Recently, for personal reasons, I have developed an extreme sensitivity for, and intolerance of, being lied to.
This has resulted in my feeling depressed and angry because there are so many things about which we are lied to or misled (by “we” I mean Americans, though I am sure Canadians and Europeans have similar issues and it may be even worse elsewhere).
I could go on forever about this, but I’ll just list a few here for later discussion:
1) Benghazi, and other current government scandals like the IRS snooping on political opponents or the “Fast and Furious” program
2) Congressmen and Senators and reporters and editors lying about what is actually in the legislation they are trying to slip past us
3) Fake official statistics on inflation, unemployment, crime, budgeting, etc.
4) Almost everything we are told about the Middle East (all sides lie)
5) Almost everything we are told about immigration (here it’s not that all sides lie, it’s that only one side gets heard and it lies)
6) Numerous hoaxes and manufactured stories
Almost as bad as the lies, and in some ways scarier, are the non-lies, whereby Americans end up with very inaccurate opinions about verifiable factual matters due to agenda-pushing and suppression, and people who try to get the real facts out are shouted down or have their characters assassinated, but that’s a topic for another post.
Is it just me, or has the official lying gotten worse recently?