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jsid-1159383009-529264  Ed at Wed, 27 Sep 2006 18:50:09 +0000

from the original article:

"Once you have constitutional government," Cornell points out, "you have no right of revolution anymore."

This is probably the single biggest whopper I have EVER seen. Talk about your big brass ones!

I was going to reference the "big lie" quote from Joseph Goebbels, but in the process of tracking it down, I discovered that he actually learned the technique from Adolph Hitler himself.

Here is the relevant passage from "Mein Kampf" which I found at Wikipedia:

All this was inspired by the principle - which is quite true in itself - that 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.

Clayton's response to this whopper was excellent. Even so, I'm surprised he didn't mention this passage from an obscure Revolutionary War document:

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

So not only is there a "right" to overthrow a tyrannical government (and it doesn't really matter what form of government it is), there is a DUTY to do so. How could any person claiming to be a historian make such a bald assertion which directly contradicts the Declaration of Independence and yet retain any shred of credibility whatsoever?

Saul Cornell, meet Baghdad Bob. He will show you around and make the introductions now that you've joined the Biggest Liars Club. I hope you enjoy your stay.

Have there been any moves to strip this lunatic of his professorship?

jsid-1159500782-529393  Sarah at Fri, 29 Sep 2006 03:33:02 +0000

How could any person claiming to be a historian make such a bald assertion which directly contradicts the Declaration of Independence and yet retain any shred of credibility whatsoever?

A recent study showed that most university students know zip about American history and how government works. Not surprising, as professors and textbooks are more devoted to promoting "diversity" than teaching facts and critical thinking. The salient conclusion of the study is that seniors at Berkeley actually know less history than their freshman counterparts. It's astounding. Universities are making kids more ignorant. So is it any wonder that Cornell gets away with his big lies? You can't refute if you don't know.

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