Lying. Blatant, bald-faced lies. From Clinton, Trump, Trudeau and, it seems, just about EVERY politician. What the hell is wrong with them? With us?
That may not be entirely fair. We seem to have lies spilling out of every political mouth, all the time, but there must be a few politicians out there who not only tell the truth, they do not obfuscate, they hide nothing, admit openly their mistakes and work hard to do the common good. There must be. Mustn’t there……?
Our local guy is one, so I know there is one. ONE. At least he has been that way to everyone out here in the boondocks for as long as we have been here and, further, he champions us without even being asked. If there is ‘something’ he can do for the outer islanders, Jim does it. And he tells us the truth. He tells it like it is. And he has political smarts.
But, of course, he is an independent and I am guessing he is not affiliated for the obvious reason: you cannot represent the people if you have already sworn to represent the party. So, he represents no party, just the people. Simple. Rare. Valued.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT.
But here’s the odd part…..we EXPECT them to lie to a large extent. To quite a LARGE extent, really. We expect it. We count on it. We THINK that obfuscation, fake smiles, jabber-for-the-sake-of-filling-air and spin is simply part of the job. We think lying is IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION!
Admit it! You are listening to a politician fill the media time by employing cliches, jargon, non-speak, spin, lies, answer-avoidance and, of course, blaming others. They are on air for ten seconds. You get all of the above and yet are left without an answer to the reporters question. Virtually every time. Do you yell at the radio/TV? Do you write a letter? Do you even tell your friends about the latest politician-crap you just suffered through?
No. No, you don’t. That BS is SO NORMAL it just washes over you. You barely even hear it most of the time.
We all experience a bit of shock each time a blatantly outrageous and obvious lie is told and then revealed to be a lie. But then the subsequent days of cover-up, dodging, re-phrasing and baffle gab lulls us back in to the feeling of ‘same ol’, same ol’ but the initial expose’ usually shocks us a bit. Some of us. Well, me. It still shocks me when a politician brazenly, without a bit of shame is caught in a lie. Most are totally shameless. Some are so deep in their own lies they wouldn’t know the truth if it hit ’em in the face. Trudeau lies to us all the time. Still does. And yet he also still poses for selfies. I honestly do not think he knows the meaning of shame or the percentage of lies he speaks.
If I was ever caught out in that kind of blatant lying, I would resign, move to another country, change my name and hide. They don’t. They just ‘carry on’. Being caught in minor evasive spin and obfuscation is not enough for me to move, tho – just sayin’.
Don’t get me wrong. I lie. Alla time, actually. Half my humour is spewing crap. Love making stuff up – especially for kids. “Why not stay for dinner, Jimmy? We’re having dog poop and noodles.” But some of my lies have also been self-serving. I admit that. Especially when I was younger. All is fair in love and war. One of the joys of getting really old is that you no longer CARE what people think and so you just speak your mind. I have no guarantees on it being completely and factually true but it will be MY truth, delivered plain and simple. Often loudly, too. And repeated a few times to make the point.
I can be obnoxious, it turns out.
I rarely fell to blatant, outright, save-my-butt lies but obfuscation, answer avoidance, topic-changing and spin are an art and I dabbled. Most men have. It is a condition related to testosterone, I think. Some of my best work….
Anyway, tiny apology for the rant but Trump’s denial of ever saying that Mexico will pay for his wall is just over-the-top. Proof of madness. He said, “…they will write us a big one-time cheque”.
And the new rationale is just as over-the-top. He now says that the NAFTA 2 deal will pay for it and that great deal is how they will do it. He does not seem to ‘get’ that the ‘great’ deal includes Canada so I guess he can also say, “And Canada will help pay for that wall! We expect a big one-time cheque from them, too!” Or, perhaps, he doesn’t get that general revenue is NOT derived from one single, order-specific bill sent to Mexico? Who knows? The guy’s a nut way too long tolerated.
“Geez, Dave…???? Why Trump? Why now? Why?”
I am glad you asked. You see, I have anti-Trump (Trudeau) bile rising in me all the time but I KNOW that is not writing that needs publishing. There are a gazillion Trump (Trudeau) haters and they are all getting pretty good at spewing insults and recriminations at these idiots. I am not new. Worse, Trump and drama queens believe that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Name recognition is their goal. Celebrity is the game. They WANT to be a household name and they don’t care how they get there. Think Paris Hilton. THEY WANT me to write!
So, I keep it to a minimum because I am only adding to their search engine presence.
But a guy can only carry so much bile and poison around inside without having to spew it out at some point.