Faking It is usually a harmless exercise in bravado, gallantry, kindness, or bullshit in order to further one's career, relationship, or used car sale. Venial sins of the flesh and convenience, but usually confined to a moment. Some people get rich from it even after folks discover the truth, which may (or may not) help to explain Ryan Seacrest.
However, the new, fortified variety of Faking It that has cropped up in politics has morphed into something from a horror movie. A collective gasp escapes as a nation watches someone actually bait a hook, line, and sinker--only to watch the media AND Congress! knowingly swallow, process and regurgitate the lie.
It is a thing I'd only read about in Animal Farm and The Last Battle.
And then to fake being a hero, a battle-tested soldier, or recipient of meritorious accolades in order to suborn the credibility of our military goes straight to the category of hellish evil. Oh, I'm sure the means are all somehow justified in the fantasy-driven "ends" that are desired. But the desired "end" of a matter is never what is arrived at with wickedness.
I posted this over at Gateway Pundit this morning:
"It all makes me long for Air Guitars and Milli Vinilli; way back when phony was phunny!
Now we have Democratic Senators who basically lip-synch to MoveOn.org without giving them any cred for it, and spend their time faking being a governing body.
Now I'll just settle for a candidate that can fake being a Statesman.