“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.” -- Joseph Goebbels.
First, let me make a distinction between the Left and modern liberals. I've known too many former liberals who became conservatives after finding themselves betrayed by strident Leftists. They may still persist in believing much that they may call their idealism, but getting them to become aware of where their idealism is fallacious needs be a lesson for another day. They may become dissenters and allies if the rest of us give them a fair chance. Better, they will help defeat the Big Lie campaign, and that is far more important.
The Left's demonization of the Right fits in with The Big Lie concept. It charges conservatives and movements like the TEA party with every image it can dream up. It then repeats them over and over again until the lies gain the respect of truth. The Left needs to divide all dissenters to their own power-mad rush to power, so that the formation of strong alliances against them are obstructed. To achieve that, they need demonize all dissenters to each other. (Libs and Cons can never get along, right?) If they can keep the dissenters divided -- that's the best thing of all. That is because the Right is where the principles that ennoble that dissent are found. The Right is the natural home for those who wish to shrink the size of government (not tear it down as the Liars say) and thereby reduce the threat from all encompassing Statism.
Modern liberals tend to be softhearted souls. Maybe chief in their self-image is the idea that not "being judgmental" makes them a better person, and that judgmental people are less so. Into that small wedge, in many cases simply a misunderstanding, all sorts of demonizing has proceeded.
But, as it slowly dawns on liberals that that the Leftists are the diametric opposite of them, the Big Lie campaign will have convinced them that the Right is even less safe. They will believe the lie. Many already do. They will remain frozen in place, or become informers to the State. They will inform on people who were actually serving them and their country well. That is the fact of the nature of a world of the Big Lie: good is bad, up is down. Have you seen much of that lately?
This is why Goebbels ended his lecture with " the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
Therefor, I suspect the best defense is not in directly denying that conservatives are the danger. That's because denials begins to sound like a matter of differing opinion rather than of a determination of what is factual, and a suspicion of truth inheres with the denial.
Worse: In denying the lie, the target repeats the lie. Then the propagandists repeats the lie in their targets own words, adding that to the Big Lie campaign. See this anecdote by Fran Porretto if further understanding is needed.
My conviction is that instead of concentrating on defense, it is a far better use of our time to go on offense. As the Left is exposed as repeatedly lying, it won't take long for the public to see the Left as the real threat.
There is more than enough evidence to show the Big Lie is being waged. Show it.
- Point out what the Big Lie is.
- Show how the Big Lie has been implemented and picked up by Leftist voices.
- Hold up a mirror up for people to see the menacing faces of the Big Liars engaged in the campaign.
Where the blogs have been doing this -- pass that along. It. Is. Important.