“Lies!” That’s what many politicians would say after seeing an opponent’s campaign ad on television. Those politicians often demand that TV stations ban advertisements that they claim contain false information.
Voters often wonder why TV stations don’t investigate political advertisements to verify their truthfulness before allowing them to be shown on television. That way, the alleged lies never hit the airwaves.
Yesterday I was visited by a neighbor who was violently incensed by the news that Planned Parenthood was killing babes in order to sell the baby parts. She insisted that the video exposing this horrendous activity was absolutely true (you could tell because when people said words their lips moved). A rational discussion of the origin of the video and how that organization was known for highly editing their films to match their agenda was dismissed. A discussion of the current state of film editing was rejected since only crooked politicians did things like that. The level of discourse (in terms of vocal intensity) grew and grew until doors were slammed and feelings were probably hurt.
The last thing I heard was that we could never say “God Bless America” any more because God would never bless a country that allowed and even funded the killing of babies (which only God can create, of course) and the selling of the resultant baby parts.
This altercation emphasized to me the power and efficacy of out-and-out lying, or as Mark Twain is reported to have said,
The history of our race, and each individual’s experience, are sown thick with evidence that a truth is not hard to kill and that a lie told well is immortal.
You’ve probably all heard that some no-goodnick in New Jersey has introduced a bill to make the definition of “rape” include any form of lying or subterfuge designed to get into a woman’s pants. We should all thank Troy Singleton, a Democratic Assemblyman representing Burlington, NJ.
Read the article in Slate for more information but here is the original announcement from nj.com:
Earlier this month, state Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-Burlington) introduced the bill (A3908), which would create the crime of “sexual assault by fraud,” which it defines as “an act of sexual penetration to which a person has given consent because the actor has misrepresented the purpose of the act or has represented he is someone he is not.”
Oh Dear: that’s going to seriously cut down on the number of professed movie producers and directors in this country. But let’s zero in on that idea of misrepresentation.
If you know me, I tend to prefer listening to the radio rather than sitting like an idiot in front of the television. Yes, I put a good classical music station while I am reading, not because I am a snob, but because classic music is generally without words and is less distracting. However, my main radio life is involved with those stations that fill my room with talk … mostly old-time radio series but also progressive talk radio. All day today I have been listening to discussions of the problem with Syria and whether or not Obama (actually the corporations that see huge profits from yet another war) will send in the missiles, bombs, Pizza Huts, whatever.
It’s all very complicated but it’s clear to me that the legacy of the Bush presidency is that the public no longer has any faith in the veracity of the government. The government lies; the corporations lie; American democracy is a lie. Thank you Dubya.
Then again, I’ve seen those cute kitten paintings George does; maybe a good clown painting will be the Bush legacy.