We owe a debt of gratitude to the journalists and reporters whose work is to make sure the truth is exposed and the public knows the facts. Too many have too much to hide. It’s the dedication and commitment to the truth that is the bedrock of our freedom.
Even George Orwell couldn’t have imagined this amount of doublespeak and overt lying. #BLOTUS is the undisputed “Lord of the Lies.” Bruce Riedel lets us know once again that our Liar-in-Chief cannot be trusted.
And now the Cheetos-colored, wannabe king is verbally attacking one of our biggest allies in the Middle East. Is he truly this stupid?
After just recently rereading 1984, I am struck by the timeliness of this statement by Orwell. All of us have heard the old saw that we have the government we deserve. Orwell states it even more directly.
In a democracy we have the ability to choose. We don’t have, however, the guarantee that we will necessarily choose wisely. None so blind as those that refuse to see. And most of our nation has become so afraid that they refuse to open their eyes. And a people that willingly swallows lies can never be set free by the truth.
We are not only on the road to hell, we are helping pave it as we go.
Having just once again read Orwell’s 1984, this quote resonates with me. It also resonates with me because of all that I see happening around me. When almost half of everything we hear from the two leading presidential candidates can be fact-checked and proven false, I am more than a little concerned about where we are as a society.
The consequences are ugly. If we continue to allow our leaders to openly lie; if we refuse to demand the truth, we will have no one but ourselves to blame when there is no difference between the two. That line is becoming more blurred every day.
Donald Trump, for instance, has already cried foul at the thought that his statements might be fact-checked during tomorrow night’s face-to-face debate with Hillary Clinton. How frightening is it when the two leading contenders for the highest office in our nation are afraid of facts?
Any of us can say anything. That doesn’t make our statements true. But, shouldn’t we hold our political leaders accountable for intentionally lying and using half-truths? Don’t we want our leaders to be factual?
I, for one, would like to have the statements of all presidential candidates fact-checked, even if, in those famous words from A Few Good Men, we can’t handle the truth.