Monday, May 6, 2019

Postmodernism: The Path to Truthiness

“We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires.”Pope Benedict XVI

For purposes of our discussion, postmodern politics began with The Big Lie that there is no such thing as absolute truth, only your truth, my truth…whatever.

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If Alan Bloom could see us now: things have turned out much worse than he imagined. The Big Lie has become so accepted that the Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” the word of the year in 2016.

Post-truth – an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.

So Joe Biden is free to continue to tell middle America that they are hurting more now than they were when he and BO ran the country. Because that’s his truth that he wants you to accept it as your own.  And Hillary is still free, at least for now, to tell her truth that the election was stolen from her even though she was the architect behind trying to steal it from Donald Trump. Because today absolute truth doesn’t exist, certainly not for political purposes. It has been replaced by truthiness : “the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true.”

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Because Hillary feels that she was screwed that makes it her truth and she’s still taking every opportunity to whine about it. Be it in her WaPo OpEd or her blathering from the stage of the Bill and Hill Endless Tour of Former Democratic Icons, where all the seats are cheap.

I note that Bill is no piker in the truthiness business either, adding his 2 cents to the mix: “These people, they don’t believe the same set of rules apply to them that apply to everyone else.” Who says irony is dead?

But back to Hillary’s op-ed, which is much easier to read once you accept the truthiness principle:

The House has already passed sweeping reforms that would strengthen voting rights and crack down on corruption, and now is the time for Democrats to keep their foot on the gas and put pressure on the do-nothing Senate. It’s critical to remind the American people that Democrats are in the solutions business and can walk and chew gum at the same time.

It does seem, looking at the current roster of Dem 2020 presidential candidates, that the primary requirement this time around is precisely that: walking and chewing gum. They wish they had imposed that standard in 2012. Related image

We have to get this right. The Mueller report isn’t just a reckoning about our recent history; it’s also a warning about the future.

It’s not so much a reckoning about our recent history as it is about yours, Hilz. Make sure you’ve got some good lawyers lined up.

Watergate offers a better precedent. Then, as now, there was an investigation that found evidence of corruption and a coverup. It was complemented by public hearings conducted by a Senate select committee, which insisted that executive privilege could not be used to shield criminal conduct and compelled White House aides to testify.

Why is it that every time she talks about criminal conduct we find her in the middle of it?

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And my very favorite line:

This is an urgent threat. Nobody but Americans should be able to decide America’s future.

That’s what we’ve been trying to tell you for years!  But no – Hillary and company want more illegals in the country to do the work that Americans are unwilling to do: vote for Democrats. Build the damn wall! If we can no longer have concrete truth at least give us a concrete wall. 

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