He wasn't as melodramatically scary last night as Lucca Brasi was the night before.
Instead, Ryan, whose facial expressions and comedic skills remind me of Rupert Pupkin, was creepier than Chris Christie, because, even though Ryan will assist Mitt Romney in destroying the social safety net, and tossing America's grandmas and grandpas off the Medicare cliff, he acted like he had just recently graduated from Catholic Choirboy University.
Showing a bold mendaciousness that would have made Joseph Goebbles (or Frank Luntz) proud, Paul Ryan tore into Barack Obama on Wednesday night, in Ryan's VP acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Accusing Obama of seeking to "raid" Medicare to fund Obamacare, Ryan offered the following analysis of the heartlessness of Obama's alleged attempt to fund his boondoggle socialist health care plan (the one which copies Mitt Romney's plan) with stolen Medicare money:
"You see, even with all the hidden taxes to pay for the health care takeover, even with new law and new taxes on nearly a million small businesses, the planners in Washington still didn't have enough money. They needed more. They needed hundreds of billions more. So, they just took it all away from Medicare. Seven hundred and sixteen billion dollars, funneled out of Medicare by President Obama."At that point, the Republicans in the hall, who actually hate government-supplied health care and intend to follow aspiring Reich Minister Ryan's plan to rip Medicare to shreds and replace it with inadequate vouchers, began booing Obama with their hypocrisy volume cranked up to "11".
Of course, what Ryan did not explain, was that none of the Medicare cost savings implemented through Obamacare will result in any loss of coverage to recipients. In fact, the cuts in spending come from payment caps to health care providers. AND, Paul Ryan knows this because he includes a similar cost-saving technique in his own health care proposals—except he and Romney force recipients to choose poorer quality care plans to achieve spending reductions.
Now, why would Paul Ryan knowingly lie about something so easy to prove as a lie? Well, let's examine something history's greatest liar, Adolph Hitler (in Mein Kampf) said about what he understood to be prevarication's governing principles:
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.Now, the utility of Ryan's and the Republican's "colossal untruth" is this: the Republicans unquestionably intend to reduce coverage for recipients in Medicare. In fact, they intend to eliminate Medicare altogether. That's a fact. And it is a really unpopular fact, and the Republicans know this.
What is the Republican solution to this political problem? Utilize the Hitlerian Big Lie and falsely blame the Democrats for doing the evil thing the Republicans actually intend to do. Meanwhile, co-opt the Democrats' rhetoric about preserving and defending Medicare, even though the Republicans have no intention of doing that in reality.
But, what about the ease with which contradicting facts can be brought forth to show that the Big Lie is just that? Isn't it the case, especially in the age of the internet, that no politician is going to tell a "colossal untruth"?
Hitler's analysis of why the facts often don't work, and the people stay convinced of the Big Lie in spite of them, should give Democrats some concern:
Even though the facts which prove [a Big Lie has been told] 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.If your lie is sufficiently audacious, and you stick to it unwaveringly, people tend to believe it. And that is because, especially if they have already ordained you as a "good" person, as many Republicans have done with Paul Ryan, they simply reject the possibility that Ryan would actually be exactly the opposite of that. And so they reject any facts that challenge their false beliefs.
Paul Ryan last night declared this Medicare Big Lie to be the chief component, along with lying about the economy, of the Republican strategy against Barack Obama.
Ryan has begged for a "debate" on Medicare—of course the debate he wants is on the false ground he has prepared by the Medicare Big Lie. Democrats don't have to fight on that ground, but can instead choose to fight on the basis of the facts, which approach has the advantage of truth, and the opportunity to permanently bury Ryan and Romney in the ruins of their perfidious temple of lies.
This is an amazing opportunity for Obama's campaign. We shall see if he takes advantage of it.