Lie to me and tell me everything is all right

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Lie to me and tell me everything is all right

Lie to me and tell me that you’ll stay here tonight

Tell me that you’ll never leave,

oh and I’ll just try to make believe

that everything, everything you’re telling me is true

Lie to me.

-Johnny Lang

The Lie That Launched the 21st Century

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation’s promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.

-George W. Bush’s 2001 Inaugural Address

 

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. The bamboozle has captured us. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.

-Carl Sagan

Bamboozled, Bamboozled, Bamboozled, Bam  Boo Zel Duh.  A strange and funny sounding word, almost innocent sounding actually. Kinda knocks the stink off of the word “lie”.

Come on Baby lie to me….

tell me everything is alright.

 

I have trouble lying to even 1 person (all the standard tells; look down and to the left, sweat like a hungover freshman taking a Statistics final on Monday morning…) , so how do these politicians stand up in front of millions and lie like used Edsel salesmen/women trying to make quota on the 31st of the month?

Perhaps they can rationalize it by thinking, “I’ll tell them what they want to hear and I can throw something together in the next 4 years.”

Come on Baby, lie to me

tell me everything is alright.

Or maybe, they just enjoy bamboozling the beejezus out of the rubes out there standing on the gym floors of America.  “Wow, they bought that one, I think I’ll try my sniper story and they will really, really love me.”

   He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual.

-Thomas Jefferson

And then we have the lying liars that are just befuddled, as in the case of John “I did not say that” McCain.


“Always tell the truth. That way, you don’t have to remember what you said.”

-Mark Twain

But what about the “Winds of Change” politician?

Here are some synonyms for “hope”;

             dream     dreamer     future     optimism     optimist

“Only lie about the future.”

-Johnny Carson

Promising a better future is not a lie until the promise is not kept someday down the road a piece, and that’s why we do this cockeyed roadtrip every 4 years. It’s a 50 state family vacation down the dirtiest of the dirt roads of America, pausing ever so often at The World’s 2nd Biggest Ball of Twine and other roadside distractions, occasionally attempting to see the bloody bodies of some hideous highway accident without appearing to rubberneck too conspicuously, listening to cloned radio stations where the only differences from town-to-town are the call signs (WFOX, WABC, WWSJ, WNYT), while the kids in the back seat scream, “Are we there yet?”  

“No, we are not there yet!” we shout over the beeping of low fuel warning indicator.  Do we have enough gas to get to Novemberville, do we even have enough money for more gas? The Bank of America card is near the limit and the only other plastic we’ve got is from The Bank of China and they’re raising the interest rates daily

Maybe we’ll make it….on fumes.

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    • Zwoof on May 6, 2008 at 9:15 pm
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    I’ve really gotta pee.

    • ab ovo on May 6, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    and almost never comment, however, I logged in so I can tell you how much I truly enjoyed your diary!  I love the allegory, especially of the last few paragraphs.  Bravo!

  1. but this video needs to be here.

  2. up at dKos but I thought people here would be interested also:

    We know that they lie about rampant voter fraud, and the SCOTUS just ruled on voter ID about that non-issue.  From Carpetbagger Report:

    About 12 Indiana nuns were turned away Tuesday from a polling place by a fellow bride of Christ because they didn’t have state or federal identification bearing a photograph.

    snip

    All in the name of preventing fraud that didn’t exist.

    http://www.thecarpetbaggerrepo

    What hath those lying liars wrought?

    • Edger on May 7, 2008 at 1:31 am

    It’s all good. Just ask Dick Cheney.

  3. Prosperity Is Finally Over”

    January 17, 2001 | Issue 37 — 01

    …. “My fellow Americans,” Bush said, “at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us.”

    The lie of a humor magazine which turned out to be the most intricately accurate prediction of the past half century.

    http://www.theonion.com/conten

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