Thursday, November 18, 2010

Obama's Biggest Mistake

Writer and historian Rick Perlstein nails it - Limbaugh uses one tactic, lies, which the Obama camp has failed to challenge, thinking it would be wrong to respond, to "drop to his level of uncivil discourse". But he's very wrong.

We live in a mendocracy.

As in: rule by liars.

Political scientists are going crazy crunching the numbers to uncover the skeleton key to understanding the Republican victory [in the last primary elections].

But the only number that matters is the one demonstrating that by a two-to-one margin likely voters thought their taxes had gone up, when, for almost all of them, they had actually gone down. Republican politicians, and conservative commentators, told them Barack Obama was a tax-mad lunatic. They lied. The mainstream media did not do their job and correct them. The White House was too polite—"civil," just like Obama promised—to say much. So people believed the lie. From this all else follows.


"When it becomes "uncivil" to call out liars, lying becomes free.

And dammit, the essence of Obamaism as an ideology is that it is Uncivil to Call Out Liars.

So you find him at a press conference, the day after the midterm elections, saying with all apparent sincerity that he agreed the majority of Americans participated in a "fundamental rejection of his agenda"—who, that is, implicitly believe he raised their taxes.

When he really lowered them."

More here on the needed smackdown of media/political PR liars. And more here.

A stack of media headlines reading: "President Calls Limbaugh A Liar" would be a good start. The cost of doing otherwise should be vividly obvious.

1 comment:

  1. Amen.

    Every time they lie, we need to say, "That's a lie. You just can't trust those guys."