In the last few years there’s been a momentous outburst of gall — the audacity of some people to bullshit despite incredible evidence to the contrary — which has touched just about every aspect of US life, especially in politics.
Two such unrelated examples occurred this past weekend, one involved GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry and the other concerned the former US vice president, The Dick.
(Illustration found here).
Due to a tilted MSM, this gall bullshit is allowed to be played out on the media wires without so much as a ‘Hey, wait a minute,” and certainly no saying ‘that’s a lie.’
A public lambasted by continuous crap comes to believe the crap is real — this caused by some like the Tea Party nit-twits who just don’t give a shit.
In the Perry case, the story is race.
Born and raised in the US Deep South (don’t hold that against me), I understand the culture of racism as a normal byproduct of ordinary life — I got outta there as soon as I could.
And with my own children’s upbringing (a single parent, I raised five kids near-about alone), there were two words that were never heard or spoken in my household on threat of great bodily harm — one was the combination of god and damn together, and the other, the “n” word for African-Americans.
The kids would sometimes blurt out the first one in anger (much to my consternation, and to their credit, they’d apologize, or at least look sheepish), but never, ever used the second.
Of course, all other words were fair game — we could make the late George Carlin blush.
Anyway, the thing on Perry arrived Sunday via a story in the Washington Post:
In the early years of his political career, Rick Perry began hosting fellow lawmakers, friends and supporters at his familyâ€™s secluded West Texas hunting camp, a place known by the name painted in block letters across a large, flat rock standing upright at its gated entrance.
â€œNiggerhead,â€ it read.
Ranchers who once grazed cattle on the 1,070-acre parcel on the Clear Fork of the Brazos River called it by that name well before Perry and his father, Ray, began hunting there in the early 1980s.
There is no definitive account of when the rock first appeared on the property.
In an earlier time, the name on the rock was often given to mountains and creeks and rock outcroppings across the country.
Over the years, civil rights groups and government agencies have had some success changing those and other racially offensive names that dotted the nationâ€™s maps.
But the name of this particular parcel did not change for years after it became associated with Rick Perry, first as a private citizen, then as a state official and finally as Texas governor.
Some locals still call it that. As recently as this summer, the slablike rock â€” lying flat, the name still faintly visible beneath a coat of white paint â€” remained by the gated entrance to the camp.
When asked last week, Perry said the word on the rock is an â€œoffensive name that has no place in the modern world.â€
Perry claims the rock was painted over near immediately.
â€œI remember the first time I went through that pasture and saw that,â€ said Ronnie Brooks, a retired game warden who began working in the region in 1981 and who said he guided three or four turkey shoots for Rick Perry when Perry was a state legislator between 1985 and 1990. â€œ.â€‰.â€‰. It kind of offended me, truthfully.â€
Another local who visited the property with Perry and the legislators in those years recalled seeing the rock with the name clearly visible.
â€œI thought, â€˜This is going to embarrass Rick some day,â€™â€Šâ€ said this person, who did not want to be named, fearing negative consequences from speaking on the subject.
The Perry camp pushed back: â€œA number of claims made in the story are incorrect, inconsistent, and anonymous, including the implication that Rick Perry brought groups to the lease when the word on the rock was still visible. The one consistent fact in the story is that the word on a rock was painted over and obscured many years ago.â€
Right, and a minor example of gall as explained by this from the Post story:
Mae Lou Yeldell, who is black and has lived in Haskell County for 70 years, recalled a gas station refusing to sell her father fuel when he drove the family through Throckmorton in the 1950s. She said it was not uncommon in the 1950s and â€™60s for whites to greet blacks with, â€œMorning, nigger!â€
â€œI heard that so much itâ€™s like a broken record,â€ said Yeldell, who had never heard of the hunting spot by the river.
Even in my red-neck of the Alabama woods I never heard such ugly racial shit as the above.
Hence use of simple gall in repudiating the whole thing.
However, unmitigated gall was displayed this weekend by The Dick.
On CNN yesterday (via Raw Story), The Dick offered praise for President Obama in the war on terror, but then demanded an apology from Obama not using the old bullshit phrase, “war on terror” and the old boy is still stung by Obama’s 2009 Cario speech.
â€œIt matters a lot,â€ Cheney said. â€œIn terms of the signals that are sent by the commander-in-chief with respect to the kind of efforts that are going to be used, what we expect our people to be doing.
He needs to be clear with what heâ€™s doing, and he clearly is fighting a war.
I agree with the attacks.
But donâ€™t get wrapped up in your underwear then trying to go back and validate the foolish things said in their campaign.â€
â€œThey need to call it what it is,â€ he said.
â€œWhen he goes to Cairo and in-effect says we walked away from ideals, we forgot our core principles and values on our (the Bush Administrationâ€™s) watch, thatâ€™s a big mistake.â€
When (CNN moderator Candy) Crowley asked if he wanted an apology from Obama, Cheney said, â€œI would. Not for me, but I think for the Bush Administration and that he misspoke when he gave that speech two years ago.â€
Cheneyâ€™s aughter Liz added: â€œI think he (Obama) did tremendous damage. I think he slandered the nation and I think he owes an apology to the American people.â€
One almost has to do a double-take on that huge pile of bullshit.
The Dick and George Jr. are war criminals, no doubt and no amount of unmitigated gall will change that cold-hard fact.