Do you like being manipulated, lied to and deceived? Unless you're a masochist, it's unlikely.
The most recent example is the manipulation of the press in President Bush's surprise visit to our troops in Baghdad on Thanksgiving.
We were told by the press that the surprise trip was almost scrubbed by a British Airways pilot who thought he spotted the president's blue and white Boeing 747 from his cockpit and radioed Air Force One.
The problem with this encounter is that it didn't happen.
It was a lie.
According to Rueters and the Washington Post, "British Airways said that none of its pilots made contact with President Bush's plane during its secret flight to Baghdad on Thanksgiving, contradicting White House reports of a midair exchange that nearly prompted Bush to call off his trip."
"We have spoken to the British Airways captains who were in the area at the time and neither made comments to Air Force One nor did they hear any other aircraft make the statement over the radio," British Airways said.
"The White House had no comment about the discrepancy."
My question is: Why did the White House staff flat out lie about something that doesn't matter in order to embellish a story?
Enough has been said about the deception and manipulation of the American public regarding the reason we went to war in Iraq to fill volumes.
Unfortunately, that deception wasn't as harmless as the Thanksgiving airplane episode. That "Big Lie" is still causing daily deaths of brave young (and some not-so-young) American soldiers. It's also resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children. Although Iraqi, they're still human beings created in the image of God.
Some will ask, "Why worry about small, white lies like this one?"
The reason is that a person who lies about the small things will lie about the big things, too.
Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.), in describing the propaganda campaign that led us into war said, "Truth became a casualty. When truth is a casualty, democracy receives collateral damage."
Could it be true that all politicians lie? God forbid that's "just the way it is."
I don't know about you, but this is one Payson resident who's fed up with lies, deception and manipulation.
Larry Brophy, Payson