Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Orwell & Jane; Mike & Charlie

“In a time of Universal Deceit, telling the truth is a Revolutionary Act.” runs a quote from George Orwell that I use in my email signature.

I was thinking about this...again...and I remembered another precis on the subject.

It’s a short story by W. Somerset Maugham titled “Jane”, about a rather plain lady who became the toast of the upper crust society salons as a superior wit and humorist. The story’s raconteur was baffled at this phenomenon, until the “secret” exploded on him:

She spoke the truth, always, and in matter-of-fact manner no matter what the subject being discussed, without artifice or subterfuge !

Voila !, she was absolutely unique in those circles.

This accounts for the indestructible and devastating effect of a select few commentators on the political scene these days. Two are especially noteworthy.

Michael Barone, a former Democrat pollster, researcher and author of the seminal political Encyclopedia of American Politics is rarely off base. He is so effectively honest and detailed in his analyses that he produces pain on the Left that is palpable.

Dr. Charles Krauthammer, whose years as a psychiatrist of note, published in the journals of that discipline long before he wrote speeches for a Democrat presidential candidate, is another truth teller of note. His epeé intellect is both disarming and unassailable.

Here is an exercise for you. I do it regularly, utilizing the Real Clear Politics website.

On days after a Barone or Krauthammer tour de force appears, survey the output of the bedwetters. Like frog carcases assaulted by galvanic current, they will jerk and snatch and twitch with paroxysms of defensive dudgeon.

This liars' drivel is often veiled, but it is always there. They are so very afraid someone will take Mr. Barone or the Good Doctor as “gospel”.

It is good that some of us do. And it is good for the corps politique bon nationale, also.

Strange indeed are the masks of confirmation.

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