In advertising, in business and in our courts, people who lie can be fined or go to jail. But not in the media or in politics. A person campaigning for and winning office can wrongly accuse his/her opponent, can misrepresent the facts, and can make vote-getting promises that go unfulfilled….and suffer no legal repercussions. These people whom we select to make our laws and regulate our lives, are often dishonest….and we blithely and continually accept it. Astonishing!
I want so much to let loose with a string of four-letter words on this topic….but to maintain some propriety in this rant, let me say that….I have nothing but contempt, scorn, disdain, disrespect and despisement for people of power and influence who lie. These repugnant, loathsome, disgusting, diabolical people with their arrogant, reckless, intentional, manipulative lying are a scourge on the smooth, proper and honest operation of our government, media, business and overall lives. Am I getting my point across?!
I am talking about the Richard Nixons, Ken Lays, Pat Buchanans, Sean Hannitys, Karl “We create our own reality.” Roves, Rush Limbaughs, Bernie Madoffs, Laura Ingrahams, Pat Robertsons, Mary Matalins, Dick Cheneys, Glenn Becks, Ari Fleishers, Mitch McConnells, Roger Ailles, Don Rumsfelds, Frank Lutzes, Newt Gingrichs, Michael Savages and George Bushes of this world.
I am sickened by the obstruction and outright lying of so many of our “leaders.” And they do it for self-aggrandizement….be it money, ratings, power or fame. Outrageous!
I am also sickened that we let them get away with it….year after year. And I’m not alone. So many of us are disheartened that only half of us vote when we can. And a very small percentage of us spend five minutes to let our political, media and business officials know what we think of their statements. So the liars just keep on lying!
I implore you to respond….to take some action. Please go to your phone book or go online. Send a short email, letter or phone call to the offending politician, media person or business leader. Tell them what you think about what they said, ask them to prove it, and tell them what you will do if they won’t or can’t. Remember, we get the government we deserve!
No person is exempt from saying silly things.
The mischief is to say them deliberately.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne
Ambition has driven many people to become false.
To have one thought locked in the breast and another ready on the tongue.
Those who never retract their opinions
love themselves more than they love the truth.
We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know
because they have never deceived us.
What upsets me is not that you have lied to me, but that from now on
….I can no longer believe you.
I cannot accept the idea that every issue has two equally reasonable sides to it.
When one side is lying and the other is telling the truth,
it does the truth a disservice
to present both positions as equally valid.
Edward R. Murrow
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation
….the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. However, I’ve come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
A government which robs Peter to pay Paul
….can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw
We jail the petty thieves
….and appoint the great ones to public office.
Few people have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Never have so few taken so much from so many for so long.
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere,
diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.
Politicians and diapers need to be changed regularly.
Often for the same reason.
Under Republicans….Man exploits Man.
Under Democrats....it’s just the opposite.
Any fool can make a rule….and any fool will follow it.
Henry David Thoreau
From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. You just want to grab politicians by the scruff of their necks and drag them a quarter of a million miles out and say….“Look at THAT, you son of a bitch.”
Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.
Every government would rather be let alone. And every government that is let alone long enough begins to do bad things….because people who are watched do different things than people who are not watched.
What we need is sustained outrage. There’s far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
The early warning signs of Fascism:
Powerful and continuing nationalism
Disdain for human rights
Identification of scapegoats as a unifying cause
Supremacy of the military
Controlled mass media
Obsession with national security
Intertwining of government and religion
Corporate power is protected
Labor power is suppressed
Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
Obsession with crime and punishment
Rampant cronyism and corruption
Money talks….but does it tell the truth?
Behind almost every great fortune….there is a crime.
Honore de Balzac
I learned too late that you need just as good a brain to make a crooked million as an honest million. These days you apply for a license to steal from the public. If I had my time again, I’d make sure I got that license first. I’d do it legal.
As through this life you wander, you’ll meet a lot of greedy men.
Some will rob you with a six-gun, some with a fountain pen.
Private enterprise is ceasing to be free enterprise. Private enterprise indeed, has become too private. It became privileged enterprise, not free enterprise.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The caveman who sat around the fire and picked up the stick and hit the other guys on the head became the leader….and things haven’t really changed. The really great bosses are quite often not really great human beings.
I wanted all the executives of IBM to feel the urgency I felt.
I let them know that whatever they did….it was never enough.
Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
Corporations have neither bodies to be punished,
nor souls to be condemned;
they therefore, do as they like.
A corporation is an ingenious device for obtaining profit
without any individual responsibility.
Crime is a logical extension of the sort of behavior that is often considered perfectly respectable in legitimate business.
A criminal is a person with predatory instincts
who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
With many of the rich people,
the chief employment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
Conservatives say that if you don’t give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. At the same time, the conservatives say that the poor have lost all their incentive because we’ve given them too much money.
Our factories are all overseas. All we produce here are rich executives.
The only function of economic forecasting
is to make astrology look respectable.
John Kenneth Galbraith
You can fool most of the people most of the time
if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough.
Joseph E. Levine
The biggest big business in America is not steel or automobiles.
It is the manufacture, refinement and distribution of anxiety.
You can handle people more successfully
by enlisting their feelings than by convincing their reason.
If you’re not outraged….you’re not paying attention.
The people of “1984” could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality because they were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening.
If you hear someone in public life say that they are going to stand firmly on principle, you should take cover and warn others to do the same.
John Kenneth Galbraith
When you hear someone say:
“It’s not about the money,” believe me
….it’s about the money.
Political ability is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week and next year. And the ability afterwards to explain why it did not happen.
The more you can increase fear of drugs, crime, welfare mothers, homeless people, immigrants and foreigners….the more you control all the people.
Most people believe very easily whatever they fear or desire.
Jean de la Fontaine
We promise according to our hopes
….and perform according to our fears.
Francois de la Rochefoucauld
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous
….he will not bite you.
That is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary.
People alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
Power does not corrupt people.
if they get into a position of power….corrupt power.
George Bernard Shaw
The reason the mainstream is referred to as a stream
is because of its shallowness.
It’s hard to argue against cynics. They always sound smarter than optimists because they have so much evidence on their side.
The power of accurate observation is often called cynicism
by those that do not have it.
George Bernard Shaw
Scratch any cynic….and you’ll find a disappointed idealist.
No matter how cynical you are….it is impossible to keep up.
Only two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity
….and I’m not sure about the former.
The whole problem with the world is not that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves
….but that the wiser people are so full of doubts.
I believe that there will ultimately be a clash between the oppressed,
along with those who want freedom, justice and equality for everyone
…. and those who want to continue the system of exploitation.
If you settle for what they’re giving you, you deserve what you get.