Wednesday, January 06, 2010

They lie because it works.


It was amusing to listen to Stephen Harper claim that prorogation had nothing to do with the grilling he was getting over Afghan detainee torture because, hey, that issue isn't even on the average Canadian's radar screen and the public just doesn't see what the big deal is. In a funny way, he's right. Of course, that's because he and the rest of his sycophantic cronies have simply been lying about the issue for so long that the public has finally bought into the lies.

Here's Exhibit A: how a documented instance of a detainee being beaten with shoes by a half dozen Afghan police conveniently morphed into a member of the Taliban being hit with a shoe.

If the public doesn't think the torture allegations are that big a deal, you can hardly blame them. When you're lied to that often and that relentlessly, chances are you'll eventually believe the lies. It's a strategy that's worked brilliantly for Stephen Harper so far.

10 comments:

Cherniak_WTF said...

If it's not such a bid deal, one wonders why Harper and the hypocrites are doing so much to hide the truth.

Sparky said...

The issue is not that people believe the lies when told lies, it's that they believe the lies and pass on the lies even when the truth is pointed out to them.
Ignorance from not knowing is forgivable (even though it still doesn't get you off the hook with the law)--wilfull disregard for the truth so you can maintain your ignorance and 'echo' the lies (a la most blogging tories) is completely unacceptable.
Hey, if you wanna stay ensconsed in your own little worldview and live behind your rose coloured glasses--go right ahead. Pushing your little contrived and false mythos onto the rest of society, however, there's the rub.
People have the right to be dumb. People should not have the right to make others dumb as well.

deBeauxOs said...

But, but, but ... what about those who really, really want to be dumb/ignorant/stupid and want to share their condition with others?

Cherniak_WTF said...

But, but, but ... what about those who really, really want to be dumb/ignorant/stupid and want to share their condition with others?
taylor has an aggregator for that...

Sparky said...

Yeah, we call it the Patrick Ross syndrome

ForestP said...

there's well-documented cases and research that has been done on people who continue to deny the truth even after they are presented with the factual-truth. It seems the initial introduction of the issue serves to skew the individuals conclusions later on even after his/her conclusions are demonstrated to be false and the truth that they believe is actually false is true.

politicians who have committed an infraction can rely on the deny-deny rebuttal because they are given the legitimacy as a result of their position.

talk about sheep mentality....

Sparky said...

You can only deny so far, however--Nixon was brought down after repeated 'deny deny' because of a few diligent media people.
I know it was a different age and that these days the 'msm' has some difficulty in grasping exactly what its function is...
It really is a sad time for us when (some) bloggers are sussing out the facts and (most) msm reporters/news folks are glorified stenographers...
Who's holding people's feet to the fire now? 'Cause, in the end, it can't be the blogger, 'cause for every truthful blogger sussing out pertinent facts on an issue, there's a bunch of 'bt wannabes' spewing the lies...

sooey said...

I don't see any indication that Canadians don't care about the issue. To assume so is a gross miscalculation, in my opinion.

But it was fun to see Stephen Harper covered in Paul Martin's old flop sweat as he failed to adequately answer to the simple question, "Why did you prorogue Parliament?"

Ti-Guy said...

what about those who really, really want to be dumb/ignorant/stupid and want to share their condition with others?

They call themselves "DeBeauxOs", blog about it and react with disproportionate hostility to anyone who dares disagree with them?

What do I win, Boze?

deBeauxOs said...

Gee, Ti-Guy.

Who knew you cared so intensely about what I blog about?

And who knew you had "disproportionate hostility reactions" about my opinions.