The world is made out of bullshit. Not the manure of one but rather the slang of lying, or any
other inane or nonsensical communication. Bullshit was once easily identifiable and in most
cases without malice. A ‘bullshitter’ was thought to be a fun loving sort, spewing obvious
untruths to the enjoyment of his or her public. As is all else, this form of conveying thoughts was
pushed to its limits to become simple prevarication. No longer a harmless pastime but an
engrained and malicious method of domination.
“That’s bullshit,” is a common retort. A horse’s fecal matter is sometimes distinguished as a
replacement for the male cow but the message is the same. And that is:what the sayer is saying
is absent of any value. When elevated and/or lowered to lying, particularly with malice in one’s
heart, the true, good natured bullshitter is cast in a negative light. This individual may be called
a liar, a category s/he is certainly not deserving of. Thus, the bullshitter is the injured party and if
the amicable bullshitter is embattled, aren’t we all?
Politician’s have been tacitly permitted to bullshit under license of ‘campaigning’. The politician
makes promises that can only be filed under bullshit by any reasonable person. ’Bill Clinton
stated, the era of big government is over.” Believers may very well still be standing on their
heads. George Bush Sr. famously promised that if elected he would not raise taxes but to the
G.O.P. 's anguish, did. Campaign bullshit is to reinforce already existing supporters and if very
successful may cause some undecideds to wander into camp.
Heads of State lie as a matter of course ‘for the greater good.’ C.E.O.’s also lie for the greater
good of the stockholders. These entities should not be confused with bullshitters, though they
may be good ones. These are bald faced liars who believe everyone is and therefore face no
consequences. Those whom we attempt to hold accountable, engage counsel and then we are
talking about an entirely new level of prevarication, ambiguity and a touch of bullshit to warm up
the judge and jury.
In the 1992 movie, “A Bronx Tale,” Robert DeNiro’s son tells a tale at the dinner table to get
away with something and is corrected by his mother. The boy say’s “I had to give it a shot.” The
mother looks to DeNiro for support and he says, “hey he had to give it a shot.” Thus the
attitudinal quandary, ‘If ya don’t get caught you’re good.’ With the countless media outlets and
fact checkers working 24/7, it’s kinda like shoplifting in 2021 with a 1965 skill set. You’re going to
get pinched. But being caught, being wrong no longer makes a difference to many. WIN, WIN,
WIN and crush the adversary, is all that matters. Go find a good bullshitter and have a few
beers, you’ll feel much better.