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How To Lie By Telling The Truth

Here is a generic compilation of several “stories” I heard on the radio recently. The news presenter (a much more accurate term than “Anchor”) reported breathlessly, “The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the complete un-redacted special counsels report.” Cut to the committee chairman, “The American people have the right to see everything in the report.” The news presenter then adds, “Republicans opposed the release of the un-redacted report.” Cut to commercial. The political novice, committed liberal or casual listener will likely reach the conclusion that there must be something seriously damaging in the special counsels report if the republicans are opposed to letting the public see it. That of course, was the purpose of the story.

The liberal, progressive, democrat, but I repeat myself, aversion to truth is well known to anyone willing to pay attention. Lying for these folks, at the leadership and media level, has become so ingrained, so second nature, that they are often completely oblivious to the fact that they are doing it. It has become an almost unconscious, ingrained ability to spin virtually any event in support of what ever current narrative they are trying to advance. It happens so often, especially in the so called main stream media that even the victims of the lies don’t even recognize that they are being lied to anymore. When presented with irrefutable evidence that they are not being honest the typical liberal, progressive, democrat reaction is name calling. AOC anyone?

The current demand by democrats in the House of Representatives to release the special counsels report in un-redacted form is a case study in how to lie by telling the truth.

Now, let us unpack that news “story” just a bit. We should examine each of the main points individually.

First. The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the complete un-redacted special counsels report. This is completely true. What the media knows but will not tell you is that this is nothing more than a combination fishing expedition and political stunt. Democrats and their media flunkies all know full well that the report contains, among other things, grand jury testimony. They also know that it is illegal to release that testimony without a court order to do so. Even then, judges are typically reluctant to release grand jury testimony because it is nearly all allegation and speculation instead of hard facts. How do you think the ham sandwich got itself indicted?

Second. The American people have the right to see everything in the report. This is a moral high ground misdirection. How great are you when standing up for the “rights” of the people? The American people have a right to see some of the report. The American people have a right to know what conclusions were reached by the special counsel and what, if any, recommendations were made. We do not have the right to speculative and often unverifiable grand jury testimony or knowledge of secret intelligence sources or methods until such time as an actual trial is convened.

Third. Republicans opposed the release of the un-redacted report. This is the technically true portion. What is deliberately left unsaid is that Republicans are, in this instance, following the law as it is written. Again, this is added to create the impression that republicans have some dreadful things to hide. While I personally find many republicans to be dreadful, in this case they are following a sound legal principle. In order for grand juries to function effectively the witnesses brought before them must believe that their testimony will remain protected until such time as a trial is convened.

So, what have we learned in this brief civics. political science lesson?

Mainly, that is entirely possible to lie by telling the truth.

Hopefully, we have learned that often times context is an integral component of truth.

Possibly, that the truth is often a little deeper than we originally thought.

Finally, that the “truth” is out there and, because it will seldom be given to us in its fullness, it is up to us to find it. All the news presenter can do is shine a flashlight in the fog of information. It is up to you to learn the actual facts, reasoning’s and motivations of every one and everything in the “story.”

I can’t promise you that it will be easy or financially rewarding but there is a certain comfort in understanding. In my case that is it’s own reward.

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Drowning in Syrup

It goes without saying that anyone who was a POW has a certain amount of hero in them. Once upon a time, John McCain was a hero. In trading his heroic time as a POW for political expediency nothing that followed would, or could, be heroic.

Now that the media/DNC has had their McCain orgasm, can we get back to reality?

As I have written in earlier articles, I have little appreciation for the so called “Maverick” of the Senate. For starters, he never met an illegal alien that he didn’t think was entitled to everything you had in your wallet. His wallet of course, was off limits.

As a person, of course I grieve for his and his families suffering. Being married to my wonderful wife only a couple of years less than McCain and his wife I think I can approximate how his wife is feeling about now. She and her family have my deepest sympathies. I will pray for all of them.

Even so, McCain chose to make himself a political figure and thus, while many cannot, I can separate the person from the opportunist, narcissistic political hack that was John McCain, the Senator. Think I am incorrectly describing him? You simply need to read news reports about him during his presidential run or any time he sided with his party or parties president. I mean, they even swore he was not an American citizen.

Isn’t it curious how all the members of the so called media and their democrat accomplices poured (or vomited, depending on your perspective) their “love” and “respect” for John McCain all over us? How they marveled at his “decency”, “honor” and “courage”. They positively gushed over the fact that he was always willing to “cross the aisle” to work with democrats, even though the democrats never returned the favor. For days on end it was one glowing love fest after another. All from the very same people that hated him for nearly his entire career and made no efforts to hide that fact. Apparently the leader of the senate republican surrender caucus will be much missed, by his political opponents and his fellow swamp dwelling republican co-conspiritors.

I didn’t watch any coverage after the first day so I may have missed it but, where were all his fellow POW’s? Seems to me if he was such a beloved leader during that time they would have been beating down the doors to extol his virtues. Like I said, I might have missed that.

Then there was the much ballyhooed “conflict” between McCain and President Trump, who allowed the McCain family the use of Air Force 2 even though he didn’t have to, was never far from every “deeply saddened” journalists report. The incident was intended by the media to be a blunt instrument with which to attack the president. I’m sure, from the warm place I suspect he now occupies, McCain beamed with appreciation at the medias efforts to burnish his “maverick”, “bipartisan” and “straight talking” credentials. Honestly though, he was never much of any of those things.

As a fellow sailor allow me to help you out. Johnny boy, you picked a fight with someone who punched back hard and you lost. I suspect that being Admiral Daddys boy meant you never learned the lesson everyone else by middle school learned in that scenario, namely, get over it. Like the self absorbed narcissist he was he simply couldn’t let go of the “insult” from Trump. Instead of trying match his reputation and “reach across the divide” between him and the president, little Johnny had to go all self righteous and indignant. If you think about that response, it actually reveals more about McCain than it does Trump. While I’m certain that response made his media hack buddies extremely happy it was at best counter productive. It is further proof of how much he valued media approval over implementing a conservative agenda.

Now that the funeral is over I suspect the gushing wave of sickly sweet syrupy devotion to a media manufactured image will begin dissipating.

It’s about time. I’m drowning in the syrup.

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