Definition of lying

Published: Saturday, January 31, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 11:54 p.m.

I've been concerned about the state of our country, but then I heard a woman on TV say she liked President Bush because of his "integrity," and that was reassuring. Then I heard others say he was a liar. What's the truth?

Bush is said to have lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, despite all evidence to the contrary. But if he really believed what he said, technically that's not lying. I heard he lied about Iraq getting uranium from Africa, despite the CIA denying it. But if he believed it, technically that's not lying.

I heard he lied about his health care bill saving prescription money for Americans, but if he really believed that denying access to Canadian medication and not allowing government to negotiate prices was an improvement, technically that's only an omission and not lying (ask Bill Clinton).

That must be what integrity is: saying what you believe even if you are wrong! Now I'm really worried: we have a president who acts upon what he believes, regardless of facts or conflicting opinions, even if it means the needless death of hundreds of our young men and women and higher costs for seniors.

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