When is a liar not a liar?

My response to Gerard Baker.

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1 Response to When is a liar not a liar?

  1. Peter Varhol says:

    Politicians have always lied. My personal favorite is “I did not have sex with that woman.” I am not trying to be partisan, but rather trying to clarify what neither Gerard nor Felix did. Clinton, after all, had his apologists who insisted that technically he did not lie; he did not do a specific act. In this instance, he was being a lawyer, not a human being (and yes, specifying that distinction was intentional).

    And Trump also has his apologists. The disturbing part of his mendacity is that people tend to acknowledge the mendacity while claiming that he seemingly has a higher purpose in mind.

    And to be fair, Clinton lied about a personal matter. Trump lies about just about anything, and in many cases, those lies may affect the direction of US policy. On the one hand, I would hope that my leaders are forthright (though perhaps not always honest) in setting both domestic and foreign policy. On the other, it will be interesting to see how Trump’s brand of lying plays out in setting and enforcing policy. A corollary to the old Chinese curse “May you live in interesting times” may well be “Let’s see how Trump plays on the world’s largest stage.”

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