“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” So said Joseph Goebbels, the propaganda minister of Nazi Germany. The Republican Party has learned well from Mr. Goebbels. For years, the GOP has been spreading the myth that Hillary Clinton is dishonest and unfit to be president. They have held Congressional hearings (staged anti-Clinton dramas) to further the message. At their Convention this year, the GOP went so far as to stir the delegates into a mob chanting “lock her up,” as if Hillary Clinton had been convicted of some crime. And, just two weeks before the election, the Republican head of the FBI announces a new inquiry into emails that might relate to Clinton, giving the impression that she must be guilty of something. Surely, these were tactics that would have drawn Goebbels’ admiration.
Republicans have succeeded quite well in convincing a significant number of Americans that Mrs. Clinton is indeed unfit to be president. They have proven Goebbels right. Make the lie big enough and repeat it often enough and the people will believe. So, in an election in which their own candidate is the least qualified to be president in memory, the Republicans have succeeded in convincing many voters that they are faced with choosing the lesser of two evils, or even that a Trump presidency wouldn’t be so bad.
On Tuesday, we will be making a choice that will affect our futures and those of our progeny. When you vote, don’t be fooled by the Republican big lie.