Immorality is defined as not following the conventional standards of morality. But what are those standards—what is preached or what is practiced? What is declared or what is done? What is promised or what is performed?
Ever since Diogenes carried a lantern through Athens saying he was looking for an honest man, telling the truth has been considered moral.
Lying, in the form of making false witness against a fellow Judean or believer, is prohibited in both the Jewish and Christian religions, although the god of those religions sent a lying spirit to entice Ahab to his destruction.
Muslims are taught to be truthful to one another, except for the “little white lie” that will smooth over an argument, but may lie to non-believers, especially to gain their trust in order to earn their confidence or learn their weaknesses and defeat them or to otherwise advance Islam.
The Fourth Buddhist Precept is usually translated as a promise to refrain from falsehood.
Trump was elected president in part because blue-collar workers who felt marginalized by the economy believed he was on their side, that he would preserve American jobs and bring jobs that had been exported back to this country.
Yet Trump has consistently appointed plutocrats with international interests to key positions in his administration. Will Trump keep his promises? Will he actually practice what he preached? Will he tender what he has tweeted? Based on his transition so far, it’s looking remote.
Trump has called climate change a "con job," a "hoax" and "bull ---t. " He has said that it “was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” His nominations of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator suggest that those words are what he believes. His attempts to “walk back” his opposition to the Paris climate pact, the role of the Chinese, and the anthropogenic component of climate change appear to be an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the American people.
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Sorry, Trump. I’m not fooled.
Is his denial of climate change due to a mental block? A preconception so strong that the facts—which clearly support climate change and an anthropogenic component—cannot change it? Or, is he lying. Does he know the truth, but choses to ignore it, and use speech rooted in the three poisons: hate, greed, and ignorance?
If speaking truthfully is moral, then we have elected an immoral president. The disastrous effects of his presidency will resound for generations including those not yet born.
False witness (Jewish and Christian religions):
Lying Spirit (Jewish and Christian religions): 1 Kings 22:22; 2 Chronicles 18:21.
Lying (Islam): Quran, e.g., 3:54, 2:225, 16:106.
Buddhism’s Fourth Precept and Three Poisons: http://buddhism.about.com/od/theprecepts/a/The-Fourth-Buddhist-Precept.htm
Trump on climate change and cabinet nominations: Blot Posts of 2016-11-18, 2016-12-19
Trump on Paris Agreement on climate:
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