Here at the Failure, we’ve been leading the way when it comes to the study of bullshit, because who better than the blog of wild fabrications and outright lies to conduct such research, right? And whenever election time comes around in the US, it’s prime bullshit season. It’s like Haley’s Comet, solar eclipses, and summer blockbuster movie season all wrapped up into a giant bullshit burrito – and everyone gets to take a bite of it.
One of the key bullshit markers we’ve identified this year was people of a Christian bent spouting off bullshit and then trying to sidestep it by declaring that what really matters (other than the truth) is what’s in their heart, or that you don’t know what really in their heart, or their heart is telling them conflicting information than the actual truth. We haven’t found any evidence of this happening with other faiths yet, but we’d be happy to include them on the list.
Well, there’s another phrase we need to be on the lookout for: “study it out.” This was brought to our attention through an angry old lady yelling at Chris Matthews that President Obama is a communist – and then failing to explain why she makes that claim.
Matthews: What did you mean by that?
Romney Supporter: All you have to do is study it out. Just study it out and you’ll see. You haven’t done your homework, buddy.
Matthews: What do I need to study?
Romney Supporter: He’s a communist. And those of us who are not voting for him know it.
Matthews: And what do you mean by communist?
Romney Supporter: You don’t know?
Matthews: Just tell me. Help me out here. I want to know what you mean.
Romney Supporter: Oh I know what I mean.
Matthews: Well help us out. You’re on national television.
Romney Supporter: I know I’m on national television.
Matthews: Well tell me what you mean when you just accused the guy of being a communist.
Romney Supporter: You just study it out.
Apparently this phrase just isn’t a weird turn-of-phrase by a raging old woman untethered from reality, it has its roots in the Mormon Faith, which we’ve previously identified as the needless sequel Christianity never asked for.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
It is sort of comforting to see that “truthiness,” as Stephen Colbert coined it, has been around for a while. We’d hate to believe this high level of bullshit was a recent phenomena. You will know what is right because it will feel right – a laughable sentiment because previous research in the Renal Failure labs has determined that your feelings don’t matter.
“Study it out” seems more insidious than the previous “what in my heart” defense because it suggests actual research and thinking being done when really you’re doing none of those things to come to your conclusion. That’s why the woman is so indignant when asked to explain herself. I her mind, she’s apparently done the necessary intellectual legwork and you haven’t, so fuck you she’s better than you. Granted, it’s not hard to be smarter than Chris Matthews (who we are still waiting for someone to stab in the neck with a pencil), but even a number-one ranked team has to put in some effort to beat a team near the bottom of the standings.
So we are pleased to induct “study it out” into your Bullshit Phrase Hall of Fame, putting it right next “what’s in my heart” and “bless your heart” as phrases that denote high-level bullshittery going down. Special thanks to the Church of Latter Day Saints for providing this new term for us to use when we want to justify things when little to no evidence exists to support such selfish assertions.