November 20, 2022
Updated January 21, 2023
Regardless of their sincerity, politicians often state what turn out be falsehoods to get elected. "We are going to ban abortion if I am elected governor!" That may be turn out to be true, or it may not. It is an electoral promise. It's the nature of politics that most electoral promises go unfulfilled, and we don't usually blame politicians for wanting to be elected.
But if the devil is the father of lies (John 8:44), the Left is their uncle. The Left, which already wields significant power, lies about pretty much everything. It lies about climate. It lies about sex. It lies about medicine. It lies about the economy. It lies about the Right. It lies about Jews. It lies about Christians. It even lies about itself sometimes.
The Left believes its lies with a conviction so strong that the lies become "truths" in a manner reminiscient of Orwell's 1984.
Lying did not originate with the American Left. Historian Paul Johnson makes the case in his book Intellectuals that leading Left-wing intellectuals have lied and believed lies since Jean-Jacques Rousseau, arguably the father of the Left, made a career out of lying in the 1700s.
Most notably, the "Big Lie," a.k.a. Communism — codified by Karl Marx in 1848 and frighteningly realized by Vladimir Lenin, Josef Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, Pol Pot, Fidel Castro and others — was believed and proclaimed to be truth with such fervour that it killed one hundred million people in the twentieth century alone.
Dennis Prager noted that "with rare exceptions, the party that calls for censorship is lying. People who tell the truth can deal with dissent and different opinions. In fact, truth-tellers welcome debate."
Who calls for censorship? The Left. Who welcomes debate? The non-Left.
This famous magazine cover (October 1992, Time Magazine) noted, "Lying: Everybody's Doin' It".
Sure, everyone lies — but the Left lies far more than the non-Left — and that's the honest-to-God truth.