The Truth be Damned

The Truth no longer matters. What do you mean the truth no longer matters? Just what I said, “The truth no longer matters. Today the truth is what people think it is and that’s all that matters.” To prove my point here is and exchange between Newt Gingrich and a reporter on CNN after Trump’s nomination.

The CNN reporter suggested Trump was overselling fear. “Violent crime across the country is down,” she said. “We’re not under siege.”

Gingrich waved that off: “The average American, I will bet you this morning, does not think crime is down; does not think they are safer.

Reporter: “But we are safer and it is down.”

Gingrich: “No, that’s your view.”

Reporter: “It’s a fact.”

Gingrich: “The current view is that liberals have a whole set of statistics which theoretically may be right, but it’s not where human beings are. People are frightened.”

The reporter noted figures from the FBI — no liberal bastion — say crime is down.

Gingrich: “No, but what I said is equally true. People feel it.”

Reporter: “They feel it, yes, but the facts don’t support it.”

Gingrich: “As a political candidate, I’ll go with how people feel and I’ll let you go with the theoreticians.”

Gingrich is right. People do not want the truth today. They want their feelings to be validated. Don’t tell me I’m safer today than ever before, I am afraid, tell me I have a reason to be afraid and the politician that validates those voters’ feelings gets his vote.

If I asked people, how many of you know someone who has died of cancer almost everyone would tell me they do. If I asked them how many of you know someone who has died as a result of drug or alcohol addiction or from a car accident most would tell me they do.

If I asked the same group, how many of you know someone who has been killed by a terrorist, been murdered, been robbed not many would know someone. But they would tell me out of all of those things they fear the terrorist the most. Why? Because the people who want their vote are tapping into their fears, as irrational as those fears are to them they are real and that’s all that matters. The truth be damned!

 

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