I believe there are two issues at play, first of all as has been said many times before, the…
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What should be of more concern is where this goes from here.

Up until Clinton, Presidents tended to be a reasonably honest lot. Then Clinton lied about sex, while the term “spin” entered the political lexicon. It was a lie which did not affect governance per se, but it kind of shot the notion that the President would be above all that sort of thing.

Then Bush, although he never said anything about Iraq which was not (at the moment) also believed by one of the intelligence agencies………certainly spun everything he could get his hands on to make war a logical step. So, perhaps technically not lying…..but certainly affected governance, big time.

Obama upped the ante by bald-faced lying to get his pet legislation passed.

And now, Trump.

So, four presidents in a row who have taught the American people (and their successors) that truth isn’t required to get elected.

This is a trend line that isn’t going in the right direction. I don’t know who will be elected next, but I suspect they’ll continue the trend. No reason not to.

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