Pinocchio for President?Submitted by cactus1010 on Mon, 01/16/2012 - 14:29
You probably know Carlo Collodi’s stories of Pinocchio. Carlo wrote tales of a puppet named Pinocchio, whose nose grew longer when he lied. His telltale sign exposed his deceits for all to know.
The present presidential sweepstakes could use such a signal from the candidates to expose their deceits. All of the present candidates from both major parties fit the Pinocchio description in that they have lied in various fashions about themselves and their records.
With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her sonnet “How Do I Love Thee,” let me count some of the ways that the candidates have lied to the American public to help you discern truth from error.
Candidates distort their records. Distortion occurs in a variety of ways. One can twist parts of a record out of the proper relationship with the other parts, and cast a false glow upon it. Distortion misrepresents the facts and the results, good or bad.
Candidates deny their past, even in the light of verified evidence. Frequently, adversaries attempt to degrade a person with phrases like, “It is reported…,” “I have heard…,” and “It is common knowledge that…” In this way, they invent damaging claims. Nominees should reject baseless claims, because lies arise when they deny validated evidence.
Candidates exaggerate their prior records. This lie occurs when a nominee expands a success beyond its proper and actual circumstances. A presidential hopeful may even claim undeserved credit for an achievement that properly belongs to others.