Herman Cain
The ignorance strategy apparently worked so well last year to stifle any attempt to restructure the Social Security system that liberals – from both political parties – have extended this game plan to other issues. In George Orwell’s 1984, Big Brother constantly reminded the citizens that “ignorance is strength” to diminish the public’s desire to know the truth. Adherence to this principle kept the government in control and the citizens in the dark. Liberals now employ the ignorance strategy to distort the truth and deceive the public on all manner of issues, including the global war on terrorism, the economy and tax policy, border security and illegal aliens.

In 2005, liberals used the ignorance strategy to deny the fact that the Social Security system is near fiscal insolvency, despite numerous reports to the contrary conducted during past and present presidential administrations. Liberals continue to deny the crisis, and now claim Republicans manufactured a crisis where one doesn’t really exist. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) even said, “Social Security remains sound for decades to come.” The new liberal math evidently rounds up – a lot. The Social Security Trustees recently reported that in 2017 the program begins to pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes. Senator Reid, that is 11 years from now, not decades.

Recent polls indicate that the portion of the global war on terror waged in Iraq remains one of the most important issues to the American public. The ignorance strategy, though, has caused many to believe that our efforts in Iraq and elsewhere are somehow separate, and that to date the war has failed to produce successful outcomes.

In truth, the war on terror is a global mission, whether it is waged in Manhattan, London, Afghanistan or Fallujah. Liberals and many major media sources have succeeded in separating our efforts in Iraq from the war waged in other nations. A May 15 ABC News/Washington Post poll found that only 32 percent approve “of the way Bush is handling the situation in Iraq.” A May 16 CBS News poll, however, found that 46 percent approve “of the way George W. Bush is handling the campaign against terrorism.” These poll results reflect a general lack of knowledge in the public about the successes produced by our troops’ presence in Iraq.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain is the National Chairman of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute. He is the former president and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Inc., and currently is CEO and president of T.H.E. New Voice, Inc., a business and leadership consulting company.

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