Lie: To make a statement that one knows is false. A false statement made with intent to deceive.
Truth: Conformity with fact, sincerity, honesty, reality, correctness, accuracy; an established fact.
It has been said that a “Big Lie” is a lie that is repeated many times over and over. It may be repeated with other false statements in trying to make people believe that it is true.
It appears we have a political party believing that this past presidential election was a fraud after each state certified its final results. The official process is presided over with the vice president in Congress in counting of the Electoral College votes.
In the end, the final vote was won by the Democratic presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate. Therefore, that is the truth and any rhetoric saying it is not so is the Big Lie.
So why do we have some politicians and some voters saying that the election was stolen? You ask, where are the evidence and proof in them believing this falsehood?
Do these individuals understand the difference between the definitions of the words “truth” and “lie”? What is the purpose in pursuing this ongoing lie?
The so-called theory of the Big Lie states that no matter how big the lie is (or more precisely, because it’s so big), people will believe it if you repeat it enough.
Back in 1987, we as a nation were confronted with the Iran Contra Affair. Lt. Col. Oliver North testified under oath before a congressional committee about his involvement.
He made this statement: “I was provided with additional input that was radically different from the truth. I assisted in furthering that version.”
You may ask why and for what reason it was necessary for him to follow with this lie. Was he ordered to?
Here are two quotes about truth.
A quote by Ismail Haniyeh: “Some people think the truth can be hidden with a little cover up and decoration, but as time goes by, what is true is revealed, and what is fake fades away.”
A quote by Arthur Schopenhauer: “Ah, truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
We as a nation must fully understand that truth in all things must be upheld at all times. If you lie under oath, you are held accountable by breaking the law and may be prosecuted for perjury.
As we go forward with the so-called Big Lie, are we as a nation able to understand what fake is and just let it fade away?
The political party that continues believing in the Big Lie may be involved in a split and a division may take place for a third party.
This needs to be avoided for our two-party system to work, if we elect the correct individuals who believe in truthful events.
If a split does take place, I can understand why, and if needed, so be it.
Thomas E. Carter