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Truth Matters


Last updated 9/7/2020 at 12:58pm

What would it be like to live in a world in which lying was regularly greeted with a shrug? Not white lies, or inconsequential evasions, but flat-out, undeniable, objectively untrue lies.

We don’t usually ask politicians to serve as ethical guides to our society but in a world long ago and far away, we expected major politicians caught in a lie to apologize or at least change the subject. Today, depending upon which exhausted set of fact-checkers you consult, we have a president who has delivered more than 20,000 lies and misleading statements in 43 months, many repeated again and again despite the fact that they have been shown to be lies.

During the past Democratic convention numerous fact-checkers have pointed out exaggerations and statements that lacked context, but they found only a handful of clearly false statements, none by Joe Biden. By contrast, the GOP convention created a tsunami of demonstrable and often repetitious lies. (Claiming repeatedly that Joe Biden has proposed defunding the police does not make a lie the truth.) Depending upon which of the eight fact-checkers you believe, Trump alone made from 17 to 21 lies in his acceptance speech.

Unfortunately, too many Trump followers, when faced with facts, simply reject them. That has been the great secret of Donald Trump: not his bogus claims of being a business genius or even his dark skills creating a climate of fear and vulnerability, but his repetitive and effective attacks on some of the fundamental institutions of our society, notably the scientific community and a free press. For devoted followers of Donald Trump, there is only one solution: ignore the “fake media” and the “elite scientists” and follow the great leader in whatever he says or does.

A free and democratic society can exist only if there is a basic level of trust among its members. Systematic and unchecked lying destroys that trust. Remember that when you vote in November. Truth matters.

Dan Carter



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