You probably know that I don’t like to drag politics into these pages — unless I see it as a sign of the times we’re living in and figure that we ought to be awake and aware of what’s shaking.
It’s time to STOP! – Hey – what’s that sound?
Everybody look what’s goin’ down …— “For What It’s Worth” by Stephen Stills, 1966
Recently, one of Donald Trump’s most ardent apologists, Tucker Carlson of Fox News (where else?), conceded that the president is part of the Frequent Liars Club. But while you might think that the host was joining the ranks of those who are “flipping” on DJT, instead, he rationalized it this way:
Donald Trump is a salesman: A talker, a boaster, a compulsive self-promoter. At times, he’s a full-blown BS artist. Most people know this. It’s obvious. It’s transparent, really. … And by the way, did you know he’s up to almost 14,000 lies by now? My gosh, what a bad person he is. Unlike us.
Impressive. Sort of George Orwell meets The Nicholas Brothers (a great tap-dancing duo from decades past).
So, breaking down his reasoning:
- Trump lies. A lot.
- He’s a salesman.
- Salesmen lie.
- That’s a known issue, so get over it.
Now, before we go any further, let me point out that I know at least three people who make their living off selling things, and none of them would I call a liar. Two of them sell (are you sitting down?) cars. The third (stay seated) sells real estate. The same holds true for my colleagues in radio who sold advertising time. So let’s not tar all salespeople with the same brush as DJT.
The idea of explaining away chronic lying by the leader of the free world by saying that everybody does it so we should get used to it is another sad sign of our times.
Earlier this week, the New York Times’ White House correspondent lamented that “truth itself is on trial” (although his opinion piece turned out to be little more than a re-hash of what we’d already heard and read),
Get used to being lied to by people who are supposed to be protecting and defending us? What does that really say?
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”-— John 8:32
What’s the opposite of being free? Being slaves, of course. Is that what Carlson and the others who apologize for prevaricators (because there is lying on all sides — Carlson has a point, there) want, is to keep people enslaved?
We know the way out of that, don’t we?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”— John 14:6
Tucker Carlson has a second point, too, that I agree with, although I wonder if he realizes what he said. In the article, he’s quoted as saying that Trump’s opponents prefer to focus on things Trump says that are lies and not on the things Carlson says are true.
I doubt that he was doing anything more than saying, “So’s yer old man!”, but the underlying principle is that people don’t like the truth. They’re afraid of it. Even though it sets us free, we often count the cost of that freedom and opt for the short-term “comfort” of remaining enslaved.
It’s nothing new: it’s the same thing that caused Adam and Eve to hide from God after they had tasted that fruit.
But what appears to be new here, is that commentators like Tucker Carlson and others — and you’ll find it in Canada, too — are starting to tell us to chill-out, because lying is simply The Way It Is.
And that’s the scariest truth yet.
Come, Lord Jesus … come.