“I’m going to say this again to the American people. . . . I want you to listen to me . . . . I did not . . . have sexual relations . . . with that woman.”
When we look at our politicians, we know that most of ‘em . . . the vast majority . . . are habitual, perhaps even pathological, liars. Only rarely (Ron Paul comes to mind) do we elect someone who seems mostly honest.
And so I wonder, how can we explain the predominance of liars among our leaders? Are lying politicians just so slick that, almost every time, they fool honest folks like you and me into voting for them? Or is it possible that “honest folks like you and me” aren’t being fooled at all, but instead knowingly and intentionally prefer to elect liars to public office?
I think that most Americans prefer liars and therefore knowingly elect liars. God help us, but it appears that most of us have an affinity for liars and for lies.
We try tell ourselves (OK, maybe not ourselves; but we tell others and our kids) that telling the truth is admirable, desirable, respectable and beneficial for all. It is the best policy. But, for ourselves, well, sometimes lying is simply a necessity. We don’t want to lie, but sometimes it’s the easiest course of action.
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