We've seen that Conservatives have to lie because in a representational democracy voters would boot them out of office if the Party of The Rich dared to proclaim their true goal, the ultimate feudalism of America. (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/p/war-on-america.html)
We've also seen the Conservatives tip their hands more brazenly in the last few years, almost as if they know that they've got the elections sewn up. (http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/search/label/vote_theft)
Besides confusing the uninformed voter, Conservative lies are spun to give the sheeplets ammo to use when evangelizing Conservatism in the public domain. Few can dispute the truism: Stupid people are more susceptible to lies.
But their newest candidate for the presidency, Willard Mitt Romney, has to be crowned the King of Conservative liars...check out this article on The Maddow Blog by Steve Benen:
Chronicling Mitt's Mendacity, Vol. XXX
"Mitt Romney gave a speech Beallsville, Ohio, this week, and presented an unfortunate attack against President Obama. 'How can you go out there and tell people things that just aren't true?' he asked rhetorically. He added, 'This is a time for truths.'
"In context, Romney was referring to Obama's claim that 'we're adding jobs in the coal industry.' In reality, the nation really is adding jobs in the coal industry -- Romney was looking for an example of the president saying something that 'just isn't true,' and he pointed to an Obama quote that happened to be accurate, though he told his audience the opposite.
"It's hard not to appreciate the ironic circle -- the president said something true, Romney lied when he said the accurate claim is false, and then he complained about falsehoods in the campaign.
"But here we are. If this is, as Romney claims, a 'time for truths,' I can only hope the Republican candidate will take a few moments to consider the 30th installment of my weekly series, chronicling Mitt's mendacity. (This is the biggest list I've ever done.)"
(If I may interject a thought here, in http://www.criminalizeconservatism.com/p/war-on-america.html, I noted that a common rhetorical device used by Conservatives is "projection.")
Step 4. Project your own behavior onto your opponent's.
This subconscious psychological defense mechanism is a boon to the average Republican of below-average I.Q. as a *conscious* attack strategy.
Descriptions of your faults, negative actions and shameful feelings, can be inserted into your invective to describe your opponents as "fascist," "criminal," or "murderous." You can accuse Democrats of "destroying the Constitution," "killing babies," or "taking away our free speech," and your audience will never guess that you're describing yourself!
This is why you can call President Obama a racist or Nazi, why you can claim that Democrats are waging war against women, students, minorities, and the elderly. If you practice and become as proficient as Rush Limbaugh, you can call African American figures *racist* and be believed.
But to continue with Mr. Benen's 30th installment of Mr. Romney's lies:
1. At an impromptu event in South Carolina yesterday, Romney said on Medicare policy, "Our plan [has] no change for current seniors and those 55 and older."
That's plainly false. Romney's plan eliminates all new benefits for seniors under the Affordable Care Act, which necessarily means higher prescription drug costs for seniors, and more expensive preventive care.
2. At the same event, Romney argued, "Under the president's plan, [Medicare] goes bankrupt... Under the plan I propose, it is solvent."
That's the exact opposite of reality. Obama's policy strengthens Medicare's finances, and under Romney's plan, the system would be closer to insolvency faster.
3. In Chillicothe, Ohio, Romney said that under Obama, "We've got lower economic growth."
Actually, we got higher economic growth.
4. In the same speech, Romney said that under Obama, "We've got higher unemployment."
Actually, we got lower unemployment.
5. He went on to say the annual budget deficit has hit the $1 trillion mark under Obama for the "first time the history of our country."
Not true. The first time in the history of our country that the deficit hit $1 trillion was George W. Bush's last year in office, when the annual shortfall was $1.3 trillion.
28. Romney went on to say, "Seventy-five percent of small businesses in this country surveyed by the Chamber of Commerce said that Obamacare makes it less likely for them to hire people."
The "survey" is a joke. The Chamber, a pro-Republican lobbying institution heavily invested in helping Romney, put up an unscientific online survey. Treating this as a legitimate poll of businesses is fundamentally dishonest.
29. Romney also said, "I'm going to put work back into welfare."
Work hasn't been taken out of welfare.
30. Romney went on to say, "[Obama] said if you have a business, you didn't build that. Someone else did that."
That's not even close to what the president said.
31. At an event in St. Augustine, Florida, Romney said the president "won't want to remind people of Greece because that's where he's taking our country if we don't get off the road we're on."
That's painfully untrue.
32. In the same speech Romney said of the president, "He said he'd measure progress also by whether people were able to have a good job that kept them in their home and paid their mortgage. Well, 8.5 million homes foreclosed, a record level, is not success, Mr. President."
Putting aside how dishonest it is for Romney to blame the housing crash on the president, let's also not forget that Romney intends to deliberately avoid any efforts to curtail foreclosures.
33. Romney added, "I'm going to take every government program and apply this test: Is this program so critical it's worth borrowing money from China to pay for it? And if it's not, we'll get rid of it."
This continues to be misleading. The implication here is that U.S. debt is financed by the Chinese, but this isn't true -- China only holds about 8% of the nation's debt.
For the previous prevarications listed, go to: Vol. I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII,XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII,XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX
Lie 33, combined with the previous lies chronicled by Mr. Benen, total 533 lies!
As Fred Clark at Patheos.com notes:
"Click those links. Read the lists. List after list of lie after lie. Hundreds of them — 533, to be exact, although Benen does not make any claim to providing a comprehensive chronicle.
"This is unprecedented. 'We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,' Romney’s pollster, Neil Newhouse, said.
"This has produced what James Fallows calls the “post-truth” age — a relentlessly dishonest onslaught of brazen falsehoods with which the media and the political system are struggling to cope. What do you do when every article, every “fact-check,” every arbiter denounces a lie and corrects it, but then a politician just keeps repeating it?
"It’s remarkable to behold."
When the Conservative lies and the lying Conservative liars that tell those lies get to be accepted as political truths, it is time to analyze the major failure of our democratic system and criminalize Conservatism.
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