(Courtesy of LeftToonLane.com)
This last week in the presidential campaign is reminding me of the film course I took in college, and why I hated it so much. We learned about all of these theories and ways to over-analyze films (like King Kong is really a black man). One of the theories I remember being the most annoyed with was post-modernism. There, the idea was that there is no reality per se, only one's perceptions of what is out there based on your life experiences/beliefs etc. Sort of the Matrix meets the Heisenburg Uncertainty Principle. And I am not the only one out there who thinks this.
And despite Republicans' usual dislike of doing things like taking a criminal's personal history into account at sentencing, 21st Century version of the party seems to have adopted this philosophy whole cloth.
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
--Ron Suskind, Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush, New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004.
This week Karl Rove said this about FactCheck.org's debunking of many of John McCain's newest campaign ads: "You can't trust the fact check organization in all respect," he said. "They are human beings and individuals; they have got their own biases in there."
McCain seems to have made a choice that many politicians succumb to but that he had always promised to avoid — he appears ready to do whatever it takes to win, even it if soils his reputation.You might have noticed this blog's motto, and think it is just a mantra.
“We recognize it’s not going to be 2000 again,” McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, alluding to the media’s swooning coverage of McCain’s ill-fated crusade against then-Gov. George W. Bush and the GOP establishment. “But he lost then. We’re running a campaign to win. And we’re not too concerned about what the media filter tries to say about it.”
But it's not, there is an objective truth. The truth is not such a fragile thing that people's perceptions and beliefs and saying it enough times changes it. If that were the case, then were are already on our way to an Orwellian future.
And anyone who is willing to lie about small things and big things for the sole purpose of obtaining power does not deserve and should not have, that power. Period.