Daily Archives: June 8, 2012


Surely the facts are of interest only to a precious few.

“Tradition has it that George Washington, America’s first president, chopped down a cherry tree in his youth. The incident may have been the concoction of an ex-parson turned bookseller, Mason Locke Weems, who first wrote about the incident. According to Weems young George had a new hatchet. Hatchets are meant for chopping wood. The trunk of the supposed cherry tree was, of course, wood, so what better place for George to try out his new tool?
In Weems’ story George gives the tree a good whack and chops it down. His father sees the damaged tree and asks his son if he knows who did the deed. George is reported, in Weems’ writing, to have replied to his father’s query by answering:
“I can’t tell a lie, Pa; you know I can’t tell a lie. I did cut it with my hatchet.”

“Tradition” = a blatant lie that has been accepted as truth for ideological purposes.

George Washington is “The Father of Our Country.” That doesn’t make his wife Martha its mother. The image those words are suppsoed to convey are of the country springing out of Washington’s head a la Zeus.

Silly, isn’t it? Yet it persists.

Could it be that Mittens is hoping that his blatant lies will be accepted as truth in similar fashion? That could well be what’s at the bottom of this, as Rachel demonstrates relentlessly.

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Hey look — here’s somone to back Mittens up!

But Jon Lovitz at his most manic doesn’t match Mittens in full-bore campaign mode — an un-shut-uppable force of “moral” posturing (as the title of this FaBlog indicates)

Just don’t let him corner you on a freeway off-ramp, Rachel.

Sing us out Fats!