When did it become OK for politicians to lie?

It's just not ok for politicians to lie. Period.


ST. LOUIS, March 23, 2015 — A recent “60 Minutes”/Vanity Fair poll found that Americans rank former President Bill Clinton as the number one “Most Forgivable Liar.” He finished ahead of Lance Armstrong, Richard Nixon and Bernie Madoff.

The media frequently reports on “misrepresentations” by our own president. In the latest example, his claims about gun crime were inaccurate. Fact checkers said Obama’s claim that U.S. homicide rates exceed those of other industrial nations by a wide margin is blatantly false.

Nancy Pelosi was skewered by David Gregory on “Meet the Press” in November 2013 regarding the Affordable Care Act. Pelosi had previously insisted that under the act, Americans could keep their current health care if that was their choice. Gregory confronted her, asking, “Are you accountable for saying something that turned out not to be correct?” In response, Pelosi equivocated, lied and generally attempted to avoid responsibility.

Hillary Clinton is now trying desperately to cover up her failure to follow policies regarding email. Many believe she is lying to cover up her actions. She was also involved in the Benghazi scandal, which included at least questionable misrepresentation.

There are lies around Fast and Furious, ineptitude at the Veterans Administration and IRS targeting of tea party groups.

Unfortunately, these are just examples of the general lack of honesty and integrity in the government of the United States. These are not isolated incidents, but appear to be the new normal.

Of course there are honest people in government, but the culture of dishonesty is prevalent and is ruining the image of government as a whole. Even some of our former allies no longer trust us and question our motivations.

This is why many Americans are very sad. Lying has always existed with politicians and some of the media, but now it has run rampant. It seems the new political playbook advises politicians to keep lying so that eventually citizens will start to believe them.

This erosion of integrity and honesty is most obvious to seniors who remember politicians as true leaders, honest individuals with the best interest of the country in their hearts.

It is very sad to think that those days, those leaders, are gone.

Unless Americans stand up and insist on honesty, on integrity and on leadership from our politicians, we will continue to sink into this pit of filth.

Ant that is what is truly sad.

However, that’s from a time and place I am from.

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.
Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.