Lyin' Ryan. Here's a great compilation of truth-telling about the lies Paul Ryan told at the Republican National Convention.
The last link is to a Jezebel post: "Why Lying is Bad: A Primer for Confused Republicans." Nicely done.
Hopefully some right-wing commenters on this blog who habitually lie about global warming, Obama's policies, and other stuff will read the post. Excerpt:
Yesterday at the Republican National Convention in Florida, vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan got up and made a rousing speech about democracy and the future and why President Obama is a great big bozo who's pooping in America's mouth and calling it the warmed-up Tootsie Roll of Freedom. Ryan talked all about all the wonderful programs Obama has canceled, the jobs he's destroyed, the auto plants he's closed, and the utter failure of his stimulus package. Everybody loved it! Woooooo! Paul Ryan for Vice President and CEO and Chairman of the Board and Lord of the Flies and Duchess of Cambridge and Gwaihir, King of the Eagles and World's Greatest Grandpa! Paul Ryan is the best—you know, because of all that stuff he talked about! The only problem? The stuff in Ryan's speech wasn't true.
Ryan went on TV and lied to his own party and the American public at large, in what was essentially his job interview. And they're not even subtle, carefully orchestrated lies, either. They're obvious lies, debunkable by even the drunkest, most casual armchair wonk watching the speech. Here, look, Salon made a list. There has to have been some kind of mistake.
Ryan lied about Medicare funds, the auto industry, the stimulus package, the deficit, and the idea that the Obama administration is unfriendly to small businesses. And all of Ryan's accusations are things that either Obama didn't do, but instead happened under Republicanleadership; or they're things that Obama did do, but Paul Ryan & Co. heartily voted for as well. Full-throated, proud, shouty lies.
And then...was there outrage? Shame? Retractions, corrections, and apologies? Nope. No one, apparently, was bothered. Instead, everyone was just all, "Yaaaaaaaaaaayyy!!! Clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap! Paul Ryan for DOUBLE PRESIDENT! Clap clap clap! Clap clap!!! I wish I had extra hands so that I could clap and masturbate at the same time because DEMOCRACY!!!!!"
Now. At first, like a lot of elitist liberal bloggers clackety-clacking away at my spittle-flecked laptop, I was pretty mad. But then I realized that conservatives' tolerance for outright dishonesty couldn't possibly be a deliberate, flagrant disregard for truth and decency—I should give human beings more credit than that. Instead, it must be a basic failure of primary education (curse these dangerously underfunded public schools, amirite!?). I'm thinking maybe you conservatives don't really understand what lying is. But it's not your fault, precious lambs! You couldn't have known if no one taught you! Just so we can avoid this kind of awkward situation in the future, let's start on the first day of kindergarten and talk about lying and why it's bad.