Right Wing Watch has caught David Barton in a lie — an exaggeration by the most charitable possible interpretation — that is entirely pointless. He tells audiences simultaneously that he speaks to nearly two groups a day and that he works so hard on his ranch all day long that he doesn’t have time for other things.
Last year, Barton was the keynote speaker at the Family Leader’s “Celebrate The Family” dinner where he delivered his standard presentation, but one thing caught our attention, which was his standard assertion that he speaks to hundreds of groups every year. In this case, Barton said that he personally “spoke to over 600 different groups” in the last year, which averages out to speaking to a group and a half every single day for an entire year.
That seemed a little hard to believe simply on its face. But it becomes even harder to believe in light of his later assertion that he owns a ranch that requires him to work “from sun up to sun down” fourteen hours a day during the summer.
“We wish we had eight hour days like people in the city have,” Barton said. “We never get eight hour days; that would be a vacation. We work all the time.”
What makes this all the more bizarre is that it’s a meaningless lie. What is the purpose of it? I just don’t think Barton knows how to tell the truth anymore, if he ever did.