Most of us were taught when very young that it was wrong to tell a lie. However, we also learned that sometimes telling a lie would get us out of difficult situations or might lead to an advantage to ourselves. In other words, we can get the perception that lies can selfishly give us something more advantageous than when telling the truth. Unfortunately, we have been hearing a lot of this in politics to promote political candidates for future elected positions. It is not a new practice, and the public must remain observant and vigilant to realize these deceptions.
Joseph Goebbel made an observation (which was extensively promoted by the Nazis) that, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.” This sounds like the many lies that Trump used to manipulate his followers. They trusted him as their leader, that he would truthfully lead them into a good direction for America. This, of course, would work on their sense of patriotism. How could he lead them in a wrong direction? How could he have led them into storming the Capitol and seeking destruction? He could shield them only so much and when the shame was done, he would take none of the blame for his part and would place it solely on his followers, and the lie was revealed to the whole nation.
It was noted at the time of Hitler that one of his primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it. This sounds like what we have experienced recently with the Trump/GOP administration. The lies were promoted to gain an advantage for a party and to denigrate those that they were against.
Yes, there should be consequences for people who lie and drag others into the lie, and here is a list of people who promoted that lie and must live with the consequences and will never be trusted, for liars are seldom believed after their lies:
Ex-President Donald Trump Congressman Mo Brooks of Alabama Donald Trump, Jr. Congresswoman Jody Hice of Georgia
Eric Trump Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri Congressman Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia
Senator Rodger Marshall of Kansas Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia
Senator Mike Braun of Indiana Congressman Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina
Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin Congresswoman Lauren Boebert of Colorado
Senator John N. Kennedy of Louisiana Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee
Senator Toumy Tuberville of Alabama Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma
Senator Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Senator Rick Scott of Florida of Washington
Senator Scott Perry of Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Tiffany of Wkisconsin
Congressman Scott Fitzgerald of Wisconsin Congresswoman Elise Stefanick of New York
There are probably more, but there are others that know better who they are, and I hope in the future these and others will think again about lying to the American people and will make amends for what they have done.