Her name was Ramona, a sixth grade student in my class at an elementary school in southern California, way back in 1968. A famous politician, brother of a slain President, and who only had hours left in his own life, came to the town where I was teaching. There was a parade scheduled where this politician was going to ride. He was seated next to another important politician, the leader of the California State Assembly, in the back of a fancy convertable car. Ramona had been released, along with other students, from school to go to the parade to see the famous people.
Ramona stood only a few feet away from the car as the parade was about to begin. She was excited. And, she overheard the famous politician ask for advice of the leader of the Assembly. "What shall I say to these people?" The people were almost all Hispanic there in El Monte, CA. The Assembly leader replied, "Oh, just say 'viva'". Ramona heard that.
The parade started. The car's ignition turned on. The brother of the slain President stood up and waved "V" signs with his fingers and shouted, "Viva!" The people shouted in response, "Viva, viva, viva!"
Ramona was disgusted. She came back to my classroom where I was still getting ready for the next day. Ramona told me her story about "Viva."
The picture she painted in words demonstrated the principle of the dupes, the dupers and the super dupers.
Dupes are those who are fooled by clever intentional false impressions. Dupers are those who dupe the dupes. Often, these dupers are also dupes. They simply pass their misunderstanding on to other dupes. Then, there are the super dupers. They know the truth but misrepresent it. They tell part of what they know but not all. And, the part they leave out is critical to understanding the main point. Or, they mix a truth with a lie. The half-truth is harder to discount than an outright lie. Or, they do tell a total lie that might be hard to disprove.
The duping process works well in the world, especially politics. However, it has a very basic flaw. It destroys itself over time. As Shakespeare said, "The truth will out." And, when truth is finally revealed, it not only undermines the lie, it also breaks the trust the dupes had in the dupers. The ability of the dupers to lead, convince, to dupe, is, or at lease should be, undermined.
If President Obama, Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Reid, have used the duping process, then evil has resulted. It is hard to see duping as the way to virtue. If the Constitution has been undermined, if political gain by duping has created betrayal of that oath taken by these political leaders to "support and defend the Constitution," then these mentioned have betrayed their own rights to hold their offices.