- - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

When many of us were children, our parents taught us to tell the truth, no matter what. They told us that telling the truth is important because our word and sticking to it reflected our character and that people would trust and respect us even if they disagreed with us. We were also taught that the ends often do not justify the means. Lying, cheating and stealing to get something is wrong, no matter what the end might be.

Now that many of us are parents, most of us have tried to teach our children the same thing. We’ve done so because we knew from experience that if you lie, you lose the respect of others. We were also taught, and tried to teach our children, that if you do something wrong, stand up and accept the personal responsibility for what you did and don’t lie about it.

Over the past few years — especially the past several months — our president and his administration have taught us a valuable new lesson for living. Lying is really good, especially if it gets you what you want. Lying is especially useful if you know you would never get what you wanted if you told the truth. So don’t tell the truth. Only a fool would do that. If you are called on it, try another lie. Finally, if that doesn’t work, demonize the person who questioned whether you were lying.

My parents are turning over in their graves, and I am wondering why I was ever concerned about telling the truth. Why did I waste so much time trying to teach my children about integrity and telling the truth? Thank you, Mr. Obama, for making it clear: Lying is a good thing, especially if people believe your lies.

JACK LEBO
Chantilly