Light-bearer, the Shining One, the Morning Star. That’s what Lucifer means. He is the master of deception, seconded only by our own ability to deceive ourselves. Lies are an attempt to destroy what is real. It is the ultimate act of rebellion—an attempt to ascend to the throne of deity. Lucifer is also described as the Father of Lies and those who practice deceit are named as his children. (John 8:44)
Lying has become so common place in our public discourse that it’s viewed with comic disinterest. Many see lying as necessary or sophisticated and have come to expect it in our politicians. How many people really take seriously anything a candidate says on the campaign trail? It’s as if politics is practiced in a moral vacuum, that it is exempted from the normal expectations of the civil society. This is by design.
The primary weapon of the despot is the lie. The natural state of man is liberty; therefore, the despot must deceive, initially, as to his true intention. No rational man desires to live in servitude. The lie always precedes the sword. But, first the oppressor must enslave the mind by perverting reality through artifice. Once made docile by the deception of paternal care, divested of firearms, the tools of power, the citizenry may be converted into serfs by force or coercion. This progression is illustrated throughout the history of man—a chronicle of the powerful making slaves of the powerless.
What also makes the lying of our national representatives so insidious are its vast ramifications. It devalues every citizen as a moral and intellectual being. When a politician lies, he or she is making the assumption that you’re stupid and gullible. They destroy language itself by constructing a tangled web of euphemisms that mischaracterize the actions they intend to take or the effect that policies will have on constituents. These are the tools of hacks and intellectual pigmies. They do not seek honest debate in the marketplace of ideas but seek to subvert the democratic process, knowing the vapidity of their policies. This is not business as usual. This is evil.