Monday, September 22, 2008

Digg, you're doing great, but don't kid yourself: Lying is an American pastime

I'm a Digger. And day after day I'm proud to watch exposition after exposition revealing how Palin misrepresents her record on the Bridge to Nowhere, how McCain owns Foreign-made automobiles, or how the Republican Campaign is consistently de-Americanizing Obama with fabrications of his support of Kindergarten sexual education or increased taxes for the middle-class.

And reading today, I thought of the one young Digger out there who might get swept up in this rally cry for truth, and may think that this aggressive demonstration of truth will plant a three-inch heel directly into the heart of the Republican fan base. "How couldn't it", this person would think. McCain and Palin are clearly proven liars.

I want to say to this young gumshoe, don't kid yourself. There's a strange preconception in the young that 'revealing the indisputable truth' commands a rethinking of the former believers' thinking.

The problem is, that when the believer's way of being, by nature, involves lying, the content of the message takes a backseat to the more important element, the medium.

In short, the believer knows that any sentiment or fact can be stretched and spun. Numbers, facts and figures are all skews, and since that is as far as the liar has ever taken interest, the more important element of power and confidence becomes the medium. The person, the appearance, the context. And once that connection has been made, for whatever arbitrary message besides the content, it is unshakable unless by a force of incentive so strong as to clearly change their worldview.

Exposing McCain's lies aren't enough, because the position he's in and the lies he spouts are in fact amplifying the resonance with his GOP base. He lies the same way they do, and that makes him ideal and understanding of the way of life.

What lies do the extremists of his base perpetrate in? Pretending to believe in equality, compassion for others and the constitution. Pretending and acting as if the days are simply passing when deep in their hearts believing we are in the 'endtimes', where the Antichrist will soon reveal himself.

When Palin says to Charlie Gibson that her speech about Iraq being "God's War" was a quote of Abraham Lincoln, her listeners don't shudder when they hear it's a lie. They are proud of her long term strategy of hiding her true religion until she has the power to spread it.

So when we on Digg expose these lies, and join together to comment and rejoice about how they're losing momentum or how they've "lost a lot of credibility", I hope the young ones don't let this get to their head.

Half of this country still prefers the liar. And I'd wager 10-20% despite knowing fully well that's what he is.