Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Poker Face

Cheating at a game is unethical.  A poker face at a poker game may deceive but it is no cheating.  An exaggerated expression of horror when there is no horror is also a deception but it is, if playful, also no cheating.  Lyndon Johnson is said to have lied and thereby brought about important political decisions. I suppose lying among politicians is not unusual. Questioning myself if politicians’ lies are unethical, I wondered if politicians who habitually lie consider politics a game of sort. This may explain why US presidents, even accomplished, not to speak of senators and congressmen, and -women were and are often less than totally forthright in their endeavors.  

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