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I Repeat, America Needs to Stop the Lies and the Liars

Posted by Larry Doyle on December 30, 2011 10:32 AM |

As we get ready to usher out 2011 and embark on a new year and a Presidential primary season leading to the general election in November 2012, I would like to rerun one of my personal favorite Sense on Cents commentaries written here this past February.

The simple fact remains, our nation will never regain its standing in the world unless and until we stop lying to ourselves. On that note, I humbly repeat, America Needs to Stop The Lies and The Liars,

Real long term success and greatness are founded upon the principles that people do not lie, cheat, or steal. Our nation is neither succeeding nor is great at this point in time because we have allowed these vices to grow and spread throughout our society. Shame on us.

Our nation does have the potential to be a fabulous nation again; however, let’s stop kidding ourselves in thinking that we are a great nation currently. How is it that America has lost its greatness? Where are the aforementioned vices on display?  

1. Great nations do not allow themselves to wallow in debt in the manner that we have.

2. Great nations do not allow themselves to plummet in educational standards and rankings in the manner that we have.

3. Great nations do not allow “regulatory capture” to propagate thoughout the financial industry in the manner that we have.

4. Great nations do not allow political systems to get corrupted by the big money of industry lobbyists in the manner that we have.

5. Great nations do not allow a polarization in political and economic standing in the manner that we have.

6. Great nations do not lack real statesmen who can evoke our best spirits and lead us to greatness. Who in our nation are real statesmen? Who?

I believe the crisis situation playing out currently in the state of Wisconsin is merely a harbinger of things to come across many of our states. The Wisconsin display may be an indication of problems we face in our future but, in my opinion, it is much more a reflection of the bubbling up of the failed policies and programs we have buried in our past. The burying occurred as a result of formal and informal lying, cheating, and stealing.

Great nations and great people do not bury their problems. They confront them.

Please do not think I am not eternally optimistic about the potential for true greatness for our nation and for each individual citizen within the United States. That said, if we think we will regain our greatness while maintaining so many of the same programs of the past, we are sadly mistaken.

Shared sacrifice is the order of the day. Why so? Look at the report card provided in today’s New York Times by Charles Blow who writes,
Empire at the End of Decadence,

It’s time for us to stop lying to ourselves about this country.

America is great in many ways, but on a whole host of measures — some of which are shown in the accompanying chart — we have become the laggards of the industrialized world. Not only are we not No. 1 — “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” — we are among the worst of the worst.

Yet this reality and the urgency that it ushers in is too hard for many Americans to digest. They would prefer to continue to bathe in platitudes about America’s greatness, to view our eroding empire through the gauzy vapors of past grandeur.

Numbers do not lie.

What is America’s future? We will only have a future if we confront our reality and stop lying about our past. We will only have a future if we expose those who propagate and profit from the lies. Why are our educational rankings so poor? Why are our prison populations so high? Why are our economic rankings so mediocre? Why do so few people trust those in Washington? We allow the lies covering these failures to flourish.

What do you want to do? Spread this message. Stop the lies. Stop the liars.

Perhaps we could start by posing these realities along with the accompanying data to all those running for President and other federal and statewide offices.

The truth may hurt….but it is THE TRUTH!!

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets, our economy, and our political realm so that meaningful investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

 

  • Peter S.

    Would it be telling if someone could blow the whistle on an event that would allow both good government, and its good people, an opportunity to see how polluted our financial system historically has been, and most likely still remains. Not an insider trading case, not even a singular catastrophic failure like Madoff or MFGlobal. A whistle blowing that would stun everyday folks to their core. Something mom and pop could understand and get a clearer perspective. After all, they are told that the trough they trust, and where many pigs feed, is all on the up and up. Trust me said “Ed.”

  • Randy

    Excellent, L.D., excellent! I have forwarded it already.

    Blessings to you and yours.

    Best regards,

    Randy ….
    Mena, Ar.

  • RG

    larry—-Stalin famously said that the voter is less important than the person who counts the votes…..so too with this list of woes….

    we are not many of the things that the survey says.

    Here’s the test.
    When people around the world stop coming here.(there are less illegals now than last year at this time)

    When those that are here start to leave in droves (some at th upper income levels are starting to move towards the door)
    That’s the sign that there is less freedom in the country than people expect and want.

    That day is coming closer, but it’s not here.

    Particularly distressing is the acceptance of the socialist dogma about income disparities….our poor are the richest poor in the world if you could things like government assistance, cell phones, a.c., food stamps etc. etc.

    Rather be here than any place else.

    Anotherfour years of Obama/Soros and friends and that might not be the case, but not for the reasons in the survey you used…..

    “they” have found a way to depress the multiple on our
    country…because they own the culture, the media and academia…and those are the organizations in any society that set the agenda and tell the
    people what to believe….

    give me the NYTimes for 5 years and we’ll start electing Republican Senators in NYC…..

    Markets don’t go up, they’re put up….so too societies…after all we’re just one big market…

    blessings of the new year…..

    Reagan’s most important accomplishemnt was keeping my kid out of uniform—no ww3….

    We are fast approaching the point (democrats always
    get us there with their rape of the military budget when they are in office) where this coming generation might not be so lucky…….peace through strength is not merely a theory…it is a policy that works in every time and
    place…

    no one attacks a stronger adversary…

  • http://thegoldenruleguy.blogspot.com/2011/04/dont-lie-period.html

    Found your post by looking for a graphic similar to the one found on your blog. Wold love to use it for my posting, with your permission.

    Also, you may wish to view my 2010 post on the meltdown as seen by coaching financial advisors. You can read it here: http://thegoldenruleguy.blogspot.com/2011/04/dysfunctional-business-practices-that.html

    Thank you in advance.

    Sincerely,

    John Alan Fox

    • LD

      John,

      To which graphic do you refer? The one used in this specific commentary in which Lies is crossed out and Truth is written is not mine per se.






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