Class Warfare Blog

April 23, 2014

Why All of the Lies on the Right?

When I was younger I don’t remember conservatives peddling lies all the time, but that was then and this is now. There are enough examples of political exaggeration on all sides of issues to go around. Gross exaggerations by environmentalists in the early days of the environmental movement undermined the credibility of some of them when the abuses became more visible, for example. This is not an unusual practice as getting the attention of an information addled populace is not easy. (I have always suggested that the truth is the best approach because, if for no other reason, it is easier to remember.)

But of late Conservatives (yes, the capital “C” conservatives of today) have found that lies and overt deceptions are important tools, so important that they use them willy-nilly. As just a few examples:

Climate change is a hoax. A hoax, really? On what planet can a hoax be perpetrated with the willing participation of thousands of people in dozens of different countries?

Evolution is a lie. Again, you could have fooled me. On what planet can you get thousands of the most rational human beings to believe a lie upon which their credibility and income are contingent?

The wealthy are our job creators. Yeah, if you want to work for minimum wages. The real job creators are called “customers.” Without them, there are no jobs. Customers pay the bills and salaries of those hired, not the wealthy.

Benghazi is a scandal. Really? Not the eight embassy attacks and all of the deaths that occurred during the Bush administration, but the one attack and four deaths in Libya, of all places?

The IRS is targeting conservative groups. Gosh, I hope so, in that they are lying about their tax exempt status in droves. The fact that the IRS targeted progressive groups apparently doesn’t matter and, well, the fact that that is their job. And, the GOP instigated cuts in the IRS’s budget seem to have been the cause of the IRS needing to take shortcuts due to a lack of manpower may have had something to do with it. Oh, well, any sort of lie that undermines the IRS’s integrity is good for the GOP’s paymasters.

The President isn’t a citizen. That birth certificate is a fake!

Obamacare will result in “death panels!” Oh, for Pete’s sake.

Corporations are people. Somehow the Supreme Court has gone out of its way to convert a somewhat useful business fiction (that corporations have some aspects of people, mainly that they live and die) into a political nightmare is beyond comprehension.

I could go on (and on) but I won’t. I am sure you have some of your favorite Conservative Lies you can add to the list. Their approach to creating these is a fascinating one. In general, the propaganda arm of the GOP, Fox (sic) News, throws out lies rapid fire. Those that “stick,” that is resonate with the conservative base, are the one’s embraced by Conservative Politicians. having a “lie factory” as an industrial model is somehow fitting.

It is pure speculation, but I suspect that all of these overt lies have replaced the subtle lies of the past because a diminishment of the creative and logical powers of the conservative class. Any conservative worth his salt and with half a brain has fled the field. When I was young, the GOP had a liberal wing and a moderate wing. These folks overlapped with the more conservative democrats (like the Blue Dog Dems) and common ground was created, drawing the extremes of both parties toward the center. The flight of the GOP’s liberals and conservatives took not only that common ground with them but they took more than the average number of IQ points, too. The Bubbas remaining don’t have the sophistication to engage in subtle “untruths” and are much more comfortable with flat out lies.

4 Comments »

  1. Each day it becomes more clear that the GOP and many in the Democrat party are more beholding to wealthy donors than they are the common men and women who vote for them. Politicians are more afraid of the money spent against them to disparage them in a campaign and will thus follow the will of people like the Kochs, Pete Petersen, Sheldon Adelson, et al. So when they lie they have to because this is what is expected of them. Integrity doesn’t fill campaign coffers. Greased palms and back room deals do.

    And if their guy doesn’t get elected then the 1% starts flooding money into the camp of the victor to win them over. They are neither Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative. They are the elite rich first, last and always.

    Comment by lbwoodgate — April 23, 2014 @ 10:38 am | Reply

    • I suspect that the lies are needed because their case is so weak. And they aren’t very good at small lies, so “whip out the big ones!”

      On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM, Class Warfare Blog wrote:

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — April 23, 2014 @ 10:54 am | Reply

  2. There is a method to the madness here, and its to muddy the waters.

    Comment by john zande — April 23, 2014 @ 11:56 am | Reply

  3. I think the link will eventually be revealed to be religious belief. Reduce belief, increase the willingness to deal with reality as it really is.

    Comment by tildeb — April 23, 2014 @ 1:42 pm | Reply


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