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I don’t know about you, but it’s the lies that bother me so I Googled “lies” and here’s what those guys had to say.

“A lie is a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception.” Thus the phrase “What a tangled web we weave when we attempt to deceive.” The practice of communicating lies is called lying and a person who communicates a lie is usually called a liar. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal or psychological functions for the person using them. A lie carries a negative connotation and depending on the context, a person who lies may (in my opinion, should be) subject to social, legal, religious or criminal sanctions.

I know that both my loyal readers have never lied before so I’ll share what I’ve learned about the topic. First off, Mark Twain told us that if you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything. Back in the day when my parents tried to rule my social life they didn’t want me hanging out with certain folks. So I’d tell them that I was going to hang out with someone else and then head off with the kids they didn’t want me to be with. This went on for a long time and I found myself telling lies about lies and the whole thing got quite complicated and I was unsure what lie I had told to cover the other lies and it wasn’t long before the whole affair was exposed and I once again had not only disappointed my parents but learned a very valuable lesson about lying. I’ve done my best to avoid putting myself in that position again and whoever said the truth sets you free was right on.

I spent 22 years of my career in an elected office, I’ve worked government from about every angle there is including running a successful governor’s campaign so I know what politics is about — and the rule in my day was if you lied and got caught you were done serving the public.

Despite the popular opinion that all politicians are liars I beg to differ in that until recently I’ve never met someone running for public office who wanted to make things worse. Rather, all of them hope to leave things better off than they found them, and every politician has their own view of what that requires.

Granted, I have not been accused of supporting President Donald Trump, but my respect for the office of president has never wavered until now. The president of the United States is the highest office that we the people are allowed to pick and I think we blew this one. Yes, I’ve heard all the “but Hillary” that I can tolerate, too, but you have to admit that there have been a lot of lies coming out of our White House.

According to the Washington Post, Trump has told 3,000 lies in his first 466 days in office and at six to nine lies a day that must be some sort of record. So let’s go back for a moment here. What happened when you caught someone lying to you, or someone caught you in a lie, and why were they or you lying in the first place?

The simple answer is you or the other person were trying to deceive, which means you were probably guilty of doing something wrong and attempting to cover it up. As I recall, payback is hell, and liars eventually get caught and when they do they deserve whatever payback they created.

Here’s hoping that you’re able to handle whatever karma you created.

Dan Ulmer is a parent, grandparent, as well as a retired teacher, counselor, politician, lobbyist, public employee, nonprofit executive and opinionated citizen who believes that we need to do what we can to leave the world better off than we found it.

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