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June 17, 2013

Politicians distort truth for their own purposes

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Looking back to my childhood, I remember learning about how a young man, our first president, George Washington, was credited with the accolade of not being able to tell a lie.

Whether it was true or not, I still remember the story of the cherry tree. These kinds of stories develop a person’s moral compass that helps guide them through life and helps promote proper social development.

Then, it was impressed on children the benefits of telling the truth and the pitfalls of lying.

Now, politicians all the way to the highest level have a new mantra, “I cannot tell the truth” and even worse, they are credited with using good political savvy.

They operate under the standard that the ends justify the means.

These politicians twist or distort the truth in order to give them some political advantage. They aver that if they tell the truth, there won’t be a chance of them getting elected or re-elected.

They justify this behavior by rationalizing that it’s for the greater good and that everyone will benefit when in actuality they’re the ones who benefit.

What kind of example are they setting for those who follow? Even a simpleton knows that no good comes from lying. Bear in mind: “The mills of the gods grind slowly, the grist exceeding fine.”

It is widely accepted that the truth will set you free and with that assumption, one can deduce that lying can and will enslave a person. Sanctioning such behavior is the same as performing it and one is then in the same boat as the perpetrator.

All this is being observed and made note of and someday, persons participating in this kind of behavior will be held to an account.

Thomas Brice

Boyles Avenue

New Castle

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