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Did Jeff Sessions Lie?

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If you ever have to testify in court your legal council will invariably tell you three things.

Tell the truth, answer the direct question, and don’t embellish.

So when you are questioned, “I see that you purchased a Ford automobile and have been using it for transportation during the past two years. Have you had an accident?”

You have not been in any type of accident with your Ford so you answer, “No.”

“But I can show that you were involved in an accident while driving your sister’s Chevy six months ago – Ah HA!” The attack is meant to construe you as a liar.

The news media reports you as a liar. Your representative describes you as a liar on every available news outlet and the Federal Department of Justice is tasked to investigate your lying about personal driving habits and attempting to cover up Chevy fender benders. Cargate becomes a major news story. Ford is implicated in the cover-up.

Watch the questions put to Senator Sessions by Senator Franken.

Sessions did not lie.

Franken already knew that the answer to, “Have you ever met with that ambassador during the last couple of years?” would be, “Yes.” He had to trap his fellow Senator by wordsmithing a question that was contextually specific in terms of driving a campaign, (or Ford), so that it could be construed as misinformation. Of course they were all aware that meeting various ambassadors, (or Chevy’s), is also part of Sessions duties as a Senator.

Biased news agencies, also fully aware that meeting foreign ambassadors is integral to this Senator’s job, also needed a response to an obvious question given in a specific scenario they could employ to demean, smear, and falsely accuse someone of denying an act that was patently obvious and had public witnesses.  The paradox of this demeaning episode is that only dishonest people will construe his answer as being dishonest.

If this makes you fearful about being questioned under oath – just remember three things.

Tell the truth, answer the direct question, and don’t embellish.

Now, tell me, “When did you stop beating your wife?”


To Tell the Truth

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Words can be many things and have many meanings but they can never be returned to the source after being spoken. The closest I have managed is to get my foot inserted as a substitute for the return of a bad joke or improper attempt at a witty statement.

Lying, however, is not a mistake of wit or failed attempt at humor. In my opinion, lying is one of the worst things one human can do to another. Deceptive statements made to effect the manner of another’s thinking and manipulate future actions are, in my mind, despicable. Unlike statements of opinion, (this paragraph, for example), where honest disagreement can inspire dialogue and encourage thinking, lying is meant to stifle judgment and change the perceptions of others. But what is to be done with a person who knowingly misrepresents actuality? Should we question the reality defined by the liar or condemn the source and refuse to accept any future statements, or both?

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April 3, 2014 at 3:36 pm

The Great Society v.s. The Internet

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The Great Society initiated in the 60’s and supported by well-meaning teachers, politicians, lawyers, and authorities demonstrate how good intentions brought a social justice paradigm that has made things worse for today’s children.

Frivolous lawsuits, dishonest politicians, biased teachers, poor news coverage, corrupt courts, and the rise of social leaders that preach hate and indoctrinate victimization within their constituency dominate the social spectrum that pummel our children with misinformation while embracing the socially acceptable behavior of lying.

Against a plethora of prejudiced propaganda, much of which is disseminated by our liberal institutions, we have the internet.

The internet is the pylon that serves to anchor the availability of truth that is available for those who desire honest discourse.

The truth must still be hunted and captured but that aspect has never changed in a world that would seek to diminish its availability.

Education and history are more accessible now because of the internet, and while the machines of today may tempt our progeny towards a path of apathy, the communication that can inspire integrity and honor is significantly more capable of providing an illumination that can spread with the rapidity of a lightning bolt.