The truth is the great casualty. And what do you think the target is when people begin to say, “We’ve gotta dial back this heated rhetoric?” Truth is the great enemy to the Democrat Party. Truth is the great enemy to the American left. They have to wipe out truth whenever they can and wherever they see it, because truth is not them. Rush Limbaugh (transcript from 1/12/11 broadcast, here)
Truer words have never been spoken. Well, on second thought, maybe they have. Not that Mr. Limbaugh’s words were untrue — they were true and spot on — but, there was One who not only spoke the truth, but is Truth personified. I’m pretty sure that trumps Rush Limbaugh. And, since Rush likes to remind his listeners that he possesses “a talent on loan from God,” I don’t think he would quibble much with those facts.
In the aftermath of the horrific act of evil that took place in Tucson last Saturday, we are witnessing the graphic collision of the worlds of politics and religion in a post-modern, post-Christian American culture. At the epicenter of that collision, as Rush Limbaugh observed, is truth. Objective truth. Facts. Reality. Absolutes.
But, when you make politics your god, truth often becomes the first casualty in the war for the souls of men and women. Truth becomes subjective. Facts become fluid. Reality is redefined. Absolutes are antiquated. Anything goes, because people begin to believe the lies. It almost reminds me of the advice that George Costanza gave to Jerry so that he could beat a lie detector test on an episode of Seinfeld:
“Remember, it’s not a lie if you believe it.”
If the last four days are any indication, there are many on the left (both within and without the Democrat party) who have not only bought into George’s advice on a one-time basis, but who seem to be living their lives based on a lie (the suspects are too numerous to mention by name). They wouldn’t know the truth if it was staring them in the face. The fact of the matter is that the truth is staring them in the face and they either do not care or are too far gone to know the truth when they see or hear it.
Some, like Rush Limbaugh, have tried to explain why the lunatic left does what it does — lies and all. Others, like Charles Krauthammer, are at a loss to explain the delusional rantings of the likes of Paul Krugman.
In the end, the answer to why otherwise rational and sane people become completely unhinged and delusional — not only believing lies, but spewing lies –is not hard to understand. At least for those who believe in the Truth.
We should not be surprised by the unfounded hatred that has been aimed directly at Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Fox News, etc. and indirectly at Conservatives, Evangelical Christians, Tea Partiers, and Republicans, etc. by the delusional left, aided and abetted by the mainstream media. I hope that President Obama continues to have the power to stay above the fray, but I will not at all be shocked if he does not. The power of the god of politics — especially the left-wing kind on display in recent days — may just prove too powerful for Obama to help himself. However, maybe he can hold out a little longer than Bill Clinton did after the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.
Whether in the 1st Century or the 21st Century, people are people. Times may have changed, but the times have not changed people — who they are at the core. Jesus, Who is the Way, the TRUTH, and the Life, spoke truth to power (I generally dislike that phrase, but in this context, it works) when He told the religious leaders of His day:
“If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
Incensed at Jesus’ words, the people began to argue with Him. In perhaps one of the harshest rebukes that He ever gave, Jesus said to the crowd:
“Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. But because I tell you the truth, you do not believe me.” (John 8:43-45)
The character of many on the left has been on full display since Saturday. They have nothing to do with truth because they do not know the Truth. They speak lies because that is their very nature. They will never believe the truth unless and until they are set free by the TRUTH.
Rush is right when he speaks about the truth. He just isn’t the first or best who has spoken on the subject. I don’t think he would argue with that. After all, facts are stubborn things.