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Reader comment on item: When Politicians State "I Am" or "I Am Not" Something

Submitted by JACQUES HADIDA (United States), Jan 16, 2014 at 15:32


In reading your comments about the three examples you used, you probably intentionally omitted the lie about the affordable Care Act.

It did remind me a passage in the Talmud that says: A man should not say to a child :< I will give you something> and then fail to give it to him, because this will teach the kid to lie.

And because that particular lie was often repeated, Josef Goebbels came to mind when he said:

HIs ancestor, Otto von Bismark had a more direct point when it came to lying. He said: People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.

It leads me to wonder whether a lie is a quality people must have to be elected. For is fo, we may as well accept it and live with it. And soon our life will become a big lie

The very best to you



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Daniel Pipes replies:

About "if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance": It's a lie all right, but it is not the specific form of lie I looked at here.

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