Friday, June 21, 2013

"Honest Politicians" And Other Oxymorons

A few days ago I posted a piece about a contest to pick "The Most Shameless Liar In the Whole, Wide World..." etc.  Interestingly, in that post I never said a word about politicians, but almost all the comments proposed political figures as candidates.  Exceptions were proposed by MrsCampbell, who nominated MSNBC, and Rachel Maddow in particular, and Reliapundit, who proposed Satan.

Both excellent suggestions, but they prove my point here, which is that most of us have lied about something at one time or other, but when it comes to using lies as the primary way of dealing with people, politicians own the planet. 

I also think it's fair to add that a lot of politicians are so good at it precisely because of the help and support of creatures like Satan and Ms Maddow.  (Side point here:  A question throughout history has always been whether Satan and Rachel Maddow actually exist, or whether they are both archetypal creations of our collective psyche:  frightening, improbable beings we have invented as a species to help us explore the boundaries of "good" and "evil").  That's the kind of thing I imagine somebody like Nietzsche might have said about it, if he was still around.   But I digress.

 Anyway, I got a lot of great comments, and I honestly don't know how to pick one.  Washington is completely overrun with scoundrels and liars these days, and it's been that way for a long, long time.  It's just that now, since they seem to be getting away with taking control of the entire world, it's hard to say which one is the worst.   So after giving it a lot of thought, I decided to just admit that the whole idea of a contest to pick the biggest liar in politics is completely unworkable.  

The only fair thing to do is declare all of you winners, and that means that Anonymiss is going to have to make a ton of cookies, which she will no doubt do, and we'll be sending them along.  Meanwhile, I've decided that since there's no way to pick just one "Biggest Liar", I've awarded the title to the people in the picture below.  All give-or-take 600 of them.  Every one of them has earned the title, and so the official recipient  of the title of "The Most Shameless Liar In The Whole Wide World.  Since We Evolved Lips" is.....The entire United States Government.
Anyway, if you want to have a contest, here's a more workable idea.  Come up with an oxymoron that's more outrageous than "Honest Politician", (it can be about anything, but extra credit for any oxymoron that has to do with politics)...winner gets a stack of Anonymiss' latest flavor...bacon wrapped chocolate chip habanero cookies.....


  1. No problem, sweet Springeraz. I'll be baking up a storm with my new baby:

    Looking forward to reading the oxymoron-ic responses :)

    1. tough love

      vanilla fudge

      double solitaire

      found missing

      the big half

      war games

      least favorite

  2. beneficial tax

    business ethics

    jumbo shrimp

    martial law

    military intelligence

    teacher's union

    civil servant

  3. civil war

    congressional oversite

    ten times smaller

    free with purchase

    journalistic integrity

  4. Informed Electorate

  5. honest lawyer

    feminist logic

    bird dog

    continuing resolution

    work party

  6. public education

    amplified music

    teaching profession

    legal profession