Politics American Truth
posted by November 7 at 14:59 PMon
I think I have finally figured it out. The discourse of popular politics in American is not about telling the truth but about saying it, even in negative terms. Take this example, which is in connection with the recent snub President Bush received from Crist, a Republican running a close race for the governor position in Florida:
Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s campaign says the Republican’s cancellation has nothing to do with President Bush’s unpopularity.Of course Crist cancelled his appearance at the rally because Bush was going to be there and Bush is very unpopular, but instead of telling the truth Crist simply says the truth: his sudden absence, his quick ducking, his slick dodging has has “nothing to do with President Bush’s unpopularity.” Just saying it is telling the truth.