“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” — Noël Coward
That is the reason American politics is so toxic today. You cannot tell the truth without shocking people, but no one thinks twice when a politician lies. They expect it. (How can you tell a politician is lying? His lips are moving.)
Or consider the famous Kinsley Gaffe — when a politician tells some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say. Those “gaffes” are shocking.
We have been subject to a several-months gaslighting campaign around the proposition that Trump committed an impeachable offense in his conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It is a lie, but a large fraction of the population accepts it as a truth. (Please, show me the quid pro quo in the transcript. Or the abuse of power. Point to the specific words and explain how they constitute a quid pro quo or an abuse of power. You cannot. They are not there.)
Yet people — even the majority of those who do not see an impeachable offense — are not shocked by the deceit underlying the impeachment. It is shrugged off as business as usual. And try and be honest about things — as J. K. Rowling is just discovering — and you will shock millions who should know enough to recognize the truth, but simply cannot.Published in