True "lies"

I guess the answer is no to my suggestion that the PLP employ a 'less tone deaf, less partisan, more respectful and honest approach' on their party propaganda.

The coward(s) hiding behind the 'submitted by PLP' name at the PLP's website never cease to amuse and elevate their propaganda to new heights.

Firstly, the fact that David Burt and whoever else is propagandizing over there won't sign their name to their words is telling enough.

Secondly, their website propaganda has a lot in common with cults, the ones which refuse to provide a link to the full text of critiques (while linking to favourable commentary and at times reprinting whole 'biased Gazette' articles). The tactic is desperate, to facilitate wholesale distortion, where they pluck segments out in isolation to quote out of context and re-frame with their trademark dishonesty.

So, until Mr. Burt has the strength of character to sign his name to his propaganda (and anyone else who is doing official party PR work over there) he remains a childish coward.

But seeing as he's dispensing advice to Barack Obama in Friday's Sun, let me suggest he heed the words of his Presidential candidate of choice who recently commented on the similar lies and distortions coming from the McCain Campaign:

"These guys love to throw rocks and hide their hand," Obama said, referring to the Republicans.

The cap fits. Wear it.

Furthermore, until Mr. Burt has the integrity and courage to link in full to pieces he quotes from, so that readers can be fully informed rather than hope they swallow his propaganda out of context, he remains in the company of wacky Scientologists and extremist fringe groups.

Thirdly, my final sentences of the post that sent Mr. Burt back over the edge was as follows:

Bi-partisanship isn't just the UBP supporting the PLP's agenda. It's the PLP acknowledging that others have a point and raise legitimate issues.

To prove my point, last week they were touting me as a 'UBP blogger and former candidate' who was 'lauding a PLP program' (not quite 'lauding' but again sans link to the article in full - it helps with the dissembling) is today calling me a UBP partisan? Wasn't I partisan then too? Or does it depends on the content?

As I said, everyone who doesn't spew their party line is a partisan, but of course the ultimate partisans, the PLP (the ones who couldn't bring themselves to accept a sensible amendment to legislation in the Senate) are not.

It's all so Bush Republican. Remember them? The ones who rejected bi-partisanship until they lost the majority in 2006 and immediately called for bi-partisanship.

What a joke he is. An unapologetic hack. If David Burt wants a grown up debate about any issue I'm all for it. But for a political party to put out anonymous public statements is absurd and is evidence that even they don't want to be associated with their spin.

I refuse to directly debate immature cowards who hide behind pseudonyms, although I'll continue to highlight the dishonesty.

Intelligent debate or throwing rocks and hiding your hand? The ball's in your court Mr. Burt.

With that formality out of the way, I find it hilarious that the PLP can consider accuse anyone of 'lying', something they are indisputably doing with their rewriting of history about means tested daycare, which remains in their online history despite it being on its face, categorically, 100% untrue.

Furthermore, my post simply quoted from the PLP website (with links) to demonstrate the repeated dismissal and demagoguery of those who have warned for months - years in some cases - about the PLP's dangerous excessive spending which was contributing to Bermuda's overheating economy.

If they're lies, they're the PLP's lies. How can they not be? They're direct quotes. "True Lies" I suppose (for the Schwarzenegger fans out there.)

David Burt and the PLP are welcome to their own opinions. But they're not welcome to their own facts.

Seeing as Larry Burchall and Tom Vesey in Friday's Bermuda Sun are striking a chord I've been playing here for a long time - the PLP's adoption of the political tactics of modern US Republicanism (as distinct from conservatism) - I thought it worth reminding readers of a couple of concepts the PLP has perfected.

1) Truthiness, as coined by Stephen Colbert:

...truthiness refers to the quality of preferring concepts or facts one wishes to be true, rather than concepts or facts known to be true. As Stephen Colbert put it, “I don’t trust books. They’re all fact, no heart.”
2) The Reality Based Community,as explained by Ron Suskind in the NY Times Magazine. Mr. Burt long ago emigrated from reality to co-habitate with the Republican neo-cons:
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''

PS I'll wait patiently for Mr. Burt and his colleagues to a) start signing their names to their ad-hominen attacks at the party website and b) have the intellectual honesty and integrity to link through to those he criticises.

Intelligent critiques are not afraid to air the other sides position in full; we respect the intelligence of our readerships. Can the PLP say the same?

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