Curtis Dahlgren
November 2, 2016
Pantyhose on fire: To those who say "What difference does it make?"
By Curtis Dahlgren

"The lie in the Soul is a true lie." – Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)

This life's five windows of the soul
Distorts the Heavens from pole to pole,
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not thro' the eye.
-
William Blake (1757-1827)

To lapse in fulness
Is sorer than to lie for need, and falsehood
Is worse in kings than beggars.

- Wm. Shakespeare (1564-1616)

DISCLAIMER: Can't say I've never told a lie. Didn't call it a "talking point" though. Shakespeare wrote:

"The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not . . . Dare to be true: nothing can need a lie; a fault, which needs it most, grows two thereby."

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion . . Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle."
– Edmund Burke (1729-97)

I was just given a book, "YOU SAID WHAT? Lies and propaganda throughout history" by Bill Fawcett (Harper, 2007), and he says:

"The lie was the keynote deception for one of the darkest past of European history. I am not sure what so many Germans' believing it says about them or the world over half a century ago. What do we believe that is just as wrong today?"

Burke said: "Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist . . . Tyrants seldom [lack] pretexts . . Falsehood has a perennial spring."

"The lie that flatters I abhor the most . . . Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made, to turn a penny."
– William Cowper (1731-1800)

"An ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad." – Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639)

That a lie which is all a lie may be met and fought with outright,

But a lie which is part a truth is a harder matter to fight.

-
Tennyson (1809-1892)

CONCLUSION: "Whosoever loveth and maketh a lie won't be in God's Kingdom." – Revelation 22:15

Unlike George Washington, we've all made them, but I never loved one. In the mouth of two or three witnesses ("bear not false"), a few words more from the Scriptures:

"They have set up kings, but not by Me."

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice."

"Woe unto that nation whose king is a boy . . . Women and babes shall rule over them."

"For so is the will of God that you may put to silence the foolishness of ignorant men, not using you liberty as a cloak for malice, but as bond-servants of God."


Burke said, "Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety," but to re-phrase the imperative above, written by Peter to the scattered Tribes in Asia Minor:

"Use your Freedoms to put to silence the ignorance of foolish people."

P.S. "A few honest men are better than numbers."
– Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658)

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm . .

And Satan trembles when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

Sometimes a light surprises
The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
With healing in His wings.

-
Wm. Cowper

PPS: As we approach November 8th, the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution, let's give thanks for those DWEEBS (Dead White English Boys) who lived from the 1500s to the 1700s. They called a spade a spade when it came to lies, damned lies, spin [and statistics].

May God still find something in America worth saving!

© Curtis Dahlgren

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)


Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Curtis Dahlgren: Click here

More by this author