As I watch the Republican National Convention I observe my favorite liberal pundits at MSNBC voicing concern over the easy to digest lies that are spilling forth from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Was it Winston Churchill who said “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”? Sure enough look at the lies being told at the convention and a bonus lie that still persists:
“You Didn’t Build That’ — Yup the easy lie designed to get the voters bowels in a knot is that Obama thinks the government is totally responsible for the success of individuals. The difficult truth: we are all interdependent. We are a cooperative society. We need each other. Government and tax payers can help.
“Obama is stealing from Medicare to fund Obamacare” — Another lie designed to scare seniors. The difficult truth: 716 billion is taken out of Medicare by way of efficiencies that will have zero impact on Medicare recipients.
“Obama dropped the work requirement from welfare” — A third lie designed in part to stoke racial resentments (welfare is always code for lazy black people). Every fact checker has debunked this lie. The difficult truth: the welfare rules were loosened to provide states with more creative ways of moving welfare recipients into the workforce.
“Death panels” — The bonus lie implying that government will ration health care and kill those deemed undeserving. The difficult truth: a panel of experts will advise health care providers on efficiencies which will result in cost savings AND better health outcomes for patients.
The Democratic party finds itself in the tough situation of having to provide somewhat complicated answers that are the truth in competition with much easier to understand lies. The irony of this predicament, so thick you could cut it with a knife, is that this is the very tactic used by the Democrats in 2008. What could be more mindless and simplistic than “hope and change”? Yet it was the perfect pabulum to feed an audience of voters whose tastes run from “Jersey Shore” to “Jackass”. Now, in 2012, the tables have been turned and the Republicans are using the same apple sauce (no chewing necessary) in the hopes of winning the votes of a nation of half-wits.
In a sick sort of way, it’s almost poetic justice that the Republicans use the same dumbed-down approach to defeat the Democrats who used that approach four years ago. Sadly when difficult to understand truths get tossed aside for simple lies, it’s the country that loses in the long run.