And the beat goes on

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

To the editor,

I know there are millions of people in the U.S. right now who are really ticked off about our president lying. Many of us would cite the fact that tens or hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants are crossing our southern border in spite of the fact that all presidents take the oath of office which includes, I believe, protecting the citizens of this country.

I understand people being angry or even disgusted. But’s it’s not just Joe. What’s new? And why get so upset about it? Don’t all presidents lie? Anyone 20 years old or older who watches any news at all are well aware that presidents lie, in spite of the fact that when they’re caught lying they’re lying in front of the whole world! Most people believe, or know, that Trump lied. A lot of people are pretty sure that Barak lied. We all know that Bill did. And what about Mr. Bush? The list goes on and on.

But then, all of us have lied, even if it was when we were two years old and we pooped in our diaper and we told our mommy we didn’t. Most of us would lie if the consequences of the telling the truth were something like getting a spanking (which is a crime now!) or going to jail. I guess lying is learned behavior. So the fact that presidents lie shouldn’t surprise us.

And to be fair, presidents have a lot of information to consider every day and maybe someone lied to them and they’re just passing it on.

Most of us have seen, on the news, a president say things we know aren’t true or say one thing and do something else. It’s just politics and lots of other politicians, going back to the beginning of our country, have been caught lying. So lying is just one of those things that are a part of politics and a part of life, whether it’s us lying, or someone else. And most of us believe that lying is wrong.

One other thing to consider is that there is little we can do about a president lying. Oh, we can gripe, or protest or march with a sign or call or email our Senator, and any of those things may make us feel better or feel like we’ve at least we’ve done something, but it doesn’t change the fact that presidents lie.

Personally, I’m not interested in politics at all, I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. And really, I don’t even know what the truth is. With all the lying that’s been going on, I’m not even sure if I believe that George Washington really chopped down the cherry tree!

Monte Elliott