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The 'Big Lie' in Arkansas

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In January, 2009, a woman was being interviewed at Fort Smith’s Ben Geren Park by one of the local television news crews. She was being asked whether Sebastian County should repeal the firearm ban at the park.

“They need to think of the children!” she exclaimed. “We don’t want anything in this park that can harm the children!”.

I almost fell off the couch laughing. Why? Because over her shoulder, 2-ton vehicles could be seen speeding by on the main thoroughfare through the park, mere feet from her children who were playing in an unfenced playground.

Emotions have supreme control over untrained logical thinking. This woman (who undoubtedly transported her children to the park with one of these deadly vehicles), was oblivious to the immediate danger to her children while reacting irrationally to an emotional subject.

…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… ~ Adolf Hitler , Mein Kampf, vol. I, ch. X

I quote Hitler in Mein Kampf for a reason; the liberal media and lawmakers in Arkansas utilize this ‘Big Lie’ philosophy, and they react very emotionally when their tactics are exposed.

Recently, Representative Nathan Bell (R-Mena) posted some comments on Facebook. Here are the most pertinent quotes:

As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation. ~ Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler

Other posts:

If something is branded "for the children" most politicians will support it. This has been used to the detriment of freedom for many decades.

I believe you can pass anything if you can make them cry. Much happens based purely on emotion with very little regard for the facts.

Facts tend to be stable. Emotions tend to be fickle.

~ Representative Nathan Bell

The liberal media in this state immediately went nuts after seeing these posts. Columnist John Brummett wrote a piece about Representative Bell, calling him a “primitive life force”, and commenced to twist and bend the above quotes in an attempt to make the public believe Bell was a crazed Tea Partier who called Democrats Nazis. Also, infamous blogger Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times (infamous because of his past efforts to sabotage the concealed carry list in Arkansas) went berserk, saying Representative Bell was from the “Twilight Zone”.

Both of these leftist columnists use the “Big Lie” technique in these articles. The ‘Big Lie’ in their message is that the members of the Tea Party are crazy, and that these Tea Partiers are saying Democrats are Nazis who commit atrocities against man.

Nate Bell didn’t say that in his Facebook posts; he simply points out that liberals use the public’s emotions (children) to keep that same public from thinking logically. A great example of the media using this propaganda technique is Arkansas Times's Brantley, who uses the tag line “gun nuttery” to describe his anti-gun posts. He portrays gun owners and gun rights advocates as wild, “Wyatt Earp” types who want to pull their guns and cause blood to run in the streets. Bell says legislators use this propaganda technique to pass legislation that infringes upon rights. A great example of this claim is a law passed in 2009, originally called the "DeAuntae Farrow Imitation Firearms Act’’. This law, banning toy guns, was passed by manipulating emotions shaped by the death of a child from West Memphis. This use of a child’s name backfired when the family objected to the legislator’s tactics. Bell points out many similar laws passed this session which rely on the public’s ‘emotional nature’.

Columnists Brummett and Brantley conveniently ignored another ‘Big Lie’ portrayed this week. Several days ago, Vice President Joe Biden agreed with Congressman Mike Doyle (D-Pa) when Doyle said, “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.” Biden responded:

“They have acted like terrorists.” ~ Vice President Joe Biden

Unlike John Brummett’s liberal writing techniques, the twisting and bending of words are not needed to show what V.P. Biden is doing. Joe Biden says the Tea Party members are of the same mind as Osama bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and the same as the people who flew jetliners into the Twin Towers that fateful day.

The mind-raping ‘Big Lie’ will always be used to infringe upon our freedoms.

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