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Thomas L. Freedman, three-time Pulitzer Award winner and regular columnist at The New York Times.
In these four historical years, lying has become so common, so common, as never before. I do not know how to fix it, but it will have to be done soon. Those who do not share the truth cannot defeat the epidemic, cannot protect the Constitution. The war of truth is now a war for the protection of democracy.
It is impossible to maintain a free society in such a situation, when politicians and newsmen spread lies without restraint. Without truth, there is no way forward and without faith one cannot go along. But we are in such a deep pit because our President believes in just one thing, 'Do not get caught.' But in the recent past, he and the people around him have stopped believing in it. They don't even care about getting caught anymore. They know that by the time the truth ties their shoes, their lies have traveled half the world. They want to fill the world with lies, then no one will know the truth.
Truth unites you and Trump does not want that. This is what he said about Corona and the honesty of the elections. And they were successful as well. Trump proved that if a lie is spoken several times a day, not only can he win the election, but can almost win the election again. Americans must make sure that no one like Trump returns to American politics.
Trump not only lied to himself, but also gave others the freedom to do so and took advantage of it. As long as votes are kept, his party does not mind. As long as viewers keep on watching, Fox News doesn't mind. As long as Trump continues to appoint anti-abortion judges, many of his voters also don't mind.
For all these reasons, the industry of lies is growing so fast that it should have its own GDP line: 'The auto sector saw a 10% drop in the last quarter, but lies rose by 30% and economists estimate That lie industry will double by 2021. '
Clinton Bailey, an expert on the Israeli Badu people, tells a story of the Badu chief that one day his chicken was stolen. He told his sons, “We are in danger.” My hen has been stolen. Find him. ”The sons laughed and avoided. The next week his camel was stolen. The chief again told the sons, “Find my chicken.” A few weeks later the chief's horse was stolen. He then said, “Find my chicken.” Finally one day his daughter was kidnapped. Then the chief called the sons and said, 'This is all due to the chicken. When we saw that they could take my chicken, meaning we lost everything. '
And you know who our hen was? Birthism. When Trump was allowed to spread the 'birth-related' lie that Hawaii-born Barack Obama was actually born in Kenya, so he is unfit to be president, then Trump understood that he could avoid saying anything. Of course, Trump later retracted this, but he saw how easily he could steal the chicken and the truth. With this he stole the soul of the Republican Party and would have stolen the soul of the country if he had won the re-election.
He and his allies are now trying to make America's greatest moment illegal by resorting to big lies to ruin America's democracy when a record number of citizens came to vote in the time of the epidemic. What Trump and his allies are doing is extremely dangerous, but it comes to see and cry how many of their supporters are supporting them.
That is why it is important that every reputed news institution, especially TV, Facebook and Twitter, adopt the 'Trump Rule'. If any officer lies, without fact alleging, that interview should end immediately, as did many networks over Trump's lies after the recent election. If critics shout, 'censorship', then shout back, 'Truth.' This should become the new normal. Politicians should be scared to lie on TV.
With this, we should teach digital civics in every school of America, how to find out whether the thing given on the Internet is true or false. Before it is too late, we must re-establish that lying is bad, lying is bad. We have to find the truth, fight for it and unleash the forces that give false information. This is the freedom struggle of our generation.
(These are the author's own views)