Candidates have always exaggerated their accomplishments, diminished their failures and have made promises that can’t possibly be fully realized. This election year, however, we’ve seen slight exaggerations become flat-out lies. We’ve seen facts ignored and fantasies mixed and match to fit agendas. As a heavenly creature, I cannot condone the false statements I witnessed last week at the RNC convention.
I’m an old soul, now fully evolved as a furry angel, and I’ve seen a lot. The last few years, the style of campaigning on falsities has grown & morphed, and it’s disturbing. I have the inside scoop up here and my perceptions are not singular.
Romney pollster Neil Newhouse made the statement last week “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers” and I find this extremely disturbing. And Romney’s campaign certainly lived up to that statement, as we witnessed in the RNC’s speeches.
Ignoring facts, truth, history and science is a dangerous road. Paul Ryan’s speech was especially egregious, as fact-checkers across the political spectrum noted. He was called out by not only “liberal media” (that term always cracks me up — propaganda — as Rupert Murdoch owns more media worldwide than anyone else & he’s a staunch conservative), but the Republican’s own media arm, Fox News, said his speech was “dazzling, deceiving and distracting”.
The Atlantic divvied up Ryan’s speech into categories: small lies, medium lies, and large lies. Ryan has God-given intelligence, so claiming he didn’t know better doesn’t fly with this dog.
One of Ryan’s blatantly false statements didn’t even happen during his speech. In fact, it was Runner’s World magazine that called him out on what he reported as his marathon time. Ryan is a fit guy and God bless anyone who can endure a marathon. That in itself is a great story of tenacity and dedication. So why did he have to tell reporters that he ran the marathon in less than 3 hours (elite athlete time) instead of the real 4+ hours (still incredibly admirable)?
Ryan insisted he forgot his time. Friends, do you know any serious runners? Well, they never forget their race times! In fact, they can tell you to the second what their time was. When someone is so loosey-goosey with the facts when it comes to an amateur race, it makes me doubly question anything they say of import.
I’ve stayed quiet on the election thus far, but this dog has had enough of the falsehoods and lies. I pray that this weeks’ DNC convention has a few less Pinocchios…
“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” ~ Einstein