Lying: As American as Apple Pie
By "Uncle Bill" Warner
is all the fuss about George
Bush and Co. lying about the reasons he invaded Iraq? Big deal.
This is a country that teaches its children that there is a fairy
that buys teeth from children and that a fat man in a red suit stuffs
himself down 376 million sooty flues in 12 hours without benefit
of a GPS.
We are a country built on B.S. (brain subversion).
How many kids have blamed the empty cookie jar on the cat? How many
husbands have told their wives that they are a LOT better looking
than Sandra Bullock? How many doctors have told their patients that
they were doing fine despite the first signs of rigor mortis? What's
the big deal?
Do we get upset when a store marks up their merchandise,
marks it down again and calls it a "sale"? Nope, that's
business. We all know this is an attempt to circumvent our desire
to hang onto our money. Do we mind when an auto maker shows its
cars zipping along totally empty country roads or helping us get
girls? Heck no, we were brought up on traffic jams, and we all know
that the type of girls that are only interested in our cars are
not worth dating. We know its silly. Who cares if celebrity golfers
appear in ads to sell you insurance. We all know that the ability
to whap a small white sphere around a greensward doesn't make them
experts on annuities. We tolerate lies because we are smarter than
the liars, right? Well, we think we are.
I once decided to attend a meeting of the local
Liar's Club, but the guy in charge gave me the wrong address. Now
that got me mad! I missed my favorite TV program! I don't mind it
if our fearless leader insinuates that Saddam Hussein and Osama
Bin Laden were buddies. National security tolerates a bit of truth-stretching.
Who gives a hoot that Osama's
fundamentalist boy-o's have a contract out on the secular Saddam?
Not me. I can tolerate a few lies to help control the price of oil.
I am, however, going to be a bit leery in the future of statements
made by members of the Liars Club. If you can't believe THEM, who
CAN you believe?
Nobody really expects truth out of Washington. Heck,
we even applaud the creation of the OSI
(Office of Strategic Information) recently set up to spread
lies (now called "disinformation"). I think having a Department
of Lies is just as important as having a War Department. The goal
of confusing the
American People is worth it. Why do we need to know the truth
We all know that the profession of spreading lies
and hate on the radio, TV and in print is harmless... don't
they all do it? There are books and books out there disproving lie
after lie from Ronald
Limbaugh, and George Bush.
Who cares? They are all helping keep us a proud and free country.
Don't call it fraud...that's America! Get used to it!
Gandhi was all wet when he issued his famous statement,
is God, God is Truth". Anyone can easily tell that Truth
is not an end in itself. Truth has never sold feminine hygiene spray,
helped us get into a war, or gotten a bad candidate elected to (or
appointed to) public office. Manipulation of reality is a fact of
life, and anyone who thinks truth matters is probably a commie,
a history teacher, or both.
I once heard someone say, "How do you know
when the President is lying?" Answer: "His lips are moving."
Well, you can't fault him for that. Lying, as I noted earlier, is
very American. Don't we have better schools? Less crime? Less unemployment?
More money in the bank? More affordable health care? Less national
debt? More freedoms? Don't you feel safer? Don't these worthy ends
justify the means? Sometimes you just have to realize that it is
all for our own good.
I will close by saying that George Bush is the most
American of us all, bless him...and God save America!
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