A Society Infected with Lies
Our society was not founded upon lies. It was founded upon truths so fundamental that they have withstood even our own failure to live up to them.
Let's start with this one:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Those are the opening words to our Declaration of Independence. The fundamental truth contained therein -- that all people are created equal -- was betrayed by the existence of slavery, a horrific evil. But the ability to point to that truth strengthened the argument that slavery was deeply wrong; Americans were willing to fight a war to abolish it.
A society that believes in and defends truth can endure any number of other shortcomings. But our society has become infected with lies. Worse, these lies are perpetrated by some of the most visible people and institutions in our society, those that ordinary citizens look to for leadership and honesty. When those leaders create or perpetuate lies, millions of unsuspecting people who trust our leaders are misled, with disastrous consequences.
We were told that then-candidate Donald Trump colluded with Russia to help "throw" the 2016 presidential election his way; that was untrue and was known by those driving the narrative to be untrue.
We were told that the FBI had not abused its power to spy on private citizens or on Trump; in fact, members of our federal law enforcement lied to a federal court (and to Congress) to illegally obtain surveillance warrants.
We were told that there was no evidence to support the theory that COVID-19 emerged from a laboratory in China; in fact, there has always been evidence that COVID-19 was an experimentally manipulated virus possibly released from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
We were told that the damning information on the laptop of President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, was "Russian disinformation." That was a lie, and one that was used to justify shutting down any inquiry, coming as it did only weeks before the 2020 presidential election.
We should be able to count on our journalists to do serious investigative work to expose those who are deceiving the public -- politicians, law enforcement, corporate CEOs -- and hold them accountable. Instead, our media has acted as the public relations arm of the Democratic Party, only too happy to avoid making inquiries that might hurt Democrats or help Republicans. (And that goes triple if such an investigation would prove anything Donald Trump said to be true.)