Why Politicans Lie


In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility… since [the common people] 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.

So in other words, the bigger the lie, the more apt people are to believe it, simply because we all really want to trust, to give the benefit of the doubt.  We can’t believe anyone would really be so audacious as to tell huge, blatant lies, especially someone in power.  Even when presented with the truth, we think there must be some mistake. 

It’s a powerful truth, and one that this man used masterfully.  Who said it?  Adolf Hitler, in his autobiography Mein Kampf.



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6 Responses to Why Politicans Lie

  1. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if Hitler proposed transperancy and accountability in his regime too.

  2. lookin4Jesus says:

    Oh my, was he revealing himself?

  3. bwebbjr says:

    We would probably be shocked to realize how much of what Hitler and Marx taught and we oppose so vehemently is alive and doing quite well thank you in the old US of A … pre-Obama.

  4. mrcolorful says:

    It is easy to get away with stuff if you just do something that most people would either be ashamed to do or wouldn’t think of doing.  I made use of that all the time when I was in high school.

  5. gokellyjo says:

    I don’t Hitler was as mad as some historians would like to think he was.  

  6. gsmith03 says:

    I have heard people use this quote for pretty much every politician on both sides of the aisle.  I heard it so often while Bush was president, regarding the Iraq War, Katrina, and 9/11.  I have heard it quoted while Obama was running for presidency and even now while he is president.  Most (if not all) politicians lie about things, sometimes because they have no choice.  It may be something they can’t share with the public because it will start a panic or they fear it might destroy the faith the people have in their government.  The problem is, even if they tell the truth there are other politicians there willing to lie to make the honest one look like the liar.  We, their constituents, don’t have access to the information they do and can’t always tell who is the liar.  As a result, some politician somewhere is always taking advantage of us.I’m not trying to take a political stance with this statement at all.  I tried to word it in such a way that it couldn’t be construed as blaming one side or trying to excuse one side.  I was just trying to make an objective statement on the matter.I will also refrain from making the obvious parallel to religion, because I have mentioned it on numerous occasions.

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