I know a boy who lies continually. I could regale you with stories about the many lies he has told, but let me sum it up thus: he lies about small things, he lies about big things, and he lies about things even when he doesn’t need to lie. To top it off, he is a really bad liar. Too often, when he is confronted with one of his lies, his first tactic is to play dumb, muttering, “Uh, what do you mean?” and otherwise trying to dismiss the lie. Then comes the distraction: “I’m sure you didn’t see my car there.” Sometimes this distraction takes the form of a changed and continually changing story. You know the type: “I was alone. I was with my sister. I was with my sister and her friend. OK, I was alone with this girl.” Finally, when confronted with irrefutable proof, this boy (I refuse to call him a man) will sullenly admit that you are correct. This pattern — the lie, the denial, the distractions, and finally the admission — is common with liars.
Two murder cases have been in the news recently. Mark Hacking has been charged with the slaying and disposing of the body of his wife, Lori. Scott Peterson is on trial for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child. In both cases it is apparent that the husband lied to his wife. Mark had lied about graduating from college and being enrolled in medical school. This wasn’t a new development; Mark had told lies routinely and consistently for years. Things came to a head when Lori found out Mark wasn’t enrolled at the University of North Carolina as he had claimed. A few days later she went missing; her body remains undiscovered at the time of this writing. Scott was lying both to his wife and to another woman with whom he was having an affair. The prosecutor in Scott’s trial has played audio tapes of him lying to his girlfriend; these have been damaging to his character as well as to his legal case. While our legal system requires a defendant to be proven guilty, I am not the law and I believe both men are guilty as charged. When they are found guilty, I hope that in both cases the punishment will be death. A death sentence for both would show that our society cannot condone the brutal slaughter of wives and mothers, especially not when the murderer kills in an attempt to conceal his lies.
Murder is the worst possible outcome of continual lying, but there are numerous other social problems associated with liars. New Jersey Governor James McGreevey recently held a press conference to announce his adulterous affair. “And so, my truth is that I am a gay American,” the Democrat governor said. Some people question the timing of this announcement. Governor McGreevey said he would step down on November 15th, making the New Jersey Speaker of the House — another Democrat — the next governor. Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for McGreevey to step down soon, since New Jersey law allows for a run-off between the various candidates if the Governor steps down 60 days before an election. My quick count puts that at September 3rd, and I am predicting that Governor McGreevey will resist the demands of the people and stay in office past the September 3rd deadline.
I am distressed that the Governor may have been adversely affected by his sexual feelings, causing him to do a less than capable job in office. One Golan Cipel has threatened to bring a lawsuit against McGreevey, claiming that “[he] was the victim of repeated sexual advances by [Governor McGreevey].” Something fishy is going on here. Cipel, an Israeli citizen, was appointed to the coveted post of New Jersey’s Director of Homeland Security. Under a storm of opposition from New Jersey lawmakers and claims that he was unfit for office, Cipel left this post for a similar-paying job, and finally left state government altogether. Why would Governor McGreevey pick a nobody like Cipel for this important post, particularly when he could have had former FBI director Louis Freeh instead? Freeh had been approached for the position, and he was willing to accept the post if both acting Governor DiFrancesco and incoming Governor McGreevey made the offer. McGreevey did not do so. So instead of a former FBI director and New Jersey native, Governor McGreevey chose Cipel, a non-citizen who had no real world experience to bring to the job.
While the Governor did not name his lover in his announcement, people close to him have said it was none other than Golan Cipel. I don’t know whether that is true, but it would explain the Governor’s piss-poor choice if he had been thinking with his gonads rather than his brain. His confessed lies and adultery are taking a back seat to the announcement that he was in a gay relationship. I frankly don’t care about the sex of the person with whom he was having an affair; anyone engaged in adultery has broken the sacred promises made at the time of marriage and has lied. Anyone who is willing to break marriage vows, who is willing to lie to the very person he or she should care for the most, is frankly unfit to hold a position of power, whether local, state, or national. This is why a liar such as President Clinton was not a good person to have as President of this nation. It is also, incidentally, why Senator John Kerry shouldn’t be president.
Senator Kerry served his nation for four months in Vietnam. I thank him for his service. But since he has made this tour of duty such a pivotal part of his run for the presidency, it is only fitting that people examine his war record. Speaking of war records, when Senator Kerry and others accused President Bush of being AWOL from his National Guard unit, President Bush released his full military and corresponding medical records. You don’t hear this charge any more from serious news people, because the facts showed that President Bush was never AWOL from service. But although people have asked Senator Kerry to release his records, he has steadfastly refused to do so.
The Swift Boat Veterans for Truth organization is made up of combat veterans who served with Senator Kerry in Vietnam. They display a picture used by the Kerry campaign to show the “Band of Brothers” who supposedly support him in his bid for the Presidency. But the before and after images show just how many of those “brothers” actually support him — one.
Why do I lump Senator Kerry in with people like Mark Hacking and James McGreevey? Because I can’t help but see him as a liar also. Here is a statement made by Kerry on the Senate floor on March 27, 1986: “I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the President of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared — seared — in me.” Considering how seared his memory is, it seems odd that no one else recalls being in Cambodia. This story has shifted, as lies often do, in the past few days as Senator Kerry and his minions backpedal wildly to try to regain plausibility. He was there. It was winter. It was around New Year’s. It was in the border between Cambodia and Vietnam. He inadvertently strayed into Cambodia. He was on super-secret missions for the CIA.
Remember, when the story starts to change, it’s a good bet that the story is a lie.
If you’re interested in the unfolding Christmas in Cambodia story, I strongly suggest you read the last 2-3 weeks of posts at the Captain’s Quarters, an excellent blog that is on my daily must-read list. Captain Ed has
posted many good questions about Senator Kerry’s service in Vietnam. While the mainstream media is mostly ignoring the Swift Vets and others who question inconsistencies in Senator Kerry’s “memories,” blogs such as the Captain’s Quarters have been doing a smash-up job.
To make this easier, I have listed a bunch of the latest posts here:
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There is one simple thing Senator Kerry can do to clear up all the confusion: release his full military and medical records from his tour of duty in Vietnam. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them.
Addendum (8/24/2004): President Bush has come out denouncing the all 527 organizations, and has asked that Senator Kerry denounce them as well. Since almost 90% of all the money going to 527s goes to support Democrat groups, I doubt Senator Kerry will be speaking out against them anytime soon.