Liar Liar Pants on Fire

“Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ‘**tis better to be alone than in bad Company**.”

~ George Washington, copy of *Rules of Civility*


Integrity used to mean something. Heck, George Washington was so concerned about making sure he always did what was right that he spent his childhood copying down maxims on how to be a gentleman. He spent a great deal of his adult life painfully conscious of trying to live up to them – and he wasn’t alone. During the time of the Founders, personal affronts on something like one’s honesty could kill. You’d wind up in a duel like Hamilton and Burr faster than you could utter the words. Than again, if dueling were still around, the Trump-Comey showdown might become a tad more interesting than it already is.

In today’s politics, lying means nothing. Politicians lie all the time. They lie to one another, to their constituents, to the press. Trump may be more brazen with his relationship with the literal truth, but he’s in good company down in Washington. Credibility doesn’t exactly exist in the District anymore, not to those who matter anyway. The citizenry ASSUMES that the politicians are lying to them, and so far, generally accepts it. Most concerning however, is that the lack of integrity by politicians has led us to believe that our government on the whole generally lacks credibility. That government employees have some strange reason or motivation to lie to us in just the same way that our politicians do. Except here’s the thing, they don’t. Because they aren’t elected or dependent in general on presenting a certain view.

The irony of course is that government has gotten more honest, if anything, as politicians have gotten much less so. Being re-elected is all that matters and they will say and do whatever they want and then say and do anything on top of that for the cause of continued election. What’s a citizen to do? Here’s a clue – demand accountability and stop re-electing all the liars and the fools. That’s the only way to really make America great again.

Res Publica

Documentation without Representation:

George Washington, copy of *Rules of Civility*

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