Will lying (dishonesty) be joining the list of basic concepts of democracy, the fundamental worth and dignity of every person, equality of all persons, majority rule with minority rights, the necessity of compromise, the widest possible degree of individual freedom and “lying”?

Today’s lying is referred to as “truthful hyperbole.” That means that American people will believe lies as long as it makes them feel good about themselves or the country.

Saying something is the first, biggest, greatest, better than any time in history, never been done before, the highest ever, the lowest ever, the best ever — no president has ever done that. Everything will be cheaper and better, no matter if the information is a total verifiable lie. It will be passed off as “truthful hyperbole.”

Are lies the facts of 2018? What happened to honesty?

Should we “Make America great again” by lying more? Should we teach our children that honesty is old fashioned and lying is a new concept of democracy?

Thomas Jefferson said “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. This I hope will be the age of experiments in government, and that their basis will be founded in principles of honesty, not of mere force. Let it be our endeavor to merit the character of a just nation.” Benjamin Franklin said “Honesty is the best policy.”

Will dishonesty become the new policy?

Where does a road paved with lies lead?

Crystal Ward, Lewiston

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