As we emerge from the summer doldrums, we see coming ever more clearly what we knew would come from the Obama re-election effort: an unceasing staccato of lies.
For all his exotic cool, easy smiles, and breezy charm, Obama is a product of the corrupt Chicago political machine. When I say that, I refer not just to the machine's well-known lax handling of money, e.g., Obama's real estate deal with convicted mobster Rezko, or its liberal attitude towards voter fraud, e.g., Obama's opposition to voter id laws. No. The real corruption of the Chicago way of politics is how it handles the truth, and the zero regard it has not just for the truth, but for the damage done to the political process and to real lives, real human beings, by the lies it spews. It is the politics of personal destruction on steroids.
We see the machine at work in their "kill Romney" strategy. The Obama machine tells lies, because lies are much better than the truth. The Obamistas only seem to tell the truth when they commit a "gaffe." The most prominent gaffe, aka inadvertent truth, is, of course, "You didn't build that!" Four words that revealed the ugly, angry hate-filled face behind the smiling mask. The truth is a disaster for the Obama campaign and must be avoided; to paraphrase Jack Nicholson, "They can't stand the truth." The Obama campaign is built around lies. Never mind the war on religion, the war on women, the war on the middle class. It is a war on truth. The truth is that the Obama presidency is a disaster by almost any measure of the national interest. Endless and growing deficits; the imploding of the economy; the selling out of allies and the collapse of American influence abroad; the sabotage of basic American values by the promotion of dependence. The campaign cannot be about any of that. The campaign cannot be about Obama's record, it cannot even be about the secretive and deceptive Obama.
The Obama campaign has a Gatling gun loaded up with seemingly endless rounds of lies. They fire one lie after another on the assumption that, as Churchill noted, "A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on." Romney is a tax cheat; Ann Romney has never done anything in her life; Romney rips off workers and small companies; Romney uses death squad money; Romney is a murderer. As the victim gets ready to respond to one lie, another is headed his way. No time to respond to all the lies much less get to focus on the real issues at play. That's the Chicago way.
Whomever Governor Romney picks as VP running mate, better be ready to have his life turned upside down. The Chicago machine will stop at nothing.
This is going to get very nasty.
For the sake of our country and for the sake of just plain decency, Obama must be defeated in November.