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Untruthful and Untrustworthy Government
National Review Online, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 3/27/2014 5:14:15 AM

Transparency and truth are the fuels that run sophisticated civilizations. Without them, the state grinds to a halt. Lack of trust — not barbarians on the frontier, global warming or cooling, or even epidemics — doomed civilizations of the past, from imperial Rome to the former Soviet Union. The United States can withstand the untruth of a particular presidential administration if the permanent government itself is honest. Dwight Eisenhower lied about the downed U-2 spy plane inside the Soviet Union. Almost nothing Richard Nixon said about Watergate was true. Intelligence reports of vast stockpiles of WMD in Iraq proved as accurate

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Th-Gr-Sil-Majority, 3/27/2014 5:39:11 AM     (No. 9786207)

..."Houston, we have a problem"...

...Chicago has come to Washington, and we are losing America...

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 3/27/2014 6:57:19 AM     (No. 9786228)

VDH knows, damn well, that it is even worse than he suggests. The crazy making leftists are running amok and destroying America. Worse yet, they are lying about everything.

This creates a mental health problem on a massive scale and may not be reversible short of a civil war.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 3/27/2014 7:04:13 AM     (No. 9786232)

The current Administration summed up in three words, "Untruthful and Untrustworthy".

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Reply 4 - Posted by: ilovedogs, 3/27/2014 8:53:55 AM     (No. 9786382)

As a historian on much lower level (just a BA) I find his assertion about lack of trust intriguing as the downfall of civilizations. I always thought it was frankly the downfall of the family, the basic unit of society. I always thought a basic distrust of the government was healthy. And as for the press, well we now know they have lied for decades, I dunno, maybe centuries. It was our fault for putting our trust in them.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 3/27/2014 12:27:04 PM     (No. 9786721)

Perhaps the end result is something like the effect of brainwashing: once the "cleansing" is complete, you insert the accepted beliefs/ideology.

Orwell´s 1984 illustrated this scheme well. One must remember that Orwell was an eyewitness to the rise of the most destructive totalitarian regimes in history (he wrote this in 1948).

Truth does not exist; everything is relative; it is so if you think so. Your rulers tell you what IS.

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