As long time readers know, I have been searching for a unified theory of race card players.
It seems too simplistic to view people like Chris Matthews as liars. It’s not that they lie about facts, it’s that facts are irrelevant. Everything becomes racist or at least a racist dog whistle, based solely upon the political advantage to be gained.
It’s what’s so maddening.
Thanks to Sneaky Pete in response to my post this morning, How not to raise legal ethics issues as to a candidate, for pointing me in the right direction.
Harry G. Frankfurt, On Bullshit:
With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.
Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not.
Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
NSFW in case you were wondering:
Which brings me to this:
With the predictable reaction from Atlantic Wire:
The woman herself called it an Obama Phone. Drudge didn’t give it that name. The vast right wing conspiracy didn’t give it that name. Romney didn’t give it that name.
And why would the woman think that all the poor and disabled people in Cleveland were getting free Obama Phones?
One million people in Ohio now get free Obama Phones.
The woman is right. They’re getting their free Obama Phones, and they’re voting Obama.
The racists are the liberals who deny this woman her truth because she is black and the imagery, in the mind of liberals, is not helpful.
She’s got an Obama Phone and she’s proud. Deal with it.