May 26th, 2018 10:52 EST
In the Age of Trump Does Truth Matter?
"Stephen Colbert took network TV on a rare detour into nihilism on Wednesday night, using Donald Trump`s `spygate` conspiracy theory as a jumping off point for a powerful argument that nothing anyone says or does matters in the slightest anymore. Noting that tweeting What goes around comes around was a bold move for a bully like the president, Colbert called him living proof that karma does not exist, then broadened his scope:
Sorry to break it to you, Hindus! It`s a lawless universe, devoid of hope. The stars blindly run. The leash is off-let`s all go baby-slapping."
"Spygate" is the false allegation that the FBI had a spy in the Trump campaign for political purposes, in other words to hurt Trump`s electoral chances.
The mundane truth is that an FBI informant met with several Trump campaign advisers in mid-2016 to assess if there were any links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Only a fabulist would spin a wild conspiracy theory from what amounts to standard operating procedure for the FBI: using a civilian informant in an investigation.
This manufactured scandal is just the latest example of Donald Trump twisting the truth until it resembles a pretzel. Regardless how blatant the lie, Trump gets away with it, and his enablers in Congress and in the media amplify his wild conspiracies.
It`s enough to make a rational person declare, "Nothing anyone says or does matters in the slightest anymore." Is Colbert right that karma doesn`t exist, and we might as well start slapping babies? Should we all go full-nihilist?
I still believe karma is a bitch, and what goes around comes around, and eventually she will bite you in the ass. Words do matter, the truth does matter, and one day Trump`s words will be used to convict him in a court of law, or impeach him in Congress.
Babies are safe around me, I still believe the truth matters.
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