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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — “Honesty is the best policy,” wrote William Shakespeare. “If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.”
More than 400 years later, that still rings true.
People don’t like being lied to.
And even in politics, where spin and misdirection are accepted staples of the discourse, doling out whoppers can send your approval rating south.
Just ask President Trump.
His striking obsession with stretching and outright discarding the truth – even when it is easily exposed and does him little or no obvious good – is a key reason why he just can’t seem to gain majority voter approval, even in a time of relative peace and prosperity.
One poll a couple of months ago found 65% of those surveyed found Trump to be dishonest.
Among independent voters, it was 69%.
Similar majorities found his responses to the Mueller probe of Russian election interference to be dishonest.
And yet, yesterday, when none other than Mueller himself came out and said Attorney General Barr and the White House had dishonestly portrayed the findings of his investigation, they insisted on repeating the same lies that have been so thoroughly rejected by so many Americans.
Thomas Jefferson once said: “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
Maybe that’s something the White House should add to its reading list.
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