One of the more annoying liberal phrases is "speaking truth to power." The reason it provokes that reaction -- at least from me -- is that it is so inaccurate. Look at Barack Obama. All he did was lie to get into power. He told his constituency what they want to hear, or what he wanted them to believe, much of which was the opposite of the truth. He told us that the Jeremiah Wright we heard was not the man he knew. He told us that he would have the most open and transparent administration in history. He told us that he would be the post-partisan President. He told us that raising the debt ceiling was unpatriotic. I could go on, but this paragraph is too long already.
The point is, Obama spoke lies to power.
So what would be a more accurate phrase?
"Speaking truth to unemployment." (Just ask James Watson, co-discoverer of the double helix.)
"Speaking truth to mockery and scorn." (As Darwin and Galileo found out.)
"Speaking truth to offense." How often have you heard people react to a truthful statement they can't really argue with by saying that they're really offended?
"Speaking truth to isolation." (Politically correct types usually give me the cold shoulder after reading this honest-to-a-fault blog.)
"Speaking truth to not getting laid." (As I have also found from hard experience.)
The truth is, "speaking truth to power" usually translates as, "I want what I say to be true, even though it's not, and by using this ridiculously stilted and pretentious phrase I want to appear noble as well."
Addendum, two hours later: Turns out, as per commenter Steven, that I've been misinterpreting this phrase, as explained in the comments.