That time again….a history lesson….(eyes rolling and heavy sighs)
There is so much misinformation and outright lies in this country……and thanx to social media like Facebook it just keeps getting worse and worse.
But this lying is not a new thing because of social media…..no lying is as American as apple pie…..
American history is full of lies and misinformation….
A few weeks ago, someone going as “R. Tillman” spent a chunk of change to place a small add in The New York Times saying that “LYING IS UN-AMERICAN.”
I had to laugh. Mr. or Ms. Tillman was likely thinking of Donald Trump’s big lie that the 2020 election was stolen and perhaps of some other among many thousands of fibs told by the record-setting dissembler Trump.
I don’t like lies or (I am guessing) Trump any more than R. Tillman but who is he or she trying to kid?
Lying is as American as cherry pie.
Which reminds me, the story that young George Washington broke down and told his father he cut down a cherry tree “because I cannot tell a lie” is a lie. It was made up by the early Washington biographer Mason Lock Weems for the fifth edition of his popular volume The Life of Washington (1806).
Here’s another lie: “George Washington was a great man.” Not true. He was a vicious killer of Native Americans known to the Iroquois as Conoctocaurious, meaning “Town Taker,” “Burner of Towns,” and “Town Destroyer.” In 1779, during the American War for Independence, Washington ordered and organized the Sullivan Campaign, which carried out the genocidal destruction of 40 Iroquois villages in New York.
I know this is not what your 8th grade teacher had to say……but that teacher was a revisionist that wanted to put lipstick on a pig.
You may breath now….the lesson is over.
I Read, I Write, You Know
“lego ergo scribo”