Wednesday, February 8, 2017
There Is A Direct Line From The Permissive Relativizing Of Lies To Trumpian Fascism
For crying out loud, what is the Trump regime getting power except a massive, real life demonstration that there is a complete difference between lies and the truth, that lies often win through deception - the entire purpose of telling lies is to deceive - and that when a society has degenerated morally to the point where even the friggin' Supreme Court pretends that difference isn't consequential and that in most practical cases it is entirely possible to discern the difference the results are terrible. And that the society that buys lies will NOT BE FREE. Such stuff is obviously what they teach you at elite law schools since that's where those black-robed moral relativists come from. Is it any wonder that their relativism favors their own class, as such pretense generally does.
Even the liars can't rely on each other, as Jack Holmes pointed out, Trump's professional master liar, Kellyanne Conway, in her career of lying for which the press is just beginning to call her on, she can't be certain that her lying boss won't undercut her at any time. And that, at this point, her job is just to tell her own lies.
None of what Conway said was a defense of the president's position, because she is never really sure what the president's position is—or will be 10 minutes from now. None of his surrogates know. He might tweet tomorrow that the murder rate is the highest it's been since the Civil War. He might say there were 10 million illegal votes.
The real question is, if Conway is not speaking on behalf of the president and Trump might just as easily contradict what she says in words and action, what is the purpose of having Conway on TV? As it is, she's just sitting there spinning—or creating falsehoods of her own.
Only everyone should stop calling what they're doing "falsehoods" WHEN IT'S THE MOST POWERFUL OFFICE IN THE COUNTRY IF NOT THE WORLD, THEY SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO HIDE BEHIND THE DICTIONARY, A LIE TOLD BY A PRESIDENT AND HIS PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ASSUMED TO BE A LIE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO NOT KNOW THE FACTS. AND THEIR POWER MAKES GIVING THEM THE BENEFIT OF THE DICTIONARY DOUBT EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
Jake Tapper is doing a far better job of calling Kellyanne Conway on her transparent, run-the-clock-out method of non-stop lying than virtually all of the the electronic media has in years. It might be useful as long as her lies are pointed out for a while, after a while there isn't any reason to have the liar on except to note that she has the credibility of Baghdad Bob, Axis Annie and Lord Haw Haw. But the real focus should be her lying boss and the lying Republican-fascist party which is the primary vehicle of lying and beneficiary of lies in this Age of Lies.
I don't have any faith that the media will find its moral center without force being applied to it but until that can be done, anything to make the liars pay for their lies is good. But the lying, stream of consciousness of Kellyanne Conway was brought through the decision of the Supreme Court to privilege lies over the truth. The pose of even-handedness of judges in the contest between lies and the truth FAVORS LIES WHICH CAN TAKE ANY FORM THE LIAR CHOOSES. Telling the truth doesn't permit the freedom to distort it into a form for quick and easy sale. We can't rely on cabloid-talk-radio or even broadcast news operations to be any more responsible than the editors of the New York Times, who have printed some of the lies most congenial to getting the political results we live with now.
Posted by The Thought Criminal at 7:52 AM