The GOP Thrives on Propaganda. It Would Help if We Stopped Spreading It.

Ramona Grigg
5 min readApr 18, 2022
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It’s a fact that many of us get almost all of our news via the internet. It’s because the internet is invaluable when it comes to disseminating information on a minute by minute, blow by blow level, while, at the same time, it’s filled with more data, more history, more fun stuff than any other medium since time began.

There’s almost nothing we can’t unearth on the internet if we work at it long enough. That’s the good news. The bad news is that tons of what we come across isn’t vetted. What’s the truth and what’s not? While there’s always someone out there who will tell you they’re telling the truth, how do you know for sure?

How important is it that you know for sure?

I mean, what if what they tell you squares with what you believe, and all you really want is validation? You’ve got it. Now it’s your job to go out there and repeat it, because you want everyone to believe what you believe. It’s human nature to feel good about finding others who believe the things you believe. Maybe you even believed it first. Wouldn’t that be something!

But what if you’re pushing a lie and you know it? What’s the harm in that if it means you have followers and they’re looking to you to keep it going? Is there some truth in the lie? Can you justify it by pointing out possible lies someone else might be telling?

Isn’t the whole world full of liars who just want to make things better for us all? Or for some of us? Or for you and me?

How bad are lies, anyway? In 2016–2020 Donald Trump built an entire presidency on lies and look where it got him. He fought off two impeachments brought about because of his lies, and he won. He’s the only twice-impeached president in our history and he didn’t lose his job. It didn’t even hurt his reputation. Not with the people who matter to him, anyway.

Trump is still telling lies and half the country still wants to believe them. The entire Republican faction in the United States Congress and the majority of the justices on the Supreme Court want you to believe Trump’s lies over the truth.

Their propaganda tools are lies, fear, and division, and they spread it around like fresh manure, using their bullshit as…