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Finding Truth 
in the Day of the Lie

by Don McAlvany, 
Editor of The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor

"The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes." Benjamin Disraeli

"At what point is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reaches us, it must spring up among us, it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of free men, we must live through all time or die of suicide." Abraham Lincoln, 1837

WHAT IS TRUTH?

This is the question which Pontius Pilate asked Jesus almost two thousand years ago. Today, truth is a very scarce commodity. People do not wish to hear the truth - they would rather hear that which makes them feel good, that which they want to believe, that which allows them to relax in their comfort zone. Today, the vast majority of people have great difficulty discerning the true from the false, good from evil, morality from immorality. We live in a day when governments, politicians, monetary authorities and the media consistently lie to the people and the people are indifferent to these lies, even if they are vaguely aware that they are being deceived.

Webster defines truth as: "that which is in agreement with reality; the eternal principle of right or the natural law of order; fidelity; constancy; agreement with a standard or rule; accuracy." In an era when moral and spiritual values are in a sharp decline, when the financial system is headed for a crackup, when a health crisis such as the AIDS epidemic is accelerating, and when freedom is under attack everywhere, it is essential that those who wish to survive discern the true from the false in the areas of finance, politics, moral, spiritual and even health matters, and in the battle for freedom which is raging all over the world.

Winston Churchill once said: "Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across the truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened." To most people, the world is a jumbled mass of conflicting and confusing ideologies without rhyme or reason - or purpose! That is true on the surface and who today looks beyond the surface, at what is really happening? Very few indeed! The few who have had the integrity, tenacity, and intestinal fortitude to dedicate themselves to a relentless search for truth and understanding have found it an immensely rewarding and satisfying pursuit.

Truth is seldom, if ever, found in one place. As the prophet of old put it, the whole truth is found "here a little and there a little" (Isaiah 28:10). Like gold, truth is a very rare and precious possession. It is often hard to recognize because it is not always obvious and is in many instances in total conflict with the accepted norms, standards, beliefs, or official pronouncements of the day. The great auto pioneer, Henry Ford I, put it very succinctly when he wrote: "The truth frequently seems unreasonable; the truth frequently is depressing; the truth sometimes seems to be evil; but it has the eternal advantage, it is the truth, and what is built thereon neither brings nor yields to confusion."

We know that politicians and governments consistently lie to their people. Machiavelli said that "it is the purpose of governments to lie to the people the great majority of the time," and Hitler said, "tell a lie, tell it often enough and the people will believe it."

Examples of governments and politicians lying are legion. In 1971, then Secretary of Treasury, John Connally, was asked by the press if America was contemplating a devaluation of its dollar. His reply was: "absolutely not, such an idea was ridiculous," and that "the U.S. dollar was the strongest currency in the world." Twenty-four hours later, America devalued its dollar in the largest devaluation since the Great Depression.

In the recent presidential debates and campaign, this writer marvelled to hear the Republican candidate talk about the robust American economic recovery, his support for traditional American values, and his fight for smaller government, while his Democratic opponent talked about being strongly pro-defense, patriotic, and how he wrought an "economic miracle" in Arkansas.

The truth is, abortion, gay rights, support for pornographic art, and government attacks on the family and business grew more under that Republican than any time in U.S. history. The truth is the government (i.e., employees, spending, deficits, taxes, regulations, etc.) grew faster under that Republican president than under almost any other president in U.S. history (except perhaps Jimmy Carter).

The truth is the Democratic candidate will gut U.S. defenses more than any prior U.S. president; will poison and demoralize our military by introducing homosexuals; supported America's communist enemies throughout the Vietnam War; raised taxes in Arkansas 127 times; and implemented socialist economic policies and programs in Arkansas which he learned from Italian and other European socialists (and communists).

That our press lies, manipulates and distorts the truth should be obvious to any thinking person. John Swinton, editor of The New York Times, said at a dinner of the American Press Association in 1914: "There is no such thing as an independent press in America ... Not a man among you dares to utter his honest opinion ... You know beforehand that it would never appear in print. It is the duty of New York journalists to lie, to revile, to toady at the feet of Mammon {ED. NOTE: e.g., big money, the very rich}, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread (his salary). We are the tools and the vassals of the rich behind the scenes. We are marionettes. These men pull the strings and we dance. Our time, our talents, our lives, and our capacities are all the property of these men — we are intellectual prostitutes." Remember that quote the next time you watch CBS, NBC, ABC, or CNN.

A lie cannot stand on its own. It must, by its very nature, be propped up by another lie. They, in turn, must be supported by additional lies. Such a practice very quickly develops into a jumbled mass of deceit and chicanery in which truth becomes increasingly blurred with the passage of time. Truth, on the other hand, stands on its own: strong, immovable and permanent. The more closely you scrutinize truth, the more perfect and simple and pure it becomes — and the more penetrating and illuminating the light it casts on affairs around it.

We live in the "day of the lie," in the day of the secular humanist, when traditional values of right vs. wrong, freedom vs. slavery, morality vs. immorality, truth vs. falsehood, have been reversed and redefined in secular humanist terms so that communism is now "benign and harmless"; AIDS is a medical, and not a moral, problem; sodomy is simply an "alternative lifestyle"; and the abortion of 30 million babies is defined as free choice, instead of murder. The great majority can no longer discern good from evil nor the true from the false — everything has become a blur of grey.

There is, however, a minority (a remnant, if you will) of right thinking, discerning people in every nation who continue to seek the truth and who are willing to defend it and take a stand against evil. This is why the alternate media has emerged in recent years — to attempt to preserve truth in a sea of darkness, confusion, and falsehood. But the oldest and most reliable source of the truth is still the Bible. It has withstood the attacks and tests of the ages. And when confusion and falsehood reign supreme, as they do today, wisdom, discernment, and truth can still be found in history's most widely read and best selling book. What is truth? Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6)