Real Plain Speaking

In a healthy society people live with a wide time frame. They know and make use of the experience of their forebears. They build houses and plant trees that will be enjoyed by their descendants. Among the many things which our Founding Fathers took for granted but which we have lost was a social fabric in which people knew the character, at least the public character, of their leaders in depth. Public esteem was a reward of real, remembered services to the commonwealth, not of media celebrity or promises of payoffs.

Thus, in a healthy society, people would know that George Bush, running for the Senate in Texas in 1964, claimed to oppose the Civil Rights Act of that year, although this stance belied his constant support for "civil rights" bills both before and after. People would have understood that Bush was in the habit of lying on the hustings to obtain office, and no one over the age of 13 would have believed him in 1988 when he promised not to raise taxes and to bear down on thugs. Had we anything but the shortest memory, we would have known that he would likely do the opposite—raise taxes and persecute policemen for violating the "rights" of thugs.

Of course, it was not in the interest of either his opponents or the media to point out the lie, because as mutual members of the ruling class they were even more committed than Bush was to raising taxes and coddling criminals. Indeed, the)'...

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