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Are We a Nation of Liars?

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Within weeks of the nation's first postal service delivery, someone must have uttered the now infamous and proverbial lie, The check is in the mail. Richard Nixon's, I am not a crook and Bill Clinton's, I did not have sexual relations with that woman all certainly conjure up images of famous falsehoods. George W. Bush's, Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program proved to be a toweringly tall tale. Have we become a nation of liars?
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  Are We a Nation of Liars? by Frank J. Ranelli  Within weeks of the nation's first postal service delivery, someone must haveuttered the now infamous and proverbial lie, The check is in the mail. Richard Nixon's, I am not a crook and Bill Clinton's, I did not have sexualrelations with that woman all certainly conjure up images of famousfalsehoods. George W. Bush's, Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weaponsprogram proved to be a toweringly tall tale. Have we become a nation of liars?Lying, it would seem these days, is fashionable. Sure, politicians have alwayslied, but with each passing generation, they lie more and the lies becomelarger. Have once stately statesmen, which now lie with every breath andword, become the replica for our own deceitful deeds? Is this finally thegeneration that embraces pious propaganda, haughty half-truths andmarvelous mendacities as the measure of morality? Fibbing, it would seem,is no longer faux.Some have made a living off of lying in order to enlighten us with theinnocence of the not so innocent. Johnny Cochran's impertinent If the glovedoes not fit, you must acquit tag line, during closing statements to defendO.J. Simpson, reveals just how useful uttering untruths can be. Linguisticsmatter and semantic-based summaries can sway impartiality over toinjustice. In the lexicon of today's language, deception, not perception, isnow king.Others, from the tobacco industry, to the processed food manufacturers, tothe pharmaceutical companies, have all engaged in pernicious campaigns of less than altruistic acts to gain access to our pocket books with nary a notionor thought. Each new precedent of pretend that is reached seems toembolden the managers of these misrepresentations and Holy Grail hoaxesto stridently strive at outperforming the latest act of obfuscation. Paying lipservice, it appears, is profusely profitable.  Correspondingly, parents have parroted to today's kids what pastgenerations have told their own children -- mainly more lies. Guardians of America's future legions habitually lie to eschew the ever escalating pain of child-rearing -- mainly telling the truth about life. Little white lies, the likes of, sitting too close to the television will hurt your eyes and if you make funnyfaces, your face will stay like that often plant the seeds in young minds thatare later harbored then ultimately harvested for more disturbing acts of dishonesty. Parental piety sadly appears to formulate phony facades andvenal veneers.A review of today's political landscape will divulge a litany of liars. Witnessthe Whitehouse's whitewash of truths to twist and spin the facts to play onthe softened sophistication of today's sound-byte driven society. George W.Bush's preposterous statements, such as, We found the weapons of massdestruction , I don't think anybody anticipated the breach of the levees andthe whopper of them all, When we're talking about chasing down terrorists,we're talking about getting a court order before we do so , speaks volumesof our incurious culpability to seek legitimacy. Searching to find a seeminglyelusive public envelope of trust to push open, magnificent lies by the powers-that-be have been foisted upon the public to feast on and no one has yet tonotice the bitter taste and rancid smell of a rat.Amid these weapons of mass deception was a ticking time bomb of moreprophetic proportion. It was a revelation that the American people wouldsoon learn of the evasive truths about the mass manufacturing of manipulation to launch illicit wars and limit liberty. When you begin to pull onthe individual threads of democracy, the very fabric woven together to formthis great nation, you start to unravel the whole cloth. A once pillar of weighty patriotism quickly becomes a tattered, rag-tag mess of messianicdemocracy that demotes democratic principles to rhetorical and emblematicuse only. Political candor has now been beguiled and browbeaten away fromthe bully pulpit of civic leaders.What we don't know -- specifically the truth -- may indeed hurt us; mortallyand spiritually as a nation. Not only have we become a nation of liars, but wehave become a complacent populace all too unwilling to challenge and  champion for the truth in a sea of hypocrisy and lies. When treachery anddeceit are now the norm, it would rightly appear that, In an age of universaldeceit, telling the truth is [truly] a revolutionary act .URL: http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_frank_j__060823_are_we_a_nation_of_l.htmUploaded by:vicious@truth.com
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