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RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the president is not backing down. He was out at the AGC convention, that’s the Associated General Contractors of America convention. I just want to play you a little portion of his remarks.

THE PRESIDENT: Day by day, block by block, we are steadfast in helping Iraqi leaders counter the terrorists, protect their people, and reclaim the capital — and if I didn’t think it was necessary for the security of the country, I wouldn’t put our kids in harm’s way.

RUSH: There you have it. So, the Democrats were hoping the president would back down. They know he’s not going to back down. That’s why this is all such a sham. This might be a good time to swerve into the whole concept of ‘truth by repetition.’ You probably know these words. ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,’ and this, of course, came from Hitler’s war room, the Nazi spinmeister-in-chief, Joseph Goebbels, but do you know the rest of the quotation? Let me share with you the rest of the quotation: ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.’ This is Goebbels speaking for his cronies in the Nazi party. That’s the whole quote. Now, you might be saying, ‘Rush, why are you quoting it?’ Well, because we have a version of that going on here in this country.

Let me reread this with the proper adaptation. ‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the [Democrat Party] can shield the people from the political, economic, or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the [Democrat Party] to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the [Democrat Party],’ and that’s why I’m reading it to you. Repress dissent? Repress dissent? Well, who’s the dissent? I am the dissent! There are a number of us who are the dissent, and what do they do? Well, they’re trying to gin up the Fairness Doctrine to silence us. They’ve got a bunch of websites that are bought and paid for by Clinton, Inc. and George Soros that are attempting and have been attempting for many years to discredit those of us who dissent, and they’re doing any number of things, engaging any number of tactics to shut down opposition speech. They just don’t want to hear it. Political correctness is nothing more than liberal censorship. But I’m going to risk it, folks. At the risk of being repressed for dissent, I shall proceed.

Now, the modern Democrat Party is not loaded with Nazis, and I don’t want anybody to draw that comparison or make that inference, but they sure do rely on truth through repetition, and they rely on the media to repeat without challenge — repeat without challenge, repeat without challenge, repeat without challenge. (I think you get the point.) Here are some liberal truths by repetition that are anything but true. Bush said that Iraq was an imminent threat. I think Teddy Kennedy was the first to say that Iraq was an imminent threat. Bush said it would be easy, is another truth by reputation. ‘Bush said it would be easy!’ No, he said it would be difficult, and he said it would take years, if not generations. Another truth by repetition is that the president painted a rosy scenario.

Now, you tell me: are you aware of any good news? Are you aware of any positive stories? Come on. You’re among the most informed Americans out there. Where was this rosy scenario? And, of course, another truth by repetition, ‘Americans want change.’ Well, the president changed secretaries of defense, got rid of Rumsfeld. Hello, Robert Gates. Changed the lead general to Petraeus. Changed strategy. The Democrats still say there’s been no change! The Democrats say and say and say, ‘No change.’ Now, Goebbels, you weren’t a nice person, but your words inspired the modern Democrats. If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. How about, ‘we’re losing’? How about, ‘we’re making no progress’? You know all this, folks. You can probably come up with many examples of your own. You just keep repeating the big lie long enough, and people will eventually come to believe it.

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