Anyone feel a little uncomfortable listening to talk about tolerance during the buildup to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Does the rhetoric sound more like a demand? Americans are tolerant but we will not, under any circumstances, marginalize what happened on 9/11, or allow the memory of that day to be manipulated by those portraying America as a nation that fears outsiders, and rejects those who are different.
To those in Washington who used to call yourselves friends and colleagues of Anthony Weiner, and have been publicly lambasting him for his alleged indiscretions, you can stop now. Enough sanctimony. Whether we are talking extramarital affairs, campaign fund abuses, influence peddling, White House trysts, lies, drugs, prostitutes, or any of the other unsavory behaviors engaged in by public figures over the years, this is a much bigger deal for you than it is for us.
The definition of “lie” has two parts. The first part is the creation of a statement that is not true. The second is intent. When one lies, one deliberately intends to deceive; otherwise, there would be no point to the lie.
Mitch McConnell’s announcement that he would support a ban on earmarks was so fraught with contradictions that it would have been better had he said nothing at all. The GOP Senate leader’s support for a non-binding, two-year moratorium would have turned enough heads without the curious justification that preceded his assent.