The Ubiquity of Lies

by EDWARD CLINE November 10, 2016

I can't think of a better way to open a column on the ubiquity of lies in politics today than by quoting Melanie Phillips from her Jerusalem Post article of October 27th "As I See It:  Palestinians step up the jihad of the lie":

Of all the disturbing issues of our time, the most fundamental is the collapse of the distinction between truth and lies.

When post-modern society decided that the notion of objective truth was bunk and so everything was relative, it also destroyed the idea of a lie. If there's no such thing as truth, there can be no such thing as a lie. Everything becomes merely a matter of opinion.

Melanie Phillips is a prolific British writer, author of many notable and controversial titles such as Londonistan, All Must have Prizes, and The World Turned Upside Down.

So, it wasn't just the concept of truth that was attacked or suborned, it was also concept of falsehood that was also banished from objectivity. If a statement is a lie, how would one know it if one's cognitive faculties were sabotaged, if reason and logic were committed to the dustbin?  Reason, logic, and objectivity have already been carted away by the Marxist dustmen in academia, leaving hapless students and taxpayers and mortgaged-to-the-hilt parents with the multi-fortune tab. It explains the state of the culture and the pathetic state of students.

A noteworthy example of how to lie is the British government's decision to conceal the true ages of Calais "Jungle" children from the public by erecting a screen to shield the true ages of the "children." The Daily Star of October 23rd reported:

But the new arrivals were shielded from view with a 15ft fence around the entrance to Lunar House in Croydon, south London.

The screen is an extra security measure after widespread speculation about the ages of last week's all-male intake.

The fence was installed on Friday and was extended by workers from a local scaffolding company yesterday.

The screen is an extra security measure after widespread speculation about the ages of last week's all-male intake.

The fence was installed on Friday and was extended by workers from a local scaffolding company yesterday.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said: "This fence is obviously there to stop the public from seeing these so-called child refugees.

"The public thought they were going to see unaccompanied infants being led to safety but what we have seen, it appears, is predominantly young men."

The Home Office said the fence was for "safeguarding reasons" to protect the "vulnerable children".

Earlier this week a foster mum revealed her horror at discovering her 12-year-old adopted refugee was actually a suspected jihadi in his 20s

And what of the children of Britons, "vulnerable" to the sexual appetites of migrants? No consideration need be made. The children of these Britons are obviously the offspring of racist Islamophobes who denigrate the culturally enriching primitive habits and savage peccadillos of the migrants.

But the average American "deplorable" and "irredeemable" kept his fealty to logic,reason and objectivity, and gave Donald Trump and themselves an unprecedented victory over their lying, Three-Card Monte political gamesters. Not only is anyone able to judge the migrants without being labeled racist and a speaker of "hate speech," he is not supposed to be able to  make a judgment, that is, not be able to  tell the difference between the truth about a Jungle migrant or a lie about him.

Simon Black of Sovereign Man wrote about Tuesday's political earthquake:

I thought the late-night quickie from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta summed it up perfectly.

While Hillary stayed in her $20,000/night suite at the Peninsula Hotel, Podesta was sent to tell the crowd of Clinton supporters that "She is not done yet!"

Nonsense. It was a big fat lie. Minutes later she called Donald Trump to concede the election.

Anyone trying to understand why she lost might take note of this deceit-- even at the bitter end. She lied to her own supporters.

I made this assessment to private correspondents this morning after the rush of victory had subsided:

It's educational, in a way. George Soros's millions and all his little super-funded Open Society subdivisions, CAIR, all the arrogant slime- bag secretive operatives (exposed by O'Keefe and Veritas) working to engineer the Pantsuit's victory, the governor of Virginia giving thousands of felons the vote, the rigged polls in many states at the instigation of the DNC, the DNC itself, the RINO defections to the Pantsuit, the tirelessly duplicitous efforts of her campaign staff to cover up everything from her health to her secret server and the tens of thousands of emails, and, finally,  let us not forget Barack Obama  -- all the things these creatures thought would make a difference, didn't. They've been rebuked and humiliated and sent to the cleaners. There's still spine and pistol in enough Americans to make their own difference. Let's hope that Trump is wise enough to mine their best qualities.

On the subject of lies and libelous and slanderous fabrications, Julian Assange, permanently imprisoned as a guest of the Ecuadorian embassy in London said:

"The Clinton campaign, when they were not spreading obvious untruths, pointed to unnamed sources or to speculative and vague statements from the intelligence community to suggest a nefarious allegiance with Russia. The campaign was unable to invoke evidence about our publications-because none exists," he wrote.

He suggested the attempts to smear Wikileaks came from humiliation over what was released.

"In the end, those who have attempted to malign our groundbreaking work over the past four months seek to inhibit public understanding perhaps because it is embarrassing to them - a reason for censorship the First Amendment cannot tolerate," he wrote.

In the meantime, President Barack Obama today, November 9th, glossed over the many crimes of Hillary Clinton, as though they occurred In some alternate universe and had nothing to do with reality.

I also had a chance last night to speak with Secretary Clinton, and I just had a chance to hear her remarks. I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service. She was a great First Lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better Secretary of State. I'm proud of her. A lot of Americans look up to her. Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics. And I am absolutely confident that she and President Clinton will continue to do great work for people here in the United States and all around the world.

"She was a great First Lady. She was an outstanding senator for the state of New York. And she could not have been a better Secretary of State." As First Lady, Hillary was a grasping, power-seeking entity who pushed for her version of Obamacare. As "outstanding senator" she voted as a will-o-the -wisp. As Secretary of State she was a disastrous poodle of Obama's own disastrous policies. Groucho Marx could have been a better Secretary of State.

He had to say something, following the public rebuke of his policies in the person of Hillary Clinton, even if it was a lie. Clinton had always been Obama's "straw man." If things went wrong - and they often did - Obama wouldn't be held responsible. But that's all over now.

"She has lived an extraordinary life of public service."  Since my teenage years, I've been amused by the term "public service." In politics it can mean little but self-service, of personal enrichment, at taxpayer and public expense, of dandified looting.  Hillary Clinton from her Wellesley days to the present has been a busy, parasitical, scheming worm of self-service. And if she serves herself, she is naturally sacrificing you.

In the realm of the make-believe, there is no "cognitive dissonance" between truth and falsehood. There is no conflict between them because the one is as good as the other, and, in fact, neither of them is supposed to exist to a mind so thoroughly corrupted, emasculated, and divorced from truth, logic, and reason, a mind like Clinton's and Obama's. Clinton will not accept the truth of her ignominious defeat, but blame some other person, or group, or another conspiracy, or perhaps the juxtaposition of Mars, Saturn, and Pluto.

Hillary Clinton was a jihadist of lies. I can't count them all. 

Edward Cline is the author of the Sparrowhawk novels set in England and Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary period, of several detective and suspense novels, and three collections of his commentaries and columns, all available on Amazon Books. His essays, book reviews, and other articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Information Ethics and other publications. He is a frequent contributor to Rule of Reason, Family Security Matters, Capitalism Magazine and other Web publications.     


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