Last week brought not only the Republican convention, but a barrage of charges and counter-charges of lying and deceit. Even the fact-checkers managed to get fact-checked and found wanting by people who were, of course, themselves fact-checked. Our political discourse has become one of those pictures with a reflection of the picture which has another reflection and on and on and on. Will the last fact-checker please turn off the lights.
This week is certain to see the anger and the vitriol rise to a fever pitch as more charges and counter-charges come from the Democrat's turn. In fact, while it's possible that the fever will get so hot that it will burn itself out, I think it most likely will burn through the election and well beyond, continuing to poison our politics unless something changes, and I don't see anything or anyone coming along that can make that change happen.
In a way it doesn't matter in the short-term, at least as far as I'm concerned. Unless they catch Romney in bed with the proverbial "dead girl or live boy" he's going to get my vote. There's no sense in getting caught up in the "You're a liar!"/"No, you're a liar!" game. It's too hard on my blood pressure and if I'm going to stroke out over something, I don't want it to be politics.
We do seem to be having a growing problem with truth in this country though, and therefore our shared reality, which seems to be increasingly fractured. After reading several related and interesting posts this weekend, I want to do a few more posts on it, so I'm going to create a new category: Truth, Lies, and Reality. The first post is regarding a video clip I saw on Saturday and some statements by Washington Post columnist Colby King.