Pic of the day: Alice at the Mad Tea Party, by John Tenniel
‘Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.’
‘I think I should understand that better,’ Alice said very politely, ‘if I had it written down: but I can’t quite follow it as you say it.’
Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland
I watched the debate yesterday. Or I should say that I listened to it, mostly. It was on TV, but I had my back to it most of the time. And not watching, I did not see most of what America did. But I did hear it. And frankly I have a slightly different take on how it went. Slightly. Mitt Romney came out sounding like a man who was overeager to make his points, his early interruptions seemed rude, but became less so as the debate went on.
The President made his points and made them well. Admittedly he sounded less energetic than Mr. Romney. But Mitt was the CEO selling his product to America, and he was a cheery salesman. He hit all his marks. As an actor he did his job, he acted like a man who earnestly wants to be President.
But he did that at the expense of the truth. He lied his way from one end of the spectrum to the other. His $5,000,000,000,000 lie for example. He does have large tax cuts in store for the whole nation. Which sounds nice, but there is no way for him to lower taxes as much as he wants and not create a massive deficit without massive cuts to every government program. The defense budget would have to be razed. As would Medicare. And food stamps. And unemployment. And building America’s crumbling infrastructure would no longer be a possibility.
If that’s the America you want, you don’t care about America.
Obama won on substance because he did not lie about what he has done and what he plans to do. He told the truth about the government under his stewardship. He did not make much of an impression with the truth though. Romney had to lie in order to not sound Un-American. But he had to. If he told people what he really wanted to do, gut the nation’s middle class and let the rich run things, he’d lose by 30% instead of either a close loss or even a squeaker of a win if the election were held today.
Romney won on style. He was energetic, forceful and commanding. It didn’t really help that he was energetically full of shit, a forceful douche, and a commanding liar, but people will believe what they want to believe. If people didn’t know the facts beforehand, and they heard Mitt Romney say what he said, they would undoubtedly believe him. He sounded like a man who believed in himself, and for those who do not know what lies he was professing, that would undeniably make a powerful impression.
The President, while correct in his statements, was neither forceful nor energetic enough to counter Romney, style-wise, much to the President’s chagrin. He through his lack in that one area, lost the debate.
Lost to a liar.
Lies are powerful weapons in the war for political dominance, they always are, and this debate was the proof of it.
That’s it from here, America. G’night.