Politics in Real time: Do Governments lie to the People? – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Politics in Real time: Do Governments lie to the People?

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

They promise the moon and the stars. When they get into power there will be milk and honey and no one will be short of anything. They assume office and then the lies begin.  The propaganda machine dishes out half-truths and downright lies and people shake their heads and say. “It’s politics, what do you expect?” Telling the truth is a revolutionary act, says George Orwell.

In America most people believe that politicians are liars.  In the current presidential campaign America is served with daily doses of bullyism from Donald Trump while 60 percent of the country cannot trust Hillary Clinton.  President Obama in a 2015 speech at the United Nations said, “You can jail your opponents, but you cannot imprison ideas. You can try to control access to information but you cannot turn a lie into truth.    

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  • De castro  On March 23, 2016 at 5:52 am

    No siree…..
    They manipulate the media who then
    misinform the masses.
    An uninformed/misinformed public
    is easier to subdicate 🐐 Control.

    My spin
    Kamtan

  • Albert  On March 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Dr. Narine you did not mention the role and responsibility of the media to its readers. If you listen to a political matter from different media sources you get different stories. Which one should the public believe. The media often has its own political agenda. Fox is known for this. At times they are afraid to confront politicians they know are lying. ………….Trump lying comes to mind. To this day I am yet to see the media report on the money Cheney made as executive of Haliburton with the Iraqi oil deal.

    About politicians lying to the public….I remember a line from Naipaul…………the politicians spit on them and they applaud. I think in some instances lying may be justified. The details of some unpopular acts of the US and the British in WWII are now made public. For instance, they intentionally bombed a city in Germany, which was not a military threat, killing thousands of civilians to make a point to Hitler. In another case some German soldiers held an entire town in Holland captive hoping to get a deal and Ike order the bombing of the entire town killing everyone. What good would it have done then to tell the public the truth.

    A soldier buckle in fear and commits suicide in battle. Is it better to tell the parents the truth that their son died a coward, or tell them he died honorably.

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