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I See It
the law and there are principles of justice and sometimes they
are not quite in alignment with one another.
For democracy to thrive there needs to be the free
exchange of ideas and also the truthful sharing of experience
from public servants and also from the media whose job it is
to be the eyes and ears and voice of The People.
time a lie is told by a public servant in order to influence
the public to believe something that he knows isn't true, it
is an act of treason. A
public servant is the servant and not the master. He is duty bound to be faithful in the execution of his
duties and this must necessarily include fidelity to his
public servant attempts to corrupt the values of subordinates
by having them engage in unlawful acts or dishonorable
activities, such as requiring them to lie to others or to put
aside their own integrity, that too is treason.
are a subordinate and if you are unfaithful to yourself and
the truth as you know it, in order to protect yourself or to
carry out the agenda of someone who supervises you, then you
are a traitor to yourself and to others.
If a military commander orders a soldier to execute an
order he knows to be illegal or immoral, that is treason.
If the Commander-in-Chief or the Secretary of State or
the Secretary of Defense asks you to lie, or you are purposely
misled into reporting a lie or withholding the truth or
misleading others, that is treason.
take the Commander-in-Chief and have him prosecuted for
treason if he lies to the nation?
I don't know. But
I know that when the President of the United States or any
public servant lies to the public or misrepresents his actions
as one thing when he knows they are something else, then that
public official is attacking our Democracy and the act is one
of treason. This
is how I see it.
lie acts to diminish, tear apart, and unravel the fabric of
our society. And
so does every lie that justifies a lie and every dishonesty
that hides a lie, or hides the truth.
This is the truth of how it is.
And if you haven't the courage to tell the truth, or
the consciousness to honor the truth, or the love to love the
truth, then one day you will not have the truth to tell, and
soon thereafter you will not live in a place that will
acknowledge the truth when it is told, and not long after that
the truth will not be told for it will no longer be allowed. You
cannot be a traitor to life, and then expect to live in a free
and just society.
says so? I say so. Where
is it written? In
every blade of grass. In
the sparrow's song. In
a snowflake. In every sunrise and sunset.
In every star that lights the sky.
In every child's eyes. Every river that flows and every
kiss of a lovers lips... says it's so.
Because it IS so.
And what if you are not a public servant or a member of
the media? Every
intentional dishonesty diminishes the fabric of life for we
are all part of the weave.
I do not say this as an invitation to judge others, but
rather as a reminder from time to time to look to see if the
threads of our own expression are holding life together or
allowing it to unravel.
you are, wherever you are, you are a part of every destiny.
Everyone makes a difference, and simply the willingness
to hold fast to life, to have faith, compassion and courage is
what binds us together and creates the opportunity for us, and
our children, and our children's children, to experience the
blessings of freedom, happiness, and success.
by Mark A. Goldman
Published in 2003
lies in the hearts and minds of men and women;
when it dies
there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it;
constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it…”
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