Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic talks about one of my pet peeves:
Can we at least agree that the American people deserve the truth? That governing ourselves requires getting accurate information from the people who we elect? That their function is to represent us? And that they have no right to lie or mislead?
Opposing mendacity ought to be a no-brainer.
What I see instead is a mainstreaming of the notion that it isn’t a big deal for a political candidate, an elected official, or an appointee to lie or deliberately mislead.
President Obama knew his rhetoric about the Affordable Care Act was misleading, and that many people who bought insurance on the individual market would be forced to get new policies when Obamacare made their policies illegal. The Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page thinks that Obama knowingly lied, but he isn’t that upset about it, because “that’s one of those political lies, you know.”
One of the things that makes Vile Progs vile is their attitude towards the truth. It is similar to taqiyya, the Islamic practice of deceiving unbelievers.
Government lies and secrecy are incompatible with democracy. Democracy is premised upon the idea of an informed citizenry voting for what is in the best interests of themselves and the nation. The goal is government by consensus.
That model cannot work if the citizens are deliberately lied to or kept in the dark. Yes, there will always be “low-info” voters who will be swayed by demagogues to vote against their own interests. Stupid people will always be with us. (God loves stupid people, that’s why he made so many of them.)
A government run solely by the “elites” is a government of conceit – a conceitocracy. It is based on the premise that I can run your life better than you can. Father knows best.
The so-called elites define membership as “us”, and then begin to narrow the definition of “us” until democracy becomes aristocracy and then turns to oligarchy and finally tyranny.
We live in what is supposed to be a constitutional republic founded on democratic ideals. I’d kinda like to keep it. Lies and secrecy are a poor foundation for any government.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32