Avoid propaganda that wrongly sways

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 15, 2014 

I have always marveled at how people react to propaganda. Most don't even recognize it or realize they are being manipulated or controlled. They just follow the carrot on the stick. Propaganda is used for hate or deception and is generated in ways to fuel polarization, but mostly to benefit an ideology.

Let's look at some propaganda: "Government is best that governs least" and "Government that is big enough to give you everything you need and want is also strong enough to take it away." The Republican Party uses these quotes to promote their ambitious quest to privatize government, creating rule by a few or oligarchy. Constitutionally, this arguably, violates the welfare of the people. (See Federalist 57 papers.) Lacking any credibility themselves, they credit Thomas Jefferson for those quotes. But Jefferson never made either quote nor did he intend government governing less -- as Republicans would have you believe.

First off, it was Henry David Thoreau, a tax resister, who originated the first quote. It can be found in his book, "Civil Disobedience." The next quote may go back to labor leader and president of the American Federation of Labor, Samuel Gompers. (See Monticello.org.)

The proof of Jefferson's approach to government is in the Constitution; the Constitution is designed clearly to protect the people, saying what the state and federal government can't do to you. That's Jefferson's limited government -- not the twisted propaganda of "less government."

Bill Mahaffey


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