Opinion

Lying says a lot about candidates

An editorial from The Register-Herald 

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Telling the truth hasn’t been a prerequisite for being president of the United States for some time now. You don’t have to take a too distant walk down memory lane to hear the echoes about a healthcare plan where no one would have to change doctors, of a mad despot who was building weapons of mass destruction, of a pledge of no new taxes – “Read my lips” – or, yes, of a president who swore, on national television, “I did not have sex with that woman.”

After the fact, we know the truth holds no quarter with any of those statements. But in many ways, those seemed to be incidents of a politician dodging the truth to seal a deal. But with the recent run on purposeful equivocation, sadly, we’ve come to expect it.

A once cynical saying now seems on point: our politicians lie only when their lips are moving…

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