False facade of words

September 5, 2008

Reading for me is breathing. A good story, fiction or non-fiction, is among life’s wonders. I like fiction because it opens another world and allows me to inhabit it. I like non-fiction because if well done, it illuminates truths otherwise beyond my reach.

All this brings me to Sarah Palin. The story she told at the GOP convention and reinforced by McCain and his staff is compelling in a superficial way. Buzz words such as hockey mom and reformer and maverick create a pleasing picture that people long to embrace.

The only problem, of course, is that the story is fiction. A good yarn. Combining half truths doesn’t add up to truth. In fact, given the context of Palin’s speech and its importance to our nation at such a critical time, one could argue that half truths equal lies.

Or, I suppose, her story could be categorized as non-fiction because it’s purportedly a story of a person’s life and career. But given that the goal of the story is to create a perception based on falsehoods, it’s not non-fiction but propaganda.

Now, to ensure that the false facade of words doesn’t crumble, the McCain campaign says today that Palin won’t answer media questions.
How in a democracy, where openness and accountability are essential, does someone who could be a heartbeat from the presidency not get grilled?

The McCain campaign has written the story that it wants us to believe, and that apparently is the end of it. It could be the end of much more.

Update: Selling the state jet on eBay is another truth stretcher.