Paul Ryan, Republican Vice-Presidential candidate, didn’t write his speech to the RNC — anymore than Sarah Palin wrote hers. A national political convention is like a movie production. It is all scripted. The Ryan speech was written and rewritten and sets the strategy for the Romney campaign. What stands out in the Ryan script is the boldness and the extent of its lies, lies, and lies.
Most everyone at the convention, I’m thinking, realized that Ryan was telling whopper lies — yet they cheered his every word. The maintenance of a big lie requires a big conspiracy, and, the Republican machinery, with Fox News, and with tons of money for marketing, is gearing up for the task.
Romney is going after the votes of Americans who are persuadable via emotion, anger, and resentment — not by logic, nor, amazingly, their own self interest. Big lies give such voters an emotional push, a reason to believe what they want to believe.
It would seem a daring strategy for a presidential campaign to advance blatant and bold lies. It could backfire. But, evidently, Romney has come to the conclusion that his route to victory is via bold lies. The fact that a major political party should seek to control the White House by conducting such a strategy is a strong warning that our republic is in real danger.
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