“The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results."
Repetition of an untruth is the surest way to guarantee that it becomes an accepted fact.
Take for instance the above quotation.
Just about any of you who are familiar with it have seen it with the attribution “- Albert Einstein”.
Just yesterday the quote appeared as a question on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”.
Unfortunately, there is absolutely no record that Einstein ever said it.
In fact, the exact quote cited above first appeared in a book titled Sudden Death. The book was written by an American author, Rita Mae Brown and published by Bantam Books in 1983. The quote appears on page 68.
But the repetition of Albert Einstein as the source of the quote, with absolutely no evidence to support that claim, has turned it into an accepted truth.
Much the same is true regarding issues in this Presidential election.
The examples are staggering.
“The stimulus didn’t work.” “Obama promised that if we adopted the stimulus unemployment wouldn’t go over eight percent.” “Obamacare stole $700 billion from Medicare.” “Obama gutted the work requirement for welfare.” “Obama has ballooned the deficit.” “We’re going to end up like Greece.” Etc., etc., etc.
|Rita Mae Brown|
All of these things are untrue!
But, just like the above quotation. They have been repeated so many times that a large number of people believe that they are true.
Over the next couple of weeks I will address these lies.
I’m sure that it won’t change the minds of those who want Obama defeated just because he’s not a devotee of the extreme right wing tea partiers or those, who, for even more despicable reasons, view him as “not one of us”. The facts don’t matter to these people.
I can only hope that there’s still an element out there that still believe that, if you sail into the horizon, you won't fall off the edge of the earth.