“You can’t HANDLE the truth!”
Jack Nicholson didn’t really mean that. What he meant was that the truth would make him look really bad, and probably cost him his job. That’s often the case when obfuscation is claimed to be a concession to the other guy’s weakness.
But what about when a brave truth-teller, like Paul Ryan (see my brother’s recent posts), is lambasted for telling it like it is? Saying that he lacks compassion for the poor, that cutting government-subsidy programs like Food Stamps is condemning a hefty share of our population to starvation, may or may not be true.