The Anatomy of “The Big Lie”

Some advice for the Romney/Ryan 2012 campaign: you might ask first before you swipe musicians’ works for your rallies.  Never fear, two dozen years ago, the late, great musician Frank Zappa released “When The Lie’s So Big”  in his 1988 album: Broadway the Hard Way, which lampooned some conservative politicians and figures of the Righty-revered Reagan era:

“When the lie’s so big
And the fog so thick
And the facts kept forgotten
Then the Republican Trick
(Ketchup is a vegetable!)
Can be played out again
People, please tell me when
We’ll be rid of these men!”*

Frank Zappa would sadly die of cancer in 1993, but Romney’s campaign manager might want to contact Frank’s kids, Dweezil, Moon Unit, Ahmet, and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen Zappa, for permission before blaring this song from the campaign bus.

The free press has come a long way in America’s history. Despite Republicans avoiding what Sarah Palin tagged (As far as anyone knows, Palin does not have a child named “Tagged”, but there is a Romney son named “Tagg.”) the “lamestream media” for the cozy embrace of Fox News, fortunately, we have a number of impartial fact checking organizations.

The Washington Post’s fact checking arm, headed by journalist Glenn Kessler, hands out “Pinocchios” for politicians’ fibbing gaffes. The Romneys might need to put another car-elevatored underground garage level in their planned mansion digs in La Jolla, California, if there’s any hope of having room for one of wife Ann’s Cadillacs down there among all the Kessler Pinocchios.

The Pulitzer-winning PolitiFact organization of the Tampa Bay Times has awarded Romney 41 “False” or “Pants on Fire” ratings prior to the addition of Paul Ryan. Has JetSki front seater, and 28th place Olympic dressage tax deduction, er, horse, missus Ann Romney, (A “Stay-at-home-Mom with maids and nannies“), packed enough Mormon undergarments for her hubby, fortified with asbestos?

Several days ago, Mitt Romney poured on the Miracle-Gro for the campaign fib farm with the addition of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) as a running mate. The disinformation duo has meant “stimulus” for the fact checkers as Rep. Ryan runs from his “fiscal responsibility” pose in Washington, his “Sugar Daddy Warbucks” persona at home in his constituency, that infatuation fling (until recently) with atheist Ayn Rand’s Objectivism, and squirming in journalists’ interview chairs across the campaign trail. Not a shabby start for fewer than two weeks together.

NBC’s Saturday Night Live comedy writers only thought they were  planning vacations during the summer reruns.

Last, but not least, in a commentary on “The Big Lie”, one cannot forget words attributed to the future Nazi Minister of Propaganda, Dr. Joseph Goebbels, in a 1928 speech on the power of a well presented falsehood:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

It’s 2012. While facts in the Romney/Ryan campaign are almost as rare as Bush tax cut “jobs,” let’s hope the electorate has learned to not be taken in by campaign lies.

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*Copyright: 1988 Zappa Family Trust