In the A.D. 1992 movie, A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson played Marine Colonel Nathan Jessep. When confronted in court by the Navy defense lawyer played by Tom Cruise, Col. Jessep shouted, “You want the truth?! . . . . You can’t handle the truth!”
Jessep’s line became an instant classic and, today we’re still wondering whether We the People can, or can’t, “handle the truth”. Government thinks we can’t handle the truth and therefore lies to us. But, does government really protect us by shielding us from the truth? Or, does the government protect itself and condemn ordinary Americans by denying our access to the truth?
I’m inclined to believe that the American people can handle the truth. I believe that, inevitably, people must handle the truth. Still, I have to admit that I also have my doubts. In any case, I believe that all lies are only temporary and sooner or later, people will be forced to “handle the truth” whether they like it or not.