Obama sub­vert­ing moral teach­ings

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

When many of us were chil­dren, our par­ents taught us to tell the truth, no mat­ter what. They told us that telling the truth is im­por­tant be­cause our word and stick­ing to it re­flected our char­ac­ter and that peo­ple would trust and re­spect us even if they dis­agreed with us. We were also taught that the ends of­ten do not jus­tify the means. Ly­ing, cheat­ing and steal­ing to get some­thing is wrong, no mat­ter what the end might be.

Now that many of us are par­ents, most of us have tried to teach our chil­dren the same thing. We’ve done so be­cause we knew from ex­pe­ri­ence that if you lie, you lose the re­spect of oth­ers. We were also taught, and tried to teach our chil­dren, that if you do some­thing wrong, stand up and ac­cept the per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­ity for what you did and don’t lie about it.

Over the past few years — es­pe­cially the past sev­eral months — our pres­i­dent and his ad­min­is­tra­tion have taught us a valu­able new les­son for liv­ing. Ly­ing is re­ally good, es­pe­cially if it gets you what you want. Ly­ing is es­pe­cially use­ful if you know you would never get what you wanted if you told the truth. So don’t tell the truth. Only a fool would do that. If you are called on it, try another lie. Fi­nally, if that doesn’t work, de­mo­nize the per­son who ques­tioned whether you were ly­ing.

My par­ents are turn­ing over in their graves, and I am won­der­ing why I was ever con­cerned about telling the truth. Why did I waste so much time try­ing to teach my chil­dren about in­tegrity and telling the truth? Thank you, Mr. Obama, for mak­ing it clear: Ly­ing is a good thing, es­pe­cially if peo­ple be­lieve your lies. JACK LEBO Chan­tilly

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