The 45th President of the United States (POTUS), President Donald J. Trump, ran under the slogan, “Let’s Make America Great Again.” I can’t say how great we ended up becoming after the past four years. However, every day in the 1,461 days of Donald Trump’s tenure as President riddled America with the bullets of lies and half-truths. I do not see any honor in this legacy, especially being full of many lies told.
“Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” — George Orwell.
The 45th POTUS’ tenure was a four-year roller coaster ride with many up and down moments. However, my greatest worry was seeing America sullied by a steady barrage of lies or mistruths—30,573 of them coming from the Oval, the most outstanding microphone on earth. Many nations of the world look to America’s body politic as the beacon of democratic leadership. It raises many concerns to all and sundry about the many lies of this administration.
No one is perfect—even the 45th President of the United States. We are all flawed in one way or the other. We make mistakes, we fall, and we rise. However, our broken nature as humans does not absolve anyone. When we fail or commit a blunder, there should be some sense of remorse. There should be a sign of penitence from the flaw that pulls one down. We saw little or no remorse during this past administration. One lie or mistruth led to another lie—no restitution made as a price in seeking forgiveness. No one is above the law. No one should be above the law.
This article’s essence is not to dissect or analyze which lies or mistruths are coming from former President Donald Trump’s past administration. The heart of this Op-Ed is to establish that lying or encouraging mistruths must never receive encouragement at any level. As Americans, we have entertained it for four years via every form of media you can think of—television, radio, Social Media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), to name but a few. We have felt the birth pangs of what lies can do in destroying the values of a nation.
The American image’s sullying by lies coming from the highest echelon of power in the United States of America runs deep. It matters because whoever holds the highest office of the land must be responsible and accountable for such authority before God and man. The highest office in our land lost the credibility that comes from telling the truth. The peddling of lies from the Oval during the administration of the 45th President ruptured our credibility. Sometimes, I felt like we had a Pinocchio as a POTUS in the Oval. But that is the effect of lies—it replicates, it multiplies once you indulge it. Our seriousness as a country in the community of nations brings our stance as the free world leader to question.
The shocking part of the last four years is that the Republican party did not call President Donald J. Trump to order. Tolerating the excesses of lies and erratic conduct gives the green light to this conduct. Such admittance is a sham and shady heightened hypocrisy at best, no pun intended. Suppose the perpetually lying behavior were the principal characteristics of the 44th President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama. Would turning a blind eye to the conduct be the response of the Republican party? Or even the Democratic party? Of course not. Would calls not have been made to see his impeachment through the House of Representatives and Congress? We must call a spade a spade and not a spoon.
The peddling of lies from the Oval has divided our union as the United States of America. There is now a distrust of facts and truth from the news media that is now repeatedly called Fake News. The rain of the metaphorical sulphuric acid of lies and vindictiveness is now an everyday challenge of America. Our First Amendment right is like a shishkabob that is under fire from all angles. Lies led to the negligence of taking an active stance from day one to fight the pandemic—the result, over 430 deaths and counting in the United States. Lies fueled more racism in America. Due to lies, the bitter gall of hatred has been sipped by many. Lies have numbed reason, dividing our nation right through the center.
There is a sullying of the cloak of our national image. As a society, we are almost losing sensitivity to the truth due to the past four years’ lies. The lies told are weathering and eroding the terra firma of the strength of our union. While we are busy allowing the lies to sow division in our union, we have lost some clout as a world leader in the community of nations. Lies have sown disunity in our union—united we stand, divided we fall. Our country is quickly becoming a joke because of the deluge of lies drowning our collective consciousness and reason. America needs to wake up. We need to come to our senses and not allow lies to divide our union. We are not the Divided States of America—We are the United States of America.
America, understand that we must have nothing to do with lies and misleading words. We must realize that a lie has a short life, but the testament of truth lives forever. C.S. Lewis couldn’t have said it any better by stipulating that “A little lie is like a little pregnancy—it doesn’t take long before everyone knows.” I do not advocate abortion—every fetus is a life and deserves to live. Consciously or unconsciously, there is insemination of Americas’ minds with the Herculean loads of mistruths for the past four years. The fetus of the adverse effects of such words is already growing. However, I advocate that we collectively abort the conceived twin fetus of division and hate. We cannot allow these negative offsprings to live—they must die to make way for the twin progeny of unity and love to grow in our union.
There is nothing godly in lies or embracing the art and mastery of lying. Lies negates the ethics of what is right. Lies are products of the Father of Lies—Lucifer. Nothing you establish can make it correct or acceptable. If you unrelentingly indulge or bask in lies, it only comes naturally to you because you express your father’s genes. I like what Victor Hugo, the French poet, novelist, and dramatist said that “Lying is the acme of evil. White lies are non-existent, for lie is wholly a lie; falsehood is the personification of evil; Satan has two names: he is called Satan, and he is called the Father of Lies.” With every fiber of our being, we must never allow lies to be our union’s forging characteristics.
Lying has a replicative power. It is a growing metastasizing cancer needing cutting off. Once started, it is a chain reaction that eventually stirs itself out of control like a runaway radioactive chemical reaction. I believe this is what happened during the administration of the 45th POTUS. From one lie to a half-truth, channeling to mistruths, it snowballed 30,573 times over. According to Martin Luther, “A lie is a snowball: the further you roll it, the bigger it becomes.” We must begin to dial back the lies that have brought us to the juncture of a divided status quo. A lot of healing must happen as we expunge the toxins released by the lies of days, weeks, months, and years past.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” — William Faulkner.
If we are wise as a nation, we must come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, a land of liberty, that metes out justice for all. We must collectively unite to Make America Truthful Again (MATA). We must not be afraid, to tell the truth. The truth may be bitter, but we must embrace what is right at all costs. We cannot align ourselves with any form of mistruths as a nation. The First Amendment must stand. We must never abridge the freedom of speech or the press. The Government must never squelch the truth. The First Amendment protects the freedoms of speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government. Let us expunge lies from the system. America needs to get it right or stand a chance to lose its right as a world leader in the community of nations.
It starts with the now 46th President of the Republic, Joseph R. Biden, who now has the loudest mic, the Oval, to rebuild the years and reknit the tapestry of truth cankerworms of lies and mistruths have destroyed. A stitch in time will save nine. The 46th POTUS has a lot cut out for him to do in re-establishing the Oval’s integrity, and we wish him well as he does his job. However, the 46th POTUS will have to ensure all Americans that our First Amendment rights still stand upon the rock of all things truthful and right. We have the right to the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government. The Good Book says, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” We must embrace truth. We must repel all lies. Let us Make America Truthful Again (MATA).