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Since when is lying considered rhetoric?

July 13, 2011

“…now you have the Republicans, who want to literally drag us all the way back to Jim Crow laws” ~ Debbie Wasserman Shultz

“Now they’re here to kill women.” ~ Representative Louise Slaughter talking about Republican Congressman

“Republicans want to shut down the government because they think there’s nothing more important than keeping women from getting cancer screenings.” ~ Harry Reid

“The Republican health care plan: don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” ~ king douche Alan Grayson

At some point in my formative years, someone once told me, “gentleman don’t accuse people of lying”.  Hmm, maybe that’s not accurate.  Perhaps it was just a general concept I learned from watching Westerns – you call a man a “liar” in the Old West and you would be staring down the end of a Colt .45 in about 2 seconds.  Apparently, in politics the same holds true.  Calling someone a liar is ungentlemanly, uncivilized, and a practice that needs to begin post-haste.

Somehow, in our mixed up concept of civility, its okay to accuse someone of wanting to “kill women”, but its the height of barbarism to accuse them of lying.  Instead, we use fantastically inaccurate euphemisms like “untruths” or “rhetoric”.  The problem is, those euphemisms have actual definitions all by themselves.

An “untruth” is typically a falsity that was made accidentally.  Typically what we consider a “gaffe” nowadays is an untruth.  John Wayne was not from whatever the hell city in Iowa Michelle Bachman said he was from, certainly a gaffe, but also not true, but definitely not a lie.

“Rhetoric” is typically hyperbole to make your position better, or to degrade your opponent’s position.  There are many tricks to be had in the rhetorical toolbox, but lying is not typically one of them.  Take Obama for example, the king of the straw-man argument.  He loves to give two equally improbable outcomes to any opposition to his policies, but nevertheless, though improbable, the outcomes in some way are possible, hence not technically lying.  It’s just show-boating for the idiots who don’t know better.

But lying, that is a different ball of opprobrium all together – when someone lies they are attempting to cover up the truth.  It is not a mistake, it is totally intentional.  It is not an untruth, which is an accidental misunderstanding of the facts, it is a purposeful mischaracterization of facts.

Here is a great example of lying from our dear leader President Obama:

“My budget freezes spending for five years, and what that does is it solves the short-term problem by saying, we’re not going to spend any more money than we’re taking in.

This was him talking about the actual budget he proposed, not the second budget speech he likes to count as a proposal, and that was shot down in the Senate in an amazing display of bi-partisanship, 97-0.  Look at my emphasised, section.  Is that an “untruth”?  “Rhetoric”?  No, it’s a freaking bald-faced lie!

Evidence to the fact can be had in the White House’s own budget tables which show a deficit EVERY year.

So the President was outright lying, yet we are treated to characterizations of his intentional mischaracterization as being “loose rhetoric” or “literally not true”.  Hey folks, there is an easy word that describes those clumsy descriptions, it’s called freaking lying!

I understand the civilized concepts of giving someone the benefit of the doubt with regards to lying, it’s not cool to accuse someone of being dishonorable, but seriously folks, we are talking politics, honor went out the window with Julius Caesar.  If peeps can accuse me by extension of my position, of wanting to “kill women” and “push granny off a cliff”, then I think we can call a spade a spade.

Since the calls for civility following the Tucson Tragedy fell on predominantly progressive deaf ears, I think the right can stand to up the uncivility a bit and start calling Obama for what he is – liar, liar pants on fire!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    July 13, 2011 5:46 pm

    Good point. It was the left calling for civility and the left who has ignored and abused it ever since.

    • July 14, 2011 5:55 am

      That is most certainly the truth.

  2. July 13, 2011 7:17 pm

    Good post, this is another example of political correctness. Political correctness has watered down “offensive” words and recatagorized them is less offensive ways. This is done to blur the truth. Remember the outrage whey Joe Wilson yelled “you lie?” It turned out that Wilson was right, but the people were more outraged at Wison then they were at Obama for the lie.

    • July 14, 2011 5:56 am

      Yeah. Politicians aren’t supposed to call other politicians liars, its not done in the august halls of the Congress. Too bad most of them are freaking horrible liars and need to be called out on it.

  3. JustFacts permalink
    July 14, 2011 7:14 am

    How can you tell when Obama is lying?????? His lips are moving!!!!

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