Most parents get to deal with a lying child at some point. Most parents want to nip that behavior in the bud. Talks about needing to trust each other and the importance of telling the truth are part of the process of explaining why lying is not good. (More)
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Child psychologists have studied lying patterns in children. Lies told by two-years-olds are often clumsy and awkward. By four the lies become more plausible and by seven or eight the lies are “more consistent with known facts.” Strategies for addressing the lies based on the child’s age are common sense parenting advice.
I vividly remember going through this with my youngest son when he was seven. I was expecting a phone call from an executive recruiter I was working with. I was also in the bathroom. I told my son when the phone rang to say I was unavailable but to please call back in five minutes. My son, newly chastised for lying answered the phone and said, “She’s on the pot. Can you call back in five minutes? … Okay, Thanks.”
Part two was the discussion on why saying I was unavailable was polite and, if not the whole truth, not a lie. Thirty years ago phones were still attached to the wall and fortunately the recruiter also had kids and a good laugh about just how much honesty he’d gotten.
Most parents go through some version of the lying conversation. Most of us want to raise kids who tell the truth. We may, as they get older deal with ‘white lies’ that save people’s feelings but we still hope for honest adults when our kids are grown.
Why then, why oh why, would some voters support politicians who outright lie to them?
Forward Progressive has rounded up 10 of Ben Carson’s ridiculous lies. They range from his rewriting the constitution on presidential power to the pyramids being built for grain storage to his involvement with Mannatech.
Donald Trump also has a problem telling the truth:
The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler probably summed it up by declaring Trump’s speech “a fact checker’s dream … and nightmare. He spouts off so many ‘facts,’ often twisted or wrong, that it takes a lot of time to hack through the weeds.”
Trump’s lies range from his campaign being self-funding (actually 33% self funded) to not criticizing Mark Zuckerberg (he did it on his own Facebook page) to never filing for bankruptcy (but his companies did four times).
Googling “Ben Carson + lies” got 9.5 million hits. Googling “Donald Trump + lies” got 13.1 million hits. Truth be told I did not read them all but there is a pattern on both men’s part of lying. I don’t understand why some voters would raise their kids to tell the truth and not expect the same from presidential candidates. We were already lied into the Iraq War by the Bush administration. Good grief!