The Problem with Government Lying
20 February 2017 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
Joseph Goebbels put it well. He said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it." This much is well known. But he also said,
"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
"It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
The implication here is either lies destroy the government and its credibility, at least in a nominal democracy, or the state acts to suppress the truth and dissent about it and becomes no longer a democracy.
Inasmuch as the control of a dictator is not an option for him, Trump has only two ways to go. . . either down in ridicule -- his present course-- or to clean up his administration's act by stop lying.