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July 14th, 2019 by Warren Swil

Rampant, unpunished

dishonesty threatens

the fabric of society

President Donald Trump, Liar in Chief.

President Donald Trump, Liar in Chief.

For many generations, parents have been teaching their babies to tell the truth as soon as they can talk. Even babies are punished if they lie.
Telling an untruth is a serious crime in our justice system.
One need not look far for evidence that honesty is a fundamental value essential for the survival of modern societies.
Yet leaders around the globe – and especially in the US – have drowned their followers in an avalanche of falsehoods without paying any discernible price, monetary or political.
In doing so, they are posing an existential threat to the continued survival of our societies. For without truth, modern, interdependent countries surely will vanish much like the Roman Empire did some 1,600 years ago.

The problem is particularly acute in the US, where the president has become the Liar in Chief.
In its widely watched tally, The Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post reported in April that President Trump has made 10,000 false or misleading claims.

The Washington Post Fact Check site hits the 10,000 lies milestone.

The Washington Post Fact Check site hits the 10,000 lies milestone.

“It took President Trump 601 days to top 5,000 false and misleading claims in The Fact Checker’s database, an average of eight claims a day,” The Post reported.
“But on April 26, just 226 days later, the president crossed the 10,000 mark — an average of nearly 23 claims a day in this seven-month period …
“As of April 27, including the president’s rally in Green Bay, Wis., the tally in our database stands at 10,111 claims in 828 days.”
If the most powerful man in the world can lie with seeming impunity, why should anyone else do otherwise?
It is no wonder that public trust in the most important institutions in our country and our world has suffered grievous declines in recent years.

According to a global survey by the Pew Research Center published in April, 2019, Many Across the Globe Are Dissatisfied With How Democracy Is Working.
“Anger at political elites, economic dissatisfaction and anxiety about rapid social changes have fueled political upheaval in regions around the world in recent years,” the study finds.
“Anti-establishment leaders, parties and movements have emerged on both the right and left of the political spectrum, in some cases challenging fundamental norms and institutions of liberal democracy.”
The survey found that 51% of respondents are not satisfied with the way democracy is working; only 45% say they are satisfied.
One of the root causes of this dissatisfaction is undoubtedly the lack of honesty by political elites across the globe.
“ … dissatisfaction is pervasive among people who see politicians as uncaring and out of touch,” the study found.
“Many also say the politicians in their country are corrupt, and those who hold this view are consistently more dissatisfied with how their democracy is functioning.”
It is a gloomy assessment.
The rampant telling of lies spreads from the top down. If those at the pinnacle of power pay no price for false and misleading statements, why should anyone else fear the consequences of doing the same?
But the consequences are real and dangerous. Imagine if you could not trust your doctor to tell you honestly about your medical options; or if you could not trust your bank to take good care of your money; or if you could not believe politicians’ claims that they seek peace, not war.
The possibilities are endless and frightening. A society devoid of all trust in vital institutions is one on the road to oblivion. Let us hope it is not too late to right the ship of state.

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One Response  
  • Bjorn writes:
    July 22nd, 2019

    A lot of people voted for Trump just BECAUSE he’s not a politician. Most politicians lie a lot too! The owner of this blog is one of my best friends, so I won’t comment too much here! Being from Sweden and seeing for myself how crazy it gets if things go too much left, I do not support this view too much!


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