Editor’s Notes

Friday, December 19, 2008
True North Perspective
Vol. 4, No. 3 (154)

Yes We Can!

When Monica Lewinski was on the brink of fame, if not fortune, for being exposed as having given head in the Oval Office to then U.S. President Bill Clinton, she called her mother from Washington. The best advice her mother in California had was: “Lie!”

I became aware that people told barefaced lies when I was age five. But I was in my twenties before I reluctantly concluded that people would lie even when the truth will do.

I’ve also learned that if a liar is not challenged, he or she will believe his or her own lies as truth. The Hitler regime bragged that it operated on a premise that if a lie were told often enough people would come to consider the lies as truths.

The culture of my immediate family was to live honestly with others. This was reinforced when I went to United Church Sunday School and later when I attended church itself.

What kind of world are we building for our children and future generations when our present is enmeshed in lies?

Recently, a long-time friend gave me an impatient shrug when I was carrying on about lies politicians tell. He said, of course they lie. Lying is intrinsic to their profession. You can’t expect them to tell the truth.

But yes we can!

These lies result in wrecked economies, the death and crippling of millions in war.

Today in growing numbers our children are dying and suffering severe physical and psychological wounds because they are being sent to Afghanistan in the name of democracy. The truth is they are in Afghanistan to satisfy the greed of American oil companies who are determined to build a pipeline network to tap the central Asian rich oil and gas fields.

Our leaders should tell us the truth. And they should practice what they preach. Canada, following the U.S. lead, plays the role of a schoolyard bully. The Chinese, born-again capitalists, secure their supplies of resources with money and contributing to the infrastructure of target countries by building roads, schools, and bridges, even while supplying small arms to protect their assets.

The Americans and currently their sidekicks the Canadians use lies and force of arms to get their way because they can — or rather, until recently, because they could.

The U.S. military-industrial complex (that General and President Eisenhower warned his fellow Americans about) has control of the country. The exercise of their blind greed supported by lies threatens the peace and security of the world.

We have a right to insist that our politicians tell us the truth. Our lives and the future of the planet depend on it. We should insist on the truth because we can.

Let’s make that our primary New Year’s Resolution.

Meanwhile, take it easy but take it. Looking forward.

Carl Dow
Editor and Publisher
True North Perspective