“Having an airbag in a politician’s car is a bit redundant,” Larry Hagman once remarked, and J.R. of Dallas fame has to be considered an authority on long-windedness and lying.
Can liespotting techniques discern when politicians lie? You Betcha!
In my book Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception, I mention that an experienced detective told me many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk. Who talks more than politicians?
Consider this: The biggest lies we tell are the ones we tell ourselves. Who, besides politicians, has more interest in sculpting an unrealistically idealistic persona, or image, or accomplishment? Maybe sports heroes, sometimes; and entertainment stars, occasionally. Recall the lying-to-himself Neville Chamberlain claiming to have brought peace in our time eighteen months before the lying-to-others Hitler invaded Poland and ignited World War II.
Neither athletes nor entertainers sell themselves to the public at quite the level required of politicians. Nor do they have as much at stake when they lie. We all suffer when politicians lie. Our common welfare is impacted.
So it comes as no surprise that politicians have told some of history’s whoppers.