Dave Peyton: Is lying becoming an epidemic in the US?
Michael Cohen, former staffer for President Trump, has pleaded guilty — again.
He is part of a long and growing list of people who once worked for Trump or now works for Trump who have lied to Congress or another branch of the federal government and, in doing so, committed either a misdemeanor or a felony.
Under the previous Obama administration, not a single Obama staffer was indicted for lying or anything else.
Since his election in November 2016, Trump’s campaign chairman, his deputy campaign manager, his national security adviser, his personal lawyer and a foreign policy aide have all admitted crimes or been convicted as a result of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation. And much of that hanky-panky involved lying.
What the heck is going on? To me the answer is simple. Since he appeared on the political scene, his eminence, Donald J. Trump, has lied more than 6,000 times.
People in government and outside government see this as permission from the president to lie. After all, it hasn’t hurt him.
Let me tell you a story: It’s about a well-known delivery service and how it lied to me and didn’t even try to cover it up.
I ordered some high-priced pears from a firm famous for them. I asked them to send them to my home address.
I should point out that I have a home address for delivery services and a post office box for United States Post Office mail. I have had that post office address for a few years since about 20 of my mailboxes were destroyed over a few years.
I was assured the pears would be delivered to my home.
They never arrived. This despite the fact I received email from the delivery service stating they had been delivered to my home address.
I wrote an email to the people who sold me the pears stating I had not received the fruit. I received a return email saying that they would resend the pears to my home address, no questions asked.
A couple of days later, I checked my mail at the post office and discovered the first order of pears had been sent there. And before I could tell the pear company I found the original order of pears, the second order appeared at the post office and an email appeared from the delivery service saying they had arrived at my home address.
Being the grumpy old man that I am, I phoned the “customer service” department (and I use that term loosely) of the delivery service and told them they had lied in their messages to me.
In his haughtiest voice, the man on the other end of the line said “Sir, we do not deliver our packages to post offices.”
I was so flummoxed I couldn’t come up with a retort. I should have said “Well, how the h*** did those pears get there? Did they walk from my home address, which you said was the delivery location, to the post office?”
But it wouldn’t have done any good since Trump has taught people that if they lie with a straight face, nothing will happen to them.
What a sad, sad situation.
Dave Peyton is on Facebook. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.