The sinister Joseph Goebbels was Adolph Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda from 1933 to the end of World War II in 1945. Goebbels most famously said and put into practice:
“The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.”
Unfortunately, politicians of all stripes have been following Goebbels’ lead ever since, and none more so than Mitt Romney.
In the distant past, say the 1950’s and ‘60’s, being caught lying or being called on it usually resulted in some measure of censure, disgrace, and shame. “Honorable” people often ceased dealing with the liar or someone of known “shady” business practices. It seems we do not have that luxury, today.
I am struck by a lie Mitt Romney told the other day, as reported by the Washington Post, a lie so egregiously and transparently false and inanely stupid that I am baffled as to why Romney would even bother telling it. At a campaign stop in Illinois on Sunday, Romney accused the President Obama of fulfilling a 2008 campaign promise to raise gas prices if elected.
“There’s one promise he’s kept. One promise he’s kept. When he campaigned he said he wanted to raise the price of gasoline. He said that under him, energy costs would skyrocket. And then he brought in a trio of people to help him implement those policies.”
Following Geobbels’ lead, Romney came up with a whopper of a lie, but the problem for Romney is, it makes absolutely no sense. This lie has a chance of being believed only by people possessing a bovine intelligence and lacking even the merest hint of a cursory objectivity.
When Romney came up with something so egregiously false, it occured to me that he might have had a mental lapse for a few moments and thought he was still doing deals at Bain Capital. Or, and this is worse, Romney has so little respect for the people he’s lying to that he views them as nothing but gullible peckerwoods of diminished mental capacity who will believe him when he says Obama campaigned on higher gas prices.
Acting as an independent fact checker, the Washington Post awarded Romney three Pinocchio’s, which I include for your reference.
Three Pinocchio’s attribute “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions” in Romney’s statement.
Shifferbrains is awarding Mitt Romney a Shifferbrains Award for the same lie, too, as it definitely qualifies Romney to be a recipient. What qualifies one as a “shifferbrain” is simply doing or saying something so outrageously or egregiously inane, stupid, hateful, deceitful, immoral, or dishonest that most people, even those with just the barest trace of a rudimentary conscience and sense of fair play, will either recoil at the wickedness of the act or laugh out loud at the unalloyed absurdity of it.