Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lies And The Lying Liars *Ad Infinitum*


"Richard Nixon is a no-good lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in."  Harry S Truman

"The man is a serial liar in a society that increasingly tolerates lying and cheating." Richard Reeves, about Mitt Romney.

The serial lying of Mitt Romney almost seem a function of pathological insanity at times, the lies keep flying past the voter in a mindless whirlwind of breathless prevarications, and when Democratic senior campaign aide Stephanie Cutter said on Face The Nation that "Republicans "think lying is a virtue,"  Conservatives didn't object too strenuously.  Although the average uninformed voter may discount Romney's lying as mere political rhetoric, perhaps a little more in number than that of other candidates, and those who are totally uninterested in politics may wonder if Romney isn't just a little bit like Uncle Henry - a liar purely out of the stupidity that makes some think that others can't tell what they're up to - the truth is that lying is a fundamental technique of Republican rhetoric due to their unwillingness to divulge their true aims, the subjugation of the American people. (See

In a must-read by Rick Perlstein in Mother Jones, "Inside the GOP's Fact-Free Nation, From Nixon's plumbers to James O'Keefe's video smears: How political lying became normal," Perlstein disects the Conservative disease of lying:

"The Gipper's inauguration ushered in the 'Don't Worry, Be Happy' era of political lying. But it took a deeper trend to accelerate the cultural shift away from truth-telling-as-patriotism to a full-scale epistemological implosion.

"Reagan rode into office accompanied by a generation of conservative professional janissaries convinced they were defending civilization against the forces of barbarism. And like many revolutionaries, they possessed an instrumental relationship to the truth: Lies could be necessary and proper, so long as they served the right side of history.

"This virulent strain of political utilitarianism was already well apparent by the time the Plumbers were breaking into the Democratic National Committee: 'Although I was aware they were illegal,' White House staffer Jeb Stuart Magruder told the Watergate investigating committee, 'we had become somewhat inured to using some activities that would help us in accomplishing what we thought was a legitimate cause.'

"Even conservatives who were not allied with the White House had learned to think like Watergate conspirators. To them, the takeaway from the scandal was that Nixon had been willing to bend the rules for the cause. The New Right pioneer M. Stanton Evans once told me, 'I didn't like Nixon until Watergate.'

"'We ought to see clearly that the end does justify the means," wrote evangelist C. Peter Wagner in 1981. 'If the method I am using accomplishes the goal I am aiming at, it is for that reason a good method.' Jerry Falwell once said his goal was to destroy the public schools. In 1998, confronted with the quote, he denied making it by claiming he'd had nothing to do with the book in which it appeared. The author of the book was Jerry Falwell.

"Direct-mail guru Richard Viguerie made a fortune bombarding grassroots activists with letters shrieking things like 'Babies are being harvested and sold on the black market by Planned Parenthood.' As Richard Nixon told his chief of staff on Easter Sunday, 1973, 'Remember, you're doing the right thing. That's what I used to think when I killed some innocent children in Hanoi.'

"The protective bubble of the 'civility' mandate also seems to extend to the propagandists whose absurdly doctored stories and videos continue to fool the mainstream media. From blogger Pamela Geller, originator of the 'Ground Zero mosque' falsehood, to Andrew Breitbart's video attack on Shirley Sherrod—who lost her job after her anti-discrimination speech was deceptively edited to make her sound like a racist—to James O'Keefe's fraudulent sting against National Public Radio, right-wing ideologues 'lie without consequence,' as a desperate Vincent Foster put it in his suicide note nearly two decades ago. But they only succeed because they are amplified by "balanced" outlets that frame each smear as just another he-said-she-said 'controversy.'

"And here, in the end, is the difference between the untruths told by William Randolph Hearst and Lyndon Baines Johnson, and the ones inundating us now: Today, it's not just the most powerful men who can lie and get away with it. It's just about anyone—a congressional back-bencher, an ideology-driven hack, a guy with a video camera—who can inject deception into the news cycle and the political discourse on a grand scale.

"Sure, there will always be liars in positions of influence—that's stipulated, as the lawyers say. And the media, God knows, have never been ideal watchdogs...What's new is the way the liars and their enablers now work hand in glove. That I call a mendocracy, and it is the regime that governs us now."

The reason that it's so easy to beat any Conservative follower in a direct or online debate is that every statement is a lie.  If a Conservative says that night is day, beware.  Beware and examine each statement, for obvious flaws will be apparent after a few seconds of thought.  Think of the Conservative as mentally diseased, the victim of a congenital inability to tell the truth (coupled with a certain amount of stupidity and "kiss-up, kick-down" viciousness) and every statement out of their mouths will be apparent for what they are: lies to cover up the ultimate aim of the dream of American Feudalism, lies that are parroted by Conservative sheeplets that were drummed into them by the leadership, lies stemming from the smoke of "social issues" dreamed up by that same leadership to con the American people into legitimizing the vast criminal cartel that is the American Conservative Movement.

Before it's too late - criminalize Conservatism.


"He is the nastiest little man I've ever known, he struts along sitting down."
Mrs. Clarence (Frances) Dykstra, on Thomas E. Dewey