I hope that your readers read the entire article detailing the recent Gosar meeting with the Payson Tea Party because I believe that there is a real eye-opening lesson from that meeting. It is evident that Gosar has adopted the Jon Kyl method of addressing the American people.
You might remember when Jon Kyl spoke to the Senate and gave a scathing attack against Planned Parenthood. It was immediately apparent to informed listeners that he had given grossly incorrect statistics and he was challenged about his accusations. A representative from his office advised that his remarks “were not meant to be factual statements.” Interesting way to explain telling lies. (I don’t think this would have worked with my mother.)
So, first, Gosar told a tale of how the ambassador in Libya had been “tortured, sodomized and dragged through the streets” and his listeners reacted with expected shocked gasps. And then he followed this attack on Obama’s policies with the assertion that more American soldiers had died in the four years of Obama’s administration than had died during the entire Bush administration.
The only thing wrong with this is that the first story was completely unsubstantiated and supplied by a Muslim Web site that would have every reason to give out incorrect information. And the second story was very easily found to be false by making a five-minute check online.
Does Gosar have such low expectations of his listener’s intelligence to think that they would just believe anything that he chose to say?
Unfortunately, it seems that this cavalier attitude toward honesty seems to come from the top of the Republican ticket. When it was pointed out that Paul Ryan had made fast and loose with facts in his convention speech, a member of the Romney/Ryan group said that the campaign was not going to be directed by the “fact-checkers.” And, when misleading (or totally incorrect) ads against Obama have been pointed out in the media, the Republicans neither apologize or even take down the ads.
And, watching the Obama/ Romney debate, it was easy to see that many Romney statements did not even remotely match what he has said in the past. (This flip-flopping was often pointed out even by his Republican primary opponents.)
There has always been some campaign dishonesty (by both parties), but the current Republican Party has elevated it to an art form.