No one likes to be deceived. Even if we ease through life buoyed on a current of soothing half-truths, exaggerations, and the occasional fib, we
self-righteously demand honesty of others. Once a lie is detected, trust and credibility are lost.
I remember the countless number of times when I was growing up that my parents counseled me about lying. They would say things like God is going to
punish you for lying, the devil is going to get you, I am going to whip you, nobody is going to trust you, it isn't right to lie, lying gets you
nowhere, lying only gets you in trouble, lying only leads to more lies, and many more sayings that I could add. Only to find out later that I have
been lied to all my life.
There was no Santa Claus, flying reindeers, or tooth fairy. The things my parents promised to buy me at a future date never materialized. People have
different names for lies to soften the blow of being deceived. Some lies are outright lies, some are bluffs, some are white lies, some are lying by
omission, but they all add up to the same thing--- a lie.
As I read the quote above, I began to realize how true the quote is. There are many people I no longer trust because they have lied to me. Many good
relationships that ended because of ones failure to tell the truth. On the other hand, many people have ended their relationship with me because I
lied to them. Either way it is a lose-lose situation.
However, when you apply this quote to politicians, it seldom seems to apply. A politician can tell you a straight up lie about his candidate, his
plan, or himself and his supporters will support him 100%. When Clinton said I didn't have sex with that woman and later turned out he did, did
people lose trust in him? When Bush the first said his Read my lips pledge on taxes and then raised taxes, did people lose trust in him? When Obama
and McCain are running all around the US lying about each other, themselves, or their plans, Do people lose trust in them? I would have to say that
the answers to these questions is no for the most part. People seem to expect a politician to lie and as a result are willing to accept those lies as
long as their candidate wins.
I think lying to the American people has been a conspiracy of government for a long time. By lying to the American people, politicians make themselves
less responsible and accountable for their actions because people don't expect much from them in the first place. The lying allows politicians to
cover each others back as well as to hide vital information from its citizens under the false pretense of National Security.
What I don't understand, is why do we tolerate such lies from politicians?
Why can't we hold them to the same standards we have for our families and friends?
How many lies does it take to in order for one to lose faith in a politician?
What kind of lie does one consider to be of a serious nature?
Do you consider lies socially acceptable?
or is it because one cannot handle the truth?
One thing is for sure, politicians that lie lead us to nowhere and nowhere is exactly where we are.