It has been a long time since I have written something for The Wadiyan. To be honest, for the last couple of years, I was keeping myself busy reading Decision Points at my home in Preston Hollow and occasionally riding horses at Crawford. I could be considered dishonest for telling you that I always felt happy to be secluded from the collective hypocrisy of the modern libertarian public.
They hate me for reasons beyond my cognition. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been that honest about my dishonesty throughout my presidential career. But I believe that a man of morals ought to stick with his values.
The other day, millions of Americans painstakingly watched their newly re-elected President’s Inaugural speech.
“Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths”.
From a politician, who has never been honest about being dishonest. And they love him.
I would advise you all to be very careful when listening to men who are dishonest about their dishonesty. “Hard work and honesty, courage and fair play” might have helped us to progress throughout our history. But let me remind you, virtues ought to evolve along with our cultural and political evolution.
As they say, life in the 21st century is more complicated and competitive than of Jesus’ time. In this century, you wouldn’t turn your other cheek to an enemy, unless you are plain stupid or an imbecile American who voted for me the second time.
Anyone who is being honest would have to agree that “honesty in dishonesty” is a true 21st century virtue. Fortunately, I am not the only politician who was honest about his dishonesty. When my predecessor looked away and said to you “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”, he was being honestly dishonest, and we all knew it.
I was honestly dishonest about the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or about the waterboarding in Guantanamo. Anyone with a grain-sized brain could tell that. But to be clear, I have never accepted a Nobel Prize for Peace either.
You shouldn’t be worrying about dishonest people who are honest about their dishonesty. But be very careful about the ones who profess honesty and peace in daylight while flying missile-armed drones over your head when you are deep asleep.