Compare and Contrast the Rhetoric

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The
social
psychology techniques
inherent in advertising, the organs of
the mass media, and the spectacle of political campaigns were fully
integrated in the West in the wake of the First World War. Public
sphere language thereafter became an empirically measurable, psychologically
seductive weapon. It was and is used assiduously against the publics
in dictatorships just as surely as in democracies – our own in particular.

In
its more benign form, propaganda bombards the public with all manner
of rosy scenarios, a litany of uniquely impressive national feats,
and the leader’s attributes. Invariably, these are: resoluteness,
strength and a “vision thing” in tune with destiny. Although it’s
all a matter of the contrived “engineering of consent,” as Edward
Bernays
called it, the sheer mind-numbing repetition overcomes
most human wills to resist.

In
its malignant variant, propaganda scapegoats unpopular minorities.
Domestic repression is justified by the opaque exigencies of “security,”
and national myths are mobilized to justify aggressive war. Historical
comparisons are inherently tenuous, but they do provide at least
a theoretical cautionary tale as we attempt to understand the present,
and make educated guesses about the course of future events.

In
presenting the juxtaposing quotes below, the notion is to dramatize
the American public’s ongoing receptivity to deceptively emotive
messaging, nothing more. This is a long-standing problem in the
land of alleged individuality.

Although
the ultimate ends obviously differ – there is no “final solution”
in the works, there is no eliminationist lebensraum settlement
agenda afoot – the appeal, the psychological manipulation inherent
in the propaganda still rings too familiar for comfort. And besides,
the number of corpses in Iraq has passed the threshold of 100,000
in this, the government’s latest war for “democracy.” At the bottom,
please find citation information on the below quotes.

“‘Fascism’
is only the organized political expression of the structure of the
average man’s character, a structure that is confined neither to
certain races nor to certain parties, but is general and international…
‘Fascism’ is the basic emotional attitude of the suppressed man
of our authoritarian machine civilization and its mechanistic-mystical
conception of life.”

~ Wilhelm Reich, from The
Mass Psychology of Fascism
(1942)

Contrast
& Compare: I Report, You Decide

“Strength
lies not in defense but in attack.”

“WE
WILL STAY ON THE OFFENSIVE, WE WILL NOT WAVER. WE WILL FIGHT THEM
OVER THERE SO WE DON’T HAVE TO FIGHT THEM OVER HERE.”

“[Our]
people are not a warlike nation. It is a soldierly one, which means
it does not want war but does not fear it. It loves peace, but also
its honor and freedom.”

“Germany
is prepared to agree to any solemn pact of non-aggression, because
she does not think of attacking but only acquiring security.”

WE
ARE A PEACEFUL PEOPLE
– YET WE’RE NOT A FRAGILE PEOPLE,
AND WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED BY THUGS AND KILLERS. IF OUR ENEMIES
DARE TO STRIKE US, THEY AND ALL WHO HAVE AIDED THEM, WILL FACE FEARFUL
CONSEQUENCES.”

“The
leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents
appear as if they belonged to one category.”

[Notice
below that each individual statement is arguably accurate. However,
the cumulative effect of these isolated statements make Saddam and
Osama appear almost indistinguishable. Plausibly lurid, if unlikely,
scenarios are presented to the public made suggestible by the onslaughts
of 9/11. This dual approach comprises the latest, most advanced,
form of propaganda. To my knowledge there is no name for it yet;
although, I haven’t been keeping up my reading of PR trade journals
lately.]

“WE
KNOW THAT IRAQ AND THE AL QAEDA TERRORIST NETWORK SHARE A COMMON
ENEMY – THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WE KNOW THAT IRAQ AND
AL QAEDA HAVE HAD HIGH-LEVEL CONTACTS THAT GO BACK A DECADE. SOME
AL QAEDA LEADERS WHO FLED AFGHANISTAN WENT TO IRAQ. THESE INCLUDE
ONE VERY SENIOR AL QAEDA LEADER WHO RECEIVED MEDICAL TREATMENT IN
BAGHDAD THIS YEAR, AND WHO HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH PLANNING FOR
CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL ATTACKS. WE’VE LEARNED THAT IRAQ HAS TRAINED
AL QAEDA MEMBERS IN BOMB-MAKING AND POISONS AND DEADLY GASES. AND
WE KNOW THAT AFTER SEPTEMBER THE 11TH, SADDAM HUSSEIN’S REGIME GLEEFULLY
CELEBRATED THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON AMERICA.

IRAQ
COULD DECIDE ON ANY GIVEN DAY TO PROVIDE A BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL
WEAPON TO A TERRORIST GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL TERRORISTS. ALLIANCE WITH
TERRORISTS COULD ALLOW THE IRAQI REGIME WITHOUT LEAVING ANY FINGERPRINTS.

SOME
HAVE ARGUED THAT CONFRONTING THE THREAT FROM IRAQ COULD DETRACT
FROM THE WAR AGAINST TERROR. TO THE CONTRARY; CONFRONTING THE THREAT
POSED BY IRAQ IS CRUCIAL TO WINNING THE WAR ON TERROR. WHEN I SPOKE
TO CONGRESS MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, I SAID THAT THOSE WHO HARBOR TERRORISTS
ARE AS GUILTY AS THE TERRORISTS THEMSELVES. SADDAM HUSSEIN IS HARBORING
TERRORISTS AND THE INSTRUMENTS OF TERROR, THE INSTRUMENTS OF MASS
DEATH AND DESTRUCTION. AND HE CANNOT BE TRUSTED. THE RISK IS SIMPLY
TOO GREAT THAT HE WILL USE THEM, OR PROVIDE THEM TO A TERROR NETWORK.

TERROR
CELLS AND OUTLAW REGIMES BUILDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION ARE
DIFFERENT FACES OF THE SAME EVIL. OUR SECURITY REQUIRES THAT WE
CONFRONT BOTH. AND THE UNITED STATES MILITARY IS CAPABLE OF CONFRONTING
BOTH…

IF
THE IRAQI REGIME IS ABLE TO PRODUCE, BUY, OR STEAL AN AMOUNT OF
HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM A LITTLE LARGER THAN A SINGLE SOFTBALL,
IT COULD HAVE A NUCLEAR WEAPON IN LESS THAN A YEAR. AND IF WE ALLOW
THAT TO HAPPEN, A TERRIBLE LINE WOULD BE CROSSED. SADDAM HUSSEIN
WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO BLACKMAIL ANYONE WHO OPPOSES HIS AGGRESSION.
HE WOULD BE IN A POSITION TO DOMINATE THE MIDDLE EAST. HE WOULD
BE IN A POSITION TO THREATEN AMERICA. AND SADDAM HUSSEIN WOULD BE
IN A POSITION TO PASS NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO TERRORISTS.

SOME
CITIZENS WONDER, AFTER 11 YEARS OF LIVING WITH THIS PROBLEM, WHY
DO WE NEED TO CONFRONT IT NOW? AND THERE’S A REASON. WE’VE EXPERIENCED
THE HORROR OF SEPTEMBER THE 11TH. WE HAVE SEEN THAT THOSE WHO HATE
AMERICA ARE WILLING TO CRASH AIRPLANES INTO BUILDINGS FULL OF INNOCENT
PEOPLE. OUR ENEMIES WOULD BE NO LESS WILLING, IN FACT, THEY WOULD
BE EAGER, TO USE BIOLOGICAL OR CHEMICAL OR A NUCLEAR WEAPON.

KNOWING
THESE REALITIES, AMERICA MUST NOT IGNORE THE THREAT GATHERING AGAINST
US. FACING CLEAR EVIDENCE OF PERIL, WE CANNOT WAIT FOR THE FINAL
PROOF – THE SMOKING GUN – THAT COULD COME IN THE FORM OF A MUSHROOM
CLOUD.”

“The
victor will never be asked if he told the truth.”

“I’M
THE COMMANDER – SEE, I DON’T NEED TO EXPLAIN – I DO NOT NEED TO
EXPLAIN WHY I SAY THINGS. THAT’S THE INTERESTING THING ABOUT BEING
THE PRESIDENT. MAYBE SOMEBODY NEEDS TO EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THEY SAY
SOMETHING, BUT I DON’T FEEL LIKE I OWE ANYBODY AN EXPLANATION.”

“WE
ARE HEROES IN ERROR. AS FAR AS WE’RE CONCERNED WE’VE BEEN ENTIRELY
SUCCESSFUL. THAT TYRANT SADDAM IS GONE AND THE AMERICANS ARE IN
BAGHDAD. WHAT WAS SAID BEFORE IS NOT IMPORTANT. THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
IS LOOKING FOR A SCAPEGOAT. WE’RE READY TO FALL ON OUR SWORDS IF
HE WANTS.”

“Success
is the sole earthly judge of right and wrong.”

“How
fortunate for leaders that men do not think.”

“THIS
WOULD BE A WHOLE LOT EASIER IF IT WAS A DICTATORSHIP, JUST SO LONG
AS I’M THE DICTATOR.”

“It
is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge.”

“HE
[GEORGE H.W. BUSH] IS THE WRONG FATHER TO APPEAL TO FOR ADVICE.
THE WRONG FATHER TO GO TO, TO APPEAL TO IN TERMS OF STRENGTH. THERE’S
A HIGHER FATHER THAT I APPEAL TO.”

“What
we have to fight for is the freedom and independence of the fatherland,
so that our people may be enabled to fulfill the mission assigned
to it by the creator.”

“Who
says I am not under the special protection of God?”

“GOD
TOLD ME TO STRIKE AT AL QAIDA AND I STRUCK THEM, AND THEN HE INSTRUCTED
ME TO STRIKE AT SADDAM, WHICH I DID…”

“Sometimes
it will turn out that men inconspicuous in themselves must nevertheless
be regarded as born leaders. But it would be absolutely mistaken
to regard a wealth of theoretical knowledge as characteristic proof
for the qualities and abilities of a leader. The opposite is often
the case. The great theoreticians are only in the rarest cases great
organizers, since the greatness of the theoretician and program-maker
lies primarily in the recognition and establishment of abstractly
correct laws, while the organizer must primarily be a psychologist.”

WHO
WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A BEER WITH? OLE GEORGIE BOY OR THAT STUFFED
SHIRT OUT OF TAXACHUSETTS?

“But
it was not until the [First World] War that it became evident what
immense results could be obtained by a correct application of propaganda.
Here again, unfortunately, all our studying had to be done on the
enemy side…”

FREEDOM
KRAUT, FREEDOM FRIES

“The
aim for which we were fighting the War was the loftiest, the most
overpowering, that man can conceive: it was the freedom and independence
of our nation…and – our national honor…”

“I
ALSO HAVE THIS BELIEF, STRONG BELIEF, THAT FREEDOM IS NOT THIS COUNTRY’S
GIFT TO THE WORLD; FREEDOM IS THE ALMIGHTY’S GIFT TO EVERY MAN AND
WOMAN IN THIS WORLD. AND AS THE GREATEST POWER ON THE FACE OF THE
EARTH, WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO HELP THE SPREAD OF FREEDOM.”

“The
second really decisive question was this: to whom should propaganda
be addressed? To the scientifically trained intelligentsia or to
the less educated masses? It must be addressed always and exclusively
to the masses.

RED
MEAT FOR THE BASE: GOD, GAYS AND GUNS

“All
propaganda must be popular and its intellectual level must be adjusted
to the most limited intelligence among those it is addressed to.
Consequently, the greater the mass it is intended to reach, the
lower its purely intellectual level will have to be…and too
much caution cannot be exerted in this direction. The more modest
its intellectual ballast, the more exclusively it takes into consideration
the emotions of the masses, the more effective it will be. And this
is the best proof of the soundness or unsoundness of a propaganda
campaign, and not success in pleasing a few scholars or young aesthetes.”

I’M
A PLAIN SPOKEN MAN, WORKED OUT ON THE OIL PATCH, RAN A BASEBALL
TEAM, OWN A RANCH WHERE I LIKE TO CUT BRUSH.

“It
is a mistake to make propaganda many-sided, like scientific instruction,
for instance. 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.”

UNITED
WE STAND; MESSAGE DISCIPLINE; LET’S ROLL; TALKING POINTS; FLIP FLOP;
FOCUS GROUPS; SWIFT BOAT VETERANS FOR TRUTH; OPINION DYNAMICS; GOD
& COUNTRY; GOD ON OUR SIDE.

“For
instance, it was absolutely wrong to make the enemy ridiculous,
as the Austrian and German comic papers did. It was absolutely wrong
because actual contact with an enemy soldier was bound to arouse
an entirely different conviction, and the results were devastating;
for now the German soldier, under the direct impression of the enemy’s
resistance, felt himself swindled by his propaganda service. His
desire to fight, or even to stand firm, was not strengthened, but
the opposite occurred. His courage flagged.

By contrast, the war propaganda of the English and Americans was
psychologically sound. By representing the Germans to their own
people as barbarians and Huns, they prepared the individual soldier
for the terrors of war, and thus helped to preserve him from disappointments.
After this, the most terrible weapon that was used against him seemed
only to confirm what his propagandists had told him; it likewise
reinforced his faith in the truth of his government’s assertions,
while on the other hand it increased his rage and hatred against
the vile enemy. For the cruel effects of the weapon, whose use by
the enemy he now came to know, gradually came to confirm for him
the ‘Hunnish’ brutality of the barbarous enemy, which he had heard
all about; and it never dawned on him for a moment that his own
weapons possibly, if not probably, might be even more terrible in
their effects.”

WE’RE
GOING TO SMOKE THE EVIL DOERS OUT OF THEIR CAVES… THERE’S A POSTER
IN THE OLD WEST, WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE. WE CANNOT APPEASE SADDAM.
WE CANNOT APPEASE SADDAM. WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY. WHEN A TYRANT
IS LEFT UNCHECKED, TRAGEDY WILL FOLLOW. HE’S ATTACKED HIS NEIGHBORS.
HE GASSED HIS OWN PEOPLE. THERE ARE MASS GRAVES. THERE WERE RAPE
ROOMS.

“What
our authorities least of all understood was the very first axiom
of all propagandist activity: to wit, the basically subjective and
one-sided attitude it must take toward every question it deals with…

What,
for example, would we say about a poster that was supposed to advertise
a new soap and that described other soaps as ‘good.’?

We
would only shake our heads.

Exactly
the same applies to political advertising.

The
function of propaganda is, for example, not to weigh and ponder
the rights of different people, but exclusively to emphasize the
one right which it has set out to argue for. Its task is not to
make an objective study of the truth, in so far as it favors the
enemy, and then set it before the masses with academic fairness;
its task is to serve our own right always and unflinchingly.”

“FROM
A MARKETING POINT OF VIEW, YOU DON’T INTRODUCE A NEW PRODUCT IN
AUGUST”

“It
was absolutely wrong to discuss war-guilt from the standpoint that
Germany alone could not be held responsible for the outbreak of
the catastrophe; it would have been correct to load every bit of
the blame on the shoulders of the enemy, even if this had not really
corresponded to the true facts, as it actually did.

And
what was the consequence of this half-heartedness?

The
broad mass of a nation does not consist of diplomats, or even professors
of political law, or even individuals capable of forming a rational
opinion; it consists of plain mortals, wavering and inclined to
doubt and uncertainty. As soon as our own propaganda admits so much
as a glimmer of right on the other side, the foundation for doubt
in our own right has been laid. The masses are then in no position
to distinguish where foreign injustice ends and our own begins.”

CHEESE-EATING
SURRENDER MONKEYS. MORAL EQUIVALENCE, ISLAMO-FASCISM. THEY HATE
US FOR OUR FREEDOM. YOU’RE EITHER WITH US OR AGAINST US.

“The
people in their overwhelming majority are so feminine by nature
and attitude that sober reasoning determines their thoughts and
actions far less than emotion and feeling.

And
this sentiment is not complicated but very simple and all of a piece.
It does not have multiple shadings; it has a positive and a negative;
love or hate, right or wrong, truth or lie, never half this way
and half that way, never partially, or that kind of thing.

English
propagandists understood all this most brilliantly and acted accordingly.
They made no half statements that might have given rise to doubts.”

“SOME
WORRY THAT IT IS SOMEHOW UNDIPLOMATIC OR IMPOLITE TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE
OF RIGHT AND WRONG. I DISAGREE. DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES REQUIRE
DIFFERENT METHODS, BUT NOT DIFFERENT MORALITIES. MORAL TRUTH IS
THE SAME IN EVERY CULTURE, IN EVERY TIME, AND IN EVERY PLACE…
WE ARE IN A CONFLICT BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL, AND AMERICA WILL CALL
EVIL BY ITS NAME. BY CONFRONTING EVIL AND LAWLESS REGIMES, WE DO
NOT CREATE A PROBLEM, WE REVEAL A PROBLEM. AND WE WILL LEAD THE
WORLD IN OPPOSING IT.

AS
WE DEFEND THE PEACE, WE ALSO HAVE AN HISTORIC OPPORTUNITY TO PRESERVE
THE PEACE. WE HAVE OUR BEST CHANCE SINCE THE RISE OF THE NATION
STATE IN THE 17TH CENTURY TO BUILD A WORLD WHERE THE GREAT POWERS
COMPETE IN PEACE INSTEAD OF PREPARE FOR WAR.”

“Particularly
in the field of propaganda, we must never let ourselves be led by
aesthetes or people who have grown blas: not by the former because
the form and expression of our propaganda would soon, instead of
being suitable for the masses, have drawing power only for literary
teas; and of the second we must beware, because, lacking in any
fresh emotion of their own, they are always on the lookout for new
stimulation. These people are quick to weary of everything; they
want variety, and they are never able to feel or understand the
needs of their fellow men who are not yet so callous. They are always
the first to criticize a propaganda campaign, or rather its content,
which seems to them too old-fashioned, too hackneyed, too out-of-date,
etc. They are always after novelty, in search of a change, and this
makes them mortal enemies of any effective political propaganda.”

“TO
THOSE WHO PIT AMERICANS AGAINST IMMIGRANTS, CITIZENS AGAINST NON-CITIZENS,
TO THOSE WHO SCARE PEACE-LOVING PEOPLE WITH PHANTOMS OF LOST LIBERTY,
MY MESSAGE IS THIS: YOUR TACTICS ONLY AID TERRORISTS FOR THEY ERODE
OUR NATIONAL UNITY AND DIMINISH OUR RESOLVE… THEY GIVE AMMUNITION
TO AMERICA’S ENEMIES AND PAUSE TO AMERICA’S FRIENDS. THEY ENCOURAGE
PEOPLE OF GOOD WILL TO REMAIN SILENT IN THE FACE OF EVIL.”

“In
this they proceeded on the sound principle that the magnitude of
a lie always contains a certain factor of credibility, since the
great masses of the people in the very bottom of their hearts tend
to be corrupted rather than consciously and purposely evil, and
that, therefore, in view of the primitive simplicity of their minds,
they more easily fall a victim to a big lie than to a little one,
since they themselves lie in little things, but would be ashamed
of lies that were too big. Such a falsehood will never enter their
heads, and they will not be able to believe in the possibility of
such monstrous effrontery and infamous misrepresentation in others;
yes, even when enlightened on the subject, they will long doubt
and waver, and continue to accept at least one of these causes as
true. Therefore, something of even the most insolent lie will always
remain and stick…”

THEY
HATE US FOR OUR FREEDOM

“But
what food did the German press of the pre-War period dish out to
the people? Was it not the worst poison that can even be imagined?
Wasn’t the worst kind of pacifism injected into the heart of our
people at a time when the rest of the world was preparing to throttle
Germany, slowly but surely? Even in peacetime didn’t the press inspire
the minds of the people with doubt in the right of their own state,
thus from the outset limiting them in the choice of means for its
defense? Was it not the German press which knew how to make the
absurdity of ‘Western democracy’ palatable to our people until finally,
ensnared by all the enthusiastic tirades, they thought they could
entrust their future to a League of Nations? Did it not help to
teach our people a miserable immorality? Did it not ridicule morality
and ethics as backward and petty-bourgeois, until our people finally
became ‘modern’? Did it not belittle the army with constant criticism,
sabotage universal conscription, demand the refusal of military
credits, etc., until the result became inevitable?

The
so-called liberal press was actively engaged in digging the grave
of the German people and the German Reich. We can pass by the lying
Marxist sheets in silence; to them lying is just as vitally necessary
as catching mice for a cat; their function is only to break the
people’s national and patriotic backbone and make them ripe for
the slave’s yoke of international capital and its masters, the Jews.”

“MY
ONLY REGRET WITH TIMOTHY MCVEIGH IS HE DID NOT GO TO THE NEW YORK
TIMES BUILDING.”

“WHEN
CONTEMPLATING COLLEGE LIBERALS, YOU REALLY REGRET ONCE AGAIN THAT
JOHN WALKER IS NOT GETTING THE DEATH PENALTY. WE NEED TO EXECUTE
PEOPLE LIKE JOHN WALKER IN ORDER TO PHYSICALLY INTIMIDATE LIBERALS,
BY MAKING THEM REALIZE THAT THEY CAN BE KILLED, TOO. OTHERWISE,
THEY WILL TURN OUT TO BE OUTRIGHT TRAITORS.”

“WE
SHOULD INVADE THEIR COUNTRIES, KILL THEIR LEADERS AND CONVERT THEM
TO CHRISTIANITY. WE WEREN’T PUNCTILIOUS ABOUT LOCATING AND PUNISHING
ONLY HITLER AND HIS TOP OFFICERS. WE CARPET-BOMBED GERMAN CITIES;
WE KILLED CIVILIANS. THAT’S WAR. AND THIS IS WAR.”

“THESE
RATS FROM NEW YORK, THESE LAW-YUHS, THESE RED DIAPER DOPER BABY
LAW-YUHS, THEY SHOULD BE INDICTED UNDER RICO STATUTES AND DEPORTED,
THROW ‘EM IN JAIL, THE SOBS. I CAN’T SAY WHAT I REALLY FEEL, OR
I’D BE OFF THE RADIO.”

“Parallel
to the training of the body, a struggle against the poisoning of
the soul must begin. Our whole public life today is like a hot house
for sexual ideas and stimulations. Just look at the bill of fare
served up in our movies, vaudeville and theaters, and you will hardly
be able to deny that this is not the right kind of food, particularly
for the youth. In shop windows and billboards the vilest means are
used to attract the attention of the crowd. Anyone who has not lost
the ability to think himself into their soul must realize that this
must cause great damage in the youth. This sensual, sultry atmosphere
leads to ideas and stimulations at a time when the boy should have
no understanding of such things. The result of this kind of education
can be studied in present-day youth, and it is not exactly gratifying.
They mature too early and consequently grow old before their time.
Sometimes the public learns of court proceedings which permit shattering
insights into the emotional life of our fourteen- and fifteen-years-olds.
Who will be surprised that even in these age-groups syphilis begins
to seek its victims? And is it not deplorable to see a good number
of these physically weak, spiritually corrupted young men obtaining
their introduction to marriage through big-city whores?

No,
anyone who wants to attack prostitution must first of all help to
eliminate its spiritual basis. He must clear away the filth of the
moral plague of big-city ‘civilization’ and he must do this ruthlessly
and without wavering in the face of all the shouting and screaming
that will naturally be let loose. If we do not lift the youth out
of the morass of their present-day environment, they will drown
in it. Anyone who refuses to see these things supports them, and
thereby makes himself an accomplice in the slow prostitution of
our future which, whether we like it or not, lies in the coming
generation. This cleansing of our culture must be extended to nearly
all fields. Theater, art, literature, cinema, press, posters, and
window displays must be cleansed of all manifestations of our rotting
world and placed in the service of a moral, political, and cultural
idea. Public life must be freed from the stifling perfume of our
modern eroticism, just as it must be freed from all unmanly, prudish
hypocrisy. In all these things the goal and the road must be determined
by concern for the preservation of the health of our people in body
and soul. The right of personal freedom recedes before the duty
to preserve the race.”

“WHAT
WE SAW ON TUESDAY [SEPTEMBER THE 11TH], AS TERRIBLE AS IT IS, COULD
BE MINISCULE IF, IN FACT – GOD CONTINUES TO LIFT THE CURTAIN
AND ALLOW THE ENEMIES OF AMERICA TO GIVE US PROBABLY WHAT WE DESERVE….
I REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE PAGANS, AND THE ABORTIONISTS, AND THE
FEMINISTS, AND THE GAYS AND THE LESBIANS WHO ARE ACTIVELY TRYING
TO MAKE THAT AN ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE, THE ACLU, PEOPLE FOR THE
AMERICAN WAY – ALL OF THEM WHO HAVE TRIED TO SECULARIZE AMERICA – I
POINT THE FINGER IN THEIR FACE AND SAY ‘YOU HELPED THIS HAPPEN.'”

“The
state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of
the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for
the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost
any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

How
does it feel to live in a proto-fascist country run by a rhetorically
fascist regime?

*The
lengthy quotes from Hitler were excerpted directly from Mein
Kampf, predominantly from two chapters which dealt specifically
with propaganda. Most of the shorter quotes are known to have been
uttered by Hitler, but are not sourced specifically. One or two
could, admittedly, be apocryphal.

As
for the Bush & Co. quotes, all of those with quotation marks were
confirmed on the White House website; those few without quotation
marks go to general rhetoric and amount to paraphrase.

Otherwise…

Ahmed
Chalabi, the noted crook and Iranian intelligence asset, sees himself
as among the “heroes in error.”

Andrew
Card, the White House Chief of Staff, made the remark about the
timing of rolling out a new product – the Iraq War. Just two months
before the Congressional elections of 2002.

John
Ashcroft reassures us about “phantoms of lost liberty…helping
the terrorists.”

Anne
Coulter made the first three comments in that revolting four pack;
Michael Savage consistently reiterates the final point.

Jerry
Falwell made the horrendous comment blaming 9/11 on unpopular American
minorities on Pat Robertson’s 700 Club in the days right
after 9/11.

Otherwise,
it’s all Dubya, all the time.

February
18, 2005

Stephen
Bender [send him mail] is a writer based in San Francisco. You can
find more of his work at his
website
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