It’s the lying

There is a huge problem in the United States of America, and while many of us grouse about it over drinks or lunch with like-minded friends, yell into our pillows at night, or just shake our heads in silent, private disbelief, the fact of the matter is it presents a clear and present danger to us all, and it’s getting worse.

The President of the United States, Donald Trump, is a serial liar.

In 2017, a Canadian reporter, the Washington bureau chief for The Toronto Star, Daniel Dale, determined that President Trump averaged 3 lies per day — PER DAY!  In 2018, it increased to about 9 per day — PER DAY!  In the month before the midterm elections, the number of his lies skyrocketed to a staggering 26 per day — PER DAY!  Mr. Dale puts the number at a whopping 3,749 outright lies since his inauguration as president.  The Washington Post, which includes deliberately misleading claims, puts the number at 6,420!

To be clear, we are not talking about spin here, nor are we talking about a president withholding the truth for some legitimate reason, such as national security or to protect some operation being carried out by law enforcement or the military.  We are talking about lying… staring into the camera and telling the American people and the world that up is down, black is white, and, more dangerously, North Korea is denuclearizing, he’s single-handedly gotten companies like US Steel to open 5 new plants offering blue collar jobs when they’ve only really just expanded two existing plants, and “illegal aliens” and Democrats vote two, three, or four times per election by keeping a change of clothes in their cars when they go to their polling place.  A change of clothes, and hats!  I’m surprised he didn’t add “Groucho Marx” disguises.

Why aren’t we shouting from the rooftops?  The media reports the lies with a casual “there he goes again” attitude like it is regrettable but somehow okay.  It’s not.

The Camp Fire in Northern California started 11 days ago; it has killed 76 people, destroyed more than 10,500 homes, and as of this morning CBS news is reporting that 993 people — AMERICANS! — are unaccounted for; they may be missing, they may be dead, no one knows.  And what did our president say?

Standing next to Governor Jerry Brown and our new Governor-elect Gavin Newsom in the burnt-down ashes of what once was the town of Paradise, California, President Trump said:

You look at other countries where they do it differently, and it’s a whole different story.  I was with the president of Finland, and he said, ‘We have a much different — we’re a forest nation.’  He called it a forest nation.  And they spent a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing things, and they don’t have any problem.  And when it is, it’s a very small problem.  So I know everybody’s looking at that to that end. And it’s going to work out, it’s going to work out well.

Lie.  President Sauli Niinistö of Finland told his country’s second-largest newspaper that he never discussed raking with President Trump during their brief meeting in Paris last weekend:

I mentioned [to] him that Finland is a land covered by forests and we also have a good monitoring system and network.  We take care of our forests.

People have lost everything:  homes, jobs, loved ones.  And what does their president do?  He tells a lie.

Finnish fire truck

Trump announces he’s sending new “fire trucks” equipped with the latest Finnish raking tools to aid in California wildfire disaster

Mr. Dale from Toronto has concluded "Trump regularly makes 20 to 30 false claims in his rally speeches.”  I’m not okay with that, are you thoughtful reader?  The “raking” lie juxtaposed with the loss of life and property and the missing in California shows how dangerous this man is — HE IS COSTING AMERICA, NOT MAKING IT GREAT.

“I didn’t do it.”  “The dog ate my homework.”  To quote the amazingly talented transvestite Eddie Izzard:  “It wasn’t me.  I was on the moon at the time... with Steve.”  Think about it thoughtful reader:  if your son or daughter lied 36 times in 75 minutes (which is roughly the length of a Trump rally), you would punish him or her and give the child a good talking-to about honesty.  Right?

Why are we, ALL OF US, giving The President of the United States a pass?

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