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Criminalize Political Lies or Civilization Dies

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The vast social injustice rife throughout the world is reaching a tipping point. The people of planet earth are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore. The ecological devastation and immense human suffering caused by collaborating, corrupt governments around the world is awakening all humanity to a common cause. The time is ripe for a worldwide political revolution.

Here in the U.S., our founding fathers' sacred idea of a government of the people has become a cruel joke - along with that "goddamned piece of paper" we call our Constitution. Our Supreme Court says our government is legally for sale to the highest bidder. Our so-called "representatives" in Congress shamelessly vie for millions in legal bribes in return for delivering billions of the people's tax dollars to elite special interests.

As a result, 44 million Americans live in poverty, a record 40 million rely on food stamps, 30 million are unemployed or underemployed, a record 6 million have given up looking for a job, millions have lost their homes to foreclosure by the same banksters bailed out by billions of the people's tax dollars, and, unlike our privileged "representatives" in Washington, 50 million Americans have no health insurance. The time is ripe for a worldwide political revolution.

Political lies: the lifeblood of our political system

Though big money is the driving force of our political system, political lies provide the means to pass unjust legislation. Political lies aren't benign lies or compassionate lies aimed at easing suffering. Political lies are unambiguously intended to further political ends with blatant disregard for their harmful consequences and with little or no accounting by our lying politicians.

Without political lies, the U.S. political system would disintegrate. A system claiming to work for the people, but obviously working for elite special interests, must necessarily be based on carefully crafted lies. The more unjust the legislation, the more carefully crafted the lies must be to pass it. Our political system proudly rewards crafty lying, with the best liars reaping the biggest rewards.

Political lies aren't limited to false statements. There are political lies of omission when politicians purposely ignore facts that undermine their positions. Evasion is probably the most common political lie. Our politicians are free to spout vague, specious nonsense while carefully evading clearly explaining and justifying their positions.

A lie is a betrayal of trust. Our personal lies might betray a spouse or a few friends, but the harm is usually quite limited. But when government representatives lie, for example to justify war, the betrayal could easily extend to all of humanity and even to the earth itself with severe, possibly irreversible, negative ramifications.

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Carmen Yarrusso, a software engineer for 35 years, designed and modified computer operating systems (including Internet software). He has a BS in physics and studied game theory and formal logic during his years with the math department at (more...)
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