Lying Through Our Teeth

While this post is inspired by some of the shenanigans going on as the presidential campaign winds to a close, it isn’t really about politics or politicians. But it is about lying, and for some of you, politics and lying may actually be synonymous.

But I digress.

When I lie—and really, I’d much prefer not to, as it just feels wrong even if it wasn’t a 10 Commandments kind of sin—I try to do my best to rein it in. To make sure no one gets the shaft. Yes, I might lie to protect myself or someone I care about from a bad situation or an uncomfortable moment, but when I do so, I try to do just enough lying to protect, while not doing so much that the person I am lying to will be harmed, disadvantaged or betrayed in any significant way.

That doesn’t make my lying any more forgiveable, but I think it at least makes the practice more humane.

And yet, politicians, business leaders, shallow lovers, fair-weather friends and lots of other folks seem to lie with abandon, as if there are no consequences. We see it not only on the campaign trail as a politician smears another with lies (Liddy Dole calling her Christian opponent ‘godless’ leaps to mind) but from business leaders who lie about their company’s bottom line or environmental practices or whatever else.

People in important positions frequently lie, and the lies they tell are the kind that can ruin careers, destroy families, tank an entire national economy, and maybe worse than that.

And yet, where is the outrage? We let them tell us lies, and we don’t hold them accountable really. How many lying CEOs or company presidents go to prison for committing crimes that do far more damage than some penny-ante shiplifting or selling of weed or even gross assault sometimes.

Have we reached a point in this nation where we just don’t care anymore?

Are we so beyond being shocked that we just accept this now?

And if so, does that mean that telling the truth is the new sin of secular life?


2 Responses to “Lying Through Our Teeth”

  1. 1 thewordofme
    November 1, 2008 at 1:41 am

    Hi Deacon,

    Regarding these words from your post:

    “Have we reached a point in this nation where we just don’t care anymore?
    Are we so beyond being shocked that we just accept this now?”

    I think most people when they hear of the abuses do care and would like to do something about it. But when those in power (government mostly)seem to not care, or are on the take from lobbyists,or behind the scenes hanky panky is going on to subvert laws or justice…what can we do other then try to identify the culprits and write a congressman or two? I write mine and so far I can’t see any good from it.

    I think a LOT of people are getting rich at our expense. Have been for the last 8 years…at least.

  2. 2 Deacon Blue
    November 1, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I hear ya, but then what bugs me is how so many people continue to back politicians (via their votes) against their own self-interests. Not that one party is inherently better than another, but the inability of people to see past the rhetoric and lie…or perhaps yet, the unwillingness to do so…really makes me wonder for the future of this nation.

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