In a postmodernist world, truth is contingent
…Which is to say, the very same linguistic assumptions adopted by the left (and those on the right who’ve been so indoctrinated) to ensure a shift in the locus of meaning from originary intent to receptive perception, allows for tactics meant to shape receptive perception, thereby creating a contingent, consensus-based “truth.”
In other words, lying. Which, to postmodernists, isn’t lying, should it wind up producing “truth.”
Hence, we’re treated to spectacles like this:
In an interview today on “FOX News Sunday,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin falsely claimed that Democrats have not passed a budget in 823 days because they have been unable to muster 60 votes for passage.
Durbin’s claim is incorrect for three reasons. First, budget law states that budget resolutions are privileged, meaning they cannot be filibustered, only require a simple majority vote for passage, and can be brought up by the majority party (which controls the Senate floor schedule) at any time. Second, for a large portion of last year, Democrats controlled 60 seats in the Senate, and still chose not to pass a budget plan for the nation. Finally, Senate Democrats have not even written or introduced a budget plan this year, much less passed one out of the Senate.
Now, surely, the Senate Majority Whip knows Senate rules and applicable law. Which means it is far less likely that he is mistaken than it is that he is out and out lying, hoping that his lies pass muster with the casual viewer, and that in the calculus of leftist rhetoric, that he is able to fool more people than will either catch him lying or will ever bother fact-checking what it is he’s just said.
We’ve seen increasing instances of this — Obama’s been making up polling data, job numbers, etc., without ever giving sources (or even asked his sources) — and it isn’t just coming from the left: many on “our” side have been happy to push the lie about an imminent default long after they’ve been clearly, thoroughly, and completely disabused of the notion, and they’ve done so to pressure the “extremists” to relent so that themselves can save face and surrender to the Democrats with a modicum of dignity (and while claiming victory).
And why? So that they can avoid the blame they know the media will create and assign to them when the MSM/Dem partnership begins using the repetition of lies to forge a consensus-driven, perceptual truth.
I’ve said this many times before, but the “right” will always lose the war if we accept the rules of the left. And sorry to say, that’s what they always do.
Losing more slowly. It’s what they do. And until they change the epistemological assumptions that make such a trajectory inevitable, they won’t be able to help themselves — even assuming they wanted to. Which, let’s face it: many of them simply don’t.