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Monday, November 01, 2004

Pot Kettle Black - A small History Lesson

After all the things I've read about Karl Rove, after seeing the film "Bush's Brain" and after thinking about the Pot Kettle Black tactic that BushCo is using in the Cam-pain I couldn't help but think of another time in history. A time when manipulating the message was of highest priority , a time when all encompassing power was the great end.

This is not a comparison but rather a look to the past at a propagandist - Goebbels - one who some might say wrote the modern book of truly evil tricks. When we look at Karl Rove we don't see the ultimate evil of this other propagandist but we do see the methods, the theory and the tactics - and this deserves a look.

Before I send you on this journey I want to reference Godwin's Law

Godwin's Law (also Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies) is an adage in Internet culture that was originated by Mike Godwin in 1990. The law states that:

As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
I present this right up-front because the criticism I'm sure will develop regarding what is to follow -if this post is even read.

The Pot Kettle Black approach is "accusing your opponent for doing exactly what you yourself are doing".

Bush does this all the time. For Example, just today...err everyday Bush said:
Senator Kerry can run from his record, but he cannot hide

Last time I looked it was Bush who can't hide from his record.

More on the Pot Kettle Black Bush here.

BushCo is adept at claiming that Kerry is blaming the troops for the problems when it's BushCo that denigrates the troops.
"No matter how you try to blame it on the president, the actual responsibility for it really would be for the troops that were there. Did they search carefully enough - didn't they search carefully enough?''
Rudy Guiliani

And now to the past...
Goebbels on Churchill (1941) :
"This article is dated 12 January 1941. Goebbels accuses Churchill of using the 'big lie' technique. In satirical style, he accuses the British of using the method of which Goebbels himself was master."

Read the article - remember history...
Think about the tactics that BushCo has used in this Cam-Pain...
Read or re-read the first 3 chapters of 1984
Think about the perpetual war on terror...
Think about the loss of freedom in the name of security...
Think about the dumbing down of the American intellect...

then sit and think about the future.

Tomorrow We Choose our Future.