Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Repeating It Doesn’t Make It True


“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.

15 comments:

  1. ["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”]....or maybe we just hate him because he went to Harvard. No, now I remember. It's all coming back to me..that's why we hate YOU.

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  2. It was the ancient Chinese philosopher "Repetitious" who actually first said it.

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  3. Ken, when you say "one of us," do you mean white? And if so, does that mean that anyone who criticizes the president is a racist?

    Thanks in advance for clarifying what you mean by "one of us."

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    1. More appropriately, ask those who feel that way why they do.

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  4. Obama in 2009: "If I can't fix the economy in three years, you can call me former President Obama." Time to man-up and own it.

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    1. He did fix it - the Republicans elected in 2010 screwed it up again.

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  5. “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and expect different results”.

    Thanks, Ken, for these sage words of advice. This time I'll vote for Romney.

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    1. Did you read past the first sentence?

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    2. Repeating It Doesn’t Make It True - Hope and Change
      It doesn't make it work either!

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    3. How many of you don’t frakking get it? For the last thirty years we have increased the tax benefits to the people who make money from having money, whether through investments, inheritance, or other means while we have allowed those who actually work to pick up the slack. While they pay about 15% on what’s called “passive income” the rest of you poor, dumb working fools are paying over 30%. And they keep wanting to increase their share of what society (yes all of us} has made possible for them while reducing the sliver of the pie left for the rest of us continues to shrivel.

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    4. liberal policy isn't out of love for poor people it is out of hate for rich people.
      If you want to be financially successful step away from your keyboard and get out and be successful.

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  6. Ken you have always been a staunch supporter of the Democratic Party. Obama transferred money from Medicare and supported his Health Care with it. As far as I am concerned he is a true Socialist/marxist and always will be and does not care about our country and service men. Just ask any Veteran.

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    1. As regards Medicare you are swallowing the Republican talking points hook, line and sinker. See “Mitt Romney says Barack Obama is ‘ending Medicare as we know it.’”

      As for veterans, they may believe this, but again it is not true. See, for example, “Veteran Unemployment Rate At Lowest Level In More Than 3 Years.”

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    2. As regards Obama being a "Socialist/Marxist" it has gotten to the point where the bulk of today's Republican Party would level that accusation at anybody to the left of Attila the Hun. Jeb Bush has said that Ronald Reagan and his father would not be welcomed in today's GOP. See “ Jeb Bush Questions G.O.P.’s Shift to the Right.”

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  7. Yes Ken but ask any veteran how the government supports them when it comes to taking care of PTSD, prothesis devices, or any other war related illness or malady, and this administration is a woefully forgetful of the sacrifices of Vets as every single other administration. Difference here? Obama sent kids to war just like Bush. You send them, you care for them. That is the right way to thank a vet. Not lip service and BS but real time payments, and MUCH shorter response time to veteran claims, and a government that responds to those who gave all. Period. Once again, it ain't happening. Why do vets need fundraiser to by legs, arms and other limbs they lost in a horrific and fool ass "war"? Guess we really need that oil.....

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