We are a gullible people. We apparently have again been bamboozled or there would not be a President-Elect Trump. The phrase “post-truth politics’ is found in numerous places, more so during this election campaign than in past campaigns. Another name for this could easily be “the big lie”. The origin of the term “the big lie” appears to have been during the time of Hitler’s rise to power. In fact, the following paragraph is taken from Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (vol.1, ch.X)
All this was inspired by the principle – which is quite true within itself – that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there must be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in the world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
We have come through an election such as I’ve not witnessed before. One side in the race seemed intent on permitting people to believe that which wasn’t quite true but which had a ring of truth to it. The other side of the race was run by the man who had neven been in the political arena before, who simply relied on what had worked for him in business. He aligned himself with people whose business essentially was that of getting clients elected. He was loud, sometimes a bit rough around the edges and bragged about his accomplishments, as well as about what he thought he could accomplish if we voted for him. He did things no one had seen before in politics, especially in national politics where ‘polished’ and ‘smooth’ were the watchwords. Don’t do anything that might cause angst among the voters. Tell them what they want to hear and tell them over and over and over again. This had always been what won elections before this time.
There may not have a been one really BIG LIE, but there were more than enough accusations, enough little lies about what this new guy would do if he were granted the seat in the Oval office; after all look at how he cheated everyone he has ever dealt with. If that were not so, why would he have been sued so often as he has been sued? Why would there be an investigation of his Trump University? Why would this person be supporting him? What do those others who support him think they’ll get in return? He must hate women; see how many women he has been with? He has never been in anything like politics; he’ll not know what to do if he gets into the Oval office.
I would submit that the campaign mounted against Donald Trump was, in its totality, the big lie. And I would submit that this campaign tactic blew up in the face of his opponent because Trump simply slogged through the muck and the mud and kept on keeping on…and we loved him for showing us his moxie.
So we hear about post-truth politics rather than hearing about Hitler’s big lie. There is, from my perspective virtually no difference between the two. One side in the battle for votes stayed on the up and up, and worked diligently to gain voters’ enthusiasm. The other side used ugly tactics to try to offset the lack of desirability and the flaws of its candidate. That the side that avoided ugly tactics won speaks highly for us Americans who saw through the mist and fog that had been created. Trump is now showing us that he does really understand the world and that he knows how to play any hand dealt to him.
The naysayers try their best to cause doubt in the minds of Americans since they lost. They are not able, apparently, to go crawl under a rock somewhere and lick their wounds. Their surrogates try to ding the President-Elect. The liberal media, which is virtually all of the media with very rare exceptions, is working diligently to tell us just how wrong we were to ignore Hillary Clinton and to instead decide we wanted to hire Donald Trump.
All the while, I watch as some very, very capable people are tapped as part of the new Trump Whitehouse team. I watch as the media tries to cause us angst using the name of Vladimir Putin. Trump may well invite Putin to the Whitehouse for all I know, or send his Secretary of State to Moscow. That is great. Better to engage than shrink in a corner waiting for something bad to happen. I am also confident that Israel and Mr. Netanyahu will not be getting short-shrift as they did for the past eight years. What a disgusting display by President Obama; it showed the true person.
Our departing President had no real experience, no real successes. It was his destiny, as we were told over and again, to sit in the Oval office as our first black President. We showed that we were rather tired of ‘firsts’ and decided that Hillary Clinton wasn’t going to be the first woman president, at least this time around.
Now, if the Republican menagerie in the House and Senate can keep itself together, we will, I believe, see the value that Mr. Trump brings to the party. And, we will see it over and over again.