Humans have always been gullible.

Yup. During WW1 the Dachshund was said in Britain to be a “spiritual agent” of the Imperial German Government.

In WW2 the German Shepherd was felt to be so threatening a beast that in the UK people started referring to the breed as “Alsatian.”

During WW1 a story circulated widely in England that Russian troops had been seen arriving in English ports. It was said to be easy to identify them because of the snow on their boots. People believed that because it was widely said.

In the same period it was widely believed that British Army troops had massacred miners at some place called Tonypandy in Wales. This was completely untrue but nevertheless believed because “everyone was saying it.”

In the First Gulf War the rumor was spread that Iraqi troops had looted baby incubators in Kuwait City to ship them home while leaving the Kuwaiti babies on the floor to die. This was completely untrue, a fabrication concocted by an Arab hating congressional committee chairman and the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US. She testified before the man’s committee that she was a witness to this event. In fact she was comfortably resident in Washington during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. When I objected to this deception at a hearing before his committee the man threatened me with Contempt of Congress.

The point is that you can BS the masses into believing just about anything you want if you are persistent and if the meme supports what the media want to believe.

Now the effort, a strong effort, is being made to persuade the Democrat masses that the people who voted for Trump are racist hillbillys who intend to overthrow the US government by force and violence and that the Proud Boys, Qanon weirdos and maybe the Knights of Columbus will attack Nancyland (Capitol Hill) any day now, any day. pl

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14 Responses to Humans have always been gullible.

  1. TV says:

    Not difficult to convince the masses of anything.
    The politicians (with “I am famous” Fauci) quickly discovered how easy it is to stampede the gullible masses.
    How long can a democracy survive with an ignorant, emotional and gullible populace?

  2. Eric Newhill says:

    Well, I hate to say it, but I think there is some truth to what they are peddling, from their perspective. If you define the US government as the current batch of leftist saboteurs and election cheaters, who want to take their agenda yet further, to include gun confiscation and elimination of the rest of the Bill of Rights where their political enemies are concerned, then Trump supporters will overthrow that govt once sufficient provocation has been reached; either by armed resistance or secession movements in their states (or both). IMO, it’s kind of duty to do so. N’est-ce pas?

    Any day now? That day is up to the Democrats to decide – or avoid. As “Gallo Rojo” said here recently, at this point we’re not going to vote our way out of this. Last November made that clear and recent Bills , like H.R.1 are more evidence for that perspective.

  3. JohninMK says:

    I think I saw a photo of the Deplorable’s vanguard for the Capitol strike. There were four of them masquerading as pensioners blatantly taking recce photos under cover of ‘selfies’. I thought that the MAGA hats might have blown their cover but they were left alone by the guards.

    From the area barricaded in, it almost looks as if Pelosi wanted to have the greatest compound ever. Her warped idea about American supremacy.

  4. Fred says:

    The BlueAnon theories are rapidly replacing “Russia Collusion” as a means of narrative control. The gullible prefer to be sheep, it is much easier than thinking for onself.

  5. akaPatience says:

    I cannot believe it: while scrolling through the “Life and Arts” section of the WSJ today, I came upon an article about Nascar that, UN-BE-LIEVABLY, still portrayed the Bubba Wallace “noose” incident as having been an actual “ugly” racist act — instead of being the mistaken garage door pull (like some others found nearby) it really turned out to be. For those who may be unfamiliar with the story, the “noose” was only big enough for a hand to slip through, though I suppose a shrunken head could’ve fit. How small IS Bubba’s head???

    If a lie isn’t believed by enough people the first time around, the MSM just waits a few months and tries again. Talk about recycled garbage… SMH.

  6. Deap says:

    RedState is running a series on “BlueAnon” conspiracies – put out by the Democrats that survive unscathed in the main stream media, but calculated by Team Nancy Pelosi to inflict psyhcologcial damage to as many “conservatives” as possible.

    From now on, just use the “BlueAnon” check mate any time one sees, hears or reads more of this insidious Democrat bunk.

  7. fakebot says:

    Sir I only hope there are more like yourself who are sensible and honorable enough to do the right thing and who also know what they’re talkin about.

    That little Kuwaiti girl was quite convincing. The reporters atop the CNN roof in Atlanta pretending they were in Kuwait City during the fighting made for compelling television too. That people can now see these lies for what they are and that has reflected badly on the US and media like CNN. It’s a shame because lies like these were never needed to justify action against Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait and the price the US has paid with claims like this has seriously damaged America’s credibility on the world stage. That applies to the claims concerning the existence of Iraqi WMDs and claims of Syrian chemical weapons use.

    As for gullibility, it’s all too evident when it comes to US policy in the MENA region. The Bush admin was gullible to think they could succeed in nation building Iraq and Afghanistan, despite Bush himself recognizing the flaws of nation building when he campaigned for president. Obama too was gullible to think he could succeed with war efforts in Libya and Syria by supporting proxy fighters (jihadists) and “democratic” movements like Muslim Brotherhood in places like Egypt. Even he timidly apologizes for what happened under his watch in Libya. Trump too displayed his own gullibility by serving Israeli and Saudi interests even if it meant risking a disastrous war with Iran.

    I think the reason for the contradictory mess that is US policy in the MENA region witnessed for the past 20 years is because people like yourself have not had enough say on policy making.

  8. Dan says:

    Animal Farm was always one of my favorite books, but the one aspect that never appealed as much to me was the depiction of the sheep. I’d always considered it a bit cynical and elitist perspective on the masses.

    But after the past 5 years, I get it now. With the right amount of social pressure applied most people will line up with any agenda……and the more scared we are, the less self-belief we possess, the more easily we can be co-opted.

    • Deap says:

      Time to re-read some of these books also popular in the 1950’s: I remember, young as I was the irony of just winning a war for “freedom”, yet people wanted to somehow “escape from freedom”:

      ….”Escape from Freedom is a book by the Frankfurt-born psychoanalyst Erich Fromm, first published in the United States by Farrar & Rinehart [1] in 1941 with the title Escape from Freedom and a year later as The Fear of Freedom in UK by Routledge & Kegan Paul.

      It was translated into German and first published in 1952 under the title ‘Die Angst vor der Freiheit’ (The Fear of Freedom). In the book, Fromm explores humanity’s shifting relationship with freedom, with particular regard to the personal consequences of its absence.

      His special emphasis is the psychosocial conditions that facilitated the rise of Nazism…….” (WIKI)

      • Dan says:

        If you’re looking for a re-read I’d actually suggest the majestic audio version of the book that is on Youtube. The performance from an esteemed old British actor I’m unfamiliar with is incredible.

  9. mcohen says:

    In ww2 the British pilots drank carrot juice which enabled them to see aircraft at night.
    I myself drank carrot juice so I could fly a c172 at night and can attest to its incredible properties having landed at night after the runway lights had failed.

  10. Fourth and Long says:

    Davy Crockett shot him a b’ahr when he was only three.

  11. BillWade says:

    I wonder how the gullible will feel when they hit the gas pumps, in just under two months gas price has increased substantially, not quite doubled yet here in Florida but getting there.

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