When Governor Romney prematurely weighed in on the press release made by the embassy in Libya and intentionally and blatantly misrepresented the meaning of the statement, he was just continuing a pattern of lying and intentional misinterpretation that has been going on for a long time, perhaps all his life. The problem is that lying becomes a habit!
The statement was condemning the “continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.”
Voices were heard suggesting that the language of the release could have been better. Perhaps bad or evil or vicious could have been used instead of misguided, but there was absolutely nothing wrong with the language, “we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions.” No one, except someone wanting to dig for out of context implications, would have thought the statement was anything other than a call for general respect. Besides, the misguided individuals were the filmmakers and the Florida minister. The language was actually intended to soft-pedal any insult to Christians.
It is an unconscionably disingenuous stretch to analyze the statement, “we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions” to mean to “sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” The disingenuous stretch is to intentionally misinterpret the all to include the religions of those who waged the attacks. But it is unpardonable to leap from “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims” to “sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” These don’t share the same universe.
But hasn’t there been a continuing pattern of lies and intentional misinterpretations?
Just to name a few:
“He just made it worse”
The work requirement in the welfare law
“You didn’t get there on your own”
Apologizing for America
The grotesque misinterpretation of John McCain’s remark during his own campaign, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose,” as if the President was saying that about himself.
The list goes on and on until Tuesday night’s:
“Sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”
When lying is a habit, the liar can’t tell what the truth is any more, how the truth fits into reality, until he falls into the “Pathological Liar Trap!”