Thursday, August 23, 2018

These Aren't The Facts You're Looking For

"Truth isn't truth."
That's what "America's Mayor" and attorney for the "President" had to say this Sunday on Meet The Press. Admittedly, in the topsy-turvy world in which we currently find ourselves, it makes what has become known as sense to send up that trial balloon. We have Nazis running for office. We have Fake News and this doesn't include Fox and Friends. We have a first lady who advocates against bullying while sharing a house with the biggest bully in the country. And, as the poet once noted, Pluto's not a planet anymore
Rudy Guliani's continued insistence that truth is a relative thing, “They may have a different version of the truth than we do," falls squarely into a line of thought that affirms Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" concerning the size of the crowds at the "Presidential" Inauguration. And more often than not, it is the members of the Fake News media that are stuck trying to assemble stories from the wreckage. 
The truth is stranger than fiction. The truth will set you free. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Truth is everybody is going to hurt you: you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for. Half a truth is often a great lie. The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. And so on. I looked into this truth thing, and minds like Winston Churchill and Albert Einstein didn't manage to come up with anything approximating Rudy's assertion. The closest I found was Benito Mussolini, who said, "The truth is that men are tired of liberty." And that may be the problem. There may be so many people who have grown tired of the work we have to do to maintain our freedom that it has become easier for them to lie. Straight up. Black is white, up is down, and the truth isn't truth. 
I am sure that there are those who will insist that Mister 9/11 was just foaming at the mouth and prattling on in that way he has, but it reflects the darker purpose of all that prattling on. 
It doesn't have to be the truth. Not if there is no such thing.
Let me assure you, dear readers, there is such a thing. All we need to do is look up and around us. And maybe change the channel once in a while. 

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