Whether political or religious. I have nothing against people and their heartfelt beliefs, My sole concern is that these convictions do not harm others. I’m willing to examine most ideas. In politics, in particular, no one group has a monopoly on finding practical solutions for difficult problems.
However, there are ideas that must be avoided. Consider Nazi Germany In the nineteen thirties. Joseph Goebbels, (the German Minister of Propaganda from 1933-1945) said ““Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it”. It was a technique that worked pretty well in Germany up until the time that the Nazis lost the war.
That should have discredited the Big Lie, right? Well, it didn’t. People were watching and learning this technique and applying it on this side of the Atlantic. The recent debt ceiling debate has perfect examples of the “Big Lie” technique. The truth was among the first casualties of the shutdown. It was amazing to watch blatant lies repeated over and over by politicians who knew the full depth of their own deception. They didn’t even blink!
Whatever your beliefs, there is never an excuse for intentionally lying about the facts! Run from those leaders and politicians who are willing to deceive the nation! If they could not be trusted in the debt crisis, they will not hesitate to lie to you again in the future. Next time the consequences could be even more serious. If we, as a nation, can avoid dishonest politicians, we will all be far happier with the state of our nation.