The Art of Saying Nothing. The Mittster

by Bob Murl Bearden

‎The art of saying nothing. The Mittster is doing it so well that I am surprised that he hasn’t been awarded at least a couple honorary master’s degrees or maybe even a Doctorate on the subject. The one in recent memory who practiced the art, was a master of it fact, was that venerable right-wing conservative come now ‘too liberal’ for his shirt Ronald Reagan.

The Great Communicator he was called, mostly for his ability to articulate a subject, an issue or a statement so well that he could convince the old devil himself that right was wrong and wrong was right. The difference between Ronald and the Mittster is glaring. Reagan knew how to twist the truth to suit his purpose. Mitt unlike James Cagney’s famous admonition, “To step up, hit your mark and tell the truth”, does just the opposite. He stands up hits his mark and lies like crazy.

It is the order of the day among the GOPers. Mitch McConnell, John Boehner and company will swear that a lie is the truth and when called on it do a great impression of the famous Confederate General Thomas Jackson, stand there like a stonewall. Jackson, of course didn’t use words he just stood there rallying his troops. Boehner, McConnell and company stands there, hits their mark and stonewalls with a straight face swearing that a lie is as good as a mile.

It doesn’t matter that they are on tape time after time saying something that is just the opposite of what they are claiming today. Stonewall. The press corp won’t really call them out on it, once they have said it over and over, it doesn’t matter anyway. As Joseph Goebbels said, “A lie repeated over and over, becomes the truth.” It is all about perception. If you are favoring one party over the other, whatever they say becomes the truth if they say it often enough.

Fact checking doesn’t get it done either. Check the facts, put out the real truth and you will have someone step up and say it doesn’t matter that the facts have been changed or distorted. We know the way we want the truth to read so what if the facts say different, we don’t care. Those aren’t the facts we want to hear, so stick-em in your ear!

It is a crazy mixed up world, one in which millions of people vote against their own best interests simply because they can’t stand the fact that somehow we the people stood up and elected a Black Man president of the United States. They don’t want the truth! They can’t handle the truth! (to steal a line from Jack Nicholson). They want to go back to the days when some had less and when some couldn’t vote and when some had no say in who got elected to office.

It’s a crazy world in which we live. One in which the truth seldom has any place. We worship athletes that can buy and sell most of us on a tantrum whim. We make believe that made up shows that profess to be about real people are real, despite the fact that they have a script, make-up crews and rewrites to make them appear real. We care more about people whose only gift to the world is that they got famous for no reason at all and their contribution to society is simply that they are famous for being famous. They do nothing to make as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A difference in the life of another person!”

We have elected officials who hurl racial and bigoted remarks and then say that there wasn’t anything racial or bigoted about what they said. We have elected officials who believe that destroying the very government they are now a part of is okay! We have millions of our citizens agreeing with them as long as they don’t touch social security or medicare. Say what? They actually believe that social security and medicare aren’t government run programs. Ignorance carried to the nth degree!

It is scary in that we may be on the verge of electing a man president who has no clue about what everyday ordinary people do everyday of their lives and really don’t care. Who panders to the fears and prejudices of those who should know better but don’t. And he doesn’t even know what to call a pastry that everyone else calls a doughnut!” —– Bob Bearden


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