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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Stating the Obvious

Democrats like to throw the term "liar" around whether deserved or not. There is a reason for this. Ever since the emergence of the Clinton's, the people at the top of their party have displayed a conspicuous disregard, even a deep contempt for the truth. To put it bluntly -- the Clintons and their cohorts are habitual liars. Since the Clintons are incorrigible liars, and their blatant dishonesty has broadly infected the party leadership, Democrats have to somehow counteract the perception that they cannot be trusted on anything. Their solution? Lie, of course!

The great lie is to repeatedly charge your opponents with being liars, thus creating a perception of moral equivalence. Hence the ubiquitous, and unfair, assertions that "Bush Lied!!!!" The MSM helps out by mindlessly treating any inconsistency, no matter how trivial or explicable, as evidence of deep dishonesty. Witness the recent contretemps between Mitt Romney and a hypercritical reporter over the question of whether lobbyists "ran" his campaign. [here] One could not ask for a better example of unbridled and distorting cynicism on the part of the MSM.

Of course, moral equivalence is not enough, Democrats want to be able to claim moral superiority. This, however, requires maintaining a code of silence with regard to the incessant prevarications being issued by their leaders. By ignoring the beam in their own eye, and focusing relentlessly on Republican motes, Democrats have been able to create the perception in many people that they, not the Republicans, are the party of rectitude.

Until now, that is. In the current contest for the nomination the wall of silence has been broached. In some cases the insincerity and dishonesty of the Clintons has been so blatant that it could not be ignored. in other cases the Clintons themselves have inadvertently exposed the dark underside of Democrat dirty tricks, as when Bill claimed that union thugs in Las Vegas were trying to fix last week's primary. What next? Charges of ballot stuffing?

Today another crack appeared in the Democrats' wall of silence. Drudge reports that in an interview with Robin Roberts, Barak Obama stated
Bill [Clinton] has taken his advocacy on behalf of his wife to a level that I think is pretty troubling. He continues to make statements that are not supported by the facts. Whether it's about my record of opposition to the war in Iraq or our approach to organizing in Las Vegas. This has become a habit and one of the things that we're gonnna have to do is to directly confront Bill Clinton when he's making statements that are not factually accurate'
So, at last a prominent Democrat has admitted that Bill Clinton is a serial liar. Amazing! What other revelations might be in the offing?

This is a serious problem. The Clintons with their "anything to win" approach to politics have degraded our political culture and bred widespread cynicism in the public. This is not healthy. The sooner they and their merry band of prevaricators leave the national scene, the better.