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?