”Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end,
saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain?
that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals
and sell the chaff of the wheat?” (Amos 8:4-6)
Politicians lie. God knows, expecting them to do so has been an aspect of plain old American common sense since well before the Great Flood; since honest Abel went into the field to help Cain with his harvest; since Rebekah made Jacob his goatskin bracelets; since David recommended Uriah the Hittite for a posthumous Medal of Honor; since…well, you know, a very long time ago. But until now, expecting politicians to lie didn’t mean accepting the idea that it’s okay for them to do it. No; in fact the whole point of politics was to get the liars to act like honest folk most of the time. So when some of them got caught in a lie, everybody had to act as if they were shocked, outraged and moved by their hurt and anger to do them all manner of harm at ye old ballot box.