‘Tell the truth — it’s the best lie!’

A quote for our Sad Season of Trump:

“Tell the truth — it’s the best lie!”

The quote is a few years old, but more relevant than ever. It’s from a developer advising a not-for-profit youth sports board how to proceed with a land purchase.

I was on the sports board at the time. While I don’t recall the particulars, apparently we didn’t need to “misremember” any land covenants or environmental restrictions, and simply had to make an honest presentation to local officials.

I do remember, however, the developer’s voice rising with excitement as he defined truth as “the best lie!”

Can you envision an entire society that adopts that mantra? That the truth is such an oddball rarity that you pull it off a dusty shelf only when you don’t need to lie?

Step back and look at the political climate in the U.S. in late 2015. Has it always been this dismissive of the truth, of reality?

Not too long ago, the pervasive dishonesty was rather humorous. Stephen Colbert’s take on “truthiness” made us chuckle, shake our heads and roll our eyes at politicians who have issues with honesty and reality.

It’s not funny anymore. The lies keep coming, even in the face of clear evidence to the contrary.

But it’s not the liars who scare me. It’s the hundreds of thousands of followers who don’t care if their chosen one is lying through his teeth. As long as he keeps preaching to their fear and ignorance, they’ll keep buying what he’s selling.

It’s downright frightening to imagine where that could lead us. Or are we already there?


About Jim McKeever

Writer, father, runner, advocate based in Central New York.
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13 Responses to ‘Tell the truth — it’s the best lie!’

  1. I agree Jim, that is most frightening and perplexing when that happens. I cannot imagine America led by Trump without feeling a sense of doom. Hope reason prevails in your country! ❤
    Diana xo

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  2. It scares me that anyone thinks this is funny, or that there is common sense in what falls out of there.

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  3. Lest we forget:
    A big lie (German: Große Lüge) is a propaganda technique. The expression was coined by Adolf Hitler, when he dictated his 1925 book Mein Kampf, about the use of a lie so “colossal” that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” (wikipedia)

    People would be well advised to start using their critical thinking skills to avoid being taken in – whether it be by a sales con or a politician.

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  4. rachelwhims says:

    Last week we let our cub scouts vote on the next healthy snack. They could choose apples and peanut butter, granola bars, or string cheese. Granola bars won by a landslide, then apples and peanut butter, and finally string cheese with only 4 votes. But one boy wrote in a vote, “I don’t care as long as it’s not Donald Trump.” This got quite a few laughs and applause so I’m hoping that’s a good sign. I wonder if any of the candidates were ever cub scouts. 🙂


  5. kutukamus says:

    Happens.. in many pars of the world, I guess (and chance is, has already been in many forms or areas as well—commercials, movies, daily talks among common people..)


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