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Why is the truth losing?  Why do they get away with lying?  What happened to Honor and Dignity, as dKos'in TeacherKen asks?  Same thing that happened to debate, dissent, the fourth estate, and freedom.

Flit over the hedgerow for today's rant (which started as a pin prick and grew).

They use language as a weapon.  All that "honor and dignity" crap was scripted as a winning counter to Clinton's proxy.  They do not speak the truth;  they never have.  Their use of language is not communicative or conversational.  They refuse to meet us or their other enemies on a level field of battle in the arena of ideas.  They never engage in debate or argument.  They abhor truth and transparency.

They use language to confound.  They use language to delay judgement, to defer further discussion to another day (at which point they have moved on).  They use language to obscure their intentions and blur the meaning of their actions.

This is an active, studied use of language.  This is what you get if you spend billions on propaganda research (known in Republican NewSpeech as "think tanks")  This is a nearly unstoppable verbal juggernaut.  When it comes to confronting them in a court of law, they will resort to tantrums and declarations that the court is illegal.  We have seen this done this week, both in this country (Hello, Tom) and abroad (Hello, Saddam.  Is there a reason you are not sitting?).

Simply put, the Republican/GeoDick & Co./"Religious" Right/NeoFascist cabal engage in shameless, unending Sophistry:

The essential claim of sophistry is that the actual logical validity of an argument is irrelevant; it is only the ruling of the audience which ultimately determine[s] whether a conclusion is considered "true" or not. By appealing to the prejudices and emotions of the judges, one can garner favorable treatment for one's side of the argument and cause a factually false position to be ruled true.

I applaud Derrick Jackson for throwing their words back at them, and thank TeacherKen for amplifying them here on dKos.  We need more of this.  We also need to NOT let them speak even one full sentence without immediately examining it and questioning their meaning.  Do we not torture?  Would the average Joe think of it as torture?  Why redefine torture?  Gonzales?  Who is we?  How about last year?  Why are they no longer on European soil?  The war is "worthwhile" Mr. President?  How do you define "worthwhile"?  How many human souls dead?  What steps have been taken to minimize death?  How much money?  Who collected the evidence?  Can you corroborate that?  References please.  What, again, is the connection between 9/11 and Iraq?  There was NO connection?  How did that justify spending a nation's fortune there?  Once again, what do you mean by "worthwhile"?

The WH press corps should be in open revolt.  I know horses are scarce in the Capitol -- do they not sell tomatoes or eggs in Washington?  "Scottie, you're a lying sack of shill for a lying corrupt gang of thieves who can't, won't, and don't govern.  Your presence is an insult to the press and an insult to language.  Drop your pitchfork and STFU!"

Headline:  WH Press sec'y refuses to answer simple questions, ducks "issues".

Does anyone remember the "W" keys story?  That the "rowdy, youthful" Clinton gang vandalized WH computer keyboards by pulling off the W keys before they left?  This got fairly wide play in the MSM -- it makes a good story, and fell right in with the "restore dignity" crap the Republicans were shoveling.  Except it wasn't true.  None of it.  Just another, early example of two truths:  

  1.  They lie.
  2.  They project their own degeneracy onto those they perceive as enemies.

In sum:  They lie.  They lie when they open their eyes in the morning.  They lie when they relieve themselves.  They think up more lies when they sip their coffee.  They are sophisticated liars.  They test their lies on focus groups.  They use the media as an electronic catapult to spread their lies across America.  They provide the message, and they help wind the machine.  They do this in America, and they do this abroad (as we just found out).  Lying is what they do.  It is the sum total of their work.  It is a nearly complete distillation of George Bush's character.  He and they will continue to lie tonight.  They will lie tomorrow.  They will lie in court.  They will lie in their graves.  Their very gravestones will lie.

Stop them now.  Question every noun and every verb.  Force them to speak in facts.  Accept no utterance unchallenged.

The strategy is not to "reframe the debate".  There is no debate with liars.  The strategy is to splinter the frame of lies with the moral authority of simple truths.  The war is failing.  The pretense was false.  The expense is stupid. Their governance is theft.

Originally posted to Yellow Canary on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 08:30 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip the juggernaut ... (4.00)
     ... of lies, deception, and deceit by constant questioning.  Accept no utterance unchallenged.  Tip it over with a thousand pointed questions.  Make them answer!  Make them respond!  Make them responsible.

    -5.13;-6.92 Slap George Bush awake from his wet dream, he is not the "oberster Gerichtsherr" (Most High Judge)

    by Yellow Canary on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 08:45:05 AM PST

  •  I bit (none)
    So the W keys story wasn't true? Care to fill me in?

    I hope we can effectively counter their lies by throwing their words back at them while graphically displaying the truth. I am thinking of billboards and TV ads with something like Bush's "mission accomplished" PR stunt coupled with quotes about not leaving until the mission is completed. Abu Ghraib pics with slogans about "we don't toruture" and "restoring dignity" etc.

    Cognitive dissonace can snap people out of illusions.

    •  I loaned out my copy of ... (none)
      Mark Crispin Miller's Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order, so I can't provide a direct citation.  The W keys story is covered in one of the early chapters, iirc.

      I'm not a marketer.  Perhaps your billboards will work -- I think direct, snark-free truth and holding those in power to be responsible will have a greater and more enduring effect.  Clever things tend to play to the converted (jokes are only understood by those already "in the know").  And remember -- they have honed their sophistry and wield it deftly.  Finding a falsehood is hard, yet they lie and lie and lie and lie and lie some more.  Since the American people are mostly shielded from American deaths (media blackout on all but the numbers), and manifestly don't care about Iraqi deaths, I think the money issue is the best way to counter the Republican Fascists:  what makes it "worthwhile"?  In what way was that a wise investment of my federal taxes?  But, as I said, I'm not a marketer.  In any case -- another thing they have learned is "Try everything."  So I'm all for your idea.  It shouldn't be hard to determine if it is working, and whether the money is well spent.

      Thanks for popping over.

      -5.13;-6.92 Slap George Bush awake from his wet dream, he is not the "oberster Gerichtsherr" (Most High Judge)

      by Yellow Canary on Thu Dec 08, 2005 at 10:12:50 AM PST

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