Lies Do Not Become Us

Growing up, a favorite movie for my family was The Princess Bride.  One of the most memorable scenes came after Wesley and Buttercup, having conquered the many obstacles in the fire swamp, come out the other end and meet Count Rugen and his lackeys who are ready to arrest Wesley and bring Buttercup back to Prince Humperdinck.  After Buttercup bravely gives herself up to save Wesley’s life, a smiling Count Rugen lies about their destination, “Come, sir. We must get you to your ship.”  Wesley replies with the classic line, “We are men of action.  Lies do not become us.”

Also while growing up, lying was not tolerated in my home.  I tried. It never ended well; usually untruths ended with a pitiful confession, as my mother knew the entire truth, the entire time.  While raising my own children currently, lying is still not tolerated.
The American people are not stupid.  We understand when we are being lied to.  During Donald Trump’s campaign, I could see right through him.  I left the party of my youth when I encountered his lies and immorality, as I couldn’t willingly be a member of a group that would vote for that man.  Only now does it seem like the obvious lies are starting to crack through to Republicans. Here are some examples:
According to a recent Deseret News article, a more Utahns now blame President Trump for the shutdown than Democrats. 
According to the article, 36 percent of Utahns blame President Trump, while 32 percent blame Democrats.  In the same article, Jason Perry, head of the University of Utah's Hinckley Institute of Politics, said Trump is viewed as provoking the fight.  "What's happening here, at least in the minds of Utahns, is that the impasse is in the hands of President Trump. It was his line in the sand." Perry said.
Perhaps one reason is that before Donald Trump blamed the Democrats, he explicitly, and on national television, said he would take the blame.  President Trump said, "I'll take it.  You know what I'll say?  I will shut down the government.  I am proud to shut down the government."  Shortly after that conference, wherein he personally and explicitly took the blame, he tweeted, "Nancy and Cryin’ Chuck can end the Shutdown in 15 minutes. At this point it has become their, and the Democrats, fault!"  Another sidestep, another lie, another falsehood, and lack of integrity that Utah Republicans are seeing through.
More Republican members of congress are voting with their Democratic colleagues to put pressure on Russia. 
According to the New York Times "A group of 11 Republican senators broke ranks with their leadership... to side with Democrats... over sanctions on Russia"  As the lying continues, and becomes more obvious, I hope that more Republicans will join with Democrats in doing what is right for the country.
This could be due to more detail coming out regarding his lies to us surrounding Russia. A recent article in buzzfeed indicates that President Trump instructed Michael Cohen to lie to congress.  While the facts surrounding this article have not been independently verified by the New York Times or the Washington Post, the fact remains that Cohen did lie to to cover up for Trump's public lies.  Kurt Eichenwald, a prominent New York Times reporter explains this in a twitter thread, "What Cohen argues is that [when] he heard Trump's public lies, knew he needed to back him up, and [he] did so."
My Republican friends are having a hard time defending him.
When I began posting articles two years ago calling out Trump, my Republican friends on Facebook would rush to defend him.  This would result in hours spent debating, backing up my claims with substance, logic and reason.  When I post articles now, there is no such debate.  Perhaps this is because I've worn them down... however, I think more likely Trump has become much harder to defend, as his lies become more and more obvious.
In conclusion, I am hoping that the fourth estate (the news media) will continue to shine a light on his trail of lies and deceptions, so that we as Americans can end it, and never allow such a man to be in the White House again.

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  • kevin wally
    commented 2019-02-12 15:23:34 -0800
    Senate democrats and republicans found no connection between Russia and the Trump campaign. So we have had two years of lies and wasted money about that. I guess if we are going to destroy a republican president its okay to use the FBI, CIA and the special councils office to do it. Funny how Trumps popularity went up after the government shut down.
  • kevin wally
    commented 2019-01-30 15:46:38 -0800
    Yes. Lies are ugly. Maybe if there was some honesty on the left I could understand this post. But the left is completely bases on lies. The Buzzfeed article is just one example. This new found hate of Russia is another lie. Remember Obama’s quip to Romney about the nineties missing its foreign policy. Then he told Dmitri Medvedev that he would have more flexibility to help Vladimir Putin with his foreign policy. He removed missile defense from countries that Vladimir proceed to invade. He also refused to sell military equipment to the Ukraine further helping Vladimir. He also had no problem helping the Russians get a hold on our Uranium. He helped Iran a known Russian satellite country with pallets of cash and billions in released funds allowing Russia and Iran to continue their policies in the middle east. If the Democrats were serious about Russian involvement why would Obama lie about it. Here is the quote. “There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even — you could even rig America’s elections, in part, because they are so decentralized and the numbers of votes involved,” “There is no evidence that that has happened in the past or that there are instances in which that will happen this time. And so I’d invite Mr. Trump to stop whining and go try to make his case to get votes.” He had access to the FBI and CIA and all the other intelligence reports. Was he lying then or are all the Democrats lying now. Why would Bernie Sanders honey moon in the Soviet Union when it was much worse than the current Russia. Why would Ted Kennedy approach the KGB and asked for the help from Russia to help defeat Pres. Reagan. Bill Clinton visited Russians in 1969 to help them as well. Also before Donald J Trump was elected the Democrats in congress continually blocked any legislation that would have hurt the Russians. Trump reversed the pro Russia policies of the Democrats in his first 2 years in office.
    Who cares about who shut down the Government. Whether it was Nancy, I love MS 13 gang members, or Donald Trump, MS gang members are animals. What matters is what each side stands for. The position that the Democrats has taken is 180 degrees opposite of what they stood for just a few short years ago. It becomes painfully obvious that Democrats have no principles at all. They can change there positions on a dime and not even flinch at the hypocrisy. The quotes by all of the Democratic leads from the past were even more anti illegal immigrant than
    that Republicans. In the past the Democrats accused the Republicans of wanting cheep labor and supporting those nasty corporations by bringing in cheep foreign labor. Unions were against illegal immigration etc. The conversion to open boarders and completed support of Illegals could only be called one of the quickest and most hypocritical in resent history. If Nancy’s policies are followed more drugs, crime and strain on our infrastructure will continue to increase. If Trump follows the policies that the Democrats pushed for a few years ago those things will decrease. That is what is important. It is time to fight for what is right and not what is politically expedient.
  • Justin McAffee
    commented 2019-01-26 16:16:06 -0800
    Bill Clinton? Lol the one lie he’s famous for, which was about his personal sex life, got him impeached.
  • Timothy Jones
    commented 2019-01-26 15:49:25 -0800
    “Also Bill Clinton”
    eye roll of such magnitude that the earth’s magnetic field is disrupted
  • Ben Hancock
    commented 2019-01-20 16:53:15 -0800
    Also Bill Clinton

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