We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
'Liar' is just as ugly a word as 'thief,' because it implies the presence of just as ugly a sin in one case as in the other. If a man lies under oath or procures the lie of another under oath, if he perjures himself or suborns perjury, he is guilty under the statute law.
Under the higher law, under the great law of morality and righteousness, he is precisely as guilty if, instead of lying in a court, he lies in a newspaper or on the stump; and in all probability, the evil effects of his conduct are infinitely more widespread and more pernicious.
It reminds me that Dr. Bliss says "Lying is worse than theft of property, because it is the theft of somebody's reality."
We need to get 2 portions of today's speech to the Republicans. One, where the freshman representative called Obama out on saying the Republicans were obstructionist, then listed his lies and how he ignored Republicans.
Two, where Tom Price took it to Obama (in the most polite way possible) for admitting the Republicans offered good ideas and had provided useful insight into the health care debate - but not recanting that "republicans are obstructionist and added nothing". He then said - "what do YOU suggest I go back and tell my constituents?"
Obama's response was a rambling wreck. He's a shell of a man.
I'm in agreement with Dr. Bliss that lying is stealing someone's reality. This seems to be especially true in intimate relationships where feelings are concealed with lies while the 'tell' may be clearly evident. The lied-to either learns to question important judgment or the bond of intimacy is broken by doubt and the relationship is severely damaged. I'm not going all Sissela Bok on the matter, but staying closer to the truth is the better path.
I don't know what to say about politicians as I think they're all liars, but shame on us if we don't put them to the test and hold them to account.