Wednesday March 28, 2018
People should not tolerate routine lying from public officials.
In my youth, too many national Democrats hobnobbed with the mafia or were racists. Most Republicans were distinguished gentlemen, and some ladies, who seriously debated policy differences. Republicans lost me when they lost their morals and began mocking intelligent people.
The Iran-Contra affair was treasonous, but President George H.W. Bush pardoned everyone. Oliver North isn't in jail; he's on Fox News and out autographing books.
Media Matters lists 932 administration lies that led to the Iraq War, the debacle that upended the entire Middle East. Fifteen years later, offshoots of that war continue to kill thousands. Torture, an international war crime, became American policy. President George W. Bush told journalist Bob Woodward that he didn't listen to intelligence advisers, only to God and his gut. Now he's on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show.
Lying has become ubiquitous. FactChecker.org lists 2,140 lies in President Donald Trump's first year. He too refuses expertise, instead relying on his gut reactions. Humans have the ability to absorb and evaluate information, contemplate various responses and analyze potential results. But that requires intelligence. Gut reaction to momentary stimulus doesn't. Lying and bullying have replaced intelligence.
CIA analyst John Kiriakou's conscience demanded he expose the criminal torturing ordered by the Bush administration. He was incarcerated. Gina Haspel, who commanded a black site and was involved in the destruction of videotapes of torture by CIA agents, is now nominated to lead the agency.
Where have all our morals gone? America's leadership is appalling.
America's leadership is lacking in morals