The scales of justice, lopsided, tilted to one side in favor of weighty evidence. Tossed out.
Confirmed sightings–we have a visual! Ignored. (as though the truth is a UFO)
Truth, shoved aside. Lies, embraced.
How do we get back to seeing the truth as the truth. What can we do to help others be more able to separate the good stuff from the junk?
Would it help to use the phrase made famous by James Brown (the musician), “What it is, is what it is”? For the naysayers, would such satisfy them? Would it make them see it? “Oh, I get it now”. Apparently not.
The evident truth, in the name of party politics, and for the furtherance of the same is now so often denied we sometimes come to question our own ability to fairly observe. The truth isn’t enough –that much is now evident– to sway the minds of those hell bent on things being done their way or no way at all. For the sake of political gamesmanship they, (in particular, Kellyanne Conway, a promotional mouthpiece for the President and conservatives) have made it acceptable to use “alternate facts” in place of known truths.
An “alternate” is a person, place or thing that is used in place of, or in opposition to, a another person, place or thing.
A “fact” is a thing or action that is/are, or were, apparent.
In combination, “alternate fact”, the words denote a substitute for the truth? A phony. Something which never existed, or happened. Only the lie, as a convenience, did or does exist.
According to the dictionary a convenient lie is: “suitable for ones purpose or needs; opportune; handy; accessible”. With such being true, convenient lies and alternate facts, in the furtherance of deception, fit well together.
Liar –“I did not say what you heard. (alternate fact) Ask anyone …anyone that knew what I really meant. You are a liar …you, you, doctored the recording”,
Reporter — “but Sir, people heard it with the own ears, we can’t all be lying”,
Liar –“how did you know it was me (facetiousness) “
Reporter — “What? We have you on film Sir, and the film isn’t doctored”.
Liar — “Why are you attacking me? (convenient lie, deflection)
And the crowd roars in favor of the liar.
When this combination is well used it becomes a good method of creating reasonable doubt in the minds of the most impressionable members of the public. Next thing you know, the truth becomes impossible for them to accept. As though it is invisible.
And we are where we are.
Clear and present dangers. Are never clear and present.
Obvious and apparent things. Are not obvious and apparent.
The truth revealed in broad daylight. Is cloaked and hidden from sight.
Authors Note: This article, though not a series installment, nor written as a part of any previous word work: may serve as a companion piece to an earlier story written by the author and posted online at medium.com as linked below.