Nation's elected leaders twist truth with impunity

June 8, 2014 

When did this all start?

Was it when Bill Clinton said, "it depends on what is, is?" Or maybe when Nancy Pelosi laughed, "you'll have to vote for it to find out what's in it." Or when Susan Rice told us about Sgt. Bergdahl's "honor and distinction," or when Jay Carney noted "we haven't negotiated with terrorists," and were just honoring the tradition of "not leaving our men behind," or when Chuck Hagel noted that he'd not seen any evidence of soldiers having died searching for the missing sergeant.

What these people all do is take the truth and twist it, obscuring the obvious a little more with every quote, press conference and story.

After awhile, what was instantly clear to any thinking person becomes lost in a cloud of talking heads, blogs, articles and commentaries until the original truth is so muddled that accountability becomes impossible.

This is "transparency" in Washington, D.C. in circa 2014.

What's transparent to me is that Monica Lewinsky was sexually harassed by a president who then lied to Congress about it; that nobody read the 2,700 pages of Obamacare before it passed; that Bergdahl deserted, that many brother soldiers were killed or injured searching for him; that we clearly did negotiate with terrorists, and that five murderers have been released to kill en masse again!

We now live in a country where our elected leaders have so little respect for us that we are lied to with impunity, and have been getting away with it for so long that, as Hillary Clinton said, "what difference, at this point, does it make anyway?"

Do they take us for fools? Abraham Lincoln, a person who saw truth as a simple concept, would have found the answer to that question to be self-evident.

Alan Wolfson

Lakewood Ranch

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