It’s The Lies, Stupid

A quote from Theodore Dalrymple via Mark Steyn via Ace of Spades:

In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control…

At the end of the day, it isn’t my business if someone wants to believe or speak lies. I am not the world’s truth enforcer. Lies, for the most part, are pretty easily discerned once a person takes a little time to think about them. If someone is so intellectually lazy that they won’t take the time to figure out if something is true or false, it isn’t up to me to do anything specific about it. My duty starts and ends with merely trying to tell the truth as best I can determine. The problem comes in with what Dalrymple is talking about: the social enforcement of lies. Anyone trying to compel me – or anyone else – to lie is very much my business.

Our people on the left, of course, live on lies – their who worldview is based upon a set of falsehoods and only via falsehoods can they advance their cause. The problem we all have is that our leftists don’t just leave it at that – they insist we all join in their lies and affirm them positively in the public square. If I won’t say that affirmative action is continually needed in the United States to correct the inherently racist nature of American society, then I am a racist – I’m evil and have to be shut up and shut out of the debate. I can only enter the debate if I subscribe in advance to a falsehood – that America is an inherently racist society. It is a long list of lies that the left insists upon, as well: everything from “only white people can be racists” to “there’s a wage gap between men and women due to sexism” and a thousand things in between must be agreed to, or I’m out. If you ever wonder why our leftists are so strident against us it is because of this refusal to join in their lies…our refusal marks us out, in their minds, as evil…and you don’t sit down and chat with evil, now do you? Additionally, of course, if the lies are exposed for what they are, then the left as a political force is finished for good.

If you wonder why we, as a nation and a civilization, are such a mess, look no further than this: the long series of lies which we’ve had to bend ourselves to. Now, to be sure, most of us don’t completely bend to them…but, then again, most of us don’t hold commanding positions in the economy or government. Those who do hold such commanding positions, even if they are not specifically of the left, have bent to them. When is the last time you heard a corporate boss or a senior political leader demand the end of affirmative action? In debate, ever heard a conservative leader just flat-out call the “wage gap” the lie that it is? Might be a few, here and there, but most don’t – because to do so would be too dangerous. A corporate boss who dissents from liberal lies is likely to lose his job; a political leader who dissents from them has probably closed off most routes of advancement. You and me don’t bend to them to the point of actually repeating them – but we do bend in the sense that when we hear a lie, we don’t necessarily say it is a lie…especially right to the face of someone stating the lie.

As long as lies are subscribed to, we’ll never really fix what is wrong. Any attempt to fix a problem under the current regime of lies is like trying to work out a lengthy mathematical equation which starts out “two plus two equals three”. No matter how much you twist and turn, you’ll never get a correct answer. Lies and truth can’t go together. The slightest little hint of lie makes the whole thing false – there are no “white lies” or “half truths”. Something is completely true, or completely false. When you see someone discussing an issue with someone who clearly is full of it, you might hear them say something along the lines of, “there’s an element of truth in what you’re saying, but…”…this is just a desperate attempt by someone to retain a rational line of thinking without going through the trouble to just point out the other guy is either a nincompoop who believes transparent lies, or a bald-faced liar through and through. It is very difficult for a truth-teller to get the upper hand because this entails either exposing someone as a bad actor (a liar) or a fool (someone who believes lying twaddle)…most people don’t like to be in the position of exposing someone like that. It feels mean; rude – almost unfair. This is especially true in our modern world which has been conditioned to believe that being rude is worse than being false.

And while it is getting almost impossible to fix things, it is getting easier and easier for those who foster lies to gain control, as was noted in the quote above. Once any of us gives in and allows a lie to slide, we are complicit in it to a certain extent – and exposed to danger, ourselves, if the lie is exposed. After all, why didn’t we speak up if we knew it was a lie all along? Lie gets piled on lie and after a while it becomes harder and harder to even know the truth. A good example of how a series of lies gets woven into society is the Kennedy assassination. Here we have a very cut and dried case – every last bit of evidence firmly demonstrates that Oswald, a communist screwball acting alone, killed Kennedy and yet probably 7-8 in 10 Americans believes that there was some sort of hidden conspiracy involved. People started lying about the killing almost from the moment in happened – naturally, our liberals were the trail-blazers here with their absurd theory that conservative hatred set the stage for the act. Since the day of Kennedy’s death, an increasingly bizarre series of fabrications have been developed about the crime until, now, even people who are hard-headed realists who insist upon following the evidence very often say, “well, I don’t know what happened, but a lot of strange questions have come up about it; maybe there’s something to them?”. There’s nothing to them. At all. They are on the level of people who think the Twin Towers were imploded – but you just watch: if we don’t get a handle on the lies, then by 2051 70% of the American people will believe there was some sort of conspiracy by someone other than the terrorists behind the attack. You’ll get more grief – and shocked surprise – by telling the truth (Kennedy was killed by a lone nut) than by lying (there are some serious, unanswered questions about the act). People are now invested in the lie – and not just those making hay by marketing lies…once someone asserts, based upon false information, that there was something screwy going on, he develops a vested interest in keeping the lie going even if later evidence demonstrates the falsity of his earlier position. After all, it is hard to admit that one was taken in – better, in spite of all evidence, to just brazen it out on the lie: this can preserve one’s very precious social standing (not for nothing do the greatest saints pray to be despised by their fellow men…they know that this is the only route to real safety, and the only way they can keep up the courage to really tell the truth all the time; most people would almost rather die than have people think them fools).

The social pressure to conform is enormous. We don’t want ever to be the odd man out. This makes it is easier to tell a lie than to tell the truth. Truth requires courage. Truth requires verifiable facts to back it up. Truth is, well, work. It is easier to go along with a lie than to oppose it – if you go along, you’re one of the cool people and no one attacks you; the liar might even throw you a bone from time to time. Oppose the lie and the liar – desperate to keep control – will come after you in fury. People who want to tell the truth get beaten down – and usually socially destroyed. This can be done to almost anyone because almost everyone has skeletons in their closet and a liar is not at all opposed to raking up such things and presenting them to the public so that the truth-teller will look like the bad guy…and, of course, someone who lies about one thing is not going to be deterred from lying about others…if there are no skeletons in the closet, or if they are small and easily explained, then exaggeration and outright falsehood will supply the necessary expansion of the skeleton. Once a person has been through the grinding mill of such lies, his truth may not be believed…or even if it is, it won’t be as effective because the source is now tainted. And for each truth teller ground up, ten others will refuse to speak up, at all, for fear of running afoul of the guardians of the lies.

We’re in quite a pickle right now – so many lies have gained so much ground (and cowed or co-opted so many people) that it is a question whether or not truth will prevail ever again in our nation. I don’t believe we’ll have a nation built on lies, of course. A nation which completely disconnects itself from truth will simply destroy itself. If all decisions must be made upon false data, then only wrong decisions will be made – and a long enough series of wrong decisions and a nation is dead. Once dead – and people now made wiser by complete social collapse – a new nation could arise which at least makes a stab at getting to the truth. We may still have enough truth in our nation to emerge from the morass of lies – but it’ll only happen if those who know the truth boldly speak it…and just as boldly call the liars what they are: liars. Fundamentally, we’ll know for certain if we’re still ok if people do boldly tell the truth and they are sustained by the truth-believers. In other words, suppose we get someone with guts who tells the harsh truth and the liars then set out to destroy him or her – well, don’t let that happen. Be demonstrative in supporting the slandered person.

I’m hoping that truth wins out – well, to be accurate, I know that truth will win out…I just want it to win out before this nation I love is destroyed. On the positive side, Obama and the Democrats have been so miserably dishonest that people are starting to get disgusted…we might have a shot next year of finding someone who likes to tell the truth and be able to combine him or her with an electorate which wants to hear same.

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4 thoughts on “It’s The Lies, Stupid

  1. Retired Spook February 25, 2015 / 10:04 am

    Excellent piece, Mark, but you kind of walk into your own trap when you maintain that the absolute truth is that Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK. First, let me say I have nothing invested in who killed Kennedy — NOTHING! But no matter what evidence you’ve read, you can’t possibly know the truth and nothing but the truth. How do you know what evidence you’ve read is true and what isn’t? Your whole piece is predicated on how often people lie, but suddenly all that’s been written to support the theory that Oswald acted alone is now true and everything that contradicts it is not? I don’t think so. I’ve read pretty much everything there is to read on the JFK assassination, including Oswald’s service record, and I finally came to the conclusion that we’ll probably never know the whole truth, at least not in our lifetime. When one realizes that Oswald’s pronounced lack of skill with a much better rifle (M-1) during his Marine Corps. service 7 years earlier, coupled with the inability of anyone to duplicate the shots he supposedly made with the rifle he supposed used in the condition it was in at the time of the assassination, the entire case for Oswald being the lone shooter is put into serious question.

    Like I said, I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but to use the Kennedy assassination to illustrate how a “series of lies is woven into society? is humorously ironic. It kind of reminds me of one of my favorite Einstein quotes:

    “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”

    • M. Noonan February 25, 2015 / 12:57 pm

      I know I’m in a small minority on this – but if Joe Smith’s gun was found at the murder scene with Joe Smith’s prints on it and Joe Smith was witnessed both in the place where the gun was fired and then seen leaving the murder scene right after the crime, Joe would be heading to prison for life…and that, at bottom, is the evidence against Joe Smith – and Lee Harvey Oswald. I’ve also seen all the theories over the years…and each one has been debunked…from the “magic bullet” to the “grassy knoll” and everything in between. But, there it is – almost everyone believes otherwise.

      • Amazona February 26, 2015 / 12:12 pm

        We have gone over this before but today, like Spook, I am not interested in rehashing the assassination but in pointing out how lies can become so embedded that they become accepted.

        I will bet I have spent far more time and energy looking at the various assassination theories than you. I have at least 15 books on the subject, enough to devote a whole shelf to them when I finish installing shelves in what will be my political library.

        There is a huge body of information and evidence, and some actual proof, that has to be ignored or simply dismissed to accept the Warren Commission’s report, and it has since been examined very closely, compared to evidence it ignored or dismissed, and found to be so severely defective that it is no longer considered of much value. Its main value now seems to lie in what the Commission refused to examine, as it was necessary at the time to simply ignore or dismiss anything that did not fit into the tidy narrative needed at the time. Yet the narrative still convinces many, who simply refuse to look behind or beyond the simple answers it claims to provide.

        There is a pattern of people simply choosing what they WANT to believe instead of being willing to examine facts and evidence. The choice to believe that Oswald was (1) a nut, and (2) acted alone to kill Kennedy requires a whole series of accepted “facts”—-that he was an excellent marksman, that his fingerprints were found on the gun, that the officers first on the scene in the Book Depository were mistaken, in spite of the fact that one of them had operated a sporting goods store, when they both identified the rifle found in the room as a 7.65 Mauser bolt action equipped with a 4/18 scope, a thick leather brownish-black sling on it” when in fact the official story is that it was a 6.5 mm Mannlicher-Carcano with a poorly installed scope, that he had some animosity toward Kennedy, and so on. It is the kind of decision to believe something even when the evidence contradicts it that is also the basis of the belief in AGW, that Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”, and other modern myths.

        Ever heard of Carlos Hathcock? If not, look him up. He was asked to duplicate the alleged shots from the sixth floor of the Book Depository. He said: “Let me tell you what we did at Quantico. We reconstructed the whole thing; the angle, the range, the moving target, the time limit, the obstacles, everything. I don’t know how many times we tried it, but we couldn’t duplicate what the Warren Commission said Oswald did”. In another statement Hathcock said: “Now if I can’t do it, how in the world could a guy who was a non-qual on the rifle range and later only qualified ‘marksman’ do it?” Lt. Craig Roberts was a Viet Nam sniper and SWAT sharpshooter who said, after standing at the window in the Book Depository, “I walked away from the window in disgust. I had seen all I needed to know that Oswald could not have been the lone shooter.” He eventually wrote a book called “Kill Zone: A Sniper Looks at Dealey Plaza”.

        Both Dave Powers and Kenny O’Donnell have since said they gave false testimony to the Warren Commission regarding what they saw and heard, Powers asserting that he was pressured by the Warren Commission to change his story and O’Donnell telling Tip O’Neil “…I testified the way they (the FBI) wanted me to”.

        The entire story concocted to “explain” Oswald ignores the fact that he had once had a top security clearance, had worked on the U-2 spy plane project, that he went from being unintelligible in Russian to fluent in six months, that the name Hidell that he used was a “floating alias” used for different undercover agents for the CIA, that his Russian wife was a niece of a colonel in the Russian Secret Police who, as a teenager, just happened to be able to meet two “defectors” to the USSR and quickly marry one of them and who was assumed by the CIA to be KGB, and that several top intelligence people in the US said he was an agent for the government, with some saying his assignment had been to stop the assassination.

        It had to ignore the fact that no GSW was found on Oswald’s cheek after the shooting. His fingerprints were not found anywhere on the rifle by the FBI. (“After a highly questionable chain of evidence and a very mysterious FBI visit to the funeral home where Oswald’s body was in the process of being embalmed for burial, a partial palm print of Oswald’s was supposedly later identified on the same weapon that had been examined in great detail.”)

        In other words, trying to use a belief that Oswald was a “communist screwball, acting alone” to kill the President to discredit those who find this belief ludicrous as an example of how “lies” (such as the conflicting facts surrounding the assassination) are woven throughout the fabric of American consciousness actually has the opposite effect of what I think you were trying to say. In fact, the blind belief in the easily and often disproved lies of the Warren Commission puts the believer in the same category as those who accept the lies about AGW, Brown and Trayvon Martin. Remember, “the slightest little hint of a lie makes the whole thing false” so one has to be very careful to avoid citing something as riddled with lies as the Warren Commission and the whole theory it supports.

      • M. Noonan February 27, 2015 / 1:00 am

        I’ll only point out that if the “lone nut” theory is the lie, then it hasn’t worked – I’m one of the very few who have fallen for it, as it were; as I noted, upwards of 80% of the American people think there was something other than the official story involved. I’ll also note this:

        3 shots. All from 6th floor of TX Schoolbk Depository. 1 gun. 1 shooter named LHO. I was there. Case closed.

        That is from Clint Hill – if you recall the film, he’s the guy who jumped on the trunk of the limo and pushed Jackie back into the car.

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