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It has been quite a while since I have written a blog post. I just haven’t felt like writing because I have quite honestly been quite depressed lately.
I have been struggling so hard to not write about politics. I have some really close friends that are Trump supporters, and I don’t want to offend them. In January, I decided to write some posts on my facebook page about narcissism and how it relates to Trump. Wow, did I ever get hammered by Trump supporters. They did not like the posts at all, and I was called all kinds of names. After that, I decided to not post about politics…well, that didn’t even last a couple of weeks.
Although I don’t want to offend anyone that I deeply care about, there is just something in me that feels that if we don’t speak up, we are doomed to repeat history. Keeping quiet in this tumultuous time may actually be the wrong thing to do. I struggle with this war in my mind almost every day. Well, I have decided to address some things that are really bothering me. I apologize in advance to any of my close friends who don’t agree with what I am about to write, but I feel it is the right thing to do. I hope you understand.
I am disgusted by what I am seeing in Washington. I am particularly sick of seeing all of Trump’s comments on the “fake news”. This is deeply disturbing to me, and this morning on Meet the Press, John McCain so eloquently stated these same concerns to Chuck Todd. He said that the first thing that dictators do is to shut down the press. This week, Trump actually sent out a tweet saying the media is “the enemy of the American people.” I know, I know….Trump isn’t a dictator…yet, anyway. But, as John McCain said, we should learn from history.
It is well-known how Hitler and Stalin controlled the media during their time in power. Stalin allowed citizens to read, listen, and see only what he approved. During Hitler’s reign, the Editor’s Law was enacted in October, 1933, and paragraph 14 stated, “Editors must omit information calculated to weaken the strength of the Reich abroad or at home.”
Here are some other facts about oppressive regimes, both past and present:
- In North Korea, all media is controlled by the government.
- During the military control of Burma, the media was not allowed to report any opinions that were anti-government.
- In Turkmenistan, Niyazov’s administration controlled and censored media content.
- In Equatorial Guinea, criticism of Obiang’s regime is not tolerated.
- In Libya, no negative reports of Qaddafi were allowed during his time in power. It was the most tightly controlled media in the Arab world at the time.
Clearly, freedom of the press is of utmost importance in upholding democracy. Again, to repeat what John McCain said this morning, we should learn from history!
Now, yes, there is some fake news out there, and that is not OK. But it seems to me that Trump wants to claim that all news that is critical of him is fake, and this is simply not true. According to his own tweet,
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing nytimes, NBCNews, ABC, CBS, CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!”
What stuns me is that some people out there are so quick to say that all news that criticizes Trump is fake, and they seem to believe everything that Trump says is the absolute truth. Let’s look at this a little more in-depth. According to PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize winning political fact-checking organization, Trump makes false statements more than truthful ones. Here is the breakdown:
Politifact scorecard of Trump’s statements (www.politifact.com):
12% mostly true
20% mostly false
17% “Pants on fire”
Here are a few specific examples according to PolitiFact:
- Trump stated that Ford Motor Company was staying in the U.S. because of his actions. FALSE: Decision was made four years ago. Actual statement from Ford: “We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. President.”
- “The media has a lower approval rate than Congress.” MOSTLY FALSE: Congress hits the bottom quite often.
- “The murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.” FALSE.
- “Terrorism and terrorist attacks in the United States and Europe have gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported.” “PANTS ON FIRE”: Heavy coverage across the globe.
- “109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers were affected by the immigration executive order.” FALSE: Actually more than 60,000
- “Here in Philadelphia murder has been steady – I mean – just terribly increasing.” FALSE: third lowest since 1990.
- “We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College.” FALSE: Historically it’s in the bottom quarter.
And it goes on and on. I encourage you to read up on Trump’s statements…there are 27 pages on PolitiFacts website (www.politifact.com). And let’s not forget the false statements by his administration – the Bowling Green massacre that never happened, “alternative facts” about election numbers, Spicer saying that it was the biggest election win, period! etc. etc. And one of my favorites from Trump – “The leaks are real, but the news is fake”. Really? How exactly does that work? Well, it doesn’t because that’s not possible.
Fake news? How about Fake Trump!
So how is it that some are quick to point to the news as the source of the problem, but somehow seem to overlook all the untruths that Trump and his administration put out there? Hypocrisy? YES!
I have seen so much hypocrisy since this man took office. This is one of the big, big lessons that I learned in dealing with a narcissistic family – they expect everyone else to follow the rules while they break those rules themselves and attempt to justify their actions. Here are just a couple of the many disturbing examples that I have seen in the administration and in my discussions with other people (and to be VERY clear, I am not justifying the actions of Clinton, Obama, radical Islam, etc. – this is simply meant to show hypocrisy, that’s all):
- Bill O’Reilly of Fox News asked Trump about Putin, saying that Putin is a killer. Trump tried to justify his relationship with Putin by saying that there are killers in the United States. Hypocrisy? Yes! Trump then turns around and talks about how radical Islam is killing people, how Mexico has “bad hombres”, how he is deporting all the murderers….but Putin? Well, he can somehow justify that….(sarcasm).
- For years we heard all about how awful Bill Clinton was for having the affair with Monica Lewinsky. I was one of the ones who spoke out loudly about that affair – I was disgusted by his behavior. But then when I call out Trump for his remarks about women on the bus – grabbing the *****, some of those same people who spoke out about Clinton are now trying to justify Trump’s statements. Hypocrisy? Yes! One of the justifications I heard recently was that it was OK because men think about sex about every 2 minutes. Another popular justification is that “all men do this”. If it had been Clinton on that bus, I can assure you that the “all men do this” excuse would never fly!!
- The e-mail scandal involving Hillary Clinton – all last year, we heard “lock her up!!” over and over again. Then Flynn is caught talking sanctions with Russia and lying to Pence, and Trump continues to talk about how Flynn is a great man. Then Trump turns it onto the media saying that Flynn was treated very unfairly. Hypocrisy? Yes! Another example – Trump talks openly at Mar-a-Lago while dining after learning about the missle launch in Russia. Again, hypocrisy? Yes! Attack Clinton relentlessly, but when he does it…well, that’s OK (again, sarcasm).
- How many times did we hear complaints about Obama’s vacations? Yet Trump has been to Mar-a-Lago three times and has been in office for less than a month. Hypocrisy? Yes!
- How many times have you heard Trump say that polls are rigged? But then he posts a poll on twitter showing that his immigration ban was “one of his most popular so far”. Then he says that all negative polls about him are fake. Do you see the hypocrisy here?
So, in conclusion, Trump is not the awesome person that he portrays. This administration is full of hypocrisy and untruths. Yes, there is some fake news, but most is reliable if you watch the mainstream media. They may be biased, but in general, CNN, FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS…these are all reliable sources that will correct mistakes rather quickly once caught.
One of the news outlets suggested that Trump and his administration may be using psychological warfare. The definition, according to Dictionary.com, is “the use of propaganda, threats, and other psychological techniques to MISLEAD, intimidate, demoralize, or otherwise INFLUENCE the thinking or behavior of an opponent.” Is Trump and his administration actually doing this? I will leave that to you, the reader, to decide after reading this post.
The Soul Becomes Dyed with the Color of its Thoughts
Quote by Marcus Aurelius
I am the victim of an extra-marital affair. I was married for twenty years when one day I found e-mails that were being sent back and forth between my ex-husband and his paramour. That was two and a half years ago.
Since that time, I have been through intense counseling. I immediately joined a divorce support group at a local church, and I also began weekly one-on-one counseling with a professional counselor. I have been through the emotional rollercoaster that typically accompanies the process of divorce and realizing that someone who you trusted with all your heart and soul has betrayed you. I get it. I have also learned a great deal about narcissism, and I am currently writing a book on my experiences.
However, I also have a very strong belief in God. In addition to the counseling, I turned to God and begged him for His strength. I knew He was right there with me. How? Well, in addition to just “knowing” it deep in my soul, I had many, many things that happened to me during that time that told me He was right there. There is too much to tell here, but it will be available to read in my next book, hopefully to be published within the next six months. Right after finding out about the affair, I had a dream that I was walking along a stormy beach, completely broken. Jesus walked up next to me, picked me up, and carried me down the stormy beach. I vividly remember this dream. I have also read Bible passages that spoke directly to my situation, and people have come into my life that are definitely “true” Christians and who have walked this stormy journey with me without leaving my side. Finally, one day I saw a rainbow after fervently praying to God about this situation (see a previous post on this blog called “God’s Rainbow”.
When my ex was caught, he lied to me repeatedly as he was trying to cover up his actions. He also tried to blame me for all the bad things that have happened to him since the break up. He told me that it was my fault that he didn’t have any friends because I told all of my friends about the affair. At the time, I let all of those remarks affect me. I now know that the entire responsibility for the break up of our marriage lies directly on him. I have learned that I have to put the responsibility where it lies – on him. Those comments no longer affect me as I now understand the truth.
I recently had another vivid dream. The question was asked of me in my dream “what is the difference between me, my ex and his paramour?” I was quick to respond. “I have a good soul. I truly believe in God, and I did not break my marriage vows. They cannot say that. They lied, cheated, and tried to cover up their sins.” And then, several comments that had been made to me over the past few years came to mind. A priest told me “Your ex is a very weak man.” Another close friend said “A mile wide and an inch deep.” And then it hit me so hard that I actually woke up. My ex and his paramour try so hard to “look good” on the outside, but in the inside there is nothing but darkness, ugliness, deception and lies. I realized as I woke up that they are actually not only lying to me and everyone else around them, but they are actually lying to themselves. They will never truly find happiness and inner peace until they deal with all the darkness that they have on the inside. Outward appearances can be very deceiving.
The Bible says to “guard your heart”. Be careful that you are not deceived by outward appearances. You may be shocked at the inner ugliness that lurks inside. I have learned that I am certainly one very, very lucky lady. God reached down from heaven and pulled me out of a very dark and ugly situation. He actually saved me! I feel like the most blessed person in the world for God to think enough of me to yank me out of this terrible situation!! Praise be to God forever!!
This is God’s lesson to me, and it was learned by going through a very deep valley in my life. Listen to Him…..REALLY LISTEN……AND OBEY HIS COMMANDS!! You will be amazed at the inner peace that will come with His lessons. True wisdom only comes from really knowing God.