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In Washington, Honesty Is Such a Lonely Word


A favorite game of politicians, when reality does not conform to the facts they want, is to simply redefine reality.

Democrats want big government, a lot of spending and taxation, the former of which we are now paying for in inflation, so the new strategy of Democrats is to now claim that spending and taxes reduce inflation.

We now have the Senate moving legislation with a price tag of $433 billion in new spending and $327 billion in new taxes, and it’s called the Inflation Reduction Act.

It’s like McDonald’s serving up a new Big Mac with more beef, more cheese and more sauce, and calling it the Weight Watchers Special.

Our president and Congress are imploding in the polls, and what we get from them are word games.

A commonly accepted definition of recession is two consecutive quarters of economic contraction.

The Commerce Department just reported that the U.S. economy contracted 0.9% in the second quarter. This follows a contraction of 1.6% in the first quarter.


Our president says no way. Our Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, who apologized recently for being wrong last year, denying that inflation was on its way, held what the press called a “rare stand-alone news conference” at the Treasury Department, to assure us we are not in a recession.

It’s reminiscent of comedian Groucho Marx, who quipped, “Who are you going to believe — me or your own eyes?”

On a similar note, the House has passed the Respect for Marriage Act, which now will be considered in the Senate.

The Respect for Marriage Act would codify into federal law the legality of same-sex marriage.

This is in reaction to a note by Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in his concurrent opinion in the recent Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, suggesting that the Obergefell decision, in which the court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, should be readdressed.

Why is this called the Respect for Marriage Act and not called the Redefine Marriage Act?

It’s simply more of the Washington word-game culture, which we now see in government spending and taxing suddenly being about reducing inflation, and consecutive quarters of economic contraction not necessarily being about recession.

To call this legislation the Redefine Marriage Act would be honest, something simply unheard of in Washington.

It is important for same-sex marriage advocates to call this the Respect for Marriage Act, because this suggests that, for those few thousand years in which no one questioned that marriage is between a man and woman, we disrespected marriage.

Now, in our new enlightened age, we understand the truth that marriage includes vows between individuals of the same sex, and thus we now respect this sacred institution.

A recent New York Times poll indicated just 13% of Americans are happy with how things are going in our country.

It’s not such a great surprise. Why are Americans so dissatisfied?

Billy Joel had a hit song years ago called “Honesty.”

“Honesty is such a lonely word / Everyone is so untrue / Honesty is hardly ever heard / And mostly what I need from you.”

As we move into elections during these chaotic times, we might recall the words of one of the nation’s founders, Thomas Paine, who observed, “We have it within our power to begin the world over again.”

Those who aspire for political office and power might consider that many among the 87% who are not happy with our country today and where they see it headed, know that truths exist — truths upon which a great nation was built — and despair how they have disappeared in our public life.

Leaders who have the courage to be honest, despite how challenging this can be now, will wake up a lot of souls in our nation who recall and long for better days.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.”


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Sean Rickman
1 month ago

What honesty,corruption has taken over.Thank you democRATS.

1 month ago

lonely! what an understatement!

1 month ago

There is no honesty in Washington. Honesty & truth are what our Satanic leaders say it is and they are all liars.

Elena Tellez
1 month ago

Our Florida Villages Daily Sun often runs your column. Thank you for cutting through the red tape and manure and speaking the honest truth. That’s a lot more than we get from the scum now in DC.
Have you considered running for high political office? We would certainly vote for someone of your intelligence, integrity and views. Thanks, Ms. Parker.

1 month ago

Good article, how true it is.

1 month ago

Honest politician, a true oxymoron.

1 month ago

How about the Redefine the Government Policy Act as COMMUNISM, pure and simple!

1 month ago

HONESTY is not a lonely word, as they are all in cahoots with one another, or sleeping in the same bed with each other. The whole bunch is DISHONEST! From the President, the whole administration, the FBI, DHS, President’s family, Congress, you name it, they are! When Biden says yes, it really means no. When Biden says no, it really means yes. I watch him on tv, not for content of the issue at hand, but to see his speech and actions stupidity.

Corbin Douthitt
1 month ago

Honesty and politicians are mutually exclusive. Politicians cannot always speak the truth. Making law is nasty business. Unspeakable compromises must be made. As a rule Democrats lie all the time unless they are trying to sound informed- then they might have to speak a little truth. Otherwise- they MUST lie to get elected and stay elected. Every bill they bring has money for donating BACK to the DNC. Fundraising on the taxpayers mobey. We call it money laundering and go to jail for it. Repubs? Sure, they lie. They are amateurs at it and lie to stay in office. Lying and politician go together. Sadly Repubs just keep telling the truth about Democrats and no one hears it. The media ignores it. The Democrats just laugh.

1 month ago

Socialist democrat party want open borders so voting will be open to illegals and a guarantee
of one party forever. No politician is an honest politician. They are bought and owned by big money
and Lobbyist.

1 month ago
Reply to  Kay

The Biden family is owned by China. Biden’s disgusting son, Hunter, has the right name. He’s always hunting the next prostitute, the next drug hit, or the next make-a-buck deal from the Chinese.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

ALL DC is corrupt day 1 every govt agency
Those in service who are honest have NO say
A-Z agencies

1 month ago

Honesty/Dishonesty has no relevance in the DemocRat Party goals and guidelines. They pretty much have eliminated the Honesty option from their Party precepts. Dishonesty is the only way they can disguise China Joe from the truth.

anna hubert
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

This is beyond dishonesty criminality is the word and that is mild

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