Liars: How Much Unmitigated Hogwash Can the American Political System Contain?

Abby Zimet

Having endured the start of the GOP convention, Esquire's Charles Pierce unleashes a furious screed on the Republican search for "the Event Horizon of utter bullshit." They have sought, he says, "to see precisely how many lies, evasions, elisions, and undigestible chunks of utter gobbledegook the political media can swallow before it finally gags twice and falls over dead."

"It was an entire evening based on demonstrable lies told in service to the overriding demonstrable lie....The Republicans simply don't care. They don't care that they lie. They don't care that their history is a lie and that, by spreading it, they devalue the actual history of the country, which is something that belongs to us.

It was an entire evening based on a demonstrable lie because it was an entire evening based on rejecting — publicly and dishonestly, and without caring that the facts of your own biographies give the lie to the words you're saying — the idea of a general political commonwealth as expressed through the national government, which has been the great engine behind the expansion of the country's size, the country's wealth, and, yes, the country's freedom."

Whoah Update: Even Fox News called Paul Ryan's speech "an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech." They likewise blasted his omission of all the "sticky" parts of his resume.

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