10.25.2004



Who said it?


And now it's time to play the quiz game, "Who Said It!" Let's see how savvy of a political observer you are. See if you can identify what politicians said these quotes.
1. It is the absolute right of the State to supervise the formation of public opinion.
2. We enter [Congress] in order to supply ourselves, in the arsenal of democracy, with its own weapons. If democracy is so stupid as to give us free tickets and salaries for this bear's work, that is its affair. We do not come as friends, nor even as neutrals. We come as enemies. As the wolf bursts into the flock, so we come.
3. The [terrorists] have deserved the catastrophe that has now overtaken them. Their destruction will go hand in hand with the destruction of our enemies. We must hasten this process with cold ruthlessness.
4. The most brilliant [spin] technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly . . . it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
5. We must show them no mercy and no indulgence. This riffraff must be eliminated and destroyed.
6. You just cannot talk humanitarianism when dealing with [terrorists]. [Terrorists] must be defeated.
7. Why of course the people don't want war ... But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ...Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.
8. Of course people don’t want war. Why should a poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best thing he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece?
9. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.
10. Thus inwardly armed with confidence in God and the unshakable stupidity of the voting citizenry, the politicians can begin the fight for the 'remaking' of the [country] as they call it.
11. If you wish the sympathy of the broad masses, you must tell them the crudest and most stupid things.
12. The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.
13. Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
14. Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless.
15. Strength lies not in defense but in attack.
16. How fortunate for leaders that men do not think.
17. Let us never forget the duty, which we have taken upon us.
18. The world will not help, the people must help themselves. Its own strength is the source of life. That strength the Almighty has given us to use; that in it and through it, we may wage the battle of our life The others in the past years have not had the blessing of the Almighty -- of Him who in the last resort, whatever man may do, holds in His hands the final decision. Lord God, let us never hesitate or play the coward.
19. The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category.
Answers:

Quotes 1-6: Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda for the German NAZI Party.

Quotes 7-8, Hermann Goering, Commander-in-Chief of the Luftwaffe, President of the Reichstag, Prime Minister of Prussia and, as Hitler's designated successor, the second man in the Third Reich

Quotes 1-19: Adolf Hitler


If you got more than 10 right, you scare me.

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