Check the sources

People have a strong tendency to believe what they want to believe. Sometimes it is a deliberate lie on the order of “Work makes you free”. Other times it could be more ignorance and with possible innocence intent such as “only bad people own guns”. Even when confronted with irrefutable evidence they are wrong many people will say crazy things like, “Fake, but accurate”.

If something is too good to be true, it probably is and you should check the sources.

I received a chain email today from someone recommending this video:

It would seem to be extremely damning evidence against Obama. I don’t think it’s true.

See also Snopes.

Here is, supposedly, the transcript of the portion of the speech which contains the words from the YouTube video above in bold:

Leaders and dignitaries of the European Union, representatives of our NATO alliance, distinguished guests, we meet here at a moment of testing for Europe and the United States and for the international order that we have worked for generations to build. Throughout human history, societies have grappled with fundamental questions of how to organize themselves, the proper relationship between the individual and the state, the best means to resolve the inevitable conflicts between states.

And it was here in Europe, through centuries of struggle, through war and enlightenment, repression and revolution, that a particular set of ideals began to emerge, the belief that through conscience and free will, each of us has the right to live as we choose, the belief that power is derived from the consent of the governed and that laws and institutions should be established to protect that understanding.

And those ideas eventually inspired a band of colonialists across an ocean, and they wrote them into the founding documents that still guide America today, including the simple truth that all men, and women, are created equal.

But those ideals have also been tested, here in Europe and around the world. Those ideals have often been threatened by an older, more traditional view of power. This alternative vision argues that ordinary men and women are too small-minded to govern their own affairs, that order and progress can only come when individuals surrender their rights to an all-powerful sovereign. Often this alternative vision roots itself in the notion that by virtue of race or faith or ethnicity, some are inherently superior to others and that individual identity must be defined by us versus them, or that national greatness must flow not by what people stand for, but what they are against.

I have probably been wrong, or at least not entirely correct, in the past when I have was extremely skeptical of something that was “too bad to be true” and it is possible I’m wrong this time. But please, don’t accept this video and spread it around until you are absolutely certain of its correctness. Fake, but accurate, just doesn’t cut it and discredits you in future debates.


5 thoughts on “Check the sources

  1. I find it hard to believe any of the “They Run The World” deals.

    Saying that, didn’t click the Snopes link, you cannot trust them on anything remotely political.

    I’m not saying they’re going to lie about it, I’m saying you cannot trust them so you have no idea if they’re lying or not.

  2. “They” don’t have to meet and spew out their plans to each other, all it takes is a bunch of “government leaders” to have the same views and ideas (from going to the same schools and being properly indoctrinated) and put others is positions of authority for this to happen. Kinda like the media-whores who see to it that the only news they print is the news that fits the correct narrative which just by chance is apparently the same at all the outlets.

  3. However cautionary your advice, which is commendable, I do recall that before this man’s first election a validated recording of his views on electrical power and how if you wanted to build a coal fired power plant in the U.S. you could, but that he’d see to it that you would go bankrupt does fit with this narrative and his subsequent actions. This video does reflect that attitude and those of his party’s current candidate. Additionally, haven’t your QOTD for a fairly long time shown their side’s true intent despite protestations to the contrary? Walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, with caution, probably OK to call it a duck.

  4. Interesting that the second bolded phrase is a summary of a belief supposedly held by somebody – it’s not an expression of the belief itself by the speaker. Looks to be emphasized completely out of context.

    • Yes. Watch the video. The video was edited to include only the parts I have bolded. Hence, whoever edited the video was being deliberately deceptive.

      I don’t want them on “my team”.

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