The Dumbing-Down of America
Gideon D. Asche
“As a Christian, I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice”
– Anonymous Patriot.
Wow! Good words huh? Worthy of reposting don’t you think?
I found them posted on one of the right-wing facsimile news sites I monitor. There was an irrelevant anti-Hillary Benghazi pop-up that hovered back and forth. I had to disable it to read the page.
It turns out not only is this Anonymous Patriot mad about what the party told him happened at Benghazi, he believes Obamacare is somehow socialist and that Obama is a Muslim. He also endorses the political party which hosts the site.
I laughed so hard I almost passed a lumpy fart. Then I got angry. I got angry that any political party in the US is stupid enough to quote this particular Anonymous patriot in support of their position.
You see, unlike that political party’s followers, I am educated and very familiar with this Anonymous Patriot. I immediately recognized the quote. Few people would catch it, it is very obscure, but I had occasion to study this Anonymous Patriot’s speeches, essays, and political tactics.
I even read his book in the original language. He had some other intriguing things to say about truth and justice but we will get to them later. In this time of instantaneous information transfer and political organizations fielding facsimile news sites, there is little effort made to verify things.
With political propaganda outlets like Addictinginfo, TPNN, Breitbart, Fox, Berniesanders or anything-Trump, conjuring up facts as needed; legitimate news agencies are forced to risk not vetting facts or not be timely enough to maintain relevance. This results in a daily information barrage of which only a small percentage might be accurate, yet is blindly accepted as true.
Misquotes and false quotes are used to lead the audience to a conclusion and are rarely of any real importance. When they are debunked the conclusion has already been made and the debunking only refutes the original quote while the audience is content to accept the intended conclusion.
I’m not talking about simple malapropisms or misquotes based on a misunderstanding like my rendition of the Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds chorus as: “… as the girl with colitis goes by.” I am referring to the plethora of misquotes and false quotes that cross your monitor every day. They are usually designed to lead you to a conclusion you would never make based on the truth.
Some quotes are complete re-writes of the original words to vilify the author. Sites like LifeNews.com and their sister organizations use this as their standard option. They don’t concern themselves with truth and when some celebrity or politician says “I have no regrets about abortion”; it is immediately quoted as “I’m glad I murdered my defenseless babies” or something equally ridiculous. Within hours the quote will be propagated across the web as if it were accurate. Fortunately the only people this kind of false quote effects are the ones who already believe anyway. The truth will not have any effect on them so there is no reason to expend the effort.
The most efficient misquotes or fake quotes are always attributed to influential people with whom no one in the audience can disagree. They are either anonymous or attributed to: God, Gandhi, Lincoln, Franklin or one of the other founding fathers. If the message is contrary, Lenin, Marx and Hitler are usually the purported authors.
Here are some false quotes currently in use that you might recognize and could even agree with. Misattributing the source does not always negate the value of the message; only the credibility of the person using the quote.
“There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war except its ending.”– Abe Lincoln -Not
(currently posted by anti-war groups)
“A democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner. Freedom under a constitutional republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote” – Ben Franklin -Not
(used by the Pro-gun lobby)
“Whatever you are; be a good one” – Abe Lincoln -Not
(Posted by OU college of liberal studies)
“Socialized medicine is a keystone to the establishment of a Socialist State” – V. I. Lenin -Not (used by Ben Carson Pres. Campaign and most of the Alt-Right)
No matter how much I like #2: None of those people ever said any of those things. The first one was part of a Star Trek Script. The actor playing Lincoln also referred to Lt. Ohura a “beautiful Negress” but no one ever includes that part.
The second was part of a 1990’s op-ed and the third first appears in a compendium of quotations printed in 1946. The last one is a complete political fabrication first quoted Ronald Reagan as fact in an anti-Medicare campaign in the 60’s. None of these quotes have any foundation in reality.
Another method is accurate quotes from irrelevant sources. The Right wing likes to quote the Federalists papers as if they had some value other than as a record of the process of logical discourse. The Left wing likes to quote “English Common Law”; neither has any relevance today other than as teaching material.
As an American, I prefer to quote the Constitution and Declaration of Independence these are the founding documents the truth of our republic can be found therein.
I see no need to make things it up as I go along but we all do it on occasion. I’ve been known to quote the Apostle Paul saying “Let us Eat & Drink for we die tomorrow” as if it were an exhortation to hang one on while I know, in context, he meant exactly the opposite and who of us has not quoted Prov. 13:24 as “Spare the rod and spoil the wife…”? (Using that one is gonna cost me when my wife reads this)
It astounds me when I hear some of the ignorant things Americans choose to believe – Hitler was a Socialist? John Adams was a member of the Tea Party? It would be humorous if it were not so sad.
Back to the original quote: “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice.” Anonymous Patriot – NOT EVEN CLOSE
It comes from a speech given by another up and coming Right-Wing tyrant named of Adolf Hitler in 1939.
Some other notable highlights from his speeches include: “Anyone who sees and paints a sky green and fields blue ought to be sterilized”, a policy he implemented three years later, and “the victor will never be asked to tell the truth” a concept our politicians have adopted as a standard today.
Quite the endorsement for the Now HUD Secretary and the party who posted the quote. There is no question that it’s major accomplishment to have Adolf Hitler in their camp, but personally, I feel dirty for even repeating his words.
I would normally never do it. I only studied the NSDAP as a professional necessity and it is my hope that anyone who meets me in person notices the four-inch, Levite Blue, Star of David tattoo on my shield arm and correctly assesses my position on Nationalsocialism, the Tea Party – Alt-right, and anything to do with Hitler.
I would also like to think that, in spite of the party who posted the quote having an obvious affinity for the truth, they would never have knowingly posted a Hitler quote to support their contentions.
Few people would ever recognize an obscure Hitler quote so Reagan attributed it to the Anonymous Patriot when he used it in the 60’s. The GOP candidates took their chances never thinking some whacko Zionist like me might recognize it.
When I commented on the site that last posted it, pointing out the authorship, they immediately removed the post and deleted my comments but it showed up on their sister sites within hours. The problem here is not that the party made fools of themselves by quoting Hitler and calling it anonymous; or even that they openly lie to followers.
The problem is the dumbing down of America.
Our people have become followers who will not check facts, they will simply believe and propagate making stupidity spreads like syphilis in a commune.
If you can’t find five (5) legitimate resources to support any report the odds are pretty good that it is not true or has been modified to meet the needs of the reporting entity.
Verify things before you fall for them.
Acting like Sheeple always leads you to the same place — The Slaughter.