I'm fifty one years old. I grew up in the 70's and 80's in Southern New Jersey and my parents raised me (and my brother) Catholic and going to church
every Sunday. We were taught right from wrong, we got the belt across our asses if we did something bad enough and I believe we both ended up good
people who obey the law, treat others fairly and contribute to society.
One thing I will never forget about our upbringing is that if we did something wrong...the only thing worse was to then lie about it. While it wasn't
spelled out to me, I discovered and believe that if you lie, if you continue to lie and especially if you lie to benefit yourself...you become a liar.
A label and tag that is like the "Scarlet A" of old...but still relevant. If you are a liar, every word that exits your mouth holds no value. Your
words and opinions become worthless...valueless. You can't be trusted and I would even go as far as saying you can't be a friend, employee, etc.
Now...I'm talking about LIARS...people who lie all the time when it suits their purposes.
But look around us. The government in general lie daily...Obama lies constantly, has been caught in many lies and still people accept him. WHY? Why
do we accept people we can't trust to tell us the truth when their entire job is to be honest with the American people...representing us? Why do some
of us say "well...all politicians lie" like this is OK because we have allowed it to happen. Why aren't we DEMANDING these people step down or be
fired or impeached?
Lying under oath is illegal, lying to the FBI is illegal...why isn't lying in general illegal? I'm not talking about saying something you believe is
correct that turns out not to be correct. I'm not even talking about little "white lies" like..."no honey...your ass doesn't look big in that dress".
I'm talking about lies that are solely for the benefit of the liar. Lies that they know for a fact are not true...lies that make people make wrong
decisions because they believe the liar...etc.
At a government level....I think every elected politician should be considered "under oath" whenever they address the American people or the media.
If they knowingly lie...they should be called a liar and if they make that the standard practice, they should be considered a "criminal liar" and
impeached or fired. Think about how that would clean up corruption.
But at a personal level...look at all the known lies that fly around ATS. Mostly political, but also non-political. The specific topic doesn't
matter but there are many here that know the truth, but perpetuate the lies. While many here may simply blow that off...I don't and never will. The
moment you lie enough, your entire reputation is gone. Your character is stained. You don't deserve respect, consideration or attention. You have
decided...you chose to engage in lying and are therefore a liar. Your words are worthless, your points are useless and your presence is of no value.
You can't be trusted or believed.
So there is my long overdue tirade. So even though lying may not be illegal or criminal...I suggest it be considered. I suggest lying is a bad thing
and those who continually do so are also a bad thing.
edit on 11/15/2016 by WeAreAWAKE because: (no reason given)