If cognitive dissonance didn’t exist, the Republicans would have to invent it. Otherwise, they’d have nothing in the tank to fuel their media lies and distortions.
In the clip above, Jon Stewart explores some of the latest examples of GOP reverse thought engineering, necessary to lead a significant chunk of the electorate back from reality to unreality.
While repetition and The Big Lie are the stock and trade of modern propaganda, Stewart notes a new wrinkle in Romney’s effort to get low information voters to vote against their own best interests. Instead of insisting that Obama’s real achievements, such as the killing of Usama bin Laden and the rescue of the US automotive industry were really failures– hard to do in the era of video tape and the internet– simply claim those sucessess as your own. Problem solved!
First we have Mittens’ public statements that pursuing bin Laden into Pakistan was wrong absent permission of its sovereign government, a totally self-defeating strategy given obvious Pakistani collusion in keeping bin Laden safe all these years; not to mention the fact that he claimed hunting bin Laden down cost too much.
Then we have Romney’s claim that he deserves “a lot of credit” for the salvation of the US auto industry, i.e., that Obama was simply following his advice for a managed or structured bankruptcy. This outrageous boast has been categorically refuted by both the bankruptcy judge who presided over the Chrysler bankruptcy, Arthur J. Gonzalez, and the “car czar”, Steven Rattner, who managed the difficult but highly successful restructuring of a vital component of US manufacturing capability. As both have pointed out, Romney’s contention presumes that their was suffficent and willing private equity available to make a takeover viable. You know, like the kind of leveraged buyout that his own corporate chop shop, Bain Capital, specialized in. Was there a bid there somewhere Mitt that we missed? Care to disclose?
Romney and his ilk are obviously banking on H. L. Mencken‘s observation that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. Time to prove them wrong.