“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
The above quote could be amended to say politicians who willfully lie to their constituents pose a greater danger to democracy than Osama bin Laden.
A few days ago Republican Rep. Morris “Mo” Jackson Brooks of Alabama told talk show host Laura Ingraham Democrats are waging a “war on whites.” He went on to say, “This is a part of the war on whites that’s being launched by the Democratic Party. And the way in which they’re launching this war is by claiming that whites hate everybody else,” he said. “In effect, what the Democrats are doing with their dividing America by race is they are waging a war on whites and I find that repugnant,” he said Wednesday.
But Mo Brooks did not stop there. Of all places to go next, he chose the bastion of zealots and ideologues -- the Tea Party News Network Tim Constantine Capitol Hill Show to further spread his misinformation to those often accused of having less than room-temperature intelligence.
“What I want these Democrats to do is to stop dividing Americans based on race. It doesn’t make any difference what your skin pigmentation is,” Brooks said. “In America this is the land of opportunity. You can excel provided you’re willing to study hard, work hard, take advantage of the opportunities that are presented in our country. And there are plenty of people who have been able to establish that this race issue should be way behind us. But unfortunately the Democrat campaign strategy is to keep it going.”
“And I find that repugnant and I would hope that the American people would find that repugnant. The kind of racism that Democrats try to inject into their campaigns for political benefit is doing a great disservice to American and the principles that we all believe in.”
It would a crude pun to say Mo Brooks is an example of the “pot calling the kettle black.” But I would never stoop that low except today.