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By Wick Fisher
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Liar, liar, pants on fire

Wick's World


One of the things that bothers President Trump’s adversaries the most is his continual stream of lies. In reality, his antagonists, both foreign and domestic, could do themselves a big favor by challenging Trump’s policies instead of his lies. The man is a pathological liar so it’s not as if the lies are going to go away. In a sense, Trump is probably the most honest liar to hold office. Try to wrap your mind around that statement. The man will say what he wants, when he wants, and if you don’t like it, tough luck. In that sense, Trump at least, speaks to himself and his supporters, what he deems to be the truth.

President Donald Trump is probably not even the most influential man in the world. That would be Vladimir Putin. Indeed, in my opinion, Trump is not the most influential man in America either. That would belong to, as all good totalitarians know, those who control the airwaves. Today, the most powerful man in the United States of America is Sean Hannity. He very effectively spews the talking points that enters Trump’s brain as the truth and exits as American policy.

There is nothing new in America politics about this form of government. Until the waning years of George W. Bush’s presidency, Karl Rove was the most influential man in America. Among others, Rove’s big lie was the missing WMDs, the weapons of mass destruction. The only surprise here is the length of time it took for the American people to see through this ruse. Once Rove failed to deliver another Republican to the White House, his credibility was vastly diminished.

Presidential lies have gone on for decades. It should also come as no surprise that it crosses party lines. Let’s back up one presidency before GW and address one of the worst lies in presidential history: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.”

If President Bill Clinton were Pinocchio, his nose would be the size of Texas. Arguably the weakest defense ever given to explain a lie was Clinton’s query to the press, “Define is.”

Ironically, George Bush, Sr. saw the demise of his re-election by telling the American taxpayer the truth. He ran his first campaign with the slogan, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” I guess one could say that was a lie because, after all, he did raise taxes. I prefer to say that later, the man was being honest to the American people. His slogan for re-election should have been something like, “Sorry, but to save the economy, I had to raise taxes.”

Only one thing needs to be said about President Richard Nixon’s lies. Watergate was not the catalyst that caused the first presidential resignation in American history. It was plain and simple, a huge lie. It became known as “The Cover-up.”

President Lyndon Johnson inherited a lie. What Johnson did, however, was perpetuate JFK’s lie. LBJ’s great offense was acting in collusion with one of America’s greatest liars ever, Robert McNamara. They both knew the Vietnam War was unwinnable and went ahead and escalated it anyway. To LBJ’s credit, he knew he was wrong and his conscience would not allow him to seek another term as President of the United States. To McNamara’s credit, he made a deathbed confession that his Vietnam policy was a total lie.

JFK’s lie was the envy of the male-dominated society during which he lived. It was called Marilyn Monroe.

So it bothers you that we have a President that lies? He’s not the first and won’t be the last. Little does it matter that the lies aren’t going to stop. At least half of America can separate fact from fiction.


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