I hope this will be a series of talks about the first amendment. To start with I’d like to talk about freedom of speech and lies. Our new president elect (despite losing the popular vote) viciously attacked his opponent as a Washington-insider liar and yet he told more than a few tall tales on his own, especially after he made a few twitter rants. But more than that the point is about mis-information.
I won’t enumerate all the lies our future administration has told. If you’re reading this then I’m either teaching to the choir or to the doubting. I simply wish to tell you what I believe is your role over the next 4 years. Question everything. Any time some brings up a stat, ask their source and their sources source. Where does the information come from. If they answer, whip out your phone and look up the information yourself. Verify everything.
George Orwell once said: “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” Our source for this quote, by the way, was:
https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/georgeorwe141761.html (Ok, not the most reputable but I’m sure you can find a better one than me). So I use this quote to say Question and Verify on your own. Be an independent thinker. When a politician gives a long winded answer to a yes or no question then tell them to give you a yes or no answer. Stand up and say you want a simple answer to a simple question. Even if “I don’t know” is the answer then it could at least be considered honest.
To break out another quote, a protestant pastor in Germany during World War II once wrote a poem. It ended with the phrase “And then they came for me…” Ask yourself the question if you’re not Muslim or Gay or an Immigrant… when will they come for your rights? If a group you’re not part of is the target of a lie then stand up and say so. It is your job now to be the protector of honesty of truth. Find it for yourself. We have a fight on our hands to speak the truth.