Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 6, 2012, 11:17 a.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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That question just struck me this morning - not that either lying, repeliccans, or lying repeliccans, are new - they aren't. But the lies do seem to be more pervasive this year, more strident, if not shrouded in quite as much patriotic fervor or fear mongering as was the case during the administration of utter Bushite . . . .
And so I wondered if anyone could address the issue of why? why is this so?
What did I find?
I found a website titled Jezebel where an article by one Lindy West may be found that does a great job of examining why lying is bad - and points out that often, our repelican lies kill people. Pithy examples provided.
At the bottom of the article is this gem of a gif:
which may well be intended as a warning to lying repeliccans everywhere, that tactics of fear and intimidation will not work against this Jezebel, despite the rampant tendency of right wing zombies to engage in murder and assassination . . .
But no answer as to why . . . .
FactCheck.org on their Viral Spiral page lists a number of lies from both parties, and it is clear that in their view the most blatant examples come from repelicans.
No answer as to why . . . .
WhoWhatWhy asks the question, puts forth some of the more flagrant repelican lies, addresses each of them, but never the over all question, why.
Michael Cohen at the Guardian.co.uk does the same.
Eclectablog.com had this to say about repeliccan lies:
America’s failure to vet and disarm Republican [sic] lies isn’t just a quirk of our democracy. It may be our fatal flaw.
Lies – accepted as “spin” – let George W. Bush pass massive tax cuts on the premise they would mostly go to the middle class – they didn’t – would pay for themselves – bullshit – and would create jobs – never happened.
Lies – furthered by the media – led us into Iraq.
Lies – uncritically accepted by media – allowed huge financial bubbles to grow with almost no investigation to what consequences they might bring.
The men and women who authored these lies are completely accepted by the media as reliable sources who form the backbone of Mitt Romney’s unprecedented attempt to make a fact-free run at the presidency. Joining the Romney team is one of the architects of a strategy to sabotage a recovery of an economy that collapsed under right wing rule. Ryan voted for everything that Bush did and then engaged in a systematic ploy to oppose anything the president proposed — including a debt commission he was on (and voted against) and a debt limit deal he made (and now campaigns against).
Again and again people including Steve Benen have asked, “If the president is so bad, why do they have to lie about his record?” The answer is the president has been successful in every way the GOP has failed – despite GOP opposition. And the GOP knows their tactics are craven and their record is miserable. They lie because that’s their only choice.
The consequences of accepting GOP lies are measured in millions of jobs, thousands of lives. Our ability to point their incompetence, their hardhearted coddling of the richest at the expense of the middle, their blatant irresponsibility is the only antidote we have left.
all of which is most certainly pertinent and a dead accurate assessment and does provide some measure of understanding the crucial issue of why, for as the author points out:
- the GOP knows their tactics are craven and their record is miserable. They lie because that’s their only choice.
I found a poll, measuring the perception of respondents on the matter of repelican lies which indicated the following:
And that may be the closest to the truth that we will find. (R)epeliccans simply hate. They are haters. Rather than confront that fact, they simply dwell in the most outrageous lies that may be had, in a desperate attempt to invest you in their hate.
Be invested I say. Hate them back.