Most every city, county and state in America have members in a “Prevaricator Club” and all are in some way connected with one of several national clubs that strongly influence the smaller clubs.
They spend thousands of dollars in the smallest areas and markets in their attempt to enroll and enlist new members. On the state level, millions of dollars are spent in hopes that thousands of people will convert to their ways. Nationally these big clubs will spend hundreds of millions to convince millions of people to become active members of their organization and support them in every way possible.
They hire the finest writers available to present their messages in an effective manner. Millions of dollars are spent advertising on radio and television, billboards and newspapers. They want to convince us that their product is superior to all others. In the big drive to choose the top prevaricators in the nation, a total will be spent in terms of dollar amounts that may cut deeply into the billion-dollar range.
We all probably know what a prevaricator is. I first knew them by a simple term we called “Liar, LIAR. Your pants are on fire.” Other words help us describe and understand people who have a very difficult time telling the truth about themselves and would almost never tell the “truth” when speaking about someone else. Other words that describe prevaricators and liars are fabricator, fibber, deceiver, perjurer, cheater, dissembler, con artist and every two years and every four years we call them “politicians.”
I hasten to say that some of the finest, most honest, noble, truthful and people of great integrity have been elected political officials. I have met and talked with these people from the least attractive office you could imagine all the way to and including The White House in Washington, D.C.
I have attended local political picnics and dinners from the county level all the way to dinner at The White House, as a guest of the President of the United States. I do not feel inferior or superior in their presence. I am a little like the older gentleman who said, “They put their pants on the same way I do, one leg at a time.”
Our political leaders, elected and appointed, are human beings like the rest of us. They have problems, health issues, family misfortunes, heartaches, pain and suffering like we all do. They know how to weep and rejoice, how to laugh and cry.
For many years, I have prayed for our leaders in the political arena. Their job is a tough one.
One thing that would help all our political people, at whatever level, is to tell the truth all the time. The world’s greatest teacher ever said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Speaking to the seed of Abraham and Satan, Jesus said, “You are of your father the devil … for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44). God’s truth sets people free, the devil’s lies enslave and destroy. That is true today no matter how hard we try to escape from it.
I am tired of hearing men and women lie about something or somebody, from the lowest to the highest, every time they open their mouth. I hope Americans vote for those who tell the truth. It is not free and all of us pay the astronomically high price because of so-called leaders who evade the truth. Deny them your vote of approval. Stand by and vote for those who tell the truth.
Dr. William “Bill” Ellis of Scott Depot is a weekly syndicated columnist who writes on a wide variety of subjects. Ellis has spent 25 years as a radio and television broadcaster and as a guest speaker and teacher on college campuses.