Postmodern Truth

Mark Steyn highlights an important shift in the definition of “truth”:

“My truth is that I am a gay American,” announced Gov. James McGreevey to the people of New Jersey last Thursday.

That’s such an exquisitely contemporary formulation: ”my” truth. Once upon a time, there was only ”the” truth. Now everyone gets his own — or, as the governor put it, ”One has to look deeply into the mirror of one’s soul and decide one’s unique truth in the world.”

For the rest of us, the truth is McGreevey is an adulterous sexual harasser who put the object of his lust, a foreign national, in a sensitive high-paying job on the public payroll (state director of homeland security) for which he was not qualified and without a background check. (It turns out the young Mr. Cipel is a former lieutenant in the Israeli navy, something that should at least have warranted a question or two. Remember the five Israeli nationals arrested after being spotted in New Jersey on 9/11 celebrating the collapse of the WTC?)

As Steyn notes, this seems to be a trend among Democrats. Bill Clinton’s truth is that he is simply “flawed but human”. Al Gore’s truth is that he discovered the problem at Love Canal and invented the Internet. Al Sharpton’s truth is that the votes of black Americans are not for sale. And John Kerry’s truth is that he was in Cambodia on Christmas Day, 1968.

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