In 1987, Gary Hart, the Democratic presidential candidate was caught having an affair with a woman named Donna Rice. It ended his presidential run.
Ronald Reagan, when informed of the breaking news famously quipped “Boys will be boys. But boys will not be president”.
One can only wonder what President Reagan would make of this election.
Continuing revelations make it clear that no less than the Department of Justice, the State Department and now, sadly, the FBI have been involved and inter-twined in political favors, cover-ups, deceptions and outright lies.
Was it always so?
Perhaps. But we would never have accepted it had it been made public.
Today is different.
Deny, deflect, dismiss. It’s a strategy that has long been employed by lawyers and politicians throughout history. Now, it has been elevated to an art form. Now, it has been elevated to entertainment. And we have become accustomed to the strategy. Acclimatized. We know what to expect.
And somewhere along the way, we as a nation internalized it.
We have become nationally numb.
Deny, deflect, dismiss. It’s what we do now. The barrage of news, leaks, releases, innuendo and accusations is so overwhelming it’s all but impossible to process. We sip from the fire-hose and let the rest puddle around our feet. We watch. We laugh. We get angry.
But we don’t act. We observe. We are entertained.
It’s all a bit much. Unsettling. Pervasive. And what do we do as human beings in a pervasive environment? We adjust and adapt to that environment. It’s in our nature. A simple survival mechanism unconsciously deployed.
And so we read the flood of news surrounding the latest revelation. We shake our heads, sip our coffee and get on with our day.
Deny, deflect, dismiss.
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