Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Running from Big Lies Is No Way to Lead, Gov. Cuomo

Posted on September 2, 2013 by Natural Gas Now Guest Blogger BryantBryant La Tourette Chenango County, New York Businessman and Landowner Governor Andrew Cuomo has surrendered New York State’s future out of fear of big fracking lies being told by a combination of amateur and professional propagandists, demonstrating he’s a leader unwilling to lead. Not even Snake Plisskin could save our governor today. He’s an incurable appeaser. And, he’s running scared of big fracking lies; sacrificing our pride, our land, our youth, our spirit and the greatest economic opportunity New York State ever had in a foolish attempt to appease the unappeasable, which is no way to lead. Real leaders confront liars with unequivocal truths the same way Winston Churchill, against all odds, and the popular will for many years, confronted a false ideology that had consumed nearly all of Europe when he was finally given the reins of government in a last ditch attempt to save what appeared to be a lost cause. He rallied Western Civilization with old-fashioned truth combined with an eloquence we seldom hear today. Cuomo - FenceRiderUnfortunately, no such leadership or eloquence has come from Governor Cuomo. He has stood by, balancing himself on a fence trying to not make enemies; apparently hoping to appease radicals by throwing out occasional inane comments about kids falling down wells, comments that only illustrate his ignorance. He has stood by as the Gasland flaming faucet turned heads even though his Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has undoubtedly told him the truth – that this is common and has nothing to do with fracking. He has stood by as a Rockefeller funded group helped finance a collection of big lies called The Flowback, telling his DEC personnel to keep their mouths zipped at all times. He has stood by as the untested brown jug has been hauled around Albany, as if that was evidence of anything. He has allowed the big lies to take hold as he has stood by trying hard to do nothing, as if that was leadership. Meanwhile, the likes of Yoko Ono have filled the leadership vacuum. They exploited the Manning family in Franklin Forks, for example, until Pennsylvania officials confirmed what the gas company said all along – that their problem had zero to with fracking. Weak towns have fallen prey to moratorium campaigns.by groups using their non-profit charity classifications to unethically lobby local officials. Vocal groups of second-home owners and elitists have anointed themselves as “visionaries” while doing everything they can to divide communities. Corruption has taken hold in the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) as Cuomo’s do nothing position has allowed others to manipulate the agency. Public servants at DRBC, DEC and the Department of Health are being sacrificed on the altar of political correctness. Unchallenged propaganda is robbing New York of one of its greatest economic opportunities ever and leaving behind a trail of collateral damage that will remain when Cuomo is gone. Some people have fallen “hook, line and sinker” for the big lies. Others have thought it was just another fear campaign. Many have believed, given enough time, the truth would come out. The past six years has, to many, seemed to be a race to win the minds of people by way of information vs. propaganda as one side has tried to win people over with facts while the others has relied on emotion and the big lies. What better place, after all, to employ such a tactic and talent but in quaint honest areas where handshakes are stronger than any written contract; where respect is not earned but given until respect is lost? PropagandaWe can look back to our youth to understand the basics of getting attention. Buy a bag of candy, take it on the school bus or playground and all will be your friends until the candy runs out. It is human nature to want attention and, for some, attention is an addiction. Unfortunately for them, the same candy eventually gets old and the attention goes away but many fall for the gimmick in the meantime. The relentlessly negative, attention seeking propagandist knows this and realizes what works in one town (or on one cause) will work in others when the welcome mat is withdrawn. He (or she) simply moves onto the next town or the next cause and starts again, preying on new people with a new cause and new propaganda built around a new slogan or catch phrase. It is all in the slogans and catch phrases, in fact. Invent a word and attach anything you want to it. If you want even more success, alter a word to capture another meaning and capture the world with big lies. Those who have real talent for this sort of thing, instead of having to move onto the next town, become sought after practitioners for political campaigns and utopian social engineering. Some even graduate into dictators to pursue their dreams of reprogramming populations, living by the theory that if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself. It’s the big lie principle articulated by Adolph Hitler. I hate to interject a reference to someone so incomparably evil, on the risk that it might diminish the horror of his later acts. I also don’t want to draw comparisons between him and anyone else and won’t. Unfortunately, however, his early writing explains, all too clearly, so much of what happens with propaganda issuing from all hardcore activists, whatever the cause. Here is the relevant statement from Chapter X of the infamous Mein Kampf: …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. Cuomo’s lack of leadership has allowed both types of propagandists, the amateur as well as the pro, to dominate the fracking debate. Avoiding the decision has, as a consequence, made the decision that much more difficult for him. The biggest fracking lies have been exposed, but traces of the lies keep accumulating, making it harder and harder for him to do the right thing. A little leadership would have turned it all around long ago, but the governor can’t seem to muster it. He’s paralyzed by the thought his constituents will believe the big lies before they believe him, which pretty well sums it all up. Leadership to confront the propagandists of all stripes comes from within and now more than ever a true leader is needed. Cuomo, unfortunately, is no leader and no one, not even Snake Plisskin, can save him from his inevitable fate of being the leader who refused to lead. He might get re-elected as governor in a state as politically correct as New York, but a leader who won’t lead won’t get past the first caucus in the first Presidential primary contest

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