Shall we recall 2015? Or shall we make an effort to forget it?
It’s always difficult to understand when a turning point was reached, before we understand it and generally it’s long after. But if 2015 has been a turning point, it might well have indicated a turn in a down path for America and for Western civilization.
This was the year when we basically allow the world understand that we were giving up any attempt from obtaining a nuclear bomb to try and quit Iran the worlds leading sponsor of international terrorism. Certainly it will not require much imagination to foresee what lies at the end of that road.
It’ll not matter if they’re willing to expire if we have more nuclear bombs than they’ve and we’re not. That could decide who surrenders. And other terrorists and ISIS have given us of what surrender would mean grisly demonstrations.
Putting aside, the fateful question whether 2015 is a turning point, for now, what do we see when we look back instead of looking ahead? What defines the year that’s now finishing?
2015 has become the year of the big lie. There have been lies in other years, and a few of them quite large, but so 2015
This is actually the year when we learned, from Hillary Clintons own emails, after three long years of stalling, stonewalling and evasions, that Secretary of State Clinton lied, and so did President Barack Obama and others under him, when they all told us in 2012 that the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed the American ambassador and three other Americans wasn’t a terrorist attack, however a protest demonstration that got out of hand.
What difference, at this point, does it make? as Mrs. Clinton after melodramatically cried out, at a Congressional committee hearing investigating that episode.
Firstly, it made enough of a difference for a few of the best officials of American authorities to concoct a bogus story they understood at the time was not true.
It mattered enough that, in the event the truth had come out, on the eve of a presidential election, it could have ruined Barack Obamas joyful story of how he’d dealt a crippling blow to terrorists by killing Usama bin Laden (with an assist from the Navys SEALS).
Had Obamas lies about his victory over terrorism been exposed on the eve of the election, that might have stopped his stay in the White House. And that could have saved us and the world a lot of Obamas catastrophes in the Middle East and elsewhere all over the world. For this reason it certainly will continue to matter later on, and matters.
Lying, by itself, is clearly old. What’s new is the growing endorsement of lying by smug sophisticates as no huge deal lies that improve their political causes. Many in the media greeted by admiring how well she managed herself, the exposure of Hillary Clintons lies.
Lies are a wall between reality and us and being walled off from reality is the largest deal of all. Because we dont see it, truth will not vanish. When we least expect it, it only hits us like a ton of bricks.
The largest lie of 2014 Hands up, dont shoot had its repercussions in marches all over the nation, together with the open advocacy of the killing of cops, in 2015. However, the ambush killings of officers that followed aroused no such indignation in the media as any police use of force against thugs.
Nor has there been the same indignation when the cops pulled back, as they got in days gone by, in the aftermath of being scapegoated by politicians as well as the media as the homicide rate shot up. The majority of the individuals killed have not been white. But apparently these special black lives dont matter much to the media as well as activists.
No one anticipates that lies will vanish from political rhetoric. In the event you took all the lies outside of politics
It’s lying when there’s anything that’s bipartisan in Washington. The latest funding price revealed that Congressional Republicans lied wholesale when they said that they’d finance Planned Parenthood Obamacare, and other pet projects of the Democrats.
As for 2015, good riddance. We can just expect that individuals who vote in 2016 will have learned something from 2015s disasters.
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow in the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His web site is www.tsowell.com. To learn more about Thomas Sowell and read features by other Creators Syndicate columnists and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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