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After Bonzo’s less-talented co-star Ronald Reagan tickled America’s funny bone by declaring ketchup a vegetable and saying trees cause pollution, it didn’t take long for the value of truth among conservatives to deflate faster than a trickle-down savings account!
Every day, it seems the justice-seeking party of Lincoln is “progressively” forgetting how to handle the truth. Now that we’ve finally sobered up from Labor Day weekend, we caught up on some recent examples.
Take everyone’s favorite former veep, Dick Cheney. On September 10th, Cheney opened his maw and lambasted President Obama for, of all things, not paying attention to national security issues – on the same day that New York Times reporter Kurt Eichenwald, who got access to a large selection of not-yet-public presidential daily briefings from the Bush White House, reported that the Bush administration ignored all warnings of an impending Al Qaeda attack as early as Spring 2001.
Those briefings were before the famous August 6 briefing, the one with the heart-stopping headline “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” And, according to Eichenwald, that August 6 warning was “not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.”
So much for Cheney’s accusation of who was not paying attention.
Then there’s Romney, who seems to be beating Michele Bachmann for the title of the dimmest bulb in the GOP crazy lamp, but seized a chance to light up when he smirkily denounced Obama over the Libya/Egypt crisis, claiming that the president had issued an “apology for American values” – a lie so obvious it wouldn’t even fool a Gulf Coast walrus.
Somewhere between Goldwater and Romney, truth became subjective — and the epidemic attitude is spreading into the electorate. Take the constituents of the great state of Ohio. A recent survey by Public Policy Polling showed that a full 15% of Ohio Republicans think that Mitt Romney is responsible for killing Osama bin Laden. (Whoa. Maybe he shot bin Laden from Sarah Palin’s porch?)
All of this got us thinking. Republicans clearly believe that they can say anything, no matter how untrue, and enough people will believe it. And if that many Republicans think Romney killed bin Laden, we’re afraid the Republicans may be right!
So help us figure this out! 15% of Ohio Republicans think Mitt Romney killed bin Laden. What else can we expect Americans to believe?
Meanwhile, everybody’s asking why the GOP wants to bring us back to the 1950s. We’ve got some answers! Check out this episode from the GOP Time Machine Series!
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