Friday, November 23, 2012
Clueless - Polls and Political License
This headline, Polls offer little guidance for politicians tackling ‘fiscal cliff’, from the Washington Post, goes far in defining, quite accurately, why this comment on political license, appended to a PJ Media article, could also be referred to, quite as accurately, as political licentiousness.
“Poetic license” is the freedom allowed to writers for achieving literary effects by deviating from facts, conventional logic, or standard grammar and spelling.
“Political license” is the freedom allowed to politicians to make statements deviating from facts, logic, principle, or consistency to achieve electoral effects. Although sanctioned for politicians by long practice, this freedom is denied to ordinary mortals. When they say something silly, they expose themselves to immediate contradiction, derision or rude guffaws.