Let me begin by saying that Matt Taibbi, who writes for Rolling Stone, is one of the most gifted writers of our time…in my opinion. But the first three words in his venomous attack piece on Michele Bachmann is undoubtedly the best advice any writer has ever given his readers! http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michele-bachmanns-holy-war-20110622?page=1
“Close your eyes” is unfortunately followed by the most hurtful, mean-spirited, angry and malicious print I have ever suffered through. What I find so disturbing is that the article carries the energy and darkness of a person driven so mad by a cheating spouse, or unscrupulous business partner…that instead of the justice and revenge he seeks, he finds only his own self-destruction. He is the literary Van Gogh who sets out to turn his subject into a masterpiece only to create a self-portrait of the ultimate tortured soul…which, in a stroke of poetic justice, also just happens to be the self-portrait of Progressivism in America today.
Please don’t get me wrong. He has an audience and a loyal fan base that will devour his every word…like red meat to a wild dog pack. But that’s not who we are as a country. As hard as the left has worked to discredit and destroy the qualities of faith and virtue by mocking and humiliating any who dare to stand for these things, they only weaken and reveal themselves. And, as Taibbi himself admits, their targets are only made stronger!
On the other hand, we have a sitting President in the 3rd year of his 1st term who would never see a 2nd term, were it not for the Benders of the world. There are two types of Benders, the Truth Benders and the Lie Benders. A Truth Bender starts with the truth and shapes it to what he wants to believe. A Lie Bender takes the lie and shapes it to what he wants you to believe. Taibbi is a Truth Bender who works harder than most writers in researching his subject. But the way in which the truth of Bachmann’s character was presented…the humanity, grace and sheer capacity of heart it takes to open ones home to 23 foster children…is literally brushed aside with a sentence or two in order to divert the reader’s eye to the atomic microscope he has steadied over his subject’s one birthmark mole!
Chris Matthews, Joe Scarborough, Rachel Maddow and most of Main Stream Media would be your prime time Lie Benders. In dealing with their primary subject, there is simply no truth to start with! Everything about Barack Obama from his inception in the public eye to the devastation he brings as President is a lie. But they have become magicians in their ability to bend the lie to a form that is acceptable…even desirable to the public ear! Where Taibbi converts saint to demon, these characters are able to convert someone who has taken us into 3 wars and on our way to double-digit unemployment into someone you would want to have lunch with!
The worst you can say about us conservative bloggers and pundits is that we may be guilty of embellishment from time to time. We are like the proud parents of Truth who may fret over Truth leaving the house without brushing his teeth and putting on a clean T-shirt. The Benders, on the other hand, will try to sell you someone else’s kid…because they’re smart enough to know that nobody wants the monster they’ve created.