Remembering 2015 by Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell

Human beings break up time into increments such as months, years, decades, and so on. These measures of time are constructs of the human mind. Humans have to measure time because our finite mind can’t understand the infinite. Put another way; we have to measure time to make it fit into our minds because we can’t fit our minds around time. History is just a report on what happened during these increments of time.

In this article titled Remembering 2015 (click here), Thomas Sowell gives us his unique perspective on this past year, which is, (quoting Thomas Sowell)  “just one moment in an ongoing stream of time.”

Here are some excerpts from the article.

More than anything else, 2015 has been the year of the big lie. There have been lies in other years, and some of the pretty big, but even so 2015 has set new highs – or new lows.

“This is the year when we learned, from Hillary Clinton’s own e-mails, after three long years of stalling, stone-walling and evasions, that Secretary of State Clinton lied, and so did President Barack Obama and others under him, when they all told us in 2012 that the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed the American ambassador and three other Americans was not a terrorist attack, but a protest demonstration that got out of hand.”

“What difference, at this point, does it make?” as Mrs. Clinton later melodramatically cried out, at a Congressional committee hearing investigating that episode.”

“First of all, it made enough of a difference for some of the highest officials of American government to concoct a false story that they knew at the time was false.”

“It mattered enough that, if the truth had come out, on the eve of a presidential election, it could have destroyed Barack Obama’s happy tale of how he had dealt a crippling blow to terrorists by killing Usama bin Laden.”

Lying, by itself, is obviously not new. What is new is the growing acceptance of lying as “no big deal” by smug sophisticates, so long as these are lies that advance their political causes. Many in the media greeted the exposure of Hillary Clinton’s lies by admiring how well she handled herself.”

Lies are a wall between us and reality – and being walled off from reality is the biggest deal of all. Reality does not disappear because we don’t see it. It just hits us like a ton of bricks when we least expect it.

“No one expects that lies will disappear from political rhetoric. If you took all the lies out of politics, how much would be left?”

If there is anything that is bipartisan in Washington, it is lying.”

 

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