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Sunday, May 4, 2008

In Case You Haven't Heard

"It's a Democratic year." "All the trends point to a Democratic victory in November." That's what Democratic supporters in general, and those pundits who are in the tank for the Democrats keep saying. It's as if they keep saying it, it will become true. They must believe that if they say it everyday as if it were a fact people will vote Democrat as a fait accompli and never even question the idea. Obviously they think very little of the electorate and quite a lot about public relations and advertising. There is some sort of axiom about this principle, but I can’t remember what it is exactly. Something like if you keep repeating an idea often enough people will start to believe it even if it’s not true. For example, many people are convinced that Carbon Dioxide is a dangerous gas that leads to global warming. Wrong: carbon dioxide is a gas that is produced by living things and is used in the process of photosynthesis to create oxygen. In a zero-sum game the reduction of carbon dioxide is directly related to a reduction in the oxygen supply, which means that taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is a sure-fire way to destroy life on this planet. There are many people who have forgotten their sixth grade science and believe that carbon dioxide is a pollutant because a Federal judge said so. They believe the falsehoods put forth by the environmentalists because they think that environmentalists care. The real goal of the environmental movement is not to save the environment, but to cripple the development of western nations and keep developing nations in the grip of poverty. If you examine the policy pronouncements of these groups, and there are many, you will find this common goal. Stop believing what is being repeated over and over again as true and do some research on your own. Question the status quo.