You-Know-Who’s lies are epic in scope. Unfortunately, we have come to expect them because they are bandied about so effortlessly and often. Even when the lies seem to serve no specific purpose, he lies. We wonder if he even knows the difference between the truth and a lie, or if lying is such an ingrained part of who he is that he lies as a matter of course, without consideration of the consequences or impacts.
But why is it that the lies are ceaseless? He is getting something out of the lies, and in many cases, he’s getting something BIG out of them. His lies prior to the election helped land him in the White House, especially his vitriolic lies about Hillary Clinton. His lies are legion….lies about his inauguration, lies about voter fraud, lies about complicity with Russia, lies about caring about the welfare of the American people, lies about ensuring that healthcare is preserved, lies about protecting social security and medicare, lies about military actions, and oh, so many more.
When called on some of his lies, You-Know-Who either persists that his twisted version of the truth (the lie) is indeed true, says it’s not his lie because he read it somewhere, or he dismisses our concerns with “who cares?” We should care.
Lies go out into the world and into our conscience minds where they can do significant damage. For just a moment when we hear a lie, we hold it as “truth” until our rational minds take over and begin to analyze the statement. “Wait a minute,” we think, “that doesn’t seem plausible,” and then we verify or deny the information through multiple sources.
The problem is in that lag time. For just a moment (hopefully), we hold the lie as truth in our psyches, where it can do a great deal of damage. Unfortunately, there are too many people who never move to the stage of analyzing the lie to see it for what it is; they internalize the lie and accept it as true.
So when You-Know-Who vows that he will work for all of the American people (or any of his other daily lies), that’s what is heard and believed. Oh, my. The lie becomes the truth in far too many minds. Our con man president does, indeed, gain the confidence of many who believe his “pretty lies.”
According to a cautionary article in Politico, “When we are overwhelmed with false, or potentially false, statements, our brains pretty quickly become so overworked that we stop trying to sift through everything. It doesn’t matter how implausible the statements are; throw out enough of them, and people will inevitably absorb some. Eventually, without quite realizing it, our brains just give up trying to figure out what is true.”
Grassroots organizations along with millions of individuals around the country are providing resistance to the lies, the agenda, the attempts to undermine our values. The new administration has not yet reached the 100 day milestone, and already much damage has been done. We must continue to call, write, march, go to representatives’ offices…and vote.
Persistence is paramount, and we are up to the challenge.