I say this same thing every time Dr. David Newquist puts up a new blog post: he doesn’t write much, but when he does, his words are powerful. This weekend, Dr. Newquist explains how Donald Trump’s lies are destroying our democracy as surely as our government’s lies demoralized the American Indians.
As usual, it is hard to excerpt Newquist. Every paragraph is powerful, but every paragraph gains even more power in concert with the whole. Here’s just one passage, which should inspire every reader to read everything Newquist says about the lies of the “village idiot” in the White House:
The most serious damage lying inflicts is on the language. When words are used to deceive, they become untrustworthy. An environment of lies makes the language useless in conducting any kind of human transactions. And when people cannot trust words, they cannot trust anything or anybody. The misuse and consequent mistrust of language spreads into documents and the laws that govern us. People realize that laws are construed to oppress some people and exempt others from any kind of responsibility [David Newquist, “Pathological Lying Destroys Human Possibilities,” Northern Valley Beacon, 2017.06.10].
Read and share Newquist’s full critique. Forward these words to our elected officials. And fight the cynical linguistic nihilism that Trump is using to destroy our democratic institutions as he raids the national cookie jar.