I have had about all I can take regarding the consistent lies by the Republicans to the American public. They seem to be running on the platform of if you say it long enough and loud enough it will be true.
Republicans play this game very well and I’m getting really tired of it. They obviously want to turn the election into a character study and ask the American people to kindly forget the last eight years and who was in charge. The Democrats need to remind the American people the last time the nation voted for “who you’d like to have a beer with…” we got George Bush. Perhaps, it’s time to vote on the issues?
I don’t understand how politicians get a pass when they lie consistently. I’m not talking about taking positions I think are patently ridiculous like the Iraq war is morally just because “we are on a mission from God” like the Blues Brothers. No, I mean saying absolute untruths such as Governor Palin selling a jet on eBay. She did no such thing. She tried to sell it on eBay, but it didn’t sell. She also backed the Bridge to Nowhere even though she consistently says she didn’t.
I am curious how long this strategy of lies can work in the age of YouTube catching all manner of lies and fabrications, The Daily Show exposing the hypocrisy and idiocy of candidates of both sides and a few news organizations calling surrogates on the carpet for their ridiculous assertions.
My feeling is the candidates have to call them out. Call them liars and give examples. I read an open letter by Steve Almond which I thought was exactly what Obama, Biden and all their surrogates on the Sunday morning talk shows need to do. Right Goddamn Now!
The open letter:
Next time someone asks what you think of Sarah Palin, please don’t just call her a “skilled politician” with a “compelling biography.” Call her a liar, too. Here’s how that would work:
Reporter: What do you think of Sarah Palin?
You: She’s a skilled politician with a compelling biography who lies a great deal.
Reporter: Wow! That’s a pretty serious charge.
You: Actually, [insert name of reporter], it’s not a charge. It’s what certain people in your profession call “a fact.”
Reporter (suspiciously): So you’re calling her “a liar”?
You: Right. As in someone who lies a lot.
Reporter (gravely): With all due respect, Senator, if you’re going to make that kind of accusation, you’d better be specific.
You: Sure. Remember when she said I’d never written a major piece of legislation? That was a lie. And when she said she opposed the Bridge to Nowhere? That was also a lie. And when she said I would raise taxes on American families? Again: a lie. And you know how she talks about opposing earmarks. Given that she hired a Jack Abramhoff-affiliated lobbyist to haul in $27 million in earmarks for her beloved small town, that’s a real whopper. So she lies a lot, about my record and her own record. Just as a reminder, though, I’m not running against Sarah Palin. I’m running against John McCain, who is also a liar.
Reporter (even more gravely): Wait a second, so now you’re saying –
You: Yes, John McCain is a liar. He routinely lies about my tax plan, which will cut taxes for 95 percent of families with children. He lies about his own tax plan, which will continue the tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires he once called “irresponsible.” He lies about his support of renewable energy. He lies about his judgment on the Iraq War, a war he himself declared over five years ago, on national TV. He lies about his vetting of Sarah Palin, which was clearly reckless and inadequate. Virtually every time he opens his mouth he lies.
Reporter (frankly aghast): These are harsh words, Senator.
You: Not really. I’m just tired of listening to the Republican nominees and their surrogates lie with impunity. And the only way these liars are going to stop telling lies is for reporters like you, [insert name of reporter], to report when they lie. I urge you to show the same concern for the truth with us Democrats. Politicians shouldn’t be rewarded for lying.
What would happen if you actually said this – even some toned down version?
1. You completely dominate the news.
2. You force the media to assess your “inflammatory” claims, which, as it turns out, are true.
3. You force McCain/Palin/surrogates to stop lying, or at least risk being held accountable.
4. You reassure those who are worried you’re not tough enough to protect the homeland.
5. You show us, your loyal supporters, that you don’t plan to pull a Kerry/Gore.
6. Maybe (just maybe) the race starts to become more about real issues, where the Republicans get slaughtered.
Oh, and next time Bill O’Reilly asks you to admit you were wrong about the surge, tell him John McCain needs to admit he was wrong about the entire war, and to stop lying about his failure to support veterans. Honestly, dude, quit making John Stewart do all the heavy lifting.
More concerned than ever,