“Alternative Facts”: What You Don’t See With Your Eyes, Don’t Invent With Your Tongue

It hasn’t been a week since Donald Trump took the Oath of Office as the 45th President of the United States. It’s been 3 days, just 3 measly days, for this administration to redefine parts of the English language. Not that anything that Trump has said over the months leading up to the election, nor since winning the election, has made any coherent sense, we now have Senior White House Advisor Kellyanne Conway coming up with a new definition of the word “facts”. To make matters worse, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer essentially endorsed this new terminology. “Alternative Facts”? This one is a doozy. The bar is now so low that the only way to get under it is by taking a shovel and digging a hole to crawl under. Unfortunately, this just might be their plan, keep lowering the bar. The problem however is that any sane person will simply step over this bar.

Before we transcended into this new alternative universe, most of us believed that facts were facts, not to be falsified or rearranged, a thing that is indisputable, something that has actual existence. Even given this long held definition, republicans have always seemed to have their own extended definition of facts: the kind you look up and the kind you make up. For years they have chosen to use the latter interpretation. Looking up actual facts has never been a part of their long range agenda. Over the past several years, they have slowly found themselves to be in a position where their made up facts were becoming more and more scrutinized and fact checked, sometimes by the media, but lately by the people. This scrutiny was on full display this past weekend with the recent massive Women’s March in cities across the country and around the world.

So, what do republicans do? Reset. They pivot, re-design and align their own “alternative facts” to co-inside with their alternative universe. This puts them in an even more precarious position. To say what you mean and mean what you say is to be honest, but not for these guys. They are hell bent on and completely insistent upon sticking with their deceptions by creating their own language to go along with their own reality. This intransigence of falsifying and counterfeiting of reality only serves to continue to undermine and erode what little credibility they had. They have yet to realize that true relationships are built on honest words, spoken aloud, without enlargement or enhancements and without manipulation.

These millionaires and billionaires are unafraid of risking their own destruction rather than conform to the norms under which everyone else must live. There is nothing wrong with making mistakes. For republicans, in their minds, these are not mistakes. If they were, they would not keep responding with encores. No matter how you spin it, facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Any other phraseology is a lie. It’s as simple as that.

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