Archive for November 3rd, 2010

The Script



A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally believes to be true.

— Demosthenes



For many years, my dad has said, “We’re the most gullible people on the face of the earth.”   Those words rang in my ears last night as I watched  politician after politician, most of them entrenched in the beauracracy of our government, stand before cameras and say that Washington was broken and they would fix it.   Their words didn’t jibe with their actions of the last two years.  Or ten years. Or twenty or thirty.

They were just words.

But they were words that, to the ear that wanted to hear them, sounded reasonable and true.  But to an ear that was skeptical, an ear that belonged to a person who spent a great part of their earlier life looking for angles and scams, the words were simply part of the script.  A script meant to lead those listening to actions that serve the speaker of the words.

The power of words and the willingness to believe what one wants to hear- the con man’s daily double. 

Now the words, the script,  will begin to change as they have to rationalize their actions in the months ahead that won’t mesh with what they’ve promised in the campaign.  There will be a parsing of words, a play of semantics.  A stall here, a place of blame there.  All classic con moves. 

It’s the same for both sides of the aisle.  There is not a gullibility gap here for either political party.  Just words and empty promises.  And we’re left waiting for that check from that Nigerian princess to come…


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