Things have been a little busy for me lately so I haven’t been blogging, but there is always something that brings me back for to Northern Thoughts and Reflections to put out another blog post. This time, it was CNN Headline News’ Joy Behar…
BEHAR: I think that the tipping point for divisiveness was when the Supreme Court said that George W. Bush was the president and not the people — of the United States. I think that was the moment when the divide began. Don`t blame it on Barack Obama.
I bumped into this while reading Noel Sheppard’s newest post at Newsbusters.org, discussing how conservative radio personality Steve Malzberg humiliated this under achiever. Give the post a look, it is rather enjoyable watching Joy struggle against a smarter and more politically informed individual (then again, I think farm animals would give this twit trouble). In any event, returning to the quote, Joy, like many other uneducated and radical leftists, believe this “Big Lie.” For those who don’t understand this concept, here’s the quote which coined the expression…
All this was inspired by the principle–which is quite true within itself–that in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods. It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously. Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation. For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.
– Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
In short, a lie that is so outrageous, repeated so many times, is hard not to believe because of the audacity it would take to create such a lie. This “Big Lie” refers to the myth that George W. Bush “stole” the United States presidential election of 2000. While there was a dispute over the results in Florida, let’s not pretend that this was a conspiracy to take a election victory away from Al Gore.
This “Big Lie” was pinned down in 2001 by USA Today in the article ‘Newspapers’ recount shows Bush prevailed’. Dennis Cauchon of USA Today goes into depth outlining that with the exception of Strict Standard, Bush would have won most, if not every recount.
…USA TODAY, The Miami Herald and Knight Ridder newspapers hired the national accounting firm BDO Seidman to examine undervote ballots in Florida’s 67 counties. The accountants provided a report on what they found on each of the ballots.
The newspapers then applied the accounting firm’s findings to four standards used in Florida and elsewhere to determine when an undervote ballot becomes a legal vote. By three of the standards, Bush holds the lead. The fourth standard gives Gore a razor-thin win.
The results reveal a stunning irony. The way Gore wanted the ballots recounted helped Bush, and the standard that Gore felt offered him the least hope may have given him an extremely narrow victory. The vote totals vary depending on the standard used:
* Lenient standard. This standard, which was advocated by Gore, would count any alteration in a chad — the small perforated box that is punched to cast a vote — as evidence of a voter’s intent. The alteration can range from a mere dimple, or indentation, in a chad to its removal. Contrary to Gore’s hopes, the USA TODAY study reveals that this standard favors Bush and gives the Republican his biggest margin: 1,665 votes.
* Palm Beach standard. Palm Beach County election officials considered dimples as votes only if dimples also were found in other races on the same ballot. They reasoned that a voter would demonstrate similar voting patterns on the ballot. This standard — attacked by Republicans as arbitrary — also gives Bush a win, by 884 votes, according to the USA TODAY review.
* Two-corner standard. Most states with well-defined rules say that a chad with two or more corners removed is a legal vote. Under this standard, Bush wins by 363.
* Strict standard. This “clean punch” standard would only count fully removed chads as legal votes. The USA TODAY study shows that Gore would have won Florida by 3 votes if this standard were applied to undervotes…
While Strict Standard does give the election to Al Gore, because it is such a slim margin, such an election victory would have been dismissed. The Supreme Court decision to halt the recount hasten the inevitable, as recount after recount would have led to the same outcome. Even if the Supreme Court didn’t intervene, the fact that this election was decided in Florida, a state which was dominated by Republicans at that time, made an election victory impossible for Gore. Even if Jeb Bush didn’t intervene, Republicans had a super majority in the Florida State Senate, which would have denied Gore a recount. No matter how one looks at this, it always ends with George W. Bush winning.
Musing from Dallas Seminary has far more to say on this myth, but I think I made my point. I do, however, recommend that my modest readership do give Musing from Dallas Seminary’s post a read if they are unconvinced by the argument I made here. This hard truth doesn’t dissuade those like Joy Behar though. Leftist radicals like her and Michael Moore could never accept that Bush won the presidential election in 2000. This is why they tell these lies, that despite all the evidence to the contrary, George W. Bush, with the assistance of the Supreme Court or another political body, somehow stole Al Gore’s election victory. It is because they keep repeating this “Big Lie” that they do expose themselves as the radicals they are, and as Steve Malzberg said, those who support this view are the minority in the United States, no matter what they themselves would prefer to believe.
Before accepting what they people are saying, just examine the facts. No matter how outrageous their claims are, no matter how willing one is to want to believe these claims, such “Big Lies” are simply that.