Friday, July 30, 2004

I think it's essential reading -- Ron Reagan

This is in a source I rarely go to, so I thought I'd post the link to Ron Reagan's story in Esquire, "The Case Against George W. Bush. Oh, I guess I can give a little taste of it as well.

People noticed. A tipping point had been reached. The issue of credibility was back on the table. The L-word was in circulation. Not the tired old bromide liberal. That's so 1988. No, this time something much more potent: liar.

Politicians will stretch the truth. They'll exaggerate their accomplishments, paper over their gaffes. Spin has long been the lingua franca of the political realm. But George W. Bush and his administration have taken "normal" mendacity to a startling new level far beyond lies of convenience. On top of the usual massaging of public perception, they traffic in big lies, indulge in any number of symptomatic small lies, and, ultimately, have come to embody dishonesty itself. They are a lie. And people, finally, have started catching on.
I highly recommend the article, and as usual, Ron. Jr. is a highly entertaining writer.