This is actually one of the easier things to get hold of. The divide here is between Progressives who don’t believe in objective truth, and Conservatives who do.
Donald Trump caused a bit of a ruckus during the recent GOP debate when he opined that former President Bush lied to get us into Iraq. This, of course, was a standard talking-point of the left – “Bush lied, people died”. A host of reasons were put forth for just why President Bush lied, but the absolute assertion, regardless of reason, is that he lied. A lie, of course, is this: a deliberate misstatement of fact, or a withholding of vital information about your plans. If you believe that Fred is at the store, but Fred is actually at the bar, then you making a statement that Fred is at the store isn’t a lie. If, however, you know that Fred is at the bar and you tell someone he’s at the store, then you have lied. The difference is not in the information related but in the intent on your part – are you trying to deceive someone? If you are, then you are lying. If you aren’t, then you aren’t lying even if the facts you relate are 100% incorrect. If you say you want to borrow $100 and imply that the $100 will be to feed the kids, but you blow $50 of it at the track, then you have also lied – you failed to tell your lender just what your full plans were; and revelation of a trip to the track might well have convinced your lender not to lend you the money.
As regards President Bush, there is zero evidence that he lied. You can reasonably believe that Iraq was a horrific mistake. You can believe it was the dumbest decision ever made the leader of any nation in human history – but you’ve got no evidence that Bush, when he made his case for war, was telling people something which he knew to be false at the time he said it. To believe President Bush a liar you have to completely discard everything that happened vis a vis Iraq and the United Stats from 1991 until 2003 – and also lay aside statement after statement by people other than Bush which supported Bush’s contentions prior to Bush’s invasion of Iraq. If Bush lied to get us into Iraq, then he was joined in his lie by gigantic numbers of people, some of whom had very different agendas from President Bush.
But none of that mattered to our Progressives and the fundamental reason for this is that Progressives don’t believe in truth, anyways. You can look it up yourself, if you’ve a mind to and aren’t already familiar with it. Progressives believe that truth is subjective, not objective. This is why we see Progressive Social Justice Warriors claiming, with a straight face, that if they feel they are being oppressed, then they are being oppressed, regardless of the facts of the case. The facts don’t matter – all that matters is how Progressives subjectively view the matter…and, naturally, the Progressive view is always going to be that the Progressive is right and the non-Progressive is wrong. Bush was wrong to get us into Iraq, went the Progressive view, and so it was right to condemn him for it – and if the condemnation required spreading outright falsehoods about President Bush then that was ok.
The problem with this, of course, is that if people are allowed to use falsehood to decide or influence policy, then the policies so decided will be wrong. Understand this – there is no such thing as a “white lie”. There is truth and there is lies and never the twain shall meet…and if you add even the slightest bit of falsehood into an otherwise true statement then it doesn’t become partially true; it becomes entirely false. It is like a mathematical equation, in a sense – you can have your entire equation worked out to a nicety, but if one part of it works out to 1 + 1 = 3, then everything else in the equation will be wrong. What is quite wrong with a lot of how we do things is that we have allowed Progressives to insert bits of falsehood here, there and everywhere – and we let it slide, because we don’t want to fight those particular battles.
Telling the truth can be hard – the truth is often the last thing a person wants to hear. And this goes for plenty of people on the right, as well. We only need see the people who have fallen for the Trump phenomena for poof of this…from what I can gather, in spite of zero evidence to back it up, people have allowed themselves to believe that Trump will some how Make America Great Again…and grand phrase which anyone can fill with whatever mental content they desire (Trump is an excellent advertiser). But what made America great? What steps do we take to get from current non-Great to Great status? These questions are left hanging by Trump because to answer them would call into question his slogan, and that would be disastrous for him. He’s seeking the broadest appeal possible – details would cloud that…just as they would have clouded “Hope and Change” back in 2008. But understand this, just as Obama was de-facto lying to us with Hope and Change, so Trump is very possibly lying to us about Make America Great Again – remember, lying isn’t just saying something that is untrue, it is also leaving out crucial facts from the case which, if revealed, would change people’s view of what you propose. Had Obama run on what Hope and Change actually is, he’d be a Senate back-bencher to this day…if Trump gets elected we might find that by 2019 his plans for Making America Great Again didn’t fit what we thought it would be…and his failure to tell us, now, just what he has in mind would work out to a falsehood in 2016 (and that millions were willing dupes would not in any way relieve Trump of his personal responsibility in the matter…just as the millions of dupes who fell for Hope and Change don’t excuse Obama for not coming entirely clean with us in 2008).
And telling the truth is especially hard when most of the organs of power in the United States are dedicated to obscuring the truth. Our Ruling Class; the MSM; popular culture…all dedicated to making sure that the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth is the rarest of rare birds. But, still, if we want to be Conservative then we have to tell the truth. In the end, I believe that if we do so then the catastrophic defeats we’d suffer for telling the truth will rebound to our credit. This whole system built on falsehood is falling apart – eventually it goes crash. Those who were standing on truth all along will be those the people turn to for redress.