The body politic by definition is the people of an organized nation; in other words — us. But that body has been subsumed lately to lies being told by the party in power: the right, the Neocons, the GOP. It has become a body of lies. And "vast right wing conspiracy" has taken on new meaning.
Years ago, when Hillary Clinton, in defense of President Clinton, railed, “It’s a vast right wing conspiracy,” I had no clue what she was talking about. I had voted for Clinton and did not want to see the GOP destroy a presidency that they hated. I was not current on the terminology and unsure of what Hillary meant. I didn’t bother researching it because it was done in the days before Google and the 'Net. But I know now of what she spoke: the opposition party (Republicans) were out to get the Democrats in general and her husband in particular. She meant that with one voice they all told the same lie at the same time on her husband. Whether or not he deserved the impeachment is not in contention here, but the political tactics that have been employed by the GOP time after time, election after election -- that is the problem.
They got their wish. Clinton was impeached, but he remained in office. The Democrats and the people should have impeached the son of “Read My Lips” Bush, but we hesitated and now a new election could be lost again.
Letter Lying on the Table
In the past election cycle we the people did not know about the lie(s) that led to the Bush War a.k.a. the Iraq War. We did not know that it was put on the table in the form of a fabricated letter. Then the lie (Sadaam Hussein has weapons of mass destructions and secured enriched uranium from Africa) made it rounds. It was borne on the lips of W. It fell publicly from the lips of the honorable Colin Powell. It fell privately from the lips of George Tenet. And worse of all, it was on the lips and teleprompters of the mainstream media. Bush won reelection on the strength of GOP lies.