Hiding Truth to Advance a Political Agenda
F rom three seemingly disconnected occurrences, a pattern begins to emerge - albeit a subtle one, a pattern which nonetheless begs our attention. Truth is often said to be elusive. That's more than true when it's purposefully hidden.
Take liberal cartoonist Eric Carlson's latest from Friday's Pilot Opinion page. An angry-faced white male says in the first frame, "I'm SICK of the government taking so much in taxes. That's my money and they're wasting it. I should be able to use it as I see fit and to invest it wisely." That's a common and truthful conservative complaint.
In the second frame, though, the once-angry white conservative male now giddily stands at a store checkout counter and says to the sales clerk, "Gimme $300 in Mega Millions tickets!!"
Any honest observer will recognize the fallacy in this cartoon.
We've all stood in check-out lines while lottery tickets are bought, and we wait patiently to pay for our quart of milk and newspaper, or the $4 a gallon for gasoline. And the folks buying the tickets aren't usually angry conservative males, who complain about government confiscating their money one minute, and turn around to buy lottery tickets from government in the next.
No. They're usually people who look unemployed. The ones who live on government subsidy in one form or another. A more truthful and likely cartoon might have shown a person receiving his welfare check, and then using it to buy $300 worth of tickets, instead of food for the kids.
The second issue has to do with the Trayvon Martin case. Liberals would have the general public believe it's about racism, pure and unadulterated. Never mind that no one yet knows the particulars or facts in the case. Led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the liberal media, a new movement against racism, highlighted by all manner of public vigils, has been called into action.
Against this backdrop, two black males beg Americans to slow down and look for truth. Shelby Steele, senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, and Juan Williams, political commentator, have each written recent articles in The Wall Street Journal, which discuss the true and more likely origins of youthful black death in America. They ask of readers to please look for that truth - and the extent to which racism still exists or not.
And finally, to the award-winner in obfuscation. President Obama asserts that the Supreme Court won't overturn his signature health-care legislation, because it's a law "passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." Now, that's a whopper!
The House of Representatives vote went 219-212. Of that vote, no Republican voted in favor, and all types of arm-twisting and late-night political intrigues were employed to secure Democratic votes. The Senate almost filibustered the measure, and immediately after its passage, a repeal movement was begun. The law's popularity among voters is less than 50 percent, and the issue will be a hot one in the upcoming campaign no matter what the Supreme Court decides.
These are three examples of liberals trying to hide or obscure truth. The remaining question is: Why?
Shelby Steele, in his aforementioned article, "The Exploitation of Trayvon Martin," talks about the use of "poetic truth" instead of what is really true. Like a writer's use of poetic license, he says, "poetic truth lies just a little bit in order to highlight what it believes is a larger and more important truth."
In this case, the larger truth liberals would have us believe is that America is still a racist nation. This despite the fact that there is ample statistical data that nine times more blacks are killed by blacks than they are by whites. Steele goes as far as to say, "Black teenagers today are afraid of other black teenagers, not whites."
This writer thinks there's something else at work as well. When truth isn't on one's side, pretend it is. Confuse the opponent. Put him off balance. Change the subject. Muddy the waters.
Make him second-guess himself, so while he tries to make sense out of lies, you move to the next item on your political agenda and quest for power.
Meanwhile, and it perpetuity, truth struggles, and may never to catch up.
Geoff Cutler is owner of Cutler Tree LLC in Southern Pines and is a regular contributor to The Pilot and PineStraw magazine. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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