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To Those Who Say All Presidents Lie

To Those Who Say All Presidents Lie

Part 2 of a Series

By Dennis Loo (8/23/18)

I was in a conversation last night in which everyone at the table but me agreed that most presidents have affairs and all politicians lie. It’s not that I disagree with the premise, because I don’t, but to use this to then excuse Trump for what he is doing is wrong.

First of all, those who voted for him did so because he was supposed to be different. You can’t have it both ways: you can’t claim that he is different and then say he is exactly the same. Second, while I have no love lost for the lies that Democrats tell, Trump’s relationship to truth is radical and extreme: he values truth not at all. At least most people will admit to the existence of facts and the law. Trump and his people do not do even that. They make up stuff all the time and he directly contradicts himself willy-nilly, as if it doesn’t matter, as if it doesn’t matter to commit felonies against campaign finance laws.

Thirdly, what we now know because of confessions and guilty verdicts on hush money and evading taxes and hiding money is just the tip of the iceberg. Trump has been acting as if he is above the law and hanging out with sleaze balls for a reason. He stole the election because of this. Doesn’t that matter to you? 

You can't claim that you were elected to drain the swamp if you and yours are among the worst of the swamp.

Fourthly, there is an epistemological question here. What you are really saying when you pass transgressions off as something everyone does, so it does not matter, is you are saying that it's alright to lie to me, and I will believe much of it, even though sometimes I say that they all lie, and that it's ok if we have a system that depends on lies to float itself. Is that the kind of world you want to live in? Is that all we are capable of doing? 

To be continued

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