This opening is about the fabled chickens of yore and the story is not clear to me! Did the acorn fall on Chicken Little and he told Henny Penny that the sky was falling? Or was it the other way around? Some have it that Chicken Little and Henny Penny and even an alter-ego called Chicken Licken are all the same bird. It really is hard to figure out who misinterpreted gravity and acorns as the apocalypse and who just panicked when told of such a threat. It’s much the same way amongst the Republicans, don’t you think?
Stupid liars or lying stupids? Hard to tell.
Clearly Trump and Cruz are the main stupid chickens currently clucking down south. One and the same almost. One is bigger and even stupider but, at this point in reason, logic and just plain truth-telling, it is just a race to the bottom for them both. I will wager that Trump will own that place some day. He likes owning things.
I mention this because slowly but surely, incrementally and inch by inch, the threat of Muslim fanatics killing us all by beheading seems to be gaining traction with people in the US of A. And I attribute that to the stupid liars or the lying stupids. Aided and abetted by the infotainment media.
The point of raising that whole absurdity is that it seemingly proves that lying works. Bald-faced, totally fabricated, completely false lies and un-truths are proliferating in all arenas these days and making headway in the hearts and minds of some of the people. And the audacity of the liars is unprecedented. How did this happen?
Tabloid journalism! Fox News! Not really, they just took it one step further. Lying was an entrenched working hypothesis before them. Plausible deniability comes to mind. Black Flag operations is another.
But how did such blatant AND commonplace lying in public by politicians and clowns alike gain such purchase? Is it because they are good liars? Is it because the audience was finally discovering so many lies everywhere that outrageous ones somehow gained credibility with us?
Actual quote: “Well, you see, it seems that everyone is lying all the time but at least the Donald is speaking his mind, eh? I mean, I like that. Speaking out. Telling it like it is. Ya gotta admire the guy for not being politically correct, eh?”
“I agree that he is not politically correct. But shouldn’t he at least be correct? I mean, the dickhead is just plain wrong, politically and in all ways. We can’t admire open stupidity just because he isn’t embarrassed by it!”
I am ranting, of course. Who really cares about the latest celebrity-idiot. We had Paris Hilton, Rob Ford, the Kardashians, Caitlin Jenner and now Trump. In a world where celebrity is the goal at any cost, the list will be endless. And it is.
The problem is that lying and distorting reality is NOT just entertainment. Especially NOT in politics. We can afford a Paris and a Caitlyn but we cannot afford a Trump. GWB almost put the world in the toilet. Idiots in power can do a lot of damage.
Which brings me finally to Christy Clark and Bill Bennet of our provincial government. They don’t tell the truth. They are outrageous. Bill Bennet’s statements on doing the required due diligence on site C, Peace River dam proposal were blatantly not true. He knew it. He bluffed and blustered and the media presented what they also knew was not true. It was a lie made more damaging by the acceptance of it by the media. They enabled him. Mind you, he had a good practice run at that style of propagandizing with the Mount Polley mine disaster. They did not challenge him on that, either. This guy is getting the hang of it.
And Clark flits from photo op to photo op without any commitment to what she is saying. That is an effective form of lying, too. Last election was all about her commitment to family. This latest photo op is all about her commitment to affordable housing. Before all that it was jobs. And, don’t forget, we were gonna be petro-rich with LNG. The list of empty promises she spews would be humiliating for most people but it is not for pathological liars. They don’t care. And neither does she.
Lying has always been a mainstay amongst BC politicians. Now it is mainstream. There is something so wrong with that, it feels like the sky is falling.