What is “truth?”  Truth defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “the state of being the case.  The body of real things, events, and facts. In accordance with fact.”  Now, what is an “untruth?”   An untruth defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “falsity; falsehood; disloyalty.”   What is a “fact?”  Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “the quality of being actual. An actual occurrence.”  Finally, the word “alternative” defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary states, “offering or expressing a choice.  Different from the usual or conventional.”  Why did I give this definition lesson?  Well, the truth and/or facts have become optional things.  Instead of the thing opposite of the truth being a lie, the President of the United States and his cohorts  consider a lie an “alternative fact” instead of a LIE!

Our parents taught us to tell the truth and even in court the average citizen can get in trouble for not telling the truth or giving truthful facts.   Had I told my parents when they asked me if I was lying and I said that I was giving some alternative facts, I would get in a lot of trouble.  A LIE, IS A LIE, IS A LIE.  There are no such things as alternative facts but there are lies and we are being told a lot of lies these days from the Commander and Chief of this country.  Those surrounding him also believe in alternative facts and have reprimanded those who challenge them.  I guess that the commandment that tells us not to bare false witness was just a suggestion.

~~~Malinda Gwyn~~~


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