In 1933 Germany, Josef Goebbels became Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister. By virtue of this office, Goebbels controlled German print, radio, cinema, and theater media. Goebbels primary objective was, of course, to serve Hitler and to promote and expand the interests of Hitler’s National Socialist Party. In many respects, Goebbels was a master of his craft: perpetuating a lie. While he lied about the NAZI’s true motives, their violence, their racism, their hate, and their crimes he concealed these lies in such a way so the German public accepted them. In Goebbels propaganda, the NAZI’s were patriotic, peacekeepers, true Germans, hungry for peace, and hungry for justice. One of the main principles Goebbels employed to promote his “truths” was that: Propaganda must be carefully timed.
a. The communication must reach the audience ahead of competing propaganda.
b. A propaganda campaign must begin at the optimum moment
c. A propaganda theme must be repeated.
(Doob, Leonard. PublicOpinion and Propaganda; A Book of Readings edited for The Society for thePsychological Study of Social Issues.)
In the best of honoring Goebbels, APD’s Chief Ray Shultz and City of Albuquerque Mayor Berry conducted a press conference today, on the 11th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks. This day has as much meaning in American history as December 7th and July 4th. In words and actions that frankly, defy belief, the Mayor and his Chief gave themselves a self-congratulatory “A” for where they have led the state’s largest police department. (See: http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2761763.shtml?cat=500or http://www.krqe.com/dpp/news/crime/apd-scores-a-94-on-report-card)
Let that sink in for a moment. What does this mean? Frankly it means a lot.
For all the people who have filed actions against the department for damages, injuries, harm, and wrongdoing by Chief Schultz and against the City of Albuquerque, you did so against a department its leaders say is doing an excellent job. For all the officers who have been wrongfully terminated, who have won their labor hearings, who have won in court, or who have actions pending, you did so against a department its leaders say are among the best in the Country. For all the citizens who take time out of their schedules and make efforts to improve the department by speaking out against it, according to Chief Schultz and Mayor Berry, you can go home because this department cannot get any better. For all the attorneys and law enforcement investigators from the DOJ, FBI, US Attorney’s office, NM State Police, and contract lawyers who are analyzing all of the endless patterns and practices of indifference, negligence, malfeasance, omissions, and cover ups, you can close your timesheets because your hours will not be honored by a department that Chief Schultz and Mayor Berry say is not hemorrhaging talent, experience, and effectiveness but is in fact at an apex of practices.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes