People lie for many different reasons, but a primary function of lying is avoiding consequences. The following post is a brief summation of some of the reasons a person might lie.
This one stuck out to me the most:
People who lie repeatedly often have a desire to be in control. When the truth of a situation doesn't agree with such control, they produce a lie that does conform to the narrative they desire.
We can safely swap out "people" for "political parties" and transform our terminology: lies like this are propaganda.
The Republican party has embraced the Big Lie to maintain power and continues to undermine our democracy by sowing fear, uncertainty, and doubt amongst its base about the efficacy of our election system.
In politics, lies are used as stall tactics to thwart progress or undermine a political opponent during a campaign. They are usually revealed too late in the game to have any consequences, and Republicans have mastered this dark art.
Nothing could illustrate their intentions to obfuscate the truth more than their reaction to the 2021 election-they handily won many local and large races across the country and not a PEEP about election fraud. Abracadabra - problem solved.
The long-term effects of this operation will cause lasting damage and mistrust of our electoral systems. The Big Lie will lay dormant for now, ready to awaken from its slumber the next time Republicans feel the electoral map isn't in their favor. And any time they think it is advantageous, they will repeat this lie to their base with a straight face, and as we observed on January 6th, 2020, their supporters will react violently to the faux attempt to steal the election.
The Republican Party is still the party of Trump, so expect Republicans to do Trumpesque things to maintain their grip on power. To stay on message, they will still trot out the Big Lie when it suits them.
Before the election:
After the election:
Unfortunately for the rest of the country, we will also have to bear the consequences of their shenanigans. The loss of trust will hurt our democracy by damaging the credibility of elections and will pave the way for more strongmen and authoritarians who claim to "fix it" by requesting unilateral power to do so. We know how that story ends.
I mean we called this before.