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A Sad Commentary

 

It is unfortunate that a country as great as the United States is becoming known as a "nation of liars". All one
needs to do is turn on a news broadcast or pick up a
newspaper to learn of the continuous frauds and shams that
occur in this society. It also regrettable that this new
form of immorality in our nation stems from the top. If the
president can lie, then why can't the people? It is
interesting to note that a television show called "Shame On
You!" on public television has gained such popularity.
 
The program is based entirely on uncovering the scandals of
businessmen, businesses and corporations. The fact that
this show is successful and can air many times, says not
only that lying does exist in our society, but that lying
is becoming a common practice today among the public masses.
 
Since one can say that the American society has become very
comfortable with lies, it's safe to conclude that the lying
at the top level of society (i.e. the President) has
succeeded in trickling down. In the past years the country
has had many "role models" that did not send out model
messages to their followers. One need only look at Nixon
who lied with Watergate, or even the Clintons who are
involved in Whitewater, to see that lying is indeed a part
of the "leaders" of our country. To say which came first,
public or top level deception would be unfair. Since our
top level was once the public, it is difficult to say which
party is responsible for this downshift in our society.
 
Lying at the top level of society is a dangerous thing for
many reasons. Firstly, these high level people are
constantly in the publics' eye which observes and judges
every falsehood they make. Secondly, after observing these
"high" officials and their lies, the public will judge them
and some will come to the conclusion that it is okay to
emulate them and lie as well. The simple question "If they
can do it, why can't I?" leads to what Jim Lehrer
feared-"...we Americans are becoming a nation of liars."

 




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