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No matter how many times you tell a lie you can’t make it be true. A lie is a lie, vialis 40mg is a lie is a lie. We are not only in the holiday season, abortion but also the political season where the public is inundated with a continuous stream of commercials, rhetoric, propaganda, information and mis-information all rolled into news stories and media memes that often cause overreaction, compulsive behaviors and fear. The public gets whipped up into a frenzy based on the storylines and bylines of current events and the multiple tragedies of the 24-hour news cycle. The state of hyper-vigilance that the public is primed, prepped and directed towards makes the atmosphere the perfect petri dish to grow the bacteria of discord, dissent and hysteria, infecting the society with dis-EASE. And that’s exactly what irresponsible, self-promoting “wannabe leaders” do by telling lies and distorting the truth to promote their own personal and political agendas.
The attempt to demonize an entire group of people based on a false story set in the midst of a national tragedy is despicable, but to double down on that falsehood by even more distortions and deceit should be a disqualification for leadership. One of the frontrunners in the race for the Presidency of the United States of America has been called out on one of the lies told, “There were thousands and thousands cheering in Jersey City when those towers were coming down”, referring to the 9/11 attack and the cheers were supposed to be coming from the Muslim community living in New Jersey. According to the candidate, there is videotape proving the veracity of these claims. Although this candidate continues to repeat the story at every rally, interview and any media event in which there is an opportunity to speak, the claims (LIES) have been completely debunked by the majority of media sources and no video has ever been produced to, in any way, support the story told. It is this type of behavior and outright irresponsible contrived performance by political candidates that continues to fan the flames of Islamaphobia, and challenges America and Americans to a higher level of discernment.
No matter whether or not you support a particular man or woman vying for your vote to become the next President of the United States, you must hold them each accountable for the words that they speak and the fuel that they add to the fires of discontent we may feel as a nation. The standards of leadership must give rise to the heavy weight of the leadership to which one is called. The President of the United States must be a person of integrity and endeavor to uphold the platitudes we as Americans have fought for and stand for as a nation. This is a nation founded on the freedom of religion. In fact, those who first landed here, in what would become the United States, were themselves fleeing religious persecution. To intentionally demonize people of a particular ethnic origin, racial identity and/or religious affiliation using false statements, innuendo and outright lies is abhorrent and should exclude such a person from even being considered as a serious candidate to lead this nation. And yet, many Americans want to justify or ignore these lies as merely “politics as usual.” No matter what political tendencies you may or may not have, what is happening right now in American politics is not usual. It is frightening.
What is true is that if we don’t call that which is false the LIE that it is, we might have reality-TV going on in the White House instead of leadership come 2017. A lie repeated is still a lie, no matter how many times you say it…. you can’t just sprinkle in a little truth on top. A little lie makes the whole thing false.
Up Next Week: It’s not about that…!