Some of the comments to letters in the Sun attempting to excuse the lies told by Trump stirred up a few thoughts:
• If Trump supporters were honest, they would just come out and say, “Yes, Trump is a congenital liar, but he is my liar and I will support him no matter what he says or does.”
• Would anyone feel comfortable sending their sons or daughters off to fight a war justified solely by the word of a president who told 16,214 lies in his first three years in office?
• The same people who twist themselves into pretzels trying to justify 16,214 Trump lies in 3 years, would be writing a letter much worse than this if president Joe Biden had a similar record of dishonesty — and so would I.
• We wouldn’t be friends with a liar. We wouldn’t do business with a liar. We don’t want our children to lie. So why would we want a president who is a compulsive liar?
• If Trump tells a particular lie often enough, does it become the truth? Comments from Trump sycophants offer compelling evidence that Joseph Goebbels was right.
• Why don’t the good people who support Trump’s agenda hold him accountable for his lies?
• Does Trump’s reputation as a liar have any effect on how the US is perceived abroad? Is our credibility and integrity as a country harmed by the incessant lying of our president?
• Maybe we could learn something from FDR, who in his first inaugural speech said, “Small wonder that confidence languishes, for it thrives only on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection, on unselfish performance; without them it cannot live.”
• David McCullough, author of the book “1776”, when asked about his most important takeaway from his study of the life of George Washington, answered….”Character matters.” We understand that no president is likely to live up to the standard of honesty set by Washington. But shouldn’t all presidents at least strive to meet that standard?
Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned. Maybe character doesn’t matter. Maybe being honest and telling the truth is irrelevant in today’s world.