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It’s a sin to tell a lie! | May 10, 2011

While Billy Mayhew first introduced the song It’s a sin to tell a lie 1936, every one from Patti Page and Bobby Vinton to Tony Bennett to Buddy Greco later recorded it.

I first heard it in the 50s, probably the Vinton version.

I just finished reading Congressman Ron Paul’s latest book Liberty Defined: 50 Essential Issues that affect our Freedom.

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Wrote about the noble lie.

One of the issues he discussed was what he called the noble lie.

We used to talk of white lies, black lies and of course statistics, which always seems to support the wrong side of an argument to the clever and the devious.

There is nothing noble about lying.  It is truly an oxymoron.

Like Rush Limbaugh I have prided myself on seeking truth wherever it may reside.  And by truth, I mean a perception of reality that is accurate, and based on reality.

I know I will never fully perceive or understand everything I encounter but I want to be right in the correct and accurate sense of the word.

As for my own personal experience, my lies have been few and relatively minor.

I cannot remember anytime I deliberate spoke an untruth with the intent of deceiving or misleading someone for my own personal gain or protection

I have sometimes resorted to Jesuitical evasions but never deliberate falsehoods.

Being married as long as I have, has presented innumerable situations where telling the absolute truth could have been dangerous for my well-being and that of my spouse.

I will confess to having fudged several answers over the years to pointed questions about my opinions on an outfit etc but never have I said anything untrue to deceive my spouse.

One time however I did use my clever wit to avoid answering an extremely pointed question.

It was several years ago on a Valentine’s Day.  We were out with two of our dearest friends.

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Played a dangerous game

There was a long wait and my wife was bored.

She suggested we play a game…a dangerous game for husbands I might add.

She asked us to each tell what we like most and least about our respective spouses.

I don’t advise ANYONE who wants to remain married to try this game.

I went first and said what I liked most about my spouse was her volatility, and what I liked least about her was her…volatility.

She accepted it without too much comment.

I must add that my fellow husband did not do as well…though he is still married to the same woman.

But back to the Congressman.

Paul was writing more about the political lie.

He says that Plato fathered the noble lie in the Republic, which he wrote in 380 B.C.

Plato in the School of Athens

The father of the noble lie

Almost two millennia later Nico Machiavelli argued that government lying was good for parties, the government and the people.

Paul says that the noble lie is ever-present in our government today and has taken on a life of  its own with its bi-partisan support among the Democrats and the neo-conservatives.

There is a touch of the paternalistic arrogance in a government that justifies its lies in the name of the people.

Government lies make our society more cohesive and less divided.

Tell that to the Tea Party!

Liberals and neo-cons are really nothing more than neo-Gnostics whose sense of elitism makes lying a great way to maintain their power and increase the size of government.

Adolph Hitler and Joseph Goebbels gave us the big lie, that argued if government made their lies colossal nobody would challenge that notion that anybody could make up something so far from the perception of reality.

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Told the "big lie."

The Father of all neo-conservatives was Paul Leo Strauss, who came to the United States in 1938 at the age of 39 where he taught at the University of Chicago.

It was here that he influenced several people who would rise in government during Clinton and Bush’s administrations, such as Paul Wolfowitz, William and Irving Kristol and John Podhoretz.

Some of Strauss’ ideas include his belief that the elite have the right to deceive the masses.

Good for government to lie

Rulers are superior and have a right and obligation over the inferior in society.

External threats unite the people.  According to Machiavelli if one does not exist the rulers must create one. (Rahm Emmanuel call the president)

This will help make the people more obedient to their leaders.

Individualism is basically evil and the elite must meet their obligation to rule the incompetent.

This is why the Founding Fathers have been in the left’s crosshairs this past generation.

I would link their attempt to cover-up and hide the truth to the general consensus that condemns conspiracy theories among the elite.

Conspiracy has been the life blood of history.  People have always plotted against their political rivals, whether in Medieval Europe, dynastic China or the Middle East with internecine religious wars between Sunnis and Shiites.

It has always been a facet of human history and government lying helps prevent the truth of history from fully being exposed.

As Tennessee Williams, Big Daddy proclaimed in Cat on a Hot In Roof:

Didn’t you notice a powerful and obnoxious odor of mendacity in this room? There ain’t nothin’ more powerful than the odor of mendacity… You can smell it. It smells like death.

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Could smell the mendacity

Americans have to challenge their lies on both sides of the aisles or else suffer the loss of our individual freedom.

They used to joke—how can you tell if Clinton is lying?  His lips move.

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Is he moving his lips?

This goes even double for our current White House occupant.

Mendacity…mendacity…medacity…it has become the chilly utilitarianism of too many of our public officials.

Thanks to talk radio and the Internet it is getting harder and harder for the government to foist its deceptive lies on the American people.

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2 Comments »

  1. That’s why we like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck. They tell the truth. The truth shall prevail. Jesus is the Way,Truth and Life. Amen

    Comment by Mary B — May 10, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

  2. Noble Lies?? Noble Killings, noble murders? When you leave Jesus in church every Sunday, you begin a life of noble and hateful lies.
    When your dead your dead, when you lie you lie.

    Comment by Jim — May 11, 2011 @ 9:33 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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