Monday, August 29, 2005

Truth Is Simpler Than Fiction

Yep, truth can be stranger than fiction, and it is, to the un-ideologically warped, actually much simpler than lawyers and other Parsal-tongued individuals, like politicians, pundits, political hacks, and spinners from all walks of life, would have us believe.
We will get around to posting a complete Treason-gate time line in the near future, as the news media will surely take a dive now that the new Supreme appointment heats up and the storm of leaks out of the Fitzpatrick Grand Jury subsides. Which, by the way, were not leaks by Fitzpatrick, but were rather from a reporter who had testified and was apparently not told to not comment by the prosecutor, as the White House has been.
The kind of truth I am talking about right now is not absolute truth, because that cannot really be written about, as it is beyond words.
I am talking about human truth and how ordinary citizens recognize it when they see or hear it. By ordinary people, I am talking about people who are the power people inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C., and not the, often, cynical bunch that follows them around daily, begging for crumbs, gobbling up whatever they are fed by day, and partying with the same power people at night, like courtiers, or court jesters, take your pick.
The American people are really quite accustomed to being lied to by the Parsal-tongued crowd. We know they lie. The only question we need ask ourselves is why? What are they lying about and why?  Damned sad state of affairs it is, admittedly, but that is the truth.
* Perhaps it is good if I define what I mean when I say lying When parsal-tongue is the official language of the moment, it is good to define things, as you mean them, otherwise, well-meaning people can get confused. When I say that someone has lied, I mean someone has knowingly said something he or she knows is not true or even strongly suspects is not true, without the caveat of saying so. (That would really put a halt to a lot of spinning in Washington, would it not, if that were a crime?)
We know from recent studies that people lie much more than science expected to find and that lying is ingrained at a very early age;  we, the people have known that forever. We even appreciate some lies. They save us from having to face truths we would just as soon not have to deal with, at the moment, if ever.
Most ordinary people ask themselves, is this an important lie. In other words, is this lying really going to harm someone? Is this lying designed just for the purpose of hurting someone. Is this lying for the purpose of covering up the fact that you have already hurt someone or perhaps, many people.
Stone-walling by public officials set off alarm bells in most everyone's minds. Lets take the Rove-Plame-Treason-gate thingy.
But first, I have to reveal that when Bill Clinton said, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms. Lewinski," I knew he was lying. Could I have proved that he was lying, in a court of law? No. I knew in a way that comes from knowledge gained, simply from living in this world, and quite a bit of psychology. Was I absolutely positive beyond a doubt that he was lying? No.
What was one of the issues that played into my "knowing" that he was lying; pattern of behavior. We knew when we elected Bill Clinton that he had a history of infidelity. At least most everyone I know knew it. One would have to be living in a cave not to know it. It is common sense that, when there is a pattern of behavior, especially one that may involve a compulsion of any kind, and a behavior fitting that pattern is being alleged, chances are very high that they are true. Round up the usual suspects!
Rove has a pattern of behavior as well. Rove was almost worshipful of Richard Nixon, when he was a wee lad. He has never forgiven Liberals or Democrats for "bringing Nixon down." I am not sure why he believes that. As I recall, the articles of impeachment against Nixon were fairly bi-partisan. It was clear to most Americans that Nixon was out of control and had been for quite some time. Nixon and his lies were scary as hell. Nixon seemed to believe that he and the country were inseparably important. His administration was just as important as the welfare of the nation. He was willing to go to incredible lengths to cover-up his administration's crimes and part of that included an "enemies list" and using the great powers of the agencies of our government to punish, intimidate and harm people, who openly disagreed with him, or blew the whistle on criminal misconduct and abuse of power.
While the secret bombing of Cambodia did not shock all that many in the hinterlands outside of Washington, D.C., the attempts to dig up dirt on other citizens and use it to smear and discredit them did not sit too well with the American people.
There always comes a saturation point to our ability to continue to swallow lie after lie.
I think we reached it awhile back, and the fruits of that tipping point will surely be seen in the next couple of months.


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