The Danger of Propaganda and Dismissing Free Speech/Press

If you had told me twelve months ago that our current president of the United States would be banned from all social platforms, unable to communicate with the American people, barely covered by the “news” sources, and so publicly hated by the Congress mob, I would have scoffed. Not in America, surely. We value our free speech and free press and understand how valuable it is. After all, this isn’t Russia, China, or North Korea, right?

But in a matter of months, we have gone from being the land of the free to the land of the dismissed, locked out, and persecuted. If you open your eyes even a little (yeah, you can even squint and see it), you’ll see our freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of religion go whooshing out the window. Even leaders of France and Germany have expressed their shock and dismay over de-platforming the president. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Twitter’s Trump ban is a problem and that corporations should not be messing with free speech.” (Fortune report).

And yet, many within our borders don’t see the problem. They don’t see the deception or over-reaching government or big-tech control because they’ve been brainwashed for the last 30 years. And as Michael Badnarik said, “When the state or federal government control the education of all of our children, they have the dangerous and illegitimate monopoly to control and influence the thought process of our citizens.”

Why is truth important? Why is history important? From our past, we learn what not to do. But if these horrible events (Communism, Nazism, the Holocaust, etc.) are dismissed, rewritten, or muffled, our understanding becomes even more limited and controlled, and we are plunged into manipulative ignorance and dangerous deception.

“Propagandists preached an appealing message of national unity and a utopian future to deceive the citizens and outside world. Those who took over the country depicted the Jewish people as aggressors–those who oppressed where just victims after all–and they did so to disguise their genocidal policies.
The Nazi regime staged a border incident designed to make it appear that Poland initiated hostilities and gave them a reason to clamp down and declare war. On August 31, 1939, SS men dressed in Polish army uniforms “attacked” a German radio station at Gleiwitz. The next day, Hitler announced to the German nation and the world his decision to send troops into Poland in response to the “Polish incursion.”

The Nazi Party Reich Press Office instructed the press to avoid the use of the word ‘war.’ They were to report that German troops had simply beaten back Polish attacks, a tactic designed to define Germany as the victim of aggression.

Newsreels manipulated public opinion during the war. To exercise greater control, the Nazis CONSOLIDATED ALL the companies into one, the German Weekly Perspective.

A booklet printed in 1941 gave a glowing report of the Jews camps; they had work, clean hospitals, soup kitchens, and vocational training. The regime practiced a propaganda of deception by hiding specific details about “the Final Solution” and press control prevented Germans from reading statements by the Allied leaders, condemning German crimes.

As with other efforts, the Nazi regime benefitted from the unwillingness of the average human being to grasp the dimensions of these crimes. How could they just exterminate hundreds of thousands (an average of 6,000 a day) of people?” –Taken from The Holocaust Encyclopedia

Did you catch that? The average person, living in a “people-are-basically-good-mentality” dismissed such horrors as improbable because, after all, the government is looking out for us. They are taking care of us and want our good.

Where is the big red buzzer button? Excuse me? Anyone who has read a real history book (you don’t even have to go back before 1900 if you don’t wish to) will see that governmental power is often corrupt, and money and position lead to deeper evils.

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”
George R.R. Martin

What happened a week ago at the Capitol was disheartening. I don’t advocate for violent anarchy and the loss of life saddens me, but let’s not act like this kind of thing has never occurred before. Aside from the violence over the last year in cities throughout our country, our Capitol has been attacked as well. In 1954, a group of Puerto Ricans opened fire on the House floor and five members of Congress were wounded. In 1971, a radical antiwar group detonated a bomb in the restroom of the Senate. In 1983, a bomb outside the Senate chamber exploded, damaging property, but hurting no one. In 1998, an armed man got past security at the Capitol and killed two police officers. I could on, but you get the point. (Reuters US News).

I’m currently reading George Orwell’s insightful 1984 novel (published in 1949), which comes astonishing close to our current reality. Despite the dystopian science fiction genre, the setting and situations strike prophetic levels.

In this imagined place, there’s a Party-controlled Ministry of Truth, Ministry of Peace, Ministry of Love, and Ministry of Plenty. Everyone is regulated by the Thought Police and Big Brother is always looking and listening to make sure each citizen is in compliance; no one thinks or acts apart from their dictates–not for long anyway. The three slogans of the Party are as follows:

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

Right is wrong. Black is white. And truth is subject to what we say.

The Ministry of Truth controlled the news, entertainment, education, and the arts. Sound familiar?

“The Ministry of Love was the really frightening one. There were no windows in it at all. It was a place impossible to enter except on official business, and then only by penetrating through a maze of barbed-wire entanglements, steel doors, and hidden machine-gun nests.”

Writing in a diary could be punishable by death or at least 25 years in a forced-labor camp. Each person was told what to listen to, what to read, and was required to listen to the Two Minutes of Hate every day.

Their “attack was so exaggeratedly perverse that a child should have been able to see through it, and yet just plausible enough to fill one with an alarmed feeling that other people, less level-headed than oneself, might be taken in by it.”

And that was all from chapter one. Read the book.

So for those who see this problem, this far-reaching shadow, how do we combat it? First off, don’t look to the government to fix your problems. It’s not their job. Don’t believe that the government (nor 90% of those “serving” it) have any intention of serving the people.

Open your eyes and listen with your mind, not your emotions. Dismiss mainstream media (they rejected truth a long time ago).

And remember that ultimately, no matter what our government looks like (republic, socialistic nation, Communistic regime, or anarchy) that God is our Commander. We listen to Him above all us. Put His Words in your mind and heart, and be as wise as a serpent and as innocent as a dove during these dark days.

“The greatest bulwark against an overreaching government, as tyrants know, is a religious population. That is because religious people form communities of interest adverse to government control of their lives; religious communities rely on their families and each other rather than an overarching government utilizing force.” –Ben Shapiro

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