Dishonesty is Symptomatic of a Nation in Crisis When serial dishonesty and blatant lawlessness are accepted as "normal", our nation is in deep trouble.
There is a growing crisis of dishonesty in our nation. From elected officials at local levels where lying to constituents is calculated to gain votes on up to candidates and officeholders at the highest Federal level who serially lie to support a narrative that plays well with voters. But the real problem is with ordinary citizens who lie to themselves in an act of self-delusion by excusing the blatant dishonesty of those whose politics they believe align with their own!
It seems that not a day goes by when we don't learn of yet another act of blatant dishonesty spooned out to the public by elected and appointed officials and dutifully downplayed or excused by our pervasively corrupt news media.
Acts of open defiance of law are not only routine, they are routinely minimized or ignored by a thoroughly corrupt news-filtering operation by print, broadcast, and cable "news" sources. When not ignored, stories are spun to deflect or support yet another dishonest narrative designed to support the Democratic Party and it's rank disregard for honor, integrity, and honesty.
An example: Which national political party supports "true the vote" initiatives to eliminate vote fraud that is particularly rampant in urban Democratic strongholds? The Republican Pary. Which uses every legal obstacle in their arsenal to overturn laws enacted to eliminate vote fraud? The Democratic Party.
This is just one example. And, as is typical of the dishonesty and lack of integrity of institutional Democrats, a false narrative (racism, of course) is used together with corrupt judicial appointees to block every effective remedy designed to assure that only legal votes are counted.
Perhaps even worse is that so many Americans are perfectly fine with this massive corruption and dishonesty that is destroying the fabric of this nation. Such people suffer from the worst kind of dishonesty -- that of being dishonest with oneself or being self-delusional.
Among the most recent evidence of our nation's dishonesty crisis:
Tens of thousands of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) violations by Hillary Clinton's use of a nonsecure illegal private server for government business. And her subsequent denial of any wrongdoing.
Hillary Clinton's acts of espionage against the USA by exposing to foreign nationals thousands of classified documents on her nonsecure private server. And her subsequent blatant lies claiming "no documents marked classified" were ever on her nonsecure illegal server.
Recent Federal blockage of Orlando police from adhering to Florida law requiring the public release of full "911" tapes with Mateen during the Pulse massacre.
A State Department request of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to withhold release of Hillary Clinton's FOIA email violations for 27 months! How convenient. Push this scandal under the rugs until it's too late for the American people to see evidence of the magnitude of Hillary Clinton's dishonesty and corruption that those email messages would confirm relating to her personal enrichment "pay to play" operation while Secretary of State.
An arranged clandestine secret meeting between former President Bill Clinton (husband of candidate Hillary Clinton who is under several DoJ criminal investigations) and Loretta Lynch, Attorney General and head of the DoJ. Both Clinton and Lynch denied this was anything more than a happenstance meeting during which nothing but small talk occurred. For 30 minutes. With precautions taken that nobody else was present. And which "happenstance" only occurred because of a deliberate delay to ensure the "happenstance" happened!
People who willingly delude themselves by being blind to the magnitude of the danger to our nation from the election of a thoroughly corrupt serial liar like Hillary Clinton, are actually more dangerous to our nation than is Clinton.
Aiding and abetting this pervasive dishonesty, is the thoroughly corrupt national news media.
An example: A recent Washington Post "poll" pitting their favored Hillary Clinton against Republican Donald Trump, revealed Clinton held a 51% to 39% lead. But as it turns out, the difference between the number of Democrats polled and the number of Republicans polled amounted to the same difference in the poll, 12%. So what the poll actually showed is that if you poll Democrats and Republicans, they will, at this point in time, tend to favor the candidate of their political party. It says absolutely nothing about the likelihood of either candidate being elected more than four months in the future!
Another interesting note about that "poll" is that Clinton obtained a number in the low 50s while Trump's number was in the upper 30s, a result that tends to overstate the actual difference (not unlike the impact of two prices, $5 and $4.99. For some reason, retailers have learned that $4.99 sells better than $5).
How easy is it to manipulate poll-taking to achieve the Washington Post skewed results? Very easy. You continue polling in known heavily Democrat-registered areas until you obtain the desired result, then stop polling.
A common thread in all this dishonesty is that those in positions of power, whether governmental or media, have a very low opinion of the intelligence of the typical American voter.
We are being played as fools by politicians, officeholders, and major news media operations.
There is only one cure.
American voters need to stop engaging in serial acts of self-delusion and wake up to the reality that we are immersed in a cesspool of political dishonesty and corruption that is the worst this nation has experienced in many generations, if not the worst in its history.
It's time self-deluders come to grips with there being no excuse for either voting for the thoroughly corrupt serial liar, Hillary Clinton, or even for failing to vote for her major opponent, Donald J. Trump, no matter how unpolished his manner may seem.
There have been many times when I've personally held my nose and voted for the lesser of two evils for public office.
This election, the stench from the thoroughly corrupt Hilary Clinton machine should compel every real American to vote for the one opponent who can defeat her, and it's not some third party pop-up candidate.
The choice is simple. We can elect an accomplished, hard-working businessman who loves his country and doesn't need to self-enrich and is genuinely concerned about the future of his country. Or we can elect someone whose greatest accomplishment is to have survived such massive criminal activity, corruption, and serial lying without the scrutiny any other candidate would have received.
We either end the era of dishonesty and corruption, or we end our nation as an example to be held high for other nations to follow.
Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.