I have a friend of many years who is getting worried about whether or not we can manage to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The reason for this is a flow of information that is coming his way that is all about how weak Biden is, how he's failing to get out on the campaign trail, how Trump is outdoing him in every possible way. Some of this (mis)information has even suggested that there is no point in even making the effort to vote.
As of this morning, all of this has my friend--who is not a timid or easily persuaded person, and is a combat veteran as a marine in 'Nam--feeling rather bleak about the whole election business. No wonder.
So, I suggested some news feeds that, while liberally biased, at least do not lie like so many of the right-leaning sites do. Ol' Tucker Carlson, according to Politifact (a non-partisan site dedicated to sorting out the cavalcade of lies coming from any and all sources) almost never tells the truth, all the while telling serious lies, rated, "Pants on Fire" about 40% of the time. These are not merely un-truths, they are outrageous distortions and outright whole-cloth falsehoods. If you look up Sean Hannity you find that he's a continuous liar as well. So is Laura Ingraham. It seems that the right has pretty much written off telling the truth as counter-productive and just plain damned inconvenient. Sound familiar? The Idiot himself long ago decided (and was taught from an early age by his good ol' dad), to lie. It's at the very core of his entire approach to life: lie whenever it is convenient or necessary. Just lie your ass off and let the devil take the hindmost.
It comes as no surprise then, that there are a host of conservatives out there who also embrace lying as a way of 'getting things done'. Whatever it takes, and not to worry about the old Boy Scout bull that lying is wrong. Lying is, well, just lying. If it serves your purpose, then carry on.
When you have a president whose political strategy--if you can really call it that....more of a default to whatever is handy and seems to promote his agenda--is built around denying the truth and building a sand-castle out of lies, this is about what we can expect. However, the problems with this approach are HUGE.
For starters, once you have become un-moored from facts and the truth concerning any particular situation, the world becomes a very foggy place where things are often so distorted that reality is a distant silhouette, a vague hologram of the truth. People need certain durable 'truths' to use as a guide for living their lives in a manner that is grounded in reality. They will start to 'wander in the woods' when no firm guidance exists. And, that is exactly what the Idiot wants. He wants people, as he's said publicly, to listen to what he says and to not believe their eyes and ears. He craves having the power of telling them what is true according to the Gospel of St. Trump. And, he does this at every possible juncture. His rallies are nothing more than cheering sessions for all the lies he feeds them.
It's a marvelous list: from how perfectly he handled the whole pandemic thing...which is all but gone as we sit here, right? He would never collude with people like Vladimir Putin...argh, no way. The wall is a great success...and the Mexicans will still be paying for it. He has a health plan that will be ever so much better and cheaper than Obamacare. His small hands are not good indicators of his penis-size. He never touched Stormy Daniels....or any of the dozens of women who have accused him of assaulting them sexually. Oh, it just goes and goes.....
|God help us if we let him have his way.....|
He's a sleazy liar. That much is true. Everything that pops out of his mouth, however is not.
So, here we are, only thirty-five days until this country makes a decision that will determine if we are going to remain a democracy, or slide off toward becoming a full-blown autocracy....yes, a dictatorship.
If we do not get up and out and exercise our right to vote, and to have a free and fair election, unencumbered by cheating, lying and all kinds of evil machinations...then we will have nobody to blame but ourselves. I know you recall the poem, (and there's a song), about the man who took in a frozen snake and brought it back to life....and, it, of course, bit him. He was indignant, but the snake merely said, "You knew I was a snake when you took me in."
Many, perhaps even most, of us knew Donald J. Idiot was a liar, a despot wannabe and virtually incapable of honesty or even DECENCY. He slipped one over on us last time, winning the electoral college despite being approximately THREE MILLION votes behind Clinton. Ouch.
If we let him do it this time around, shame on us. The old saw comes to mind: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, SHAME ON ME."
Pay attention America. This is a make or break moment in our history. Who are we going to be in the years ahead? If we allow the Idiot to take over and have his way, we will continue to be the laughing stock of the rest of the world, and we'll also be in Putin's pocket...because he definitely has something on ol' Donny the Dupe.