Friday, July 15, 2011

The spin falls increasingly short

The president had another news conference today over debt deal negotiations.

Nothing really new in his disclosures. It was primarily used to reinforce familiar themes. 

Stuff like making the rich should pay more in taxes, cheap shots at corporate jets, and an occasional reference to Win the Future. The same old same old. 

Politicians have always relied on repetition. Some more than others.
"The receptivity of the great masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan." ~ Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf
Propaganda may tickle the ears. But it can easily be used to lead a nation down the wrong path. What a politician wants you to hear may be very different from where he intends to lead you.

Obama's 2008 Hope and Change wasn't so much a promise as it was a masterful execution of political propaganda. But his latest attempts are falling far short.

We grow tired of more spin being shoveled at us while, at the same time, we see the country sliding deeper into decline.

updated 7/15/2011 2:28pm

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