This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
― William Shakespeare,
Mr. Comey, under oath yesterday morning, seemed to state that the President cannot be trusted to tell the truth and he cannot be trusted to allow a proper investigation into the Russian interference into the elections.
Comey taking the Oath (CNN)
It appears that the White House wanted to make the conduct of Comey and the press the issue in the hearing rather than the conduct of the President. Meanwhile, not once has the President exhibited any curiosity about what the Russians may have done to undermine our elections. Does he just not care?
Perhaps it is not so strange that President Trump shows no curiosity about the Russian election interference. Does he already know the answers?
Comey stated that the Trump Administration had lied about the FBI being in disarray and that he, Comey, was disliked by his colleagues and was a bad leader.
Over the last few months we have become somewhat familiar with the President’s personality and character. He has been caught out telling lies on a regular basis and is vindictive to all who oppose him or even disagree with him.
Today President Trump denied ever asking Comey for loyalty and emphatically denied mentioning “Hoping” that the Flynn investigation would go away.
One of the things we are used to with politicians is that they will tell “untruths” or make grossly exaggerated statements at the drop of a hat. However, in President Trump’s case, when he does tell a lie it is so obviously a lie that we are fully aware of the fact that what he says is untrue.
Our first example of this was the President’s insistence that the size of the crowd at his inauguration was the largest ever when photographic evidence clearly showed that this was far from true! When faced with the evidence President Trump refused to admit that he was wrong.
The problem is that the President’s lies are mounting up and each time he lies it appears that he does believe what he is saying even if it directly contradicts a statement he has previously made. So, the question arises, how can he live with himself?
We decided to research whether or not lying is a medical condition. Wikipedia states:
“Pathological lying (also called pseudologia fantastica and mythomania) is a behavior of habitual or compulsive lying. It was first described in the medical literature in 1891 by Anton Delbrueck. Although it is a controversial topic, pathological lying has been defined as “falsification entirely disproportionate to any discernible end in view, may be extensive and very complicated, and may manifest over a period of years or even a lifetime”. The individual may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth.” (Check the Wikipedia link for medical references)
It is important for our own peace of mind to understand that some people, due to a medical condition, cannot help lying and may not actually be aware of the fact that they are lying.
The President, as was required, did get a medical certificate from his doctor stating that he is healthy. This did not make any in depth evaluation of mental health.
Can it be that the President is not aware of his lying? This question arises as he never seems apologetic when caught in a lie and never backs off.
Is this something we should be concerned about? Probably so when it affects the leader of our country. In any case, if we are to keep our own mental equilibrium then this is one instance that we should believe in the saying “It is not what a person says, it is what they do.”