President Obama is an exceptionally gifted prevaricator. He’s not the only one, of course. He has many, many fellow prevaricators on both sides of the isle and in both houses of congress.
They can’t help it. We make them do it.
Remember the song “The Snake?” A tender-hearted woman sees a near frozen snake. She takes him in a cares for him, and it revives. But as she holds it tenderly, it gives her a vicious bite.
I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in!”
Point being, we know they are going to bite us. It’s in their DNA! And in so doing, we become their enablers!
Similarly, politicians seen to have prevarication in their DNA. Some of them are not very good at it. They’re the ones who just give it to us straight. Unfortunately, they’re also the ones who tend not to get elected much.
Maybe that’s what Jack Nicholson’s character in “A Few Good Men” meant when he said
YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!
It seems to me he was right. We can’t handle the truth. How else would you get your brain wrapped around the fact that we let them get away with it on such a regular basis. We brush it off, saying ‘Oh, that’s just politics.’
But where is it written that we should reward such high-stakes deception? When the President says
“The American people are sold,”
“The American people are sold, I just want to repeat that. You have 80% of the American people who support a balanced approach. 80% of the American people support an approach that includes revenues and includes cuts. So the notion that somehow the American people aren’t sold is not the problem. The problem is members of Congress are dug in ideologically.”
Mr President, where did you get that 80% number? Point us to the source. Give us the actual facts, and forget about the ‘splainin’.
As a matter of fact, sir, please tell us why is is that you think you can look us in the eye and just lie through your teeth? Have you no shame, sir?
But we don’t do that. We let him get away with it. We let them all get away with it. It’s really more of an indictment of us, than of them. We know they’re snakes. Yet we take them in, and we want them to return the favor.