As Mark Twain famously said: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” GOP pollster Frank Luntz has noted that: “A compelling story, even if factually inaccurate, can be more emotionally compelling than a dry recitation of the truth.” Today’s version of the Republican Party heeds the Luntz recipe and draws upon voters’ emotions through disinformation and lies because, as Rick Perlstein pointedly writes: “The mortal fear of the Republicans is that if government delivers the goods, the Republicans have no future.”
Unfortunately for those of us in the “reality-based” community, the anti-democratic right-wing (i.e. regressive reactionaries) can count on help from the Democratic Party that is so dependent on corporate financing. Well-meaning progressives who have not been able to effectively respond nationwide to the Republican Attack/Noise Machine. No matter how many articles George Lakoff and other communications experts write over the years, Democratic leaders do not get the concept of presenting hard-hitting facts and explanations that the public can grasp with ease. In spite of their accomplishments and sound reasoning, they appear to be easily intimidated and defensive, and tend too often to be timorous and tepid, always reacting to a bullying GOP attack and a lie. They seldom anticipate and embrace the importance of principled and timely attack. And as one writer puts it, the Democrats demonstrate “continued fecklessness in clearly communicating the coherent moral values at the heart of the progressive worldview.”
The failure of the corporate media (also dependent on corporate monies) to call out the lies, is another issue altogether. The corporate media is also particularly adept at ignoring what Larry Beinhart calls “fog facts,” facts that are out in the open, but “invisible” in the sense that no one acts on them. Have Democrats ever been guilty of misleading or lying? Yes. But: 1) the list is shorter than that of the GOP by several orders of magnitude. 2) For the most part, the consequences have not done serious long-term damage to the nation (though admittedly there have been a couple of notable exceptions, i.e. the Vietnam War). 3) Lying is not part of a formalized political strategy among Democrats designed to fool the American people into buying into an “agenda.”
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GOP’s Strategy of DECEPTION (Original post)
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Fri Jun 1, 2012, 07:23 AM
drm604 (15,845 posts)
1. Rather than trying to convince the public of their agenda
the Republican Party tries to control the conversation by controlling language, creating false equivalencies, and focusing public attention away from the real issues.
They obviously know that they can't win based on their agenda.