I get so impatient with having to say the same thing over and over again. Unfortunately, the current state of our political life is just that- one specimen of Republican jackassery after another, on and on ad infinitum. So I thought I would take a chance to write briefly about one of my most fundamental beliefs, which I think is directly related to the ability of Republicans to keep up their idiocy for ever.
Here's the thing about lies: People, in general, do not believe lies because they are plausible; they believe them because it suits their interest to do so. And the funny thing is that, for the vast majority of people, it is a short journey to actually believing whatever is convenient.
Well, it is a clear result of this fact that there is no one easier to lie to than yourself, because there is no one on earth that has as much interest in believing your lies as you do.
Don't want to pay taxes? Just tell yourself that cutting taxes increases government revenue. Don't want to deal with global warming? Just tell yourself that it is a gigantic conspiracy by tens of thousands of scientists. Don't want to deal with your own racism? Just tell yourself that black people are all degenerate thugs. Tell yourself that the surge worked. Tell yourself that the Republican near-depression of 2008 was caused by some obscure real estate law forced through by Democrats in the 1970's. Tell yourself that Democrats create deficits and Republicans end them. Tell yourself that Saddam Hussein was on the part of starting a nuclear war with the United States, and when that doesn't pan out, start telling the same nonsense about Iran.\
And it seems that people can actually believe things like this, particularly if they are conservative and they think someone is going to cut their taxes or make them rich if they just suspend their reason.
Hey, you know what? I can guarantee you that even Hitler believed that he was building a better world for the only people that mattered.
People believe what they want to believe. That, in a way, applies to all of us, even those of us who want to believe things that make sense, and for which there is some sort of real evidence. Unfortunately, that seems to be a dwindling segment of the American people, compared to the ones who want to throw reason aside and just believe in fairies.